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    Posted October 14, 2013 by
    Davenport, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Shutdown over: What next?

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    Two Feds + Two Kids + Many Bills = TROUBLE


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kittybaybie was featured on CNN.com - read the story here. She told me she feels 'helpless, angry, powerless, scared, disheartened' over the partial government shutdown: ' I'm so angry because my boss told us we have to come to work and if we don't, we will be AWOL and face reprimand. How is that fair when I have no money for gas, no money for childcare because I'm an "indentured servant" of the government currently. I'm scared that what little money I do have will run out. My fiancé and I argue tirelessly lately about what spending is necessary versus discretionary. As you can imagine, we disagree. It's causing so much stress for us. Grayson used to attend tutoring at Sylvan learning center. After his father died he started struggling in school. He almost didn't pass third grade. This school year I enrolled him at Sylvan but I haven't been able to take him now because it's too expensive. Having to explain to my six year old, Piper that we can't even buy her a Halloween costume this year just about broke my heart. She told me she would be a fairy again this year and wear her old costume from last year. Too bad it's too small on her. Bless her little heart though for trying to help out the only way she knows how. '
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    My children lost their father last year in a horrible boating accident that killed their uncle and grandfather as well. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/three_missing_after_boat_accid.html
    Now they face homelessness because their step-father works for Homeland Security (TSA) and their mother works for Social Security. We have zero income right now all and I don't know how I will pay bills let alone buy food. We are both essential employees which means we have to be at work or face reprimand or even being fired. The media is so caught up in all the furloughed workers. The people that really have it bad are the ones that have to figure out how to afford money to commute to work as well as childcare all while not getting a paycheck. My children have been through so much already in their short little lives, they shouldn't have to endure this as well. Having to explain to your children why they can't go to tutoring right now, or why they can't get a Halloween costume or pumpkin, or why they can't attend a friend's birthday party all because of this nonsense in Washington is horrible. They might not get the Social Security check from their survivor's benefits either if the debt ceiling isn't raised. :( So NOT RIGHT!
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