I am very unhappy with the threat of a government shutdown. The last shutdown is one of the main reasons that I retired and left the Foreign Service. It is irresponsible for the government to abandon people it has sent to foreign countries and tell them that they now have to fend for themselves when they wouldn’t be there unless the government had sent them there.
As part of the then Republican retrenchment, the government cut off funding for two programs I was working on. One, the Maria Sklodowska Curie science cooperation fund, would have provided income for Polish scientists who lost their Polish government funding when Communism fell. Cutting of their funding was sort of an anti-Marshall Plan. The Poles took Reagan’s advice to overthrow Communism, and Gingrich and the Republicans turned their backs on them.
I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like the shutdown now, but at least now I’m not representing the dishonest, unreliable US government.