Wednesday’s Federal Diary drew lots of Twitter reaction. It reported on reader comments about the government shutdown. They were collected as part of a project by washingtonpost.com
In case you missed the article, here is the top of the column, with a link to the full story.
As Congress and the White House try to find their way out of the bleak hole that is this partial government shutdown, the damage it has done is becoming increasingly clear. The pain grows each day workers remain idle and services remain closed.
Even with many federal employees being called back to work, albeit with Uncle Sam’s IOU in place of pay, the lapse in appropriations continues to raise havoc for many across the land. This was demonstrated by an online project by my Washington Post colleagues that let readers to tell how the shutdown affects their lives. In just two days last week, Thursday and Friday, more than 2,300 replies were posted.
They were classified in four areas: “It doesn’t affect me” (450), “It affects me a little” (380), “It affects me on a daily basis” (525) and “It threatens my livelihood” (962). Almost two-thirds said the shutdown affected them daily or threatened their livelihood.
Here is a sampling of the misery:
Ohio — A large percentage of the real estate sales in my area are USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] or VA [Department of Veterans Affairs]. As a realtor, the shutdown has almost shut down the market here …
Arizona — Federal employee family of five in a single income family. Second time in six months that I am furloughed. This is day 22 of the government shutdown for me, 11 due to sequester plus 11+ due to shutdown. Considering leaving government work . . .
Read the full column at: http://wapo.st/19C1x2B