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I’m getting pretty tired of hearing from these federal employees the media keeps spotlighting, who act like they’re dying form this government shutdown.
As thedrags on, 800,000 federal workers are forced to live off savings and what’s left from their last paychecks, including New Jersey resident and federal corrections officer John Siciliano. He’s making a stream of non-stop phone calls to try to hold the banks at bay. He hasn’t gotten a paycheck since December 29th and doesn’t expect to get one any day soon.
“We’re still working. I’m going to work every day and I’m not getting paid. I have to work extra hours and not get paid,” he said.
Siciliano has been guarding prisoners at Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center for nearly 19 years, and lived through several shutdowns. But this one has gone on so long, he’s about to miss a mortgage payment. The bank told him and his wife if they miss a second one, it’ll start foreclosure proceedings. He said he’s both scared and angry.
“A little bit of … scared because we never miss any payments and I’m angry at the bank because there is just no give,” Siciliano said.
His wife Vicky’s preschool teaching job can’t cover their expenses. They had hoped Tuesday night’s speeches would bring some answers, but were left disappointed. Vicky blames President Trump, while her husband blames both Democrats and Republicans.
“This is ridiuclous and this is going to go on for months,” Siciliano said.
Both want to know, if they can be disciplined with their finances, why can’t the government?
“It’s almost like children, Republicans and Democrats, two children fighting against each other tit for tat,” Siciliano said. “You got a million people out of work and you know, it’s like pawns, pawns in a game.”
Between their house and car payments, the couple said they owe about $3,000 dollars. The amount of money right now in their bank account is $2,100.
You know we don’t like to get political here at Turtleboy Sports, so I won’t make this political or offer any opinions about whose fault the government shut down is. What I will do though is point out how ridiculous and fake all these stories are. CBS This Morning had a bunch of mothers with babies on today crying their eyes out about their bills and blah, blah, blah. You got paid less than 2 weeks ago. There is a 0.0% chance you’re anywhere close to foreclosure because of this. Many of us go two weeks without being paid. We figure it out. Banks do not foreclose on you in 3 weeks. That’s not how any of this works. Plus, he says he’s about to miss a second mortgage payment, because apparently he has to pay multiple mortgage payments every month.
Oh, and if you have a 2 income family and you only have $2,100 in your bank account, then you have no idea how to manage money and you’re probably living way, way outside of your means. It’s not like these people are making minimum wage. His wife is a teacher and he’s a CO. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck and not saving anything then that’s your fault for being a crappy parent.
Oh, and I’m sure that they’ll all get backpay when this is resolved, so spare me the “we’re working for free” bullshit. If you actually thought you wouldn’t be compensated for the work you’re doing, and you kept going to work anyway, then you deserve to be poor. But of course you know damn well you will get paid for your work.
And can we talk about this?
What year is this? They keep hand written ledgers of their finances? Do you not have online bank accounts? Ever heard of Excel? And why is his wife holding a pen like my 4 year old? Newsflash – no one actually believes this is how you keep track of your finances. You’re not that responsible. If you did keep track like this, and you were that responsible, then you’d have a lot more than $2,100 in savings.
This is just the media lying again. They really are fake news.