The shutdown affected everyone and everything
The shutdown is now 30 days long. Since its beginning, many people lost their jobs – either by furlough or fired outright. Some decided not to wait. They looked for other jobs. Indeed, the New York Times discussed how it affects almost everyone. The article was written at the beginning of January. Yet, the shutdown is now the longest in our country’s history.
The shutdown affected other departments too
The shutdown affected many departments including Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, and several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NASA. Almost one million workers now work without a salary. That included IRS workers who are preparing for “tax return season” without being paid to do so.
Safety? Yup – The shutdown affected that too
The shutdown affected airport security, parks and museums, food inspections and (therefore) public health. The problems also affect law enforcement.
As of Saturday (January 19), President Trump made a “compromise”. It described “temporary protection” for immigrants in exchange for funding for his wall. Most people know that it is a big issue. Many people (most Democrats and some Republicans) say that his desire for a wall is what has gotten in the way. Regardless of what side you’re on, some consider his most recent offering a “non-starter”.
While I will not go into great detail about what I think, I will mention how all this news affects me, personally. I currently work for a federally funded non-profit agency. If things don’t change, my agency (and my job) will be affected. To what extent, I am not sure at this point. However, getting informed is better than being blindsided. I also learned to develop backup plans if and when needed. If things don’t change, this will be one of those times.