Showing posts from July, 2013


Foreclosures. Repossessions. Layoffs. Cutbacks. Work furloughs. Time off without pay. Job loss. Debt. Forced retirement. Loss of preventive services. Hunger. Local services lost. Military service cuts. These are some of the things that we will be experiencing because the budget has not been balanced. Federal budget cuts affect EVERYONE!

I have to be honest and say I hadn’t been worried about the budget until I had a conversation with a friend. Children, kids in college, being a single-parent; are only some of the things that my friend is responsible for with a one income family. What do you say to someone who is contemplating early retirement because they are forced to take a work furlough? Time off sounds great if you were being paid for the time off; when it’s forced you are already counting the money lost.

Most of us are oblivious to the effects on our lives. But when you have no warning and your co-workers are ill-prepared you have to take notice. Many of their co-workers ar…