As the government shutdown entered its second day, people across America were feeling the effect -- and lots of them wanted to tell lawmakers just how fed up they were.
Using the hashtag #DearCongress, they've weighed in on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine to vent to their senators and representatives. While hundreds of thousands of federal workers were placed on furlough and the business of government ground to a virtual halt with no end in sight, plenty of Americans were wondering what it was all for.
Lots of people wondered if Congress had forgotten its own job description:
While other people were just ashamed:
#DearCongress get it together and stop this dysfunction - it's embarrassing us as a nation, hurting citizens who can least handle it— Kathryn Orbanek (@redwing606) October 2, 2013
Then there are the people who just want to get back to work:
#DearCongress Let's think about all the people this will effect from a small group of people not willing to compromise— Taylor (@tmgswimmerfish) October 2, 2013
#DearCongress Background checks preventing me from hiring 17 fantastic people for my store! You've caused a hiring freeze in our Nation!— MadBunny (@MattsBunny) October 2, 2013
Some wondered what kind of example it sets for the leaders of tomorrow:
#DearCongress how can I tell my daughter to be responsible and do her school work when she has elected representatives that won't do theirs?— Jason Walters (@BookwormJWW) October 2, 2013
There are people who say their elected representatives will hear from them at the polls:
#dearcongress You will soon have no paycheck, we will put you out of work with the tick of a pencil.— Darrell Patterson (@DarrellP52) October 2, 2013
And others who said it was all politics:
#DearCongress Nobody should be able to hold the country hostage to get something they cannot accomplish thru the normal legislative process.— Rick Johnston, CAE (@rjohnston) October 2, 2013
#DearCongress President Obama and Democrats should at least try to negotiate— Neil Emory (@NeilEmory) October 2, 2013
But most people seemed to just want it all to be over: