“This is not a paid vacation.” The government shutdown continues and members of the American Federation of Government employees, AFL-CIO were out on the street today in front of senator offices all over Pennsylvania. I had the opportunity to speak to some in front or Senator Toomey’s office located at 1628 John F Kennedy Boulevard at Noon. “Set that budget now” was the theme of the protest.
Norma Green is a government employee and feels that the shutdown is “embarrassing and unfair to those that are receiving no pay while those on Capitol Hill are still getting paid.” “Maybe if they knew what it felt like they would not do this.” Marie Powell shared her “frustration and anger.” “They are not doing their job. If we were not doing our job we would have been fired.” She received a third of her regular paycheck and has a mortgage and bills due. “I have to rely on friends and family in order to make it because the mortgage company does not want to hear I will pay it when I can.”
The deadline for the debt ceiling is October 17. Now we have Rule 386 to worry about that leaves the power of making a new ruling solely with the Speaker of the House or his designee. The checks and balances that make up are American democracy are slowly being eroded in front of our eyes and for the entire global community to see.