Federal employees are constrained by the Hatch Act when it comes to partisan political activities. AGFE 's Law Suit against Government for violation of the FLSA is evidence a majority of Federal Employees do NOT support this Repulican Government Shutdown. Instead of following the rule of law and bargaining (negotiating) in good faith, the President and Senate Leader are disproportionately punishing the little guy with this Republican Government Shutdown. By politicizing government operations, the President is showing how unworthy he is to be the leader of the USA and Repulicans, lead by McConnell, are showing how unworthy they are to be the majority in the Senate. U. S. Presidents are supposed to be nonpartisan, trustworthy and honest, not partisan, fickle and dishonest. Tragically, the Senate Republicans, lead by McConnell, are complicit in the blatantly self-serving partisanship lies, crimes and inability to govern in a civil manner. One of the primary jobs of the President and Congress is to operate the government in a non-partisan manner. There should never be ANY government shutdowns based on budget matters. Holding government employees hostage and forcing them to work without pay violates the FLSA – as noted herein, there are law suits regarding the FLSA matter right now. And, forced labor is a violation of the 13th Amendment. Any Supreme Court worth its salt would immediately issue an injunction stopping the forced labor without pay. Any Congress worth its salt would pass veto-proof government funding bills to get the government functioning. Any President worth their salt would never allow a shutdown for partisan political reasons. Note: while compelling work without pay is not as brutal as the slavery of old, compelling work without pay is one component of slavery. If there was a law requiring payment of salary, even in the event of government closure, there would never be any closures as there would be no reason to shutter the government. This Republican Government Shutdown is hurting the poor and lower income folks A LOT more than the rich. For 2020, if you want to get out the vote, get involved by leading the way on getting a Statewide citizen generated-originated referendum onto your State’s Ballot. Get one referendum onto the State Ballot that people care about and that impacts them as individuals and the citizens will vote!