When I started freshman year at Montevallo, I was a political science minor. After getting a C in World Geography and B in American Government my first semester, I quickly dropped it, along with my dream of being a press secretary.

Since then, I’ve become increasing disenchanted with our national government – so much so, I am nearly ignorant about much of the daily debates. But with the debt deadline quickly approaching, my efforts to stay out of the loop have been thwarted.

I don’t know how to fix the problem. Allen and I have a budget, and we stick to it. I’m a little confused on why Congress and the President – who should be some of the smartest people on the planet – cant figure out how to do the same. Don’t laugh. Yes, Congress and the President should be some of the smartest people on the planet, why would we elect them otherwise?

But I also worry that programs like “Partners in Healing” clinics and WIC nutrition programs – that have been so important to my family – could disappear. I’m concerned that while Allen and I aren’t wealthy by any means, our checks could dwindle even more due to new taxes just when we need the money most.

In the end, this debt crisis has done one thing for sure – scared me. It cant be both ways – they cant keep the federal grants that go towards Allen’s job and armor for my cousins at war, and still pay the bills. This day was bound to come sooner or later, and maybe it’s time to nip it in the bud. I’m just scared to think about what that will look like.

How has the debt crisis shaken your faith in the government?