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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:32 AM

Devastated by one shutdown, dreading the next

Source: Washington Post

Devastated by one shutdown, dreading the next

By Eli Saslow and
Jabin Botsford February 10 at 8:05 PM

FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there. Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few days earlier. The family minivan had a faulty engine and barely any gas. Her Internet had been cut off a month into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, so she used a friend’s wireless password to log into her bank account. There was $0.38 left in checking and $7.80 in savings, the sum total of 16 years at the IRS.

“This is like disappearing into quicksand,” she said to her friend, Ernie Delgado. “Even once I get back at work, how am I supposed to dig out?”

“You need to start asking for help,” he said.

“Who?” she said. “How? That’s never been me.”

Ibarra, 45, had built her adult life on the principle of self-sufficiency — raising two children by herself, adopting her teenage niece, devoting her career to a government job because it promised meaningful work and 9-to-5 dependability. The salary was modest at about $35,000 a year, so she often stayed late to work overtime. Even when her credit cards were maxed out, she’d been able to make at least the minimum payments. Even if she sometimes needed an extension on her rent, she’d spent 25 years in the same two-bedroom house, where a small sign was posted on a bedroom wall: “Get up and go get it!”

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:33 AM

1. IF there is another shutdown, govt workers won't take it the same way and you will see

Air Traffic Control nearly and completely shutdown all over america. The air controllers know they have the power to do so....

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:08 PM

3. Are you sure about that? Ronnie Raygun fired the air traffic controlers in their last strike.

There were no safety consequences.

The Orange Asshole would do the same.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:34 AM

2. Didn't she listen to

Secretary of Commerce (and multimillionaire) Wilbur Ross? He said, (mumble words here.....)"I don't see why they don't just go and take out a loan. How much trouble can that be?"

There you go - simple, huh??

WHAT AN ASS!!!!!!!

This whole band of criminals should be taken south and used as the "foundation" for that wall that should never be built!

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