Every month you budget $1000. $500 for rent, $200 for utilities, $200 for food, and $100 for fun things. If we budgeted things like they're doing it now, you would have $450 for rent, $360 for food and utilities, and $90 for fun things. You can't just get rid of your "fun things" part of the budget nor can you take part of your "fun things" budget and apply it to, say, your rent. Of course your landlord is not going to give a damn. He just wants his money! So that's why they're already talking about forcing employees to take unpaid leave. Fortunately I have been deemed "critical" so I probably won't be affected unless they put me on one day and a co-worker on another.
Of course the whole thing pisses me off as I'm sure it does to most taxpayers. I balance my checkbook to the penny every month. If I want something but can't afford it, I don't get it! I'm constantly looking at what's coming in and what's going out. I'm planning for the future so I won't have to worry for when the time comes or need arises. It just makes me sick that the assholes in Washington just can't get their shit together and act like statesmen/stateswomen. Stop thinking about your own special interests and even the interests of your constituents in a narrow focus and look at the broader picture of what is better for the country as a whole.