- Posted October 7, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Furlough – Day 6 – Looking Forward
I pulled out my “week at a glance” calendar that had been filled with meetings (all canceled), deadlines for reports, and other plans for completing required on-line training, etc. Realizing that Monday and most likely Tuesday (probably the whole week for that matter) would find me at home and still on furlough I needed a plan.
I set up my week as thus:
Monday – Complete personal business stuff, complete fall yard work, and do some shopping.
Tuesday – Speak at university class (as a citizen not a civil servant), misc projects/errands/chores in PM.
Wednesday – Volunteer at Local Nature Center
Thursday – Meetings related to personal business throughout the day.
Friday – Volunteer at Local Nature Center
As I looked this over I wondered if this would become the norm for the fall. What if a budget or continuing resolution was passed? Would it mean an end to this insanity or, the more likely option, would I see the words “shutdown again” hit the media? Should I be prepared to fill more weeks of time?
In considering this, as well as various editorials published recently, I ask the question again: “does our government and political process need a complete review”? If I as a federal employee do not have enough faith in my government that they can keep me working, what does that say about our system? Moreover, is it a system that can even be fixed? In a world full of so much pain and tragedy (homelessness, crime, famine and plague, environmental concerns, etc.) to have a government so out of touch is frightening. To be led by people who would shut down government agencies and threaten default over a health care bill means our government has completely lost its way. Given these facts I am not sure it can be fixed. However, we have to try.
I don’t want to worry every September that I may go on furlough in a month. I don’t want to piece meal my weekly schedule every October. I don’t want to see people worried about how they will pay their bills because the government can’t pass a budget. I want to work. I want my job to mean something. I want to have pride in my government.
Where do we go from here? Where can we go? If we only look to the past we are lost, for we cannot change history. If we try and close our senses to the world around us, the present will never change and we will remain lost. We must look forward, with history and present as our teachers and benchmarks. As citizens we hold the power of voice, influence, and vote. As our forefathers and mothers did with things like Civil Rights, we must make a change at the heart of the problem. It is time to create accountability and a system that will never again let party lines and bipartisanship interfere with progress and our country’s operations. It is time.