I’m just a cog, you see. A cog in a non-partisan wheel. I’m not going to get ranty, or speak creatively about what an appropriate punishment might be for certain politicians who have sacrificed my employment and many other, much more vital services (Veterans Affairs, Head Start, CDC) on the altar of their narrow devotions. I’m going to try to tell my story, and the stories of others affected by the shutdown. Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage. Welcome.