I know most members of Congress are intelligent but I often wonder how many are bought and paid for. Does my input really mean anything? I really despise the talk of government shut down. I worked for the government for 38 years. In my last years I seen this happen. We were considered essential employees, so we were to do our job even if we were not going to get paid. Who did not show up clerks GS 5 and janitorial crew. People you needed to do your job. I resent threats from higher paid people than I. Who will not lose one dime. I just sometimes wonder if our Congress really cares about their constituents or just their major contributors.