- Posted February 28, 2013 by
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Payday Lands on Sequester Meltdown - So?
Across the Cornfield and across the US of A, millions wait for Friday, March 1, to arrive. It will be payday for me and others like me. Being a Friday, it is payday for many workers throughout the country. Tomorrow is also the day on which the Washington DC created fiscal calamity known as sequester is to occur. With dire warnings being sent out over the last couple of weeks of impending doom, that nightmare scenario is set to play out barring some unlikely last-minute miracle.
But will the coming of sequester be the "end of the world" that it has been hyped?
For millions of us throughout the nation, either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly we face our own budget crisis and survive when the eagle lands. When those paychecks hit the bank, we have to take what we have and figure out how to make it until the next paycheck.
We cut where we have to cut. We pay what we can. We allocate for this or that. We decide whether to pick up that roast or go with ground beef or bologna. We have to determine if we can pick up this medication and not that medication.
Can we continue to pay for internet access or have to do without for awhile?
Do we really need that premium channel or all those other networks or can we do with basic or extended basic cable service instead?
We have to figure out if we must stay at home or can we afford to splurge for one night out. We have to find a way to make do with the shoes or clothes we have or if we can shift the funds around and buy that new outfit.
Do we fill up the tank or pick up a couple of gallons of milk?
From the Cornfield to the Plains to the Coast, every day people look at what money is coming in and must make decisions on how to use that money. I am already going over the anticipated funds coming in from my paycheck and Iohn's to determine what bills get paid and which items can be put on the shelf for March. Most of us are use to doing this.
Why is it so hard for our federal government and our elected officials to understand basic kitchen table economics?
Each month I decry my lack of money and lament what I must do without. I usually pen my misgivings and consternation and concern of how to make it through the month in a post to Inside My Mind.
Yet each month passes and I once more bark about the state of my financial affairs, screaming like a cat with its tail caught in the door. Life goes on.
I survive by adapting, by changing. Congress and the White House, the federal government can do the same.
The sky is not falling. We seem to have a love of panicking for panic's sake. Our nation will survive and come the end of March, the start of April, the howls will be heard again.
From Mark's Den in the Cornfield, it ain't easy, but it is doable. This crisis too shall pass. Soon we will be facing yet another crisis.