It does not affect my commitment because I realize it is neather personal nor directed at me. It is an unfortunate part of the politcal process but a small price to pay for living in a democracy. I am sure the Chinese government will never shut down and the Libyan government seems able to remain open but I would not trade their system for ours.
Government programs which provide real value to the taxpayers will survive a shutdown and prosper even in an environment of constrained resources. I happen to work for one such program, so I am confident the long term resolution of the budget debate will not hit me any harder than the economic downturn has impacted private sector workers. It will not be pleasent but we will survive and come out the other end stronger and more prosperous for having made the difficult choices necessary to live within our means and stop borrowing from our grandchildren.
Great comment from our FB GL page
"i don't care anymore. would rather shut down and get it over with than deal with this every 2 weeks"
"When in confusion, fear, or doubt
Run in circles
Scream and shout!"
Actually I plan to keep on working my projects because I don't believe a shutdown will last more than a few days.Open Government is too vital to let a few days of shutdown stop it.
I'm an old-timer who has been through the past shutdowns so I am rather philosophical about the potential of this threat. If it happens, so be it...my family will deal (my husband and I are both civil service). If it doesn't happen, I will continue to work. The commitment to my job is the same right up until I am told to go home, that is what I do, that is what I am committed to do and what I am paid to do.
I can't say I enjoy the feeling of "waiting for the other shoe to drop" while Congress and the President fight out this budget battle but that is what happens sometimes. Nothing I can do about it, so I try to spend my time worrying about the things that I can change/effect and HAVE to worry about. I'm too old and been working too long (27+ years) to let it get in the way of what I have to do!
This is an interesting discussion - it hasn't adversely impacted my commitment. If anything, it's strengthened it.
That said, even though I try not to let it negatively impact me, I know it is distracting. In fact, we have to plan out how we would alter our outreach directed to external audiences should a shutdown occur...this is time that would otherwise be spent on our regular workload. With no government shutdown, that was just wasted time.
Surely other agencies are doing the same thing. I've seen many stories about how much a shutdown would cost once it happens...but I bet it costs even more when you add in the amount of time gov't employees are spending preparing for it - not to mention having to ramp up when we return.