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  • Shutdown Sound off
    bigfootnmd
    I am a career IT professional with the IRS. On Sunday 9/29 I celebrated the 27th anniversary of my employment with the IRS. However, unlike most years I did not feel a sense of satisfaction or accomplishment. Instead I found myself a little depressed and worried. This was in no doubt caused by the looming Shutdown. Yes, I have been through this before (17 years ago) however, this time around the world is different. In 1995/96 I was just a Civil Servant who couldn't go to work for a week or so because of a funding problem. Now I am viewed as an evil, vilified, do nothing, wasteful and greedy worker by about 225 people who we elected to serve in the Congress (the Republicans). I am tired of being bashed by the republicans in the media. I have worked for 27 years to serve the IRS and my fellow Citizens. I earn every dollar I am paid. Unlike many on the Hill I don't get GIFTS from rich Corporations or Lobbyists. Instead I pay my own way. Since January I have contributed $1500 to the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund in spite of the fact that I was furloughed from my job for three days. I am fortunate that by being frugal that I have an emergency fund that I can use to help pay my bills during this shutdown. But, I am astounded that Congress still gets paid when they didn't do their jobs which primarily is to pass a budget. So, even when this shutdown ends with a temporary CR we Federal Employees will have to go through another nail biting period wondering if there will be a new CR and for how long. If I ran my finances like the congress handles the budget I would have ended up on the streets years ago. Wake up and do your Jobs.
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  • Wake Up
    Rob
    Neither party likes us. It just so happens that some in the GOP opening voice their feelings. The Dems show their hatred in non-verbal ways like freezing our pay or giving us crappy raises. The current shutdown could only happen with the action or inaction of both parties. The bottom line is this could have been avoided if people weren't misled in 2009 when the ACA was sold to the American people. This bill would have been dead on arrival if the American people were told the truth in 2009. Imagine if we were told that we might not be able to keep our current health plan or doctor, that our full-time job could be converted to part-time, that our premiums might go up $2500 not down, that the cost of the ACA would not be $900 billion as promised, but instead over $2 trillion. Considering the bill only passed the House by 5 votes and the Senate by 1 (of course it only passed the Senate after a couple of Dems were promised money for their home states) there's no way the ACA would have passed had the truth been told.
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  • Wake Up
    Rob
    Neither party likes us. It just so happens that some in the GOP opening voice their feelings. The Dems show their hatred in non-verbal ways like freezing our pay or giving us crappy raises. The current shutdown could only happen with the action or inaction of both parties. The bottom line is this could have been avoided if people weren't misled in 2009 when the ACA was sold to the American people. This bill would have been dead on arrival if the American people were told the truth in 2009. Imagine if we were told that we might not be able to keep our current health plan or doctor, that our full-time job could be converted to part-time, that our premiums might go up $2500 not down, that the cost of the ACA would not be $900 billion as promised, but instead over $2 trillion. Considering the bill only passed the House by 5 votes and the Senate by 1 (of course it only passed the Senate after a couple of Dems were promised money for their home states) there's no way the ACA would have passed had the truth been told.
    { "Agree":"1","Funny":"1","Insightful":"1","Disagree":"-1","Offensive":"-1","Troll":"-1" }
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