October 8, 2013 |

Government shut down affects everyone

If you’re trying to get a FHA home loan or want to get your passport for a trip you are planning out of the country, now is not the time to do it.

The federal government, as of the time the Journal went to print, is shut down and yes, the impact of that decision affects everyone.

After watching the news reports on Thursday regarding the woman who tried to drive her car through barricades at the Capitol building and was then shot and killed by Federal police in Washington D.C. I was impressed to hear that these men and women aren’t currently being paid to go to work. Yes, they will be reimbursed after the shut down is over, but they went to work that day knowing they weren’t getting paid and yet they continued to protect the same Congressional men and women who have created the stalemate which has stopped their pay.

How’s that for irony?

My parents are still receiving their Social Security checks, the military continues to get paid and yes, the mail is still being delivered—at least there’s that.

My biggest complaint is that that Congress and the President, the same people who continue to blame each other for the shut down, are still receiving their paychecks even though hundreds of thousands of federal workers will not.

Something is wrong with this picture.

I’m pretty sure that if these men and women, the ones we voted in to make decisions that are best for the country, knew they weren’t going to get paid if they couldn’t get along, listen to each other and find a compromise, this whole mess would have already been taken care of and most likely would never have happened.

I am also dismayed that they are now talking about raising the debt ceiling… again.

While this is not a decision that has to be made right now, we have a couple of weeks until all of that comes to a head.

However, it’s almost criminal for the President to ask Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

An article on CNN’s website said it this way, “Remember the time when you maxed out your credit card? That’s what the debt limit is all about. The U.S. is on the verge of maxing out its $16.699 trillion credit card.”

That’s trillion folks—not million or even billion—trillion!!

I have a hard time thinking that any American family, who pays their bills, even in this time when the cost of everything seems to be going up, is all right with this concept.

Congress needs to cut their pay, including retirement, health care and all other benefits first, before asking the American people to be okay with increasing their credit limit.

It’s time to stop pointing fingers, blaming everyone else and sit down and get to the business at hand—earning to live with what you bring in, not what you think you should be able to spend.

Hard decisions have to be made and playing the “it’s not my fault, it’s theirs” game is getting us nowhere fast.

Next election time we should seriously think about getting rid of everyone in Congress and just starting over with a fresh new batch of representatives.

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