Denise? I come from a family with a tradition of both military and civil service.
The only job I ever had that made me feel like I was doing something that gave back to society was when I worked for the Department of Human Resources, in the central pharmacy, supplying meds to the Health Units.
My salary was such that I qualified for those services, too.
The cries of "shutting down the government" infuriated me so much--I couldn't stop thinking how many of my days were spent trying to meet "deadlines"--every single hour, it seemed. And those deadlines were sometimes literal--I was the assistant to the pharmacist who handled the Handicapped Children's program. If I screwed up, that could mean that a child might have a setback, a seizure, or possibly even die.
I actually wept listening to people who don't seem to understand how necessary some of these programs are to people who have no other recourse.
You have my total empathy. My husband and sister both still work for civil service, too. It's not an easy job, since quite often it means that this job of service entails listening to people's complaints all day, and trying to listen past their anger to understand their frustration is one of helplessness and fear.
I tried to imagine a world without government and I didn't have to try very hard.
All I had to do was remember the days, the months, after Katrina.
Just getting mail was a cause for celebration.
And the day the garbage trucks began rolling to pick up the mountains of trash absolutely unified the neighborhood.
I watched our congress at work all week.
Pompous and self-righteous behavior ruled the proceedings. I've been crying a lot this week.
They can't undo this one. Just threatening to shut down the government, and utilizing our troops was a global embarrassment.
Since we're fact-checking, is it true that G.E. paid no taxes last year?
And why don't we ask those Wall Street folks to give us back the monies used to bail them out? If they could afford to give out bonuses why can't they return the favor of a bail out and bail out the people who made that possible?
I swore I wouldn't do this...sigh.
My apologies if my simple logic annoys anyone and I also apologize if I somehow insulted anyone.
I do not understand this "shut the government down" talk. I do think we need more watchdog organizations, though. I'm just as mad at government workers and their overpaid bosses who skim from their budgets...padding expenses so that they can plea for more every fiscal year.
I don't know what the answers are, but I do know that if you kill the working class, you are slaughtering the true goose that lays the gold tax eggs.
And this is off-topic, but I find Donald Trump extremely annoying. I can't take him seriously. I feel like he's eyeing up the White House like it's a casino...