Post # 47
I feel like the most ridiculous part of this whole thing is that most of this fighting and hold-up is because of the Republican objection to Planned Parenthood. Seriously? Fight about it at a time when millions of American won’t lose their paychecks.
Oh, wait, no…. the most ridiculous part is that the only government employees that don’t have to worry about their paycheck are Obama and Congress. Bastards.
DH is active duty USAF. His sergeant already told the guys in his shop that if they won’t be getting paid, then he will not be expecting any of them to come to work.
Post # 48
I won’t be affected but I find it so annoying that this is where our tax dollars go to. Come on, make a decision! I’m so sick of all the politics and I hate to hear our own solders will be highly effected. They fight for this country of ours and this is how they treat them. Its so shameful. I’m sorry you and others will be affected by this.
I total agree with you!
Post # 49
My Fiance is finishing up his last year of law school and got a job with the federal government. He is still waiting to hear if the position has been finalized for him. It makes me sad because he was so excited about this job and with the unpredicatable state of the legal market, a legal job this nice was hard to come by. Plus, if he doesn’t have a job, with our massive student loans, we will drown in debt.
This is simply ridiculous and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this.
Post # 50
Um. I was just agreeing with Seaside’s statement that she didn’t live paycheck to paycheck and validating her feelings on that, but.. ok?
I guess I’m not really passionate about this topic or any topic relating to government at all. I figure whatever happens will happen the way it was going to happen, especially this late in the game.
*cringe* Don’t crucify me, I’ll go now.
Post # 51
we are still technically getting paid. Our pay is only suspended ( we are political hostages! 🙂
I think it’s a crap situation, but I’m willing to go with suspended pay for planned parenthood. I feel for the people who are reporting to work (or not!) and won’t recieve back pay. But, I also can’t believe they included the military in this. So many of us are reliant on one income because of constant moves/different living situations.
We’re lucky we have a bit of money saved, but for people who are just finding out.. jeeze.
Post # 52
I’ve a contractor that works full-time on-site in a Federal office. We just found out a minute ago that our company will continue to pay us even if we are not able to work next week. Sometimes it’s nice to work for a huge company!
Post # 53
Your comment makes more sense in the context of being a reply to Seaside. On it’s own, it just came off as a bit glib. No need to fear crucification
Post # 55
We are some of the only people in my group of friends who will not be affected directly by this. Most we know are DOD and will be furloughed. I’m disgusted by this and this will have an enormous impact in our city.
That’s not at all the case. This budget SHOULD have been decided upon BEFORE the election which means a Dem. Majority had full capability of passing whatever budget they wanted. The reps. aren’t voting to CUT funding that is there now… they are trying to get the dems to cut back the RAISED amounts of funding in the new proposed budget given our debt levels. Not trying to say any one side is right, I find both disgusting. All I am saying is that this is WAY beyond something as… yes… “trivial” as planned parenthood. That is not the hold up.
Our debt is disgusting.
Post # 57
The Republican budget proposal reduces government spending to levels unheard of since the 1920s and guts entitlement programs. This is not a matter of trimming back excess. It’s a complete repudiation of the New Deal and the Great Society based on a hypothesis that runs counter to just about every sensible economic policy or theory.
Post # 58
I have to respectfully disagree. The previously Democratic controlled House of Representatives actually did pass a budget, but it was filibustered in the Senate by Republicans because the Democratic budget did not include a continuation of the Bush Tax Cuts. This filibuster continued until December, when President Obama cut a deal to extend all tax cuts in exchange for extending unemployment benefits after those benefits were taken hostage.
That said, this whole thing is ridiculous. I’m very uncomfortable with the idea that we can afford involvement in Libya but not taking care of our own. We need to focus on taking care of our own people for a change.
Post # 59
My Brother-In-Law is currently deployed in Afghanistan and my sister should NOT have to worry about paying rent and buying food on top of worrying about his life and being separated from him for a year. Thanks for sending him to war and not paying him for it… DH joined the Navy and it’s so scary knowing this could happen eventually to us too (he hasn’t left yet, so he’s not getting paid yet, thankfully for us).
I do love how people are reacting and standing up to help those affected. The military banks, like USAA and Navy Federal, are offering to cover the paychecks of affected servicemembers who hold accounts with them. Local commanders are offering financial assistance to spouses who need it also. Hopefully some others will do the same for the civilians who are furloughed…
IMO, you pay the people who hold the guns first… you never know what they’ll do. 😉
Post # 60
It reminds of what is going on in Madison/ has been going on. It has been really intense here. Fighting over the battle, huge cuts, lawsuits. I am going to write about it and post some prints (after I process them in the darkroom) on my new blog. Such passion here!
I am a bit shocked and concerned with the National Gov. shutdown. All who will be directly affected are in my thoughts.
Post # 61
I just found out about this because of my friend’s facebook status:
“1st day of not getting paid and i couldnt be MORE excited to go to work! i just have such a drive to do SO MUCH work. about as much work as they’re paying me for!”
Lol! But it’s insane!!