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      With four days left in negotiations, thousands of government workers are wondering if they will face another government shutdown. Why? Because he is determined to have something that will not do what he promises, stem the tide of illegal immigration.

      His insistence of once again shutting down the Federal Government is not off the table, perhaps he should consider these words;

      FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there. Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few days earlier. The family minivan had a faulty engine and barely any gas. Her Internet had been cut off a month into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, so she used a friend’s wireless password to log into her bank account. There was $0.38 left in checking and $7.80 in savings, the sum total of 16 years at the IRS.

      Ms. Ibarra is a dedicated government employee who works for the IRS. Her account in of what the shutdown has and is costing her is heartbreaking.

      Some of this forum – in their attempt to support Trump – will offer some half-ass lame excuses along with attempts at equivalency of other shutdowns. Bottom line, shutting the government does not work, and they have long term effects. Yes, government workers will receive back pay, but, as pointed out in this article, Ms. Ibarra, still has to deal with the increase of debt she occurred during the shutdown.

      “I’m not trying to make up excuses,” she said. “I’m just saying, that number is giving you the wrong idea. This isn’t me. I’m a go-getter. I’m a single mother. I usually take care of everything myself.”

      “Right, but this is your score,” the banker said. He gestured back to the number in bold, and she nodded.

      “No problem,” he said. “We can still do an application and see what comes back.”

      “But I’m not going to qualify, right?” she said.

      “We can’t really say.”

      “But probably not.”

      “No,” he said. “I’m sorry. Probably not.”

      “So what am I supposed to do?” she asked, her voice rising an octave, the frustration building, eye shadow smudging on her cheeks as her sentences collided. “I can’t even. . . . I’ve been working nonstop, and then it’s just. . . . Can’t you see this isn’t my fault? How am I supposed to prepare for something that’s —”

      He reached across the desk and lightly touched her arm. “Look. There are other options,” he said, and he pointed down the street, in the direction of a sprawling shopping center with three payday lenders. She collected her papers off his desk, left the bank and drove a half mile down the road, parking in front of a neon green billboard that read: “Instant Cash Today!”

      I guess this is what Trump meant when he said; “I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments.”

      I encourage you to read the article.


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          Thanks for the share and badge. Yes it is disheartening. The part that really tore at me was the banker suggesting she go to a Pay Day lender.

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