Day Three of the furlough of government workers has them wondering just how long they can go without a paycheck, and for some it is really going to hit them hard in the wallet.
For many federal employees in the Mid-South, like Social Security employee Dave Young, they don't know when it's going to end and for those living paycheck to paycheck it is going to get tough real quick. For others, it may take a bit.
It's the uncertainty that is scaring many.
Young, from Olive Branch, Miss., was at work until Tuesday at the Social Security Administration office in Memphis.
"Well I'm on furlough," he said. "We're not getting paid. Well, I work at the Social Security Administration Office of Administration and Adjudication and Review, where the hearings are held once the claimants are turned down at the local field office. They come to our office for adjudication by a federal judge."
Young said he has no clue as to when he's going back to work.
"I don't think anyone from The White House on down knows when it is going to stop," he said. "All this he said, she said finger-pointing is not getting anywhere. It never has and it never will."
Young, who is retired from the Navy, said his wife works and both are okay financially, for now. But how long he can stay above water he doesn't know. He'd rather be back at work.
"If it doesn't last over 30-45 days, I'm going to be fine," Young said. "After 45 days I'm going to be sucking up seat covers."
Though he loves his job, Young said the budget mess in Washington, D.C., needs to be straightened out, and that the government must do what is right for the American people.
"If I have $12.50 in my checking account, I can't go out and spend $12,500," he said. "I can't print money and just say here is an IOU to my banker, even though he is a friend of mine. He's not going to do that."
If Young doesn't go back to work sometime soon, he'll be spending more time on the porch.
"I probably will if they don't do something pretty quick, because I'll shut the air conditioners off and save a few dollars," he said. "So I'll probably sit out here in the cool air and bring an umbrella with me and a tall glass of sweet tea."
Friends told him this was coming and he knew it was.
"When you go to work for a company that is $17 trillion in debt, that should be a red flag," he said.
The Social Security office in Memphis where Young works normally employs about 60. Three days into the federal government shutdown, the parking lot where he works was virtually empty Thursday morning.
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