Yes. The elected officials who cannot seem to compromise and who have resorted to blaming each other constantly should not be paid during a shut down. Not the innocent federal employees. When the republican howl about "big government", they really mean regulations against cruelty and pollution and bad bankers and abortion. They mistakenly throw in the thousands of Americans who are paid with government money and from whom we all receive their valuable services. It's up to we, the people, to make it clear to elected officials who have amnesia, that WE are paying them to SERVE us. And compromise is about the only way to work our polar opposite belief systems. If you have a ten dollar budget, make it work fairly for each family member. Period. And get it done on time.