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 are losing their homes, cars are being repossessed, and now they are trying to get last-minute education loans for their college students. It doesn’t seem as important when you’re not involved, but you are. Below is an article that addresses this situation. Take a good look. Everything from healthcare for our babies to senior care is affected. Take a look at your neighbor, the family up the street, your relatives that live out of state, then most importantly look in the mirror and you’ll see this is not anonymous.