As Lieutenant Dan would say, I'm living off the government tit. I'm a federal government employee impacted by the shutdown, and I'm not suffering at all, despite what the news would have you believe.
I'm basically getting a nice, long, lazy vacation at minimal cost. It's true that I'll soon be missing my second paycheck, but there's no harm at all because I'm fiscally responsible and stash savings for rainy days. But it's not really a rainy day! Think about it. I'll be getting reimbursed anyway when this is over, and plus, any money that I don't have can just go to my credit card.
So let's break it down. If the average federal salary is $85,000, that's probably a biweekly pay of $1,700 that I'd get to keep after all tax/retirement/healthcare deductions (or something around that, I earn a different amount so I don't know what the precise bi-weekly amount would be for the average). If I miss three pay checks, I likely only miss one or two credit card payments that charge an annual 16.5% APR. So at worst, let's say I miss two credit card payments and get charged. That's $140.25 in credit card interest ($1,700 x 3 paychecks x 16.5% APR / 6 months) that I can expect to pay, at the worst!
That's a $140.25 out-of-pocket cost for a 6 week vacation, a true bargain!
So am I suffering? Hell no. If I was desperate for $140.25, I'd just knock on doors around the neighborhood and ask to rake yards, how hard can that be?
Thank you, democrats, for shutting down the government and giving me a nice, nice vacation.