This is no longer hypothetical, people are really starting to suffer.
Courtesy of CBS News:
Nearly 13,000 FBI agents will not get a paycheck Friday. The FBI Agents Association told the White House and Congress that without it, agents face “financial insecurity” and could lead some to find other work.
Ongoing FBI investigations have also been hampered by the partial government shutdown.
“As this moves forward, it’s only going to get worse,” said Thomas O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association. “People are nervous, they’re upset and they’re worried about when is the next paycheck going to come in.”
There are similar concerns within other federal law enforcement agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sources tell CBS News morale is “horrible.” Commanders are having to weigh financial constraints before approving certain sensitive undercover operations.
“You know the old adage, ‘crime doesn’t pay’ … and neither does the federal government. That’s not right,” O’Connor said.
At least one FBI agent classified this as a “national emergency.”
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
They’ve weathered blistering attacks from the president, the exposure of sensitive sources, and the politicization of classified information. And now they’re not getting paid. “I’m not going to try to candy-coat it,” Tom O’Connor, a special agent and president of the FBI Agents Association, told me this week. “We really feel that the financial insecurities we are facing right now equate to a national-security issue.”
Law enforcement officials are certainly not the only federal employees feeling stressed out by all of this.
Courtesy of Politico:
Air traffic controllers, who are working through the government shutdown, won’t be getting a paycheck for their last two weeks of work, their union confirmed Thursday morning.
Pay stubs reading a net pay of zero dollars were distributed Thursday morning, including one for a controller at a major air traffic control hub outside of Washington, D.C. shared with POLITICO.
Controllers and other aviation industry workers are planning to rally outside the Capitol building Thursday afternoon to call for the shutdown to be halted. They will be joined by several members of Congress from both parties and representatives of the airline industry, among others.
These are the people who make sure that our planes land safely, which is a stressful job during the best od time. Trump’s shutdown is putting potentially thousands of lives at risk.
The shutdown is even starting to have an effect on Wall Street.
Courtesy of CNBC:
American Airlines shares fell Thursday after lower revenue guidance and weaker-than-expected domestic performance in December.
The shutdown could start making things tough for many retailers, particularly dollar stores that cater to a lower-income consumer.
Highly sought-after technology talent may be less willing to take on government jobs if the shutdown stays in place much longer.
Trump seems weirdly untroubled by most if not all of this, which leaves it up to Republicans in the Senate to finally at some point break from their president and do what is right for the American people.
Just waiting to see how long that will take.