Okay Ladies and Gents,
This post is a rant so if you can't handle the heat time to push away from your computer screen.
As you know Congress is considering allowing for a government shut down. This means employees would go into a furlough (not be able to go to work) but, would still be employees with no affect to their status or benefits.
However, a two week furlough actually means 1000s of workers (millions of mouths will go without money for basic necessities of which my hubby is one) -- would go without a paycheck for over a month. Mind you, we the American taxpayer pays for Congress to be in their seats to work out this issue in a timely manner.
REALLY???? I MEAN REALLY?
Consider, this budget arguement has been going on for well over a flea flicking year. With just limp along amendments to keep the government moving along until our Congress decides to get off their collective Arses and get to work really building a compromise. Now what will happen if a shut down does go into effect.
Our military will continue to show up and aptly do their given jobs. Until they basically run out of bullets, pens, and paper etc. etc. etc and then start charging. Civilians employees have been hard at work determining which workers are considered emergency essential to keep basic operations up and running say like Command and Control centers, transportation, hospitals, comm, and so on. If we run out of bandaids --- government credit card holders simply go out and charge for them. (and many other supplies until maxed out)
Now when this furlough happened back in 95 / 96, I was in uniform. I showed up for work and my civilian counter parts did not. I got to not only do my job (as did other military personnel) but, I picked up the work of those who were not allowed to come in. Then later, when the budget was passed, all went back to normal and those employees were given back pay.
YEPPERS for the job they were not allowed to come do but, in essence I and many others did for them.
Yes I am pissed! As I have been keeping check on what is happening on both the House and Senate floors; I see this headline today:
"Obama announces reelection bid 04/04/11 President will begin to raise money for 2012 campaign next week."
I have kept quiet for a long time watching the kind of job you have been doing for the last three years. Sadly Sir, I am not impressed with your leadership. As the leader of the free world, you have not inspired those of us in the ranks to want to rise up, exceed excellence, do their given jobs, and take over the lead. Could you please just have our elected officials get off their arses and stop grand-standing over nit noy pieces of legislation in order, to get themselves re-elected?
While, my family will be able to weather a two week layoff; not many in our (US) economy can not do so. And for the love of GOD and our country please post the 'real' numbers of unemployment some where. You know those folks who have been out of work so long; they no longer show up on the COOKED BOOKS of the government keeps releasing. I have yet to see; the 'transparency' you promised.
I implore each congressional member to include supreme court justices and POTUS give up their paychecks for double the amount of time civilian are furloughed but, still report to work. See how it really affects you after awhile.
OH Wait! it will not have that big of an affect on your check books because; you earn 3 to 10 times the amount say that my husband earns and your healthcare, lodging, transportation is paid for by the American people.
So those who are continuing to read this post. Say a pray for the many who may be facing this impending event if our elected leaders don't sit down and work on our budget. Personally, I am going to vote each of the people out and seriously pray for a better system of checks and balances.
Sorely Pissed Off,