Government Shutdown... Does it affect you?

Does the government Shutdown affect you?

  • Yes

    Votes: 22 32.4%
  • No

    Votes: 41 60.3%
  • Unsure

    Votes: 5 7.4%

  • Total voters
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Jan 26, 2009
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When you take a federal job you know this can happen every year it feels like. You either plan for it or don’t take a job that could be impacted by it.
 
Jan 26, 2009
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And yet... This shutdown is affecting millions who have or will file for their tax returns ... If they already did, they're not seeing that money at all, per the WSJ.
If your planning your life around the tax refund that must suck but this is something that does happen at this time of year. Most w-2 and statements from banks won’t be ready til end of January to get stuff filed. So meh.
 
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The IRS will be calling in staff to work tax returns. I think the number last time this happened was about 48%. So you’ll get tax returns a little slower this year. Audits will be on pause, but lawsuits will still be proceeding.
 
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If your planning your life around the tax refund that must suck but this is something that does happen at this time of year. Most w-2 and statements from banks won’t be ready til end of January to get stuff filed. So meh.
Why would I do that? A refund is just extra money. Money I would use to make a somewhat big purchase (for me ... Like a 273 dollar TV) ... And I'd save the rest.

I find it odd no one here on this board seems to work a blue collar job or gets tax refunds or ...
 
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My brother who is a disabled vet and uses voc rehab to help pay for his schooling and livelihood had an unfortunate dilemma where he had to reregister for some of his classes which starts a lot of paperwork for his funding over. The school is working with him as he'll get paid eventually but he's feeling the pressure on his mortgage. He was a pretty big supporter of the wall and Trump in general but now that the shutdown is affecting him personally he's not exactly happy with Trump.

As a GI bill recipient myself I haven't had any problems with my payments but if the shutdown goes on long enough I'll need to help my brother with the bills seeing as I rent a room from him right now.
 
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I travel for work and the TSA being understaffed is a pain.

Additionally, government regulatory approvals are shut down and preventing something I'm working on from shipping.

So yes, I'm affected.
 
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Why would I do that? A refund is just extra money. Money I would use to make a somewhat big purchase (for me ... Like a 273 dollar TV) ... And I'd save the rest.

I find it odd no one here on this board seems to work a blue collar job or gets tax refunds or ...
Your giving the government money you hard earn money that you could be investing. If you payed your taxes on just what you needed then you could open a savings account or buy a bond or put it into a 401k.
 
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It does not affect me personally, but it does affect the company I work for. However I have several friends and family members that are directly affected by it and its kind of interesting the way that the family members that are Trump supporters are reacting to it. They are less than pleased and they are blaming Trump for all of it.


Which is a borderline miracle in my opinion. I haven't seen these people blame Trump for literally anything until now.
 

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i don't work for the gov't but the 2013 shutdown and the other obama-era shutdown threats did have a noticeable reverberation on my business. working in trade and manufacturing you see how this sort of thing eventually creeps its way into the economic engine. verdict is still out on this round but it's looking like a similar scenario

really annoying as it can be mostly avoided and after 2008 you'd think they woudn't want to give the prospect of recession an inch.
 
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No. I wasn't even aware there was a shutdown until I read about it on NeoGAF. I don't watch the news on TV. I don't have Facebook or twitter.

Besides Baseball news, I only here about what's going on from GAF. It's been that way for me for the last 9 months.

However when I do hear about something on GAF, then I do go and read up on it.
 
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I'm a federal contractor and we still have funding for an unspecified amount of time. We've been told our funding could run out late next week or towards the end of the month.

Most of the people in the organization I work for have been furloughed (both feds and contractors). We're pretty much waiting for the word to stop coming in to work.

I've got two kids and I'm the sole income for our family. We don't live paycheck to paycheck, but we don't have a huge cushion in the bank either. So if I start missing paychecks its gonna get rough fast.
 
