The gov. shutdown spotlights a bigger issue: 78% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck in The Geek Club Posted January 11, 2019 In 2019, the federal government will spend $4.407 trillion. Yet Congress is shutting down the government in a dispute between the $1.3 billion the Democrats have approved for border security and the $5.7 billion the president is demanding -- precisely 0.0998 percent of the total federal budget. In Washington, that is considered a rounding error. Crazy that Trump shut down the government over 4 bil. What a turd.