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kimsk112 65 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite

I wonder how many contractors this effects. The article mentions that 800k federal workers are out of work, but it doesn't say how many contractors are out of work (it just mentions that some private contractors are out of work). As someone who does government contracting, shutdowns can suck if you work in a government office. You not only are out of work, but you also don't get any back pay if congress later approves it for the federal employees.

Perhaps this will give those in the government a better idea of what it's like to be poor and on the verge of homeless. Positive outcomes are still possible with this shutdown.

The real story here is how many Americans live paycheck to paycheck. The Government wasn't even shut down a week and there were stories running how folks were practically starving and were a week out from being homeless.

I am amazed by how apolitically the people cited in the article are reacting to - and how the writers of the article are representing - something that is a manufactured political problem.

There seems to be a deliberate effort to depoliticize this crisis (Whereas, if the federal government were to, say, stop making bond payments, it would be an incredibly political affair.)

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