- Posted October 5, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Time to Pass a Responsible Budget and Stop the Government Shut Down
I was personally affected by sequestration and the 6-days of DoD civilian employee furloughs. Now, I am sitting at home in my apartment in Italy unable to perform my duties in support of the DoD mission. Uncertain of how I will be able to meet my personal financial obligations in the U.S. and while stationed overseas, it is also very concerning that our nation is even more vulnerable to attacks by rogue nations and terrorist activities while hundreds of thousands of DoD employees are unable to support the military in fulfilling the national security mission and protecting US personnel, its assets and allies. Additionally, the failure of the U.S. economy would trigger the failure of capitalism and the economies of so many countries in the free world that depend upon it. It appears the leaders of the U.S. government not only do not care about the American people but also do not care about being a responsible world leader.
I would encourage U.S. leaders to act swiftly and responsibly and do all you can to end the shut down and pass fair, clean, and just short term and long term budgets and to increase the debt ceiling with no strings attached. Our economy is in a perilous position, and too many people are suffering unnecessarily.
Because a nation’s budget reflects the true values and priorities of its people, I strongly support a federal government budget which encourages growth among all sectors and protects the civil rights, civil liberties, and human dignity of all citizens, and provides for those in need. I thus hope our nation's leaders do all you can to urge every member of Congress, both the House and the Senate, to put petty partisan politics aside and to act responsibly, to be committed to developing a federal budget which puts people back to work; rebuilds the economy; invests in infrastructure, research and innovation, worker productivity, training and education; eliminates wasteful and unnecessary tax giveaways for the wealthiest Americans and multinational corporations while closing unfair tax loopholes; and does not undermine basic safety nets, including health care, for low and middle income people including seniors, children, the ill and disabled.