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At press time, the federal government shutdown was in its second full day. Reports are mixed regarding how long it could last—some still maintain it will be over in a few days, while others insist the political impasse could drag on for weeks.

While the majority of Americans have expressed displeasure with the current state of affairs, it’s federal employees who are the unhappiest. Obviously, the loss of pay is problematic. However, the nature of federal employees—many served in the military and keep their household budgets as orderly as their high-and-tight haircuts—makes the uncertain outcome even tougher to bear.

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