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    Posted October 2, 2013 by
    Titusville, Florida
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    Shutdown over: What next?

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    Affect of Shutdown on my Family


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     archaeoTom, an archaeologist and cultural resources manager on furlough, told me, 'It feels like crap [to be called non-essential]. Seven years I have worked for the USAF. I have worked on weekends and averaged 60 hours a week (I am a one man shop). I also did a lot of work that could have been contracted out saving the USAF a lot of money. This is how I am repaid. I also have not had a cost of living adjustment since Obama was elected. I love my job but obviously the politicians in DC feel that I am not worth anything...I am nothing. My employer gave us a handout and the brass told us repeatedly they were sorry that this has happened. It is not their fault this is happening. My direct supervisor knows my issues with my disabled daughter and our money issues to begin with and said if he could something he would. I have no idea what we are going to do. We live paycheck to paycheck as it is and barely make ends meet. We really got hurt by the last furlough over the summer. We are already behind in bills then you take 20% of my pay each week away and now this shutdown is killing us. I am looking for another job and may have to declare bankruptcy.'
    - TeamiReport, CNN iReport producer

    I am a USAF employee and the father of a child who is blind, autistic and epileptic. First I am furloughed for one day a week for 6 weeks. We had to spend 2 weeks in Ohio getting her a service dog. I get back to work now I am out of work because of you Republicans. How am I supposed to pay for my daughter's medications? How am I supposed to pay my bills while I sit here at home? We live PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. I have not had a cost of living raise in years. How am I supposed to make ends meet? How am I supposed to pay my bills? How can your Republicans cause a shutdown and do this to my family? Then to top things off one of your fellow Republican congresswomen has the nerve to say she deserves to get paid during this because she is working!!??? How dare you. You have no clue what you are doing to us Federal workers and our families. You are so out of touch with us it is pathetic. Shame on you. Shame on you all. You Republicans need to stop acting like a bunch of spoiled children and get over it...Obamacare is here to stay. I will remember this next election. I will NEVER vote Republican AGAIN. When my daughter has a seizure because we can't afford her pills or I have a diabetic episode and either one of us have to go to the hospital are you going to pay for it? This is a photo of my daughter your stupidity and lack of compassion for the Federal workforce is affecting her.
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