The Wilson Beacon

Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

Photo courtesy of CNBC.com

Shirah Lister

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The government shutdown has posed two important questions: how do we create financial security for the people who help run our country, and when will school shut down? Unfortunately, contrary to urban legend, DCPS schools will not be affected by the government shutdown. What will be affected is the lives of thousands of federal workers.

Currently, 420,000 workers are going to work every day, with no pay. 380,000 workers, on the other hand, stay home, with no pay. While staying home sounds like a vacation, it’s actually a nightmare. Just because they have stopped working doesn’t mean the bills have stopped coming in. There are credit bills, mortgages, and both have to be paid on time, or people’s credit scores get hurt and they end up paying more. In the long run, not paying your mortgage means you can lose your house.

For workers living paycheck to paycheck, this situation is a nightmare. Even if they end up getting paid for the time during the shutdown, the damage will have already set in.

Food stamps and subsidized school lunches will both run out of funding. Not only does this shutdown affect the workers and their families, but it will hit hard at our country’s most vulnerable.

This is a classic example of the age-old saying, ‘The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.’ While to some middle- and upper-class families, this just seems like a vacation, to low-income families this can mean the loss of basic necessities: medication, school, food, and utilities.

The government shutdown is just a tool to get what Trump wants—the wall. This game Congress and the president are playing, though, is not fun for everyone. It may end up causing ripple effects on the economy and the environment, and other areas affected by the shutdown. Already TSA agents have been calling in sick, so who’s to say people won’t leave their jobs altogether?

The shutdown will inevitably end, whether it’s tomorrow or the next election, it will end. The question is, will we learn from it? This shutdown should remind us of the larger social inequality in this country that has yet to be solved. We have no decent social safety net to help people in times of distress, worse, we don’t provide people with any basic security in terms of health and income support. We should not be proud.

About the Writer
Shirah Lister, Junior Editor

Shirah is a sophomore and junior editor who has been writing for the Beacon for a year (since the beginning of her frosh year). Shirah enjoys listening...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    DeVos’ policy a setback for sexual assault survivors

  • Opinions

    Look harder and share smarter

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Zero stars for new DCPS rating system

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Jhi like stop mocking DC slang

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    I’m not white—do you think I’m dumb?

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Why must we ruin winter break by putting midterms on the other end

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    The midterm schedule is in need of serious changes

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Solving Wilson’s diversity problems requires aggressive change

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Wilson’s powerless SGA stymies student progress

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    What is the best month?

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Don’t venerate politicians just because they die

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    It’s time for colleges to become test optional

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    We Are Teaching Women To Abandon Each Other

  • Opinions

    The Beacon’s New Year’s resolutions

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Careless insults stigmatize intellectual disabilities

  • Opinions

    Athletic obsession squanders students’ academic potential

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    It’s okay to take a mental health day

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    It’s time to stop teaching Shakespeare

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Early Decision emphasizes economic divide

  • Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

    Opinions

    Improved publicity will foster Beacon inclusivity

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School
Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods