Local residents weigh in on what they think the government should do

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POSTED: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 4:27pm

The government is still shutdown, and former Congressman Charlie Melancon said he has some solutions. He thinks everyone should come together, but what do the people think?

"I think it's ridiculous. It shouldn't be happening. It's something they should have done a long time ago," Thomas Hollard, who lives in Baton Rouge, said.

Holland and Jackie Lee said they are ready for the government to come to a decision because this shutdown doesn't just affect the government, it affects the people.

"So we have to get together. They have to go ahead and do something. It's probably better if it even has to be six weeks, and take that time to get everything they need to do done, and go ahead and go ahead and pass a debt limit and open up the government," Holland said.

"I have a job. I have a kid. I have a family to take care off," Lee said. "Everybody needs a job, and I think that's the biggest mistake they made."

Former Congressman Charlie Melancon agreed.

"If when it's agreed to and signed off, if one party gets up happy and the other party gets up mad, then it's not a good deal," Melancon said.

Melancon thinks the government should come together to combat America's debt and get the country to move forward, and he has some solutions.

"That's strengthening the Social Security system, begin a legitimate tax reform conversation, reform medicare payments to physicians," Melancon said.

Melcancon also thinks strengthening tax reform and encouraging the use of generic drugs will help in alleviating America's debt, and does not think "Obamacare" is a contributing factor to the shutdown.

"Unless you've got an agreement and it's a good enough deal where both parties aren't totally happy and they aren't totally mad, but they feel like they've gotten things that they need in it, then you know who comes out the better, the people of this country do," Melancon said.

Melancon and other state politicians are taking part in a non-partisan campaign called "Fix the Debt." He said it's focus is bringing both parties together to come up with solutions, so america can move forward.       

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