Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How will a Government Shutdown affect you?


The last shutdown we were in Washington DC. To be truthful I cannot remember what happened. I know I went to work and the sailors that worked for me did. I am not sure about the 36 Civil servants. As best I can remember you could not tell the difference. And after it was over the workers received back pay, and the system kept on.


It is strange to me that we always want a balanced budget, we always want government spending cut, but when it comes to it nobody can agree.


Sorta like a city dump. Do you have that problem where you live? Most places do. We all know we must have a dump, or the latest term is ‘land fill’. But we don’t want it in our back yard. You can bet the dump goes in the lowest pay area of your county. The ones who cannot raise enough stink to make a difference.


Sorta like the groups who want the State budget balanced, but do not want a pay cut and will strike for it. They will shut it down if they don’t get their way. They will paint a picture that nobody loves us and Gov’t is just covering for the fat cats. That is always a good line.


As a general rule we Americans will compromise and give more it the problem is truly explained. I was proud of Reagan when he fired the Air Controllers, and reworked the system.


There are times that the little man will suffer. Note these pictures of the USA, and that was only 80 years ago. Lucy might remember some of this. I say that because I think Lucy is the oldest person I know that blogs here. Our man Sam isn’t active anymore.


The poor paid during the last depression. There was no unemployment or bail outs.

Enough, just wondering if the shutdown would bother you?


Nite Shipslog


        SMART A$$ ANSWER
          A truck driver was driving along on the freeway and noticed a sign that read: Low Bridge Ahead. Before he knows it, the bridge is right in front of him and his truck gets wedged under it. Cars are backed up for miles. Finally a police car comes up.
          The cop gets out of his car and walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, 'Got stuck, huh?'
          The truck driver says, 'No, I was delivering this bridge and I ran out of gas.'




I remember my dad talking about driving from Georgia to Hollywood, FL, Stuffing rags and weeds in tires after blow outs. Wiley, Sherry’s dad, a died in the wool Republican said, “FDR was the best thing that ever happened to the USA”.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

My parents grew up in the great depression and they learned some valuable lessons from it. I always heard the tales of cardboard inside the shoes cause the soles wore out and having one dress for Sunday and another for everyday. Most of us wouldn't know how to live like that. There are lots of cuts to the budget here in our State. Folks are complaining big time and after all is said and done it will be still a lot better than when it was during the depression. I wonder if folks really know just how much they have.

betty said...

LOL about the bridge story! I don't think the government shut down will affect us too much. I just wish they would figure out a way to be reasonable with the cuts and work well together to accomplish the work that needs to be done. I think not knowing if it is going to be shut down or not can have a lot of people on edge and that is not good with everything else going on in the world these days.


shirl72 said...

I think they could lay off some and still operate
just as well. Most people today don't know about hard times. Some hard times may make us
appreciate what we have and proud to live in


Anonymous said...

Great, great entry, measurement of current time and life.

And yes, she was one of those photographers that influenced me a lot. Please have a good Thursday you all.

Debbie said...

So, now I know why the dump is just a few miles up the road from us and the transfer station a few miles up the road the other way.

I've heard my parents talk about the great depression many times. Life sure wasn't easy for them and a lot of hard choices had to be made.

Love & Hugs

Paula said...

I miss Sam and pray he is okay.

Sheila Y said...

Jack, let me introduce you to a blogger, if I remember correct, who turned 97 in Sept. I read about him in our paper in Mobile, he is the first aol jlander that I read. I believe at the time (and probably still is) he was the oldest blogger in the US. He is Dad over at
drop by for a visit...Love from NC, Sheila

Jean said...

Hi Jack and Sherry. I heard my parents talk about the depression I don't remember where I was born during that time are not. I think Grover was, but he doesn't talk much about what happen. Take care.

Lucy said...

I lost what I was saying so will keep this short. I do remember parts of th depression and by the time I was old enough The first thing comes to mind is it was so hot. Our wells would go dry and we would have to wait for them to fill again. Their was always water in the stock tank because we needed the animals to stay as healthy as could be on a limited amount of feed, my brothers could come up with. Dad said Roosevelt was the best President we ever had. Our house was as shabby as the ones in the picture. It was the only house I knew until I was about 12. We always has food even if it was bread and gravy and often it was, and eggs cause we had chickens. I swore I would never eat another egg or bread aND GRAVY AFTER THINGS GOT BETTER AND OF COURSE i EAT EGGS. No bread and gravy though.

Cher' Shots said...

Jack, I did home health and hospice care for nearly 15 years. I had a lot of clients who remembered the depression years and shared their stories. It was sad back then - and it's sad now that we heading down the same road again. I'm afraid most Americans have no idea what lies ahead and are far from prepared. Not that they haven't been warned, but that they still don't believe it can get that bad. I pray it won't but I don't have my head in the sand.
'love & hugs from afar'