Political games cause hardship for many people

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dear Liz,

My husband is in an area of government involving a critical aspect of national security. I cannot say more because of his high security clearance. He was on the last furlough (down 25 percent of salary, same number of hours) and this time, he is not getting paid but must continue to work because of the nature of his assignment (or be fired). I am a homemaker with three children and involved with considerable volunteer work. I’ve had to take on work outside of the home (thank goodness, could find some.) I just want to know, how does the government explain this? Are they even aware? There is so much more to the story. Politics has become insane. Period.

God Bless America,

seriously


Dear “God Bless…”

And you and your family as well. This is a new one to me, and I am sure, for most of our readers. I strongly believe that politics is totally out of control. There are good people in all camps, but it is not working. I pray along with you, that some great minds, regardless of their political affiliation, will risk re-election to do the right thing and fix this. Meantime, I pray you and your family, and others affected, will have your needs met.

Dear Liz,

I am one of those “un-essential” government employees, now laid off, but so are the 50 some employees I work with. Fortunately, our family has followed counsel to have money saved, stay out of debt and even have food and essentials stored for just such times. I hope everyone will use this warning to become as self-sufficient as possible, so the ups and downs we are sure to endure now and in the future need not be so traumatic. Thank you.

Glad we’re prepared


Dear “Glad,”

I am so glad you are prepared in multiple ways, and pray all will learn from you. Our church has encouraged us all to do the same. It is not a “doomsday” kind of thing — just a wise thing to do. Being in the “bulls-eye” of potentially bad weather, power outages, even earthquakes — we should be prepared anyway.

That preparation makes a huge psychological difference as well. Self-sufficiency is a great personal and family goal. For instance, purchasing extra canned vegetables in water or other items the family will eat, each week (even just $5 more per week,) can add up to many months of non-perishable food and other needs for when times are rough.

Having emergency savings, reducing and eliminating debt and finding frugal ways to have fun go a long way in short and long-term preparation. It also builds character and increases family security. Learning to live with less is a crucial lesson from our over-indulged, over entertained, youth. For example, families that practice “power outage” nights where supper is done on a camp stove (outside, please) and board games and reading replace electronics, are already on the way to becoming stronger, smarter and prepared for whatever may come.

Again I always say, “don’t be scared, be prepared.”

Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.

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