- Posted October 13, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Shutdown-An American Tragedy
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
What I do not see much coverage on is all the people that are adversely affected by this shutdown that have no recourse to recoup their losses which are extensive by the way. I work as a server at Skyland Lodge in the Shenandoah National Park for a company called Delaware North. We got our walking papers October 1st because all National Parks were closed. What is the tragedy here is October is our busiest month and the month where many people get their money to make it through the long winter months when we are laid off for four months. It is a loss that unemployment does not come close to fixing and a loss that extends way beyond the non-federal people who work in the Park. Surrounding communities are taking a direct hit to their finances too for they depend on that October tourism to get them through the winter months.We had hundreds of reservation at the Lodge that we referred to the valley because we were booked up and we had two weddings and bus tours who bring people from other countries to visit this most beautiful place which is the SNP. How can anyone who had a part in shutting down the government look at themselves in the mirror in the morning with all this terrible ripple effect that this shutdown has caused. For what? To defund a program that has not even had the chance to fail or succeed. Really unbelievable to me. Not being able to recoup our losses because I and most of my family and all of my community depend on the October tourism being a gateway to the Shenandoah National Park I was really wondering two things. Is there any way we can recoup our losses by suing the Congress and can the President declare Article 11 Section 111 of the Constitution and declare Constitutional Dictatorship and let the Congress go till he sees fit and open the government and raise the debt ceiling. This is indeed a extraordinary emergency and this shutdown has to end soon for it far outweighs the problems that people are saying is wrong with the ACA. Far greater consequences than any individual mandate etc etc etc. I just want to go back to work, pay my bills and enjoy life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Open the government please!