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Letters: No savings from shutdown

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Updated: November 24, 2013 6:44AM



I am a government employee. I make $35,907 a year and live in a trailer without phone, cable TV or Internet. My husband and I recently welcomed our first-born son into the world, and like many of you, we do what we must to make ends meet.

I was placed on furlough, my paycheck took a temporary setback, but I’m not the one who should be outraged.

What the members of Congress failed to tell you is that while they were dragging their feet and playing politics to the tune of the federal deficit and their political interests, not only were you, the American people, inconvenienced by the temporary shutdown of government services, but you also will pay for my paid vacation.

Your tax dollars financed the political poker game waged on Capitol Hill, while our roads, schools and other public services take a back seat. Who will reimburse the American taxpayer for this misappropriation of funds?

The taxes you continued to pay during the furlough will retroactively go to fund government services, but that won’t make up for the time of lost productivity. You’re paying for three weeks of prime time and only receiving basic cable, while the guys at the top don’t miss a dime. Where are the direct consequences for our leaders’ failure to fulfill their elected responsibilities?

There is a price to be paid for inaction, for putting party politics ahead of progress. There price should not be covered from the paychecks of hard-working Americans, but from the pockets of our leaders who have failed to lead.

Kristen Goshorn

Tinley Park



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