Looking on the Bright Side
An old childhood friend of mine is a forest ranger and her husband is a wildlife firefighter. They do highly skilled, deeply important jobs for our country. They get moved all over the U.S., sometimes to incredibly remote areas that aren’t easy to live in. My friend’s husband puts his life at risk on a regular basis…for all of us…to protect this country.
As of today, both my friend and her husband are on furlough. Basically, out of work and pay until further notice. The fact that this is happening to them because there are a bunch of big babies throwing a public tantrum in congress right now really makes me very mad. Especially because I honestly believe that they don’t give a crap about what is happening to my friend and her husband or any of the other honest hard working people that they are affecting with their public display of immaturity. Congress is still getting paid today…not that they need the money.
Getting around to the bright side, here is what really inspired me about this whole situation: This morning my friend’s older sister put up a status on face book that said “Yay! My sister and her husband are out of work. Time to plan the family reunion!” In the midst of me being really grumpy at our selfish government…that comment made me really very happy. Of course, my friends know to be prepared for this stuff and they have learned to roll with the punches. I am really proud of them. I hope that they have a fantastic vacation!
On the bright side, it is possible that we will see these overgrown toddlers who are posing as elected officials for what they really are and vote them out of office. On the bright side, maybe some intelligent people out there will be so inspired by the lack of good leaders in Washington that they will step up and run for offices in their local government. On the bright side, maybe several new community gardens will be launched today because people might realize that they would feel a lot more comfortable knowing that they have a source of food they are in control of…it could happen.
Take care of your friends and neighbors. Today if a bear breaks into your house, there will be no one that you can call to help you out with that situation…I hope that you know someone. I am keeping our country’s forests in my prayers because the firefighters are not working today. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has three people on staff today…that’s a little frightening. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has twenty-two on staff. The dept. of Education is basically closed, as is the EPA, Federal Maritime Commission, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I could go on and on…all of these hard working public servants are out of work and out of pay today, and congress is still getting paid in full.
On the bright side, people like myself are sending love in the direction of all of our public servants who are in limbo today. On the bright side, people are having a hard time ignoring what a three ring circus our government has the potential of becoming. On the bright side, we have all the power and the capability to stand up and change things. Let’s do that…let’s show them that we can!
Here is a link with the breakdown of closed services:
Here is an explanation of how congress is still getting paid: