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Government shutdown turns off the next generation of public servants
While our nation enters week two of the government shutdown and Congress' approval rating reaches an anemic 10 percent, the lowest number in recent history, I grow more and more concerned about the future. We witness politicians on both sides of the aisle failing to reach compromise, let alone engage in productive and inclusive debate. I fear that our nation's future leaders will be alienated by what they see online and on cable news, hear on talk radio and read in their local newspapers. There is a demonstrated and documented interest by young Americans in committing themselves to a cause and seeking ways to better their communities, their nation or the world. My grave concern is that this type of enthusiasm that in the past would have led to Washington now more and more is channeled away from government. We are eroding public service as a calling.
By Connie Morella
October 8, 2013