Let's Make a Deal

by Melissa Brunner

We're down to just a few days before the nation's debt limit expires and the country defaults on its loans for the first time every.

If your eyes just glazed over at the mention of Washington back-and-forth, you're not alone. We had a great discussion on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WIBWMelissaBrunner) when the President spoke earlier this week. Some people didn't think it right that the speech interupted regular programming, while others said it was of vital importance and needed to be seen.

It would be easy to write this off as another discussion for the political diehards to follow. However, we're starting to hear more about the very real impact it could have on everyday Americans. Interest rates could potentially go up, impacting your mortgage or car loan. If it goes on any length of time, some social security and disability checks could be in jeopardy. 13's Suzie Gilbert spoke with state officials Friday who said Kansas has been preparing for the possibility of no deal and has a contingency so people WILL still get their money. I also visited with Bob Mackey at Housing and Credit Counseling. He told me they are reviewing the files of all their people on debt management plans to see who might potentially be affected so that they're able to help them respond to any challenges they might encounter.

I want to hear from you on this issue. Are you concerned you might be affected? How? And what suggestions do you have to reach a solution?


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