I talked about this yesterday on the Facebook Fanpage, but I thought it would be a good idea to continue the discussion over here.
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Right now I am furious, but it’s an empty, helpless rage.
I don’t think the people in DC live in the same world as everyone else. If at one point in their lives they lived paycheck to paycheck, they have forgotten what that means. I don’t think these people have any concept of what delaying a week’s pay can do to people on the brink of poverty. They do not realize that the only people who win will be the payday lenders. Payday lending operations are predatory, they take advantage of people who feel they are in a desperate situation. For the record, I do not mean the clerks, some of them haven’t been able to find another job and are just working to put food on their tables. I’m only talking about the lenders themselves.
Right now, my heart hurts most for young military families. Young men and women signed up, willing to put their lives on the line, for guaranteed pay. Many of them have kids and it’s hard enough to be separated from your family without having to worry about your next paycheck, too.
Home Eccers, many of us have been in desperate situations where the only concerns are about your next meal, keeping the lights on, or not losing your house. Please share your knowledge in the comments.
Help those that may be facing difficult choices know which bills can slide for a month with the least damage.
Share your best emergency menu plans.
But most of all be respectful, civil, and do not judge. Many of the people who will hurt the most, if this shut down happens are young. Please remember your late teens and early twenties when it was hard to look past the next week.