We are more than 20 days into a government shutdown. Donald Trump wants $5.7 billion to fund the building of his wall at the nation's southern border. He claims that there is an "invasion" and a "humanitarian crisis" that can only be fixed by building a giant wall to keep people out, the very same people who are attempting to seek asylum in our supposedly great country from violence and oppression.
Because Trump won't let go of this ludicrous plan and Democrats won't agree to allocate funds for this ludicrous plan, Trump has forced a shutdown of the government. People in government or government-adjacent positions cannot work or must work without getting paid. For weeks now, over 800,000 people have not been getting paid. And it's not OK.
How longPeople won't be able to pay their rent soon if they continue not being paid, and they could subsequently face financial consequences of this for years to come. It's unconscionable.
No back pay
Just got a notice that I am now laid off by my small government contracting company, no back pay.. I create e-learn… https://t.co/bq57UnlNEh— Sunny Blaylock (@Sunny Blaylock)1546799641.0
The final straw
@amandadeibert Husband is TSA. Working without pay is the final straw on this camel’s back. Morale often sucks, but… https://t.co/hRSSwvK02j— Susieszoo29 (@Susieszoo29)1546809101.0
One of my colleagues has to start leaving early. Her partner works for TSA and isn't getting pd. They had to cancel… https://t.co/WtTBONaSVu— Spring In Vegas (@Spring In Vegas)1546896844.0
No other jobsMany are suggesting that people who are affected by the shutdown should just "get other jobs." But many government employees are prohibited from doing so, and even if they're not, that's easier said than done.
No incomeThis person should have had everything. Now they have nothing.
One paycheck awayPoliticians don't understand how many people in this country live paycheck to paycheck. They have no concept of the number of lives they are ruining.
My niece owes $200k in school loans for her Federal dream job. She is against the wall and she is not on strike. Sh… https://t.co/s9D7QWdUDI— Jen (@Jen)1546794558.0
Eight months pregnant
@amandadeibert I’m 8 months pregnant and my husband, an air traffic contoller, is working with no paycheck in sight… https://t.co/u16xmo6FLX— Jenna Stiwald (@Jenna Stiwald)1546916271.0
ContractorsPeople like federal contractors won't get back pay when they go back to work, leaving them behind and financially unstable.
My spouse is a Fed employee who works in public safety While essential today, he was just told he might be furloug… https://t.co/6ZYX9NBuea— Caroline Woodiel (@Caroline Woodiel)1547170681.0
LimboFutures are ruined. Savings accounts are being pillaged. This is real.
“Personally, I have to pay rent, I have other bills, I have a college student in his second semester and he needs h… https://t.co/CN8sm4ehvi— Sherrod Brown (@Sherrod Brown)1547058335.0
Small factory owner
#shutdownstories I am a small factory owner with government orders that are on hold, while deadlines stay in place.… https://t.co/kZSURq75hB— Danny A Levy (@Danny A Levy)1546980427.0
#ShutdownStories It's not only about paying bills, almost 1 miion employees and along with contractors are having t… https://t.co/BiOqcD8fAv— Julie Branom (@Julie Branom)1546694420.0
Not countedThe official number we've seen is that 800,000 people are affected by the shutdown, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
During the shutdown, with Joshua Tree National Park open but no staff on duty, visitors cut down Joshua trees so th… https://t.co/u9ffTqHW2E— John Upton (@John Upton)1547134777.0
PanickedHow do you choose which bills to pay and which to forego? There is no good option.
Christmas was canceledIt's insane to me that people can be made to work at dangerous jobs for no pay. What happens if they refuse? There would be chaos. There soon might be.
I am the parent of a special needs child who receives no outside benefits because generally I make too much money.… https://t.co/sWorxXpoEw— Robin (@Robin)1546978045.0
"This is America"Many of these government employees love their jobs. They want to be able to do them. The president is stopping them.
PrideNot only is the shutdown causing financial problems for countless people, but it's stripping people of their purpose, and it's leaving so many without fundamental protection.
"Not for the wall"
I am a furloughed federal employee. My dog Soxy needed an urgent surgery and it will not happen. I am not rich like… https://t.co/qrLEgDCvKE— webjibaro (@webjibaro)1546895006.0
GasThe shutdown has been going on for three weeks. If it continues, people won't even be able to afford to get to the jobs they're not being paid to perform.
#shutdownstories I'm a small-time landlord. One of my tenants won't be at work at the Forest Service until this g… https://t.co/CbLw4kn443— Mike Elliott (@Mike Elliott)1546905944.0
My husband and I just spent all of our savings ($20k) to move across the country so he could keep his federal job.… https://t.co/50uo4QLdfv— Ellen Ritter (@Ellen Ritter)1546719590.0
Necessary servicesFood safety tests and other essential services are not being performed because of the shutdown. That could mean catastrophic things for our food supply.
Air traffic controllers
I flew three flights today. I talked to about 50 air traffic controllers on the radio, they kept me safe. None of… https://t.co/678ztWTo06— Coleman T (@Coleman T)1546927874.0
Calling in sick
From a friend: Just talked to a TSA Agent. Thanked him for being here during the shutdown. “I’m OK,” he said. “I ha… https://t.co/0tGTJbqSAJ— ART (@ART)1546718584.0
No one cares
If you're following these tweets and ask why we dont matter, It's because no one cares that non government or milit… https://t.co/6NInQxitCt— Alice Isn't ... 🚀 (@Alice Isn't ... 🚀)1546707591.0