- Posted October 2, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Now, our family is living paycheck to paycheck and it looks like the next paycheck will be much smaller than what we need to pay the bills. We were hit by a 20% pay reduction during the summer and now, thanks to the Tea Party obstructionists in Congress, it's not clear when I will get paid again.
In the meantime, my old DoD contractor friends are still raking in the big bucks. I find it interesting that while us government civilians are furloughed, the DoD contractors are still working. Where is the government oversight? Who is managing the work of all those contractors?
If the budget cutters want to get serious about trimming the DoD budget, they could be more effective by slashing the contracted work and building up the government manpower who can do the same work at half the cost!
Or, perhaps the problem is that the Washington budget cutters are being heavily influenced by the obscenely influential DoD lobby?
And then we have this radical ideological group of Tea Party whacko's who apparently have taken control of the Republican caucus in Congress. How is it that the most powerful and influential nation on this planet can be shut down by this small handful of idiots? We really need to change the laws about government funding and continuing resolutions to ensure that the US government can NEVER be shutdown again! If a new budget can't be agreed on by a certain date, government should automatically continue to be funded at the previous levels.