So... I'm gonna weigh in because this is something that directly effects me, my family, and the area I live in. My entire family pretty much (with the exception of my grandparents) all work for the Federal Gov't in some way. My uncle does some sort of IT support for Congress. I stopped asking what exactly he did a while ago because he's kind of a jack of all trades which meant he did something different every few months. My mother is a DoD Civilian employee, and so is my father. Currently they're safe from being furloughed because there were already funds appropriated for their positions, but we don't know how long that is going to last. Last but certainly not least, I'm a DoD contractor. My job is safe... for now... but it's on very thin ice due to the size of our contract. One minor flub on the financing side of things and I can get sent home.
They've already started sending government employees home here on the base, and the only ones that are safe are the ones whose jobs are either considered "essential" or those who are already paid for. However something to keep in mind... "paid for" does not mean they're going to be getting paid on time. In most instances, their pay is going to be delayed until this is over. That means that they're actually paying to come in to work. Normally people would just take vacation time at this point, but guess what? The summer just ended. Most people have used up their time because their leave is due to expire come December.
Anyone who says "well Congress and the Senate can't do their jobs so we should just let them shut down" is woefully ignorant to the impact a shut down has on those of us who do our jobs and do them well. If I did my job a fraction of how poorly Congress does theirs, I wouldn't have one. My job expects no less than absolute excellence, and for all intents and purposes I'm at the bottom rung on a very large contract... if lay offs happen, I'll be one of the first to go. It's been a year since I was laid off from my last job, also a DoD contract, due to the sequester (which, incidentally, was also entirely Congress's fault). I've only been at this one a few months. If this shut down goes on too long... you can guess how that's going to turn out for me.
Me, a single mom already struggling to make ends meet despite having what's considered a "good" job, because the "good" jobs that require so much experience and skill now don't pay nearly as much as they used to. When I first became a contractor, I made 20 an hour, which got upped to 22 when they realized that based on my experience and qualifications and professional certifications, they weren't paying me enough. I'm now in a job that requires more experience and a more specialized skill set and guess what? I'm getting paid less than 17 an hour. In an area where you're lucky to find a decent one bedroom apartment for less than 1000, that's nothing. I have done nothing to deserve having to struggle like this, I had nothing to do with the sequester or this new issue. And yet here I am having to pay for the fact that Congress can't and won't do its fucking job.
That being said... My family is currently waiting with baited breath to see what is going to happen with the furloughs and the shut downs. My parents don't know if they're going to get paid on time. They don't know if they're going to be working at all come a week from now. My father's intention to buy another car have been put off, meaning my plan to buy his current one is also put off, and we're stuck continuing to carpool even though I technically live about 15-20 minutes out of the way for them.
And honestly, looking at the whole situation, the fact of the matter is that it is easy to see what's causing all of this. It's the Republican Party (who used to be the reasonable opposition party... they balanced out the Democrat party which was sometimes a little too liberal and wanted to do things that could have potentially fucked us over financially) has been taken hostage from the inside by the Tea Party, most of whom don't know their head from their ass, let alone have a damn clue about governing. They think simply breathing gives them a right to legislate morality to the rest of the country, based on their holy book and overlook that pesky nonsense about a separation of church and state. Apparently they think the laws should stay out of their religion but that their religion doesn't need to stay out of the law. The ACA would provide for things like birth control, which they don't agree with on religious grounds, and so they think they should be able to hold the entire government hostage while they throw their two-year-old-worthy temper tantrum over it... and they're doing it all at the expense of hard working, honest Americans who really just want to be able to safely put food on the table, a roof over our heads, and medicines in our sick bodies.
In summary? Screw you, Congress. I'm tired of you hurting me. I'm tired of you hurting my family. I'm tired of you hurting my friends who are literally giving their lives for the country you're so gleefully fucking over. Get your heads out of your asses and do your damn job.