Sunday, October 2, 2016

Spaniards, Exhausted by Politics, Warm to Life Without a Government

For 288 days now, Spain has had no national elected government. The reason for this shut down is that no party has won enough seats needed to form a government. Spain is now considered to be functioning in a 'caretaker' government. The crazy thing is that the Spaniards could care less that their government is in a shutdown. One citizen put it like this, 'no politicians, no corruption.' The next election is scheduled for December 25th if there is no agreement to form a government by October 31st. It is interesting to me that the citizens could care less that their government shut down. It is probably due to the fact that government programs are running without the help of politicians. I would be scared as a citizen what could happen if a major crisis struck. Who would call the shots to how the problem is fixed? And doesn't there being no elected government heighten the chances of danger because the country is vulnerable? As much as citizens are fed up with the way politicians have been doing things, I feel like I would be scared if I was in their situation.

-Lauren Whelan

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