Well, it’s officially day 10 of the government being shut down according to the news. In my book, I’m not counting the days, I’m measuring my sanity! Today I’m approaching the end of another week of trying to find things to keep my mind occupied, the end of another week of tidying up around the house, the end of another week of not being paid, and the end of another week of dealing with a stressors that I’d prefer to not have to deal with. The furlough was all good on day 1…it was cool then because I was in need of a day off to rest and catch up on things around the house and get refocused, but now, I’m OVER it! It wasn’t supposed to last this long. I’m trying to find the lessons and blessings in this extended period of time that I have home, but it’s getting harder by the day. The only emotion I can seem to muster up is anger…I’m angry that our elected officials seek to hold the federal workforce captive over their political differences. Every single day, I work with people who have political and philosophical differences, yet we figure out a way to work together…it’s not always easy, but we manage to do it. Why? Because if we don’t, we will not have a job. We have to play fair for the good of the American people. Unfortunately, it seems that the same rules don’t apply to our elected officials.
Rather than work together for the good of the people they serve, these individuals are making innocent people suffer. I am in no way suggesting that the Affordable Health Care Act is perfect, nor am I suggesting that the government doesn’t waste money because it certainly does. Here’s the thing…issues with the federal government began long before President Obama took office and will continue after his term ends! That holds true for every president that preceded him, and will remain true for every president that follows. My issue is that our elected officials are allowing their philosophical differences to harm innocent bystanders. Federal employees have not received a cost of living pay increase in 3 years, yet, the last time I checked, my living expenses have continued to increase all 3 of those years. Rent is higher, gas is higher, groceries are higher. The truth is there are so many federal workers who live paycheck to paycheck, who can’t afford to be out of work. So this afternoon…I think I will write another letter to my congressman to encourage him to consider his constituents and not his own personal agenda. Let’s put this furlough to an end!