Shutting the federal government creates a lot of economic insecurity for middle-class workers. Though the pay is modest, public sector jobs tend to be an island of relative economic stability amid increasing economic uncertainty for most workers. This security starts to disappear with a government shutdown. By making current income less predictable, the government shutdown also makes it harder for these middle-class workers to save for their future. The real economic pain now then extends well into the future.The above excerpt was originally published in Forbes .