Government Shutdown – anyone worried?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I almost hope it happens so people can see the actual effects.  Either it will be bad and encourage people to be pissed off at Congress for not coming to a resolution.  Or it won’t affect the average person as much as warned and people will continue about their daily activities as normal wondering what the big fuss was about.  Federal employees will be screwed for at least a little while which sucks though.  I just wish the parties would stop stalling everything and actually figure out some compromises.  We shouldn’t have to worry about a shutdown every year; that just shows how disfunctional everything has become.  You have to compromise in a marriage but Congress can just sit there and continue to argue like children until nobody get the cookie.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would love if it happened and it pissed people off and they yelled at Congress. It’s total party politics – people refusing to do what is best for the country because the “wrong party” supoorts it. It’s total crap. But, this country is very apathetic. So even if it happens, people might bitch to friends/coworkers, but they won’t actually do things to CHANGE anything.

I’d love if the first thing stopped in a shut down was Congress’s salary. They are the ones messing everything up and yet they never suffer the consequences.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@ajillity81:  Curious, why is the best case scenario that the goverment shuts down? Is that just for you and your honeymoon or the rest of the fed employees who may be living paycheck to paycheck…I would think your “most likely scenario” would actually be the best case.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@ajillity81:  I don’t work for the fed govt, so I’m not directly affected as far as my finances but I’m just curious.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

My BIL and SIL both work in DC, and have cushy government jobs. They each make six figures and openly joke about how little work they actually do. They said it sometimes is less than an hour a week. And my SIL actually took an online class last semester….during work hours. They surf the web, email, plan vacations, etc. all while getting paid for it.

So…my opinion is probably a little biased!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We are both worried. But, honestly, we are ticked off more than anything else. We haven’t received a COLA in years. We go through this will we/won’t we get paid dance every 6 months. We are each short staffed in our offices, so everyone is taking on more work for less money. And quite honestly, those imbeciles on Capitol Hill should all be fired for not doing what is necessary to pay the government’s bills. I am also ticked at the public for continuing to elect these imbeciles. ENOUGH ALREADY!

As for our personal finances, we always keep 6 months worth of living expenses just chilling in our savings account and we live below our means. We’ve been through this sh*tshow enough times to know that our incomes are not guaranteed, so we need to be financially prepared for the worst. A short term shut down would not be a huge negative impact on us. But it would definitely impact some of our planned spending. We would cancel our family photos, cancel our plan to take DS to the renaissance faire, and cancel all other discretionary purchases, which would undoubtedly hurt all of the local businesses we patronize. A government shutdown doesn;t just hurt federal employees. it also hurts all of the Federal contractors and all of the local businesses which benefit from the spending of all of those employees. It’s a ripple effect when you suddenly have 2.8 million people going without a paycheck (and that is JUST direct Federal employees. It does not include all of the contractors).

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a fed but we were already assured we would continue working without being furlouged even if the funding bill is not signed. So personally I am not worried.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Bostongrl25:  your BIL and SIL need to be fired.  they are ruining the reputation of government workers, most of which actually don’t make crazy salaries, and most go which actually do work hard. Plus they are stealing from the taxpayers. Report them. They need to be fired.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m really annoyed by it.  Just pass a damn budget.  If I don’t do my job, I get fired – I wish Congress was held to the same standard.  DH and I are both federal contractors, so some of the stuff that is being said is pretty hurtful and a lot of it is untrue.  More than half of my office is staffed by contractors because the government won’t authorize any more full-time employees but piles on the work!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Horseradish:  I agree — I see a ton of government waste, and I see a ton of dedicated employees who slave to do a good job with less and less.  It’s really annoying to hear people blowing off their responsibilities and wasting time, money, and resources.  I’m sure there are thouasnds of people who would like to have their job and actually take the initiative to work hard and do a good job!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ajillity81:  They’re making noise that people who are deemed non-essential and not working will not be paid this time, unlike in previous years.  The shutdown days also would not count towards any additional planned unpaid furlough days.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Glasgowbound:  I’d love if the first thing stopped in a shut down was Congress’s salary. They are the ones messing everything up and yet they never suffer the consequences.

THIS!!!! this is what needs to change ASAP. This douchebags don’t have to worry about their million dollar paychecks, and don’t give a shit about anyone else’s. Our government is SO fucked up, it feels beyond repair at this point. I think like you said, most people WANT change but are either 1) too lazy to do anything about it or 2) don’t think trying to do something about it would actually work

@Bostongrl25:  I have a friend who works for the local government and says she’s bored out of her mind half the time because there’s nothing for her to do. I can see your bias lol I think there is probably a ton of rearranging that should be done as I’m SURE some people have way too much on their plates that could be taken off by others.

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