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Who Gets Paychecks and Who Doesn’t During Federal Government Shutdown?

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As of 12:01am today, the federal government is shut down for the first time since 1996 leaving the American people holding the proverbial bag as usual. Rather than look at which of the roughly 800,000 federal workers who will NOT be getting paychecks, let’s look at who WILL get paychecks until this crisis is resolved. You will be happy to know that all of our Senators and members of the House of Representatives WILL continue to get their paychecks…thank god, I was so worried about how they would live with no paycheck, which by the way is a constitutionally protected $174,000 per year according to an article in the Huffington Post.

Most of them are wealthy enough that their government salary really means nothing and some  have said they will donate their salaries to charity during the shutdown…how thoughtful. My question is, why are they getting paid at all at this point? They caused this, so their paychecks should be the first to go, right? You bet your term limits they should!!!

Why is it that every time a government financial crisis hits, you and I suffer the consequences, sometimes so severely that feeding our families and paying our bills becomes a monumental task…and yet our leaders always seem to escape any financial harm? I wish somebody would explain to me why we are always made to suffer the consequences from their total inability to act like grownups?

I know that their salary is very small compared to their individual net worth, but it’s the principle of the thing…TAKE AWAY THEIR PAYCHECKS DURING THIS SHUTDOWN…PLEASE!!! It is high time that our leaders start to suffer the consequences of their own immaturity, arrogance and complete disregard for the people they serve.

So, while our Senators and Representatives continue to be paid, many other federal employees are not and some critical services will be limited at best. The stock market will be affected and some federal agencies are closed during this shutdown, including our National Parks. By the way, today, ironically is the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park, which is closed. Happy anniversary!

Ladies and gentlemen of Congress, please, you have embarrassed yourselves enough. Put your petty differences aside and work this out before we fall into a hole from which we cannot escape…it’s the right thing to do…so please, for once do the right thing before it’s too late.

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