“Others have pleaded financial hardship and stuck with it, or in the case of Rep.  Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said they’re not to blame for the shutdown so they will  keep their salary. “I oppose the shutdown, don’t believe in it, and did not  cause it,” Ellison said.”

LOTS of federal workers feel the same way, but it doesn’t seem to faze “our” congress.  Try listening to your constituents, not the bribers (lobbyists), for once.  Most of the country are really sick & tired of your petty pissin’ contest.  You (congress & pres) definitely aren’t “earning” the paychecks that you’re still receiving.  Get off your arses & come to an agreement already–enough is enough!