Oh, politics. Always a dissenting voice, here I go. The first Federal paycheck was not untl Jan. 11, 2019. Feds get paid every two weeks...what did they do last year after the holidays? I didn't hear anyone complaining about money or paying their bills. Few people who work for the federal government are living paycheck to paycheck, unless they want it that way. My late uncle had a Federal job, money was never an issue, but rather would he keep his job as administraitons changed. Never lost his job, and my aunt had his pension for life. My late husband worked for a state agency, and hey, I'm in NEW YORK, a state that utilises the same pay schedule as the federal government and has the HIGHEST TAXES IN THE NATION. There are a lot of liars out there, and in my lifetime I have lived through many government shutdowns...a misnomer, as the government is always 75% funded. If federal employees miss another paycheck, they are eligible for unemployment, when the government reopens they get all their back pay, all of it. My problem: why don't they do something positive instead of whining? Every furloughed federal employee should be burning up the phone lines, social media, and making a nusiance of themselves in Washington...by contacting their Senators and Reps, all of whom have the power to compromise on promises made, but not kept during the last admisitration (know your history!). Starkly phrased: don't blame the President. He is doing exacly what he promised to do and what Pelousi and Schummer voted for during the last administration. Do to peronal hatred, avarice and a hell-bound desperation to do ANYTHING to unseat our ELECTED Head of State, they don't care about putting the very people who put them in office--their CONSTITUENTS, IN HARMS WAY. Finish what they voted for in the last admin, keep their promises to the people who put them there, and the government would reopen tomorrow...then what are they going to do? Find something else to complain about... dls, spoiled preppy ***, who knows a hell of a lot about history vs. histronics.
PS: Voting records are in the public domain, so go to your local library, or online and find out how your Senators voted for, yes, A WALL and vast increases in spending for border security during the Obama Administration. The stark truth may upset you but at least you'll be careful about in whom you place your trust.