Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As a budget bill bounced between the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Monday, one former White House and United Nations advisor with local ties has fears for the future if the government shuts down.
Eric Swartz returned Monday to his alma mater Binghamton University to talk about the evolution of the international community and how it's handled humanitarian issues over the past 20 years. But he also took some time to address the current stalemate in Washington with media in attendance.
He calls the situation dangerous to future generations.
Swartz said while issues such as healthcare are important, they shouldn't be tied to a complete government shutdown.
"I think it reflects a facile and superficial attitude toward the critical importance of government and I think it's dangerous and it's irresponsible in terms of the commitments we have not only to our own society but to our children and our children's children," said Swartz.
Swartz is a public policy expert who graduated from BU in 1979.
He stresses the importance of students getting involved with public service and people strengthening government institutions instead of tearing them down.