The government is at a crossroads. There’s a record national debt, the deficit is the worst it has been since 1945, and federal employees are feeling the heat. They have already agreed to a wages freeze, but that might not have been enough. The federal government of the United States is racing towards a government shutdown, as cuts-minded Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on a budget for 2011. So how will this affect you?
Well, assuming you’re not one of the many faceless government workers in the federal machine, it won’t affect you too much. You won’t get your paper tax return processed. National Parks will have no staff on hand to help visitors. Otherwise, important positions involving security and safety will remain working and active due to clauses in the government’s current working agreement. That means an estimated 800,000 workers will receive unpaid furloughs (even if they had already scheduled paid vacation time) if things don’t get worked out over the weekend.
Good luck, guys and gals. I think you’re going to be filing for unemployment on Monday.
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