Note to Congress: Federal Employees Have Mortgages

By Bob Brewin

October 15, 2013

I talked to an Army buddy today who said the cumulative effect of summer furloughs and 14 days of a government shutdown has resulted in a grim side effect: Some civilians in her command don’t have money to pay their mortgages.

For people living paycheck to paycheck, one missed deposit can completely upend a fragile system. The combination of sequester furloughs and 14 days without work has pushed some federal employees to that stark reality.

But, hey, why pay attention to reality when the members of Congress can instead engage in political posturing around the issue of whether or not people should have health insurance.

And, since I’m cranky already, let’s stop the cheap talk and pandering to veterans.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, joined our only senator from Canada and the former Alaska half-governor at Sunday’s Million Veterans March in Washington – which was actually more like the March of a Couple Hundred Tea Party Members – to show his love  and devotion to those who served.

Lee, according to his bio, “has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans.” But that ardent defense does not include military service. 

Mike, why not? 


By Bob Brewin

October 15, 2013

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