I think it's a huge deal. Right now, in this economy, it is not a brilliant idea to take away income from people whom are barely making ends meet to begin with. It could cause more people to default on loans and other issues and trying to get back on track. These aren't just 800,000 Federal employees taking a "vacation", these are 800,000 consumers who are not getting paid.
I don't care WHAT the reason is, this should never happen and if any of them knew they could lose their seat in Congress over it (that cushy, cushy paycheck, free parking anywhere and everywhere plus a host of other perks) then they just might get their shit together and figure something out.
For the first time in all of my life, I actually pondered if we would have been better off remaining under British rule. (Considering the Queen essentially fired the entire Australian Parliament when they couldn't figure out how to balance their budget in 1975. It never happened again.)
And like N, above me, I want my parks back.
This has been a major issue of contention for me and when offered the chance to allow the parks to reopen the Republicans said "nope!". Well isn't that just lovely?
It makes me wonder if they ever step outside of their McMansions or if they've just been brainwashed by their lifestyle that they can't understand what a major blow this is. Not only on our reputation as a country to the rest of the world, but what it says about the people we've elected to begin with. It's sad. I'm very angry and extremely confused by the entire thing.