CNN PRODUCER NOTE archaeoTom, an archaeologist and cultural resources manager on furlough, told me, 'It feels like crap [to be called non-essential]. Seven years I have worked for the USAF. I have worked on weekends and averaged 60 hours a week (I am a one man shop). I also did a lot of work that could have been contracted out saving the USAF a lot of money. This is how I am repaid. I also have not had a cost of living adjustment since Obama was elected. I love my job but obviously the politicians in DC feel that I am not worth anything...I am nothing. My employer gave us a handout and the brass told us repeatedly they were sorry that this has happened. It is not their fault this is happening. My direct supervisor knows my issues with my disabled daughter and our money issues to begin with and said if he could something he would. I have no idea what we are going to do. We live paycheck to paycheck as it is and barely make ends meet. We really got hurt by the last furlough over the summer. We are already behind in bills then you take 20% of my pay each week away and now this shutdown is killing us. I am looking for another job and may have to declare bankruptcy.'
- TeamiReport, CNN iReport producer