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I'm not trying to pick or poke or jab or offend, I'm not making fun of anyone....
If y'all are worried about not getting paid, I suppose if you hadn't overextended yourselves to begin with it wouldn't be a problem, but it's really difficult not to become overextended with the prices of everything going up constantly.
A very large part of the economic problems here are because people have been forced to be more frugal, the government has to learn the same lesson.
Don't worry about it, everything will be fine, but you have to let it be fine.
This leads me to conclude that the IRS is NOT an "essential" program.
And, if the ACA stands as it is, most of us Americans will default on our bills and eventually go broke. There is no win here. No matter the outcome, whether they negotiate or do not negotiate, raise the debt ceiling or not raise the debt ceiling, continue with ACA as is or make changes; no matter what happens over the next month. WE ARE SCREWED!