Thanks to the government shutdown, we’re seeing story after #ShutdownStories about poor federal government employees who are going to have trouble paying their mortgages, put food on their tables, meet their car payments, etc. The sympathy has extended to businesses offering free goods and services to ease the pain these public servants are now enduring because President Trump wants a wall to protect Americans from illegal aliens and Democrats do not.
Furloughed federal government workers can watch so much free basketball
Government shutdown: Freebies, deals and help for furloughed workers
Government shutdown: Resources for federal workers who can’t make mortgage or rent
Peach State Federal latest Georgia credit union offering help to furloughed workers
Oklahoma bank covering customers who go unpaid during government shutdown
If You’ve Got A Federal Employee ID, Here’s Where To Score Free And Discounted Food And Drinks
20,000 Pizzas, Knitting Classes and Movies. Just Some of the Freebies Small Businesses Are Offering Furloughed Federal Workers
Free Museum Entry For Furloughed Federal Workers
Free pop-up markets for federal workers affected by shutdown open in D.C. area
Creative Escapes for Furloughed Workers! FREE
Food Pantry, Churches Helping Furloughed Federal Workers
Banks soften due dates, offer help to furloughed federal workers
With the laudable, altruistic rush to help a fellow American in need, one can only ask why now and what makes these people so damn special?
Sorry, but it takes more than ONE delinquent payment to be foreclosed-on or evicted, so either this is an overly sensational #ShutdownStories headline or those government workers have issues.
Many Americans are still reeling from the after effects of the many Obamacare falsehoods delivered.
If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.
— President Barack Obama, 6/6/09
For “people who already have insurance, and the employers who are providing it,” Obama said at one campaign event, “we will work to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family.” So was he talking about lowering the rate of increase? It sure didn’t seem that way. On CNN he said, “We’re going to reduce costs an average of $2,500.“
— Investors Business Daily, 9/23/15
As was predicted and as we all now know, the results of the politics was devastating to the lives of millions of Americans.
We found that since the ACA became law, among small businesses, the rise in premiums has been associated with $19 billion in lost wages, small businesses (20-99 workers) lost 295,030 jobs, 10,130 business establishments, and $4.7 billion in total wage earnings. Florida lost 17,950 jobs; Ohio lost 19,000; Pennsylvania lost 15,680; and Texas lost 28,010 jobs due to higher sensitivity to rising health care premiums and the ACA.
— American Action Forum analysis
Let’s look at some simple numbers: around 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed versus almost 300,000 Americans who actually lost their jobs. One would think those who didn’t have the luxury of knowing they would eventually receive back pay would’ve loved a public outpouring of freebies to help them get by.
However, Americans received nothing. No sympathy from the media who are actively looking for personal stories of angst and misery today. No slack from banks. Certainly no free (promotional) meals in pricey downtown D.C. restaurants or from supermarket chains. No free movies or museum passes; zip, zero, nada.
No one gave a damn about the careers of Americans destroyed, homes and cars lost, marriages disrupted if not destroyed, and all of the other collateral damage done when you lose hours or your job altogether during a lousy economy.
So, yes, while many of us understand the hardships many of these federal workers are going through, we’re also rather disgusted by the media overreach to make us all feel their pain today while they could care less about the pain of millions of Americans a few short years ago.