In the 1995-96 Federal Furlough the non essential personnel I knew were smiling ear to ear. I was on the other end of the deal, essential, even then it wasn't clear we would get paid. Bitter pill for those left holding the bag! We are all affected in different ways. What is clear today for me is we voted someone in to do a job. I don't have any bias of one or the other at the top middle and bottom other than they have failed the people. I listen allot, sometimes speak my mind, knee jerk reaction is to vote them out. How many up for re election? What good would that do give them a paid retirement for life? It is depressing to me that one could take advantage of the position. Are our children seeing the example they are acting out, it's not one I want them or the world to watch. I tend to think civilization is digressing but maybe that little bit of optimism in me is saying no there is just more of us and them. I want to change the rules for them to work for us no matter if the 28 or so I have given gives me nothing or gets me something.