Government Shutdown

Well midnight of October 1, 2013, came and went and no resolution was passed concerning the government financial situation. So, all sides of the government took their ball and went home. Except…they didn’t. They are still being paid and hard-working people like myself were sent home – without pay. Something seems remiss about this situation?

We elect officials to represent US not themselves. The best interest of the country isn’t being evaluated here. Maybe the issue is the individuals making the decisions have no vested interest here. We always work with a greater sense of urgency and detail when we have something to lose – but these individuals don’t. They are still being paid – in full – while I sit at home, for another day, waiting for these individuals to control my fate.

The real issue here is what can we do to actually fix this problem – to heal the wounds. Having me and thousands of my co-workers sent home without pay for a few days is merely a band-aid. If we give a man a fish, we feed him for a day, but if we teach him how to fish, we feed him for a lifetime. We need to change our spending habits, reevaluate our programs that we invest in, and start working together to make our country better instead of not doing anything for fear of angering the lobbyists or some sort of group that may have a hand in our reelection.

The effect of these actions trickle down like all things do in life. While I was saying goodbye to my coworkers on Monday, many whom will have had to come in and work, unpaid, one in particular told me I am lucky to not have to come in and should enjoy my time off. Granted, the idea is nice, but I view life differently. Yes, I am very busy outside of work and enjoy my hobbies and personal time, but that is my team there and the work doesn’t go away! I want to be there with my team to help and to aid those individuals I pledged to help when I took my job. If we swim, we all swim, and if we sink, then so be it, but we all sink together. Sometimes having a job and a career is more than just money – but the reality shows – in a situation like this, that perhaps, it may ONLY be about money.

Until then, I will sit at home, along with many of my fellow government workers, and wait for a resolution before we can return to work.

Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.
John Adams, letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776

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