The Faces-Of- Money Behind the Government Shut Down

When you look back over history, Ronald Reagan experienced a lot of government shutdowns, but the longest one was three days according to CNN (Struyk & Tseng, 2018).  Bill Clinton experienced a three-week government shutdown.  Donald Trump is experiencing a government shutdown that is on its 13th day and counting.  There are 800,000 or more people feeling the impact of the shutdown (Johnson, 2019).  The make-up of the 800,000 people vary.  You have people from all walks-of-life wondering when the shutdown will end.  ABC News posted an article on January 2nd that highlighted some of the occupations of people worried about paying their bills (Ebbs, 2019).  The list includes postal service workers, educators, lawyers, environmentalist, travelers, FCC personnel, museum personnel, childcare employees, judges, doctors and healthcare personnel, janitorial staff, contractors, small business owners, and people that like to go to federal parks to enjoy the outdoors.  The list is incomplete of course. 

Seventy-eight percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent last year, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder (Dickler, 2017).  This fact coupled with the fact that we are concluding the Christmas Holiday, the season of given and spending, the Faces-of-Money behind the current shutdown experiencing financial anxiety is probably a high number of people.  When the government reopens it will not be back-to-business as usual for everyone.  When General Motors was experiencing financial challenges during the 2007 – 2009 recession, companies that supplied GM with cogs, and bearings, and other car stuff shutdown, closing the doors to their businesses permanently.  My cousin was one such person.  I’m guessing there are similar cases that exist during the government shutdown- some people will have to close their doors for good if the shutdown continues much longer.

If you are one of the 800,000 people sitting at their kitchen table looking at bills that must be paid with no money to pay them, many Americans know what you are going through and are sympathetic.  We pray that our political leaders find a quick resolution that will end the shutdown.  Every president, except for Bush, going back to Jimmy Carter has experienced a shut down.  We know that the number of people impacted by the shutdown is much higher than 800,000.  When you look beyond the number of people directly impacted by the shutdown and take into account that there are family members, extended family members, friends, and concerned citizens the number moves into the millions.  Just like with past shutdowns this current shutdown will end.  Until that time, if you are one of the Faces-of-Money being directly impacted or indirectly impacted by the shutdown, know that we are a country of brother’s keepers.  We all hurt when the citizens of our Great country hurt.  The storm will pass. May God Bless You!


Dickler, J. (2017, August 24). Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Retrieved from CNBC:

Ebbs, S. (2019, January 2). Faces of the shutdown: In second week, more people impacted by closed agencies. Retrieved from ABC News:

Johnson, E. (2019, January 2). The shutdown is hurting people, leaving Americans in uncertainty: Today’s talker. Retrieved from USA Today:

Struyk, R., & Tseng, J. (2018, January 13). The history of US government shutdowns in 1 chart. Retrieved from CNN:

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