“It’s a bunch of federal employees asked to work for a while to save money,” said Rob Young, who manages a retirement fund for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
But even the informed were not panicked over what this most recent crisis means for them and their families.
As Abu Abdal-Khallaq explained it, people — especially the impoverished — checked out of the federal financial debate long ago because their bottom line does not seem to change regardless of what Washington does.
“This has been going on so long that people are more complacent when they should be more active,” the retired educator and Department of Corrections supervisor said while holding court at the McDonald’s in the Roxbury Mall.
“It’s new terminology for the same old thing.”