I am one of the lucky ones as I do not need to participate in any assistance programs. My family is financially well off compared to much of the country. But I am still deeply troubled by the government shut down. So many people will receive no pay, benefits, etc. Except of course Congress, who keeps their paycheck. The more I read about the shenanigans of the politians, the more disappointed and disgusted I am with them. Instead of acting like spoiled children, they need to come to a compromise. That is the mature thing to do.