IF there is a government shut down the media says that most of the Federal Government Employees will still go to work every day while the government is closed. Because most of them have worked hard to declare themselves essential.
Back when I was working for a government contractor in DC during the last government shutdown in 1996, I was told I could not go to work and was not paid for the time I was off, and lost quite a bit of money. While the actual federal employees eventually got paid, most of the people I knew who were contractors did not get paid for the shut down and the contractors themselves lost lots of money.
I find the media does not want to admit that there are so many contractors working at government facilities who do the same work as the Federal Employee but with less pay, job security or benefits.
So please reply to my survey. Thanks.