In addition to thousands of federal employees facing indefinite unpaid furloughs, count their families and friends who will be affected.
Those individuals undoubtedly will help cover utility bills, mortgages, rent, food and other costs that federal workers’ paychecks usually absorb. But no one offering help will be able to afford any extras.
Heck, they’ve been scratching to get by, too.
So restaurants can forget about normal breakfast, lunch and dinnertime traffic. They’ll have to cutback, which will hurt their suppliers.
Rush hour traffic in Kansas City was a lot lighter on Tuesday and Wednesday. The government is the area’s largest employer.
Service stations can forget about normal sales of gasoline and food items. They’re suppliers will have to cutback, too.
With nonessential federal workers worried about when the next payday might occur, cable, satellite, cellphone and Internet service companies can expect more people to cancel those costs as families radically cutback. That could affect the jobs of a lot of non-federal workers.
The lines to soup kitchens, food pantries, and state agencies for unemployment and food stamps could begin to get longer depending on how long Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama remain at odds over the Affordable Care Act and freeing the federal government from being a political hostage. They need to reach a compromise, considering the millions of Americans who are being held hostage in this unnecessary crisis, too.