Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Except maybe CNN, or whoever it was who has the poll about whether this or that actor in the federal shutdown crisis is "acting like a spoiled child." I don't really see how framing the debate that way helps anyone. People who are very polarized one side or the other will just get defensive.
Me, I'm mostly afraid since my husband is a federal employee and he thinks this could easily last a month. And I realized I have withdrawn from all my normal support sources because I don't want to hear people's political opinions about it, which is a dangerous place to go. Pretty soon I I'll feel like the only people who understand me are Ben and Jerry.
But I have some things to be grateful for. One is that my husband decided to go to law school 4 years ago, and recently passed the bar, so while this could be an abrupt shift for him, at least we have some hope. He had meant to keep working for the government and build his law practice gradually, but I guess he will also look into other scenarios.
For many federal employees, this shutdown comes on the heels of months of sequestration, which we lived under the shadow of but it never actually kicked in for our twig of the government. It's not that I'm grateful I'm not in their shoes, it's that there are many people worse off than we are. Well, I should really go to bed, if I can.