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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:16 AM

"Our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cellphones are now past due,"

"Our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cellphones are now past due,"
The #GOP needs to stop playing games w/ hardworking federal workers' lives!
Fund the goverment & then argue for the wall. One has nothing to do w/ the other!




Jacinda says she has "no idea" what her family will do if the government shutdown continues past January. Her husband's last paycheck was Dec. 28 and, like many federal workers, he's unlikely to get his next one at the end of this week. He may not get the one after that, due at the end of January, either.

"Our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cellphones are now past due," she says.

Her husband is a TSA officer in Portland, Ore., but he's not speaking publicly because the Transportation Security Administration forbids personnel to do so.

"We are a paycheck-to-paycheck family," Jacinda, 36, says. We're not using her last name because she fears he could be fired.

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https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683519210/air-travelers-and-workers-may-feel-government-shutdown-effects

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Reply "Our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cellphones are now past due," (Original post)
kpete Jan 10 OP
democratisphere Jan 10 #1
Vinca Jan 10 #2
democratisphere Jan 10 #6
Soxfan58 Jan 10 #5
3Hotdogs Jan 10 #10
democratisphere Jan 10 #11
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 10 #3
Blues Heron Jan 10 #4
tymorial Jan 10 #7
PJMcK Jan 10 #8
Akacia Jan 10 #9
PJMcK Jan 10 #14
BumRushDaShow Jan 10 #12
PJMcK Jan 10 #13
BumRushDaShow Jan 10 #16
obamanut2012 Jan 10 #19
BlueJac Jan 10 #15
bdamomma Jan 10 #17
dalton99a Jan 10 #18

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:31 AM

1. It will be interesting to see how the corporate bill collectors and landlords

treat the federal workers in a financial jam through no fault of their own.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:37 AM

2. It will be interesting to see how many TSA agents say to hell with it and look elsewhere for a job.

I sure wouldn't feel safe relying on an employer who cuts you off every time the boss has a hissy fit.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:45 AM

6. We've got to get rid of the crazy insane so called boss!.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:42 AM

5. Corporate should help.

But what about the landlords with a couple rentals who are barely making it themselves.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:56 AM

10. Regarding landlords, I was one once. 2 apartments, nothing big.

If I was the landlord, I would like to give 'em a few months break. But then, how do I pay the property tax, sewer tax and water bill? Where does the money come from to pay $800 for the bed bug infestation? Or the plumbing bill?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 08:09 AM

11. It is a dilemma.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:37 AM

3. the russian Agent Orange doesn't care

Moscow Mitch might pretend to care, if enough pressure comes from the general public. Unless, of course, he has plans to rig 2020.

McConnell is now sharing ownership of the TrumpShutdown, by not allowing any Senators to voice their opinion through voting.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:42 AM

4. cell phones - what a drain on the finances

how did we ever exist without them.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:47 AM

7. I resisted for a very long time.

My first smart phone was 5 years ago . Before that I used cheap prepaid just in case of an emergency. I hate how much the smartphone captures my attention. I wish I didnt need it for work

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:50 AM

8. We had landlines

They weren't cheap either.

Some of us had to have more than one. I'm an independent businessman and used to work out of my home. Accordingly, we had a line for the family, a line for my business and another for my fax machine (remember those?).

The phone companies charged calls by distance and time. Those bills added up quickly.

That's how we existed before cell phones.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:55 AM

9. I still have a landline and no cellphone and

I like it that way!

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Response to Akacia (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 08:32 AM

14. To each their own!

It would be impossible for me to live and work today without the smartphone. But not everyone has my needs.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 08:16 AM

12. "another for my fax machine (remember those?)"

I have a printer/copier/scanner/FAX machine and actually had to FAX something a couple months ago!

Instead of using my landline on that machine, I use my triple-play phone line on it. That way, all the junk robo calls that the number always gets, will hit the FAX machine, which just beeps and boops in response, and then disconnects.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 08:30 AM

13. I like your solution to robocalls!

I got rid of my landlines 6 or 7 years ago. iPhone from now on. It has worked great and been extremely reliable. Importantly, the cost has been relatively modest and cell coverage is almost a non-existent issue.

I still have my fax/copier/scanner/printer and use it primarily as a color printer. My regular printer is an HP LaserJet that is almost 15 years old and it works as well as the day I bought it.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:03 AM

16. Not ready to get rid of land line

...although where I have recently moved had FIOS installed, which is useless in a power outage (like I just had yesterday) vs the old copper lines (even with a battery backup), so I have started wavering. I have a Digitone call blocker on the landline and that thing has been an absolute life saver.

I did find this that sounded interesting for iPhones - https://www.businessinsider.com/brilliant-new-app-will-blast-screeching-fax-tones-in-telemarketers-ears-until-they-never-call-you-again-2015-2

I don't get that many robocalls on my cell phones but the Comcast triple play line gets all kinds of crap so they get this in return from my FAX machine -



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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:42 AM

19. It is cheaper than a landline

And more practical.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 08:33 AM

15. Thank you Donald Trump...

for screwing people lives up!

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Response to BlueJac (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:07 AM

17. He is a vile man

to do this to the American people. Why doesn't he just move to Russia if he likes the oligarchy regime.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:14 AM

18. Remember this monster canceled health benefits for his nephew's sick infant

and called for five innocent black men to be executed after DNA evidence exonerated them

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