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I'm a federal contractor and we still have funding for an unspecified amount of time. We've been told our funding could run out late next week or towards the end of the month.

Most of the people in the organization I work for have been furloughed (both feds and contractors). We're pretty much waiting for the word to stop coming in to work.

I've got two kids and I'm the sole income for our family. We don't live paycheck to paycheck, but we don't have a huge cushion in the bank either. So if I start missing paychecks its gonna get rough fast.

Dang. I'm sorry, man.
 
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no.

and fuck anyone who does TSA work. that shit is the most unnerving, encroaching on our freedoms shit ever.

all the idiots crying about the poor TSA members not going to work, oh no, how will we not stop terrorists, since that has never saved a single person? oh no, some ill tempered stranger doesn't get to feel up grandma today.
 
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it can affect me, but I believe through hardships, even self inflicted ones, we can develop into better persons and develop a better society. Although things like climate change will cause untold suffering, that will help fuel hope and work towards solutions that will remedy the hardships thrown by nature.

In this case too, I believe whatever hardships emerge, will also promote debate and hard work towards appropriate solutions.
 
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I’m looking for my tax money mannnn, also sucks for tsa and air traffic control not getting paid. This government shutdown is just wild hopefully this can be resolved quickly.
 

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I don't understand how America's government shuts down, shutting down a government and using it and workers as hostages seems like something that shouldn't be a thing, it's like dictator-ish as hell.

Are politicians getting paid during this? If they are well that's a conflict, their cheques should be withheld the same as everyone else

Lastly, why didn't Trump have the wall built when the Conservatives controlled all the branches? American media made it a huge deal about controlling them all and how rare that is. Seems like they wasted a good opportunity if true
 
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I don't want people to feel this pain but maybe it is a good thing. While the blue wave was a success, there were still some Republican victories.

This next election we need to "WIPE THEM OUT, ALL OF THEM."
 
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I don't understand how America's government shuts down, shutting down a government and using it and workers as hostages seems like something that shouldn't be a thing, it's like dictator-ish as hell.

Are politicians getting paid during this? If they are well that's a conflict, their cheques should be withheld the same as everyone else

Lastly, why didn't Trump have the wall built when the Conservatives controlled all the branches? American media made it a huge deal about controlling them all and how rare that is. Seems like they wasted a good opportunity if true
Let me give you a crash course on government employment.

There are two types of careers in federal government, competitive and exempt. Competitive careers are those that have been highly qualified, vetted, and generally are a "fixed" faucet of federal functions. They belong to the general schedule pay rate, meaning they get guarantee yearly raises until they max out their grade. Exempt careers are less vetted, less essential, and generally "variable" roles in federal function. They don't belong to the general schedule, have no true career pay scale, and can be thought of as "contractors". These employees and their agencies' budget need to be renew every year through what is known as a continuing resolution.

The shutdown primarily affect the latter group. Essential jobs such as, military, tax, border, research, social security are not affected by this shutdown.

Trump was right when he said mostly democrats would be affected by this. Most of the jobs are contractor jobs in the low end sectors of the federal government, security guards, public parks, etc.
 
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Does the shutdown affect me? Between the shutdown, Brexit, and the riots in France, it appears that Western democracy has passed a point where its functionality has been impaired to the point of permanently not working, potentially sending us down the path of decline that could result in the destruction of Western civilization as we know it as armed revolts replace our considered, but corrupt democracies with something fundamentally worse. But other than that, not really.
 
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Between the shutdown, Brexit, and the riots in France, it appears that Western democracy has passed a point where its functionality has been impaired to the point of permanently not working, potentially sending us down the path of decline that could result in the destruction of Western civilization as we know it as armed revolts replace our considered, but corrupt democracies with something fundamentally worse.
We'll be fine. Nobody is going to turn socialist because of a few bumps in the road. The economy is still strong and there are plenty of jobs. There will always be partisanship and disagreements.
 
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