This is just going to tug at your heartstrings, it is.
“We spent money on Christmas and all that thinking that we were going to have a paycheck on the first, and now we were told today that it’s official, we’re not getting one,” said Britaini Armitage, 30, whose husband is a gunner’s mate in the Coast Guard and is deployed in the Middle East.
With a ‘do nothing’ congress and a megalomaniac in the White House insisting on a border wall, who was clueless as to the potential for what is occurring? Obviously, millions of shopaholic Americans who were intent and damned determined to make sure that corporations made out like bandits for this season of “good tidings and great joy!”
I knew it was bad when I was in the store the other day, in a RICHER part of town and I was standing, talking with someone in front of the champagne aisle and we turned as two white women bent down and picked up two bottles of Andre Cold Duck and said, “This will have to do!”
Now, I don’t know how many people are familiar with champagne, but Andre is about as low as you can go. You might as well be drinking fermented piss, it’s that bad. And then today, I read this headline.
Again, it is quite apparent that no one took me seriously when I posted the blog titled, “No Merry Christmas For Laid-Off Sears Workers, But A $25 Million Dollar Stocking Stuffer Bonus For Sears Execs Who Are Helping To Cause The Collapse Of Sears Holdings (Sears, Kmart)” because in that post I stated:
You sit somewhere, chewing on your lip, wondering what you are going to do about Christmas this year. To hell with Christmas! You’ve got much more important things to worry about than some stupid day that comes around once a year preceded by much pomp and circumstance in the form of those same corporations that don’t give a shit about you, touting deep discounts and so come and get your shopping fix. With what? Your unemployment check?
And lo and behold, add to that mix, the employees of the federal government who are having to work without pay until the so-called ‘government shutdown’ ends. Federal workers are now whining that they spent money on Christmas and now need that money to keep a roof over their heads, food in their children’s bellies and to keep the utilities on.
When ‘Candidate Trump’ promised you a ‘border wall’ and you said, “Bring it on!” is this what you meant? I didn’t think so! You didn’t mean that a border wall should disrupt your ability to pay your mortgage/rent and certainly not have you wringing your hands in anguish over the great Christmas gifts your children are playing with right about now, is that it? Oh, the moaning and wailing is starting up something fierce!
“We’re sort of being held hostage in the middle, and we have families and obligations,” said Ms. Ivey, a single mother. “I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make rent.” She added: “I’m basically living on credit now.”
And this dude!
Charles Aitken, who works in inventory management for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is continuing to report to work in Virginia. But he is not being paid and just informed his ex-wife that he may be late with child support payments.
So, it would seem that some federal workers are already facing possible homelessness while others are facing possible jail time over non-payment of child support. Talk about a ‘ripple effect’, this is going to go into overdrive and right after Christmas too? Were those ‘deep discounts’ worth it? I bet that thinking on all the money that you wasted on gifts, food and airline tickets has got you down right about now, hasn’t it? Just when you need it the most since you’re heading to work and there’s no paycheck coming and you have no idea how long the border wall showdown is going to continue.
I have read time and time again that Americans will just never get with the program and SAVE! Instant gratification will be your downfall. You have got to have it now. You have got to do as you are told by corporations, by the mainstream media and who or whatever else is telling you to shop, shop, shop, be it a magazine, a newspaper or even a radio talk show. But those who have stated time and time again that millions of Americans cannot even get their hands on $500 for an emergency at any given time are just ignored and now that emergency is happening all across this country. People who still have credit are living on credit. Others are applying for emergency assistance that has been set up to help in some small way.
The nonprofit Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is helping out lower-ranking members, offering $550 to married members and $350 to single Coast Guard members who need help paying for food or overdue bills. If all 21,000 members who are eligible for the aid request it, that would cost some $12 million.
Well, there’s a bit of help for those in the Coast Guard, but what about everyone else?
On Thursday, the federal Office of Personnel Management took the extraordinary, odd and ominous step of posting a link to a document that offered tips to federal workers on weathering a lengthy interruption, including suggestions on how to defer rent payments, or even barter with landlords by offering to perform minor repair work like painting or cleaning up.
Barter with your landlord????!!! Seriously???!!! Has anyone tried bartering with their landlord? If so, please leave a comment and let us know how well THAT worked out! I can’t wait to read about that! Offer to make minor repairs????!!!! Paint and clean up???!!! Uh…that is why landlords have ‘maintenance departments’. This is the best that the federal Office of Personnel Management can come up with? No real solutions to the serious issue of federal workers receiving no paycheck? Their so-called ‘tips’ are absolutely ludicrous, not to mention, stupid! And if you are buying your home, who are you supposed to barter with then? The bank? I seriously had to pick myself up off the floor over laughing at that scenario. So, I guess you go into the bank, tell them that thanks to the government shutdown, you are unable to make your mortgage payment, but it has been suggested by the federal Office of Personnel Management that you barter to keep a roof over your head and so is there any minor repairs that the bank needs done? Can you paint and clean up the bank in order to stay in your home? Now how well is that going to go over with the bank manager? Let me just put it to you this way, you will be introduced to either the bank’s security officer or the police to be escorted out and when you’re put out of your home, please try and find a Wi-Fi hot spot so you can let us know if there was any bank willing to allow you to ‘barter’ to keep your home.
Now, I don’t want you to think that I am insensitive to what is going down as it pertains to federal workers who are going to continue to work without pay until….whenever! I think it would be prudent of me to attempt in some small way to help out all I can and so below is a list of agencies that maybe able to assist you with utility payments, food and the other necessities for living.
They assist in times of crisis and offer help with trying to obtain food, health services, housing and utilities, jobs and employment.
Although I don’t like this organization, they may be able to help out.
I don’t like that one either, but again, they may be able to help out.
And if anyone knows of any other agencies that could help these federal employees to continue to remain in their homes with the lights on and food in the fridge, by all means, the comment section is below because I don’t think ‘bartering’ is going to do it. I don’t know if this latest development will make us aware that we need to get back to true community involvement (which means building relationships within your community) and looking out for one another or not, but that is what is truly needed because as you can plainly see, government shutdowns and the like are not going anywhere and people cannot continue to put their faith in politicians who so obviously don’t care about the plight of those they are ‘elected’ to serve. No member of congress is worried about keeping a roof over their head during this shutdown. Donald Trump is most definitely not worried about keeping the White House roof over his head since it is quite obvious, he has no known kryptonite since he could probably get away with murdering someone in broad daylight in the middle of the Washington Mall.
Finally, a new year is about to begin. Anyone feel like ‘celebrating’, other than those two women who just bought two bottles of Andre Cold Duck? To those two women, “bottoms up!”