I have over 35 years federal service, including being a veteran. I’ve seen government shutdowns before and they don’t get any easier, or make any more sense as we repeat them. AMA!
The first major one that affected me was in 1995 when I had two kids and a wife to take care of. I made decent money, but a single income in a full house goes fast. That one was scary, but we survived ok. This one is different for us. No kids, just the wife and I, and we have savings. Most people don’t.
The majority of people affected by this furlough are in the same position I was in back in 1995. But this one is worse. And while civil servants are affected, so are many, many more contractors and the businesses that rely on those employees spending money. There are many aspects of shutting down any part of our government and as this goes on, they are becoming more visible.
Please understand the failure of providing funds for our government is a fundamental failure of our government. And it is on-going. Since the Federal Budget Act was passed in 1974 on 4 budgets have been passed and implemented on time. That’s a 90% failure rate. Thank about that.
I’ll answer any questions I can from how I personally deal with this to governmental process, but I will admit I’ve never worked in DC.