As usual, I have a contrarian point-of-view.
Perhaps with Gov't shutdowns becoming more commonplace, employees should heed the standard financial planning advice of saving somewhere between 3-12 months of living expenses in a liquid account. Some call it a rainy day fund. Even without Gov't shutdowns, this is a sound personal financial strategy regardless of what sector you work in.
All these furloughed employees crying the blues about the shutdown and missing two paychecks...should take responsibility for their own financial well-being and save enough for any unexpected event in life. Many of the reports say the hardship emanates from the no warning aspect of the shutdown? Bull, the US Gov't has been operating on temporary budgets for some time now. With each continuing resolution, the Gov't was only temporarily funded for a short time. This standoff over the wall has been brewing for some time now. The only people who had no notice or inkling of a potential shutdown have not been paying attention.
I personally have a hard time sympathizing with these folks who essentially had an extra 5 week vacation, around the holidays no less, with full pay.
As always -- just my opinion....
Trump loves McDonalds, maybe he can open a Franchise and feed those without paychecks....only kidding, the country is a mess, something we can all agree on.
Moreover, what happens in three weeks?
Businesses might have some sort of insurance for disruptions in anticipated income, and/or they might derive some sort of tax benefit from the situation. The long-time business have had time to establish reserves for times of slow or stopped business activities. Their leaders should have been ready for this or other situations. People entering the other businesses should have gone in with eyes wide open. The risks existed before the most recent government shutdown. If these business are lower on the food chain. they can insure or find another job or jobs. They can move to an area where their business is more likely to be steady. The government is not the big, bad per here. Unpreparedness is the issue. Some are so newly in business that any disruption could devastate them in days. Early days are precarious. This is well known. Others have time and presumably know-how and should have been ready for years for any situation.
Meanwhile, I am hoping that whatever it takes to wrestle down the Dems will happen. Will this be another shutdown? Can it be an impeachment of House members? Certainly, it can include voter education. Could this branch of education become a lucrative business for someone? After all, it is needed everywhere, and not just in California.
Oh, I love carrot cake. We should take a poll, are you pro or con raisins in your carrot cake?? I am for sure a CON!
How is this related to mystery shopping?