When we label a public servant as "non-essential," we do little to promote their sacrifice and dedication to making our country. Even more, this belittling label does not inspire young and innovative people to join government to make positive change.
Furloughed workers wonder how they will pay their bills until they receive back pay. We simply worry about paying the bills. For the millions who have been laid off during the recession, no businesses offered free meals or other discounts the day after the pink slip arrived.
With families to support, bills to pay and the length of the shutdown unclear, furloughed workers face uncertainty. Will the Senate pass the back pay bill? Can credit card bills be delayed? What about the mortgage payments?