- Posted October 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Costs of being furloughed
Many have misconceptions of us "overpaid" federal employees. While the private sector has received raises in pay over the last three years, I have not. My family lives paycheck to paycheck. We don't take vacations. I drive a very modest car. Because of the furlough, I now have to make new choices with what little money we have....do I use the money to put food on the table or pay for my medication for diabetes? Do I pay the PG&E bill or the water bill? I now have to determine what we may need to live without: less food, water, power, sewer, garbage service. These are all basic needs we are forced to choose between.
My daughter's birthday was in September, but because of commitments, we postponed the celebration until October. Now, we don't have the funds to celebrate her birthday because I am not working.
It is a kind gesture of congress to not get paid and suffer like the rest of us, except the majority of congress are financially wealthy, even without their paycheck. As I said, we live paycheck to paycheck. They can never feel the pain we feel. Their definition of "suffering" doesn't compare.
In closing, am disgusted with congress and their political moves to gain points for their agendas. But I ask them, get over yourself and start thinking of the people you serve.