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INDIANAPOLIS -

Hoosiers are waiting to see if the other shoe drops.

Some folks see a federal government shutdown as a good idea, while others see it as a threat to their livelihood.

Downtown Indianapolis is always a busy place. Like many Americans, Bonnie Miller is just trying to find her way.

"You sit and watch the debate over politics, but to you it is bigger than politics. That's my life," Miller told me.

Wishard Hospital can't answer how her husband's disability will be affected by the Affordable Care Act and the looming government shutdown is not reassuring. Eyewitness News talked to her as she waited for the next bus.

"If they take his $930 a month from him, I don't know what we are going to do. Everybody will have to live in one house. Fifteen people in one house," Miller said.

Graylin Lacour was loading up his bike on the bus to get to his job at Goodwill.

"I think everybody has one hand in their pocket and the other hand out or vice versa. They never tell the truth. Always something to hide," Lacour observed.

The streets may not be as busy in Clayton, Indiana, but the sentiment strikingly similar. The food at the Clayton Café wasn't the only thing that was served hot.

"Why don't they go get a real job and live like the rest of us," Greg Meredith proclaimed.

We sat around and listened to the lunchtime discussion that turned to Washington's threat to shut down the government.

"Too many people rely on Social Security. It's not clear with a government shutdown what they will stop and what they will not give people," John Culley chimed in.

"The ones that are getting a check from the government who are relying on it, they need to get off their butts and start working. 'Cause there will be nothing left for us when we get a job and retire," JJ Meredith said.

"They don't get along, they have no idea what is going on in the real world. Our country is broke and they are talking about spending more money," the elder Meredith exclaimed, and then he added, "nobody can run a business or family payroll like those idiots are doing."

Meanwhile, the message on the revolving screen in the Clayton Café, keeps on turning. It read simply, "Pray for our nation. United we stand."

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