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Zach you say that troops, emergency services, and law enforcement will be ..."required to work without pay."...
That's not entirely correct, they WILL be paid, but they may be paid late, maybe a day late, maybe a few days, no one knows.
I agree that it is not right to make them work with DELAYED pay, but it is also not right to say they will be required to work WITHOUT pay. Delayed pay is not the same thing as no pay.
And we are hearing the same gloom and doom about this looming government shutdown as if the country will come to a screeching halt, kind of like the same thing people said about the sequester a few months ago. What happened then? Airplanes suffered some delays for a couple of days then the problem got fixed. The problems will be fixed this time, too. Sure some people will be hurt, but 99% of us will be just fine.
I am mostly on your side on this issue, and hope that the government does not get shut down, but the talking heads that are predicting the apocalypse for the country are just making things worse by their fear mongering. Then again, that's what they do.