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(Washington Post)   Ted Cruz made over $6500 in salary during the shutdown. This line cook made $0, and he won't be getting any of it back   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 61
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2013-10-17 12:29:44 PM
I have a background in carpentry. I have some friends still in the business. I kept calling and begging them, any small jobs? So I helped install some toilets. That's $25 here, $25 there. I'm squeaking it through. But the next two weeks are going to be the hardest for me [while he waits for his paycheck to resume]. I don't know where the next dollars are coming from. It was like they ignored us, like they don't care, like we don't exist.

Oh, well he should carve himself some bootstraps, because the government can't create jobs and furthermore

/fark you, GOP.
 
2013-10-17 12:35:08 PM
Shoulda learned to demagogue instead of wasting time learning "trade skills." You think Joe the Plumber's hurting right now?
 
2013-10-17 12:53:00 PM
There's only room in the GOP for one guy with a bit of a background in carpentry, and they don't seem to care what he thought about things, either, despite talking about him non-stop.
 
2013-10-17 01:01:32 PM
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what... These are people who pay no income tax..."[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

--The "reasonable, centrist" part of the GOP.
 
2013-10-17 01:02:54 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: Shoulda learned to demagogue instead of wasting time learning "trade skills." You think Joe the Plumber's hurting right now?


Yes.   This guy installed toilets for $25, Joe the Plumber doesn't even put his underwear on for less than $100.
 
2013-10-17 01:10:21 PM

naughtyrev: There's only room in the GOP for one guy with a bit of a background in carpentry, and they don't seem to care what he thought about things, either, despite talking about him non-stop.


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2013-10-17 01:35:00 PM
Balrog is ripping them a new one right now.
 
2013-10-17 01:38:59 PM
We should start a campaign to get Cruz to give the guy half his shutdown pay
 
2013-10-17 01:40:36 PM
another victim of shutdowns syndrome
 
2013-10-17 01:40:37 PM
First, we got this sheet of paper that said, we were laid off, and we need to apply for unemployment. I just got custody of my son.

So did he get unemployment benefits or not?
 
2013-10-17 01:42:29 PM

violentsalvation: Balrog is ripping them a new one right now.


OH YEAH!

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2013-10-17 01:44:23 PM
A friend of mine who was working for the Navy Federal Credit Union as a contractor got laid off at 6 pm on Friday during the shutdown.  The official excuse was "we don't know how long the shutdown is going to last and we can't process mortgages until then, so we're laying off all contract employees."

I thought her getting laid off at 6 on Friday after the credit union had let her go home (they sent her a TEXT, for pete's sake) was a particularly beautiful move.  Well done, Navy F*C* U.
 
2013-10-17 01:45:44 PM
FTFA:

"I was living week to week" before the shutdown, Anderson told me. "Now I'm living day to day."

Trolls: LEARN SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ASSHOLE LULZ!
 
2013-10-17 01:48:49 PM

The Third Man: A friend of mine who was working for the Navy Federal Credit Union as a contractor got laid off at 6 pm on Friday during the shutdown.  The official excuse was "we don't know how long the shutdown is going to last and we can't process mortgages until then, so we're laying off all contract employees."

I thought her getting laid off at 6 on Friday after the credit union had let her go home (they sent her a TEXT, for pete's sake) was a particularly beautiful move.  Well done, Navy F*C* U.


I worked directly for the Department of Veterans Affairs during the '95 shutdown and I happened to be in DC for other business the day the shutdown started.  When I returned home there was an envelope delivered by FedEx telling me I was furloughed.
 
2013-10-17 01:50:16 PM
I have a background in carpentry. I have some friends still in the business. I kept calling and begging them, any small jobs? So I helped install some toilets. That's $25 here, $25 there. I'm squeaking it through. But the next two weeks are going to be the hardest for me [while he waits for his paycheck to resume]. I don't know where the next dollars are coming from. It was like they ignored us, like they don't care, like we don't exist.

This is nothing compared to the unbelievable horrors of some monuments being closed.
 
2013-10-17 01:50:54 PM

DrewCurtisJr: First, we got this sheet of paper that said, we were laid off, and we need to apply for unemployment. I just got custody of my son.

So did he get unemployment benefits or not?


No, the unemployment office was closed.
 
2013-10-17 01:51:30 PM
As someone who works in the service industry in DC, fark you Ted Cruz and anyone who enabled this shiat. The federal employees will get their paychecks, but there is no way that the rest of us can recoup our lost income.

On the other hand, enjoying the last day sans zoo tourists
/live across the street from the national zoo
//any day without fat pasty middle Americans clogging the sidewalk with strollers while clutching McDonald's bags is a good one
 
2013-10-17 01:54:07 PM
Every cook in Washington should feel duty-bound to add "extra" ingredients to Ted Cruz's food.
 
2013-10-17 01:55:05 PM

naughtyrev: There's only room in the GOP for one guy with a bit of a background in carpentry, and they don't seem to care what he thought about things, either, despite talking about him non-stop.


Brilliant!
 
2013-10-17 02:01:45 PM
Ted Cruz made almost a million dollars (~$850,000) in donations and isn't up for reelection until 2018.  He will being running for president in three years (and I personally think will do as well as Bachman.  If he's very very lucky, maybe Santorum).  Look for an autobiography or two to be published until then.

If you think he should be ashamed for standing on the neck of cook, you will be shocked by what this [expletive removed] has in store until then.
 
2013-10-17 02:11:14 PM

Corn_Fed: Every cook in Washington should feel duty-bound to add "extra" ingredients to Ted Cruz's any Teabagger's food.


Why stop at Rafael?  Insane idiots like Bachmann are just as guilty.
 
2013-10-17 02:11:30 PM

Corn_Fed: Every cook in Washington should feel duty-bound to add "extra" ingredients to Ted Cruz's food.


I'm sure it won't be limited to only Rafael's food.
 
2013-10-17 02:14:29 PM

SharkInfested: As someone who works in the service industry in DC, fark you Ted Cruz and anyone who enabled this shiat. The federal employees will get their paychecks, but there is no way that the rest of us can recoup our lost income.

On the other hand, enjoying the last day sans zoo tourists
/live across the street from the national zoo
//any day without fat pasty middle Americans clogging the sidewalk with strollers while clutching McDonald's bags is a good one


Now is when they should be passing a law linking politicians salaries to passing a budget.
 
2013-10-17 02:15:12 PM
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.): During the 16-day shutdown, "most Americans probably thought, 'Wait a minute, I thought this was supposed to be cataclysmic.' Like with sequestration - we were told the sun wouldn't come out the next morning, and it did. It was much ado about not a lot."

So in touch with the little people
 
2013-10-17 02:18:39 PM
Luke 6: 20-26

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

"Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

24 "But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Then Jesus dropped the mic and walked off the stage.
 
2013-10-17 02:20:23 PM

Paul Baumer: Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.): During the 16-day shutdown, "most Americans probably thought, 'Wait a minute, I thought this was supposed to be cataclysmic.' Like with sequestration - we were told the sun wouldn't come out the next morning, and it did. It was much ado about not a lot."

So in touch with the little people


All he knew was that Jose, his gardener and Luisa the maid didn't get furloughed even though they work for the government, and you can bet your ass that Mrs Salmon was not about to give up on Ruiz the pool boy...
 
2013-10-17 02:23:36 PM
Never piss off people who prepare food or deliver it to your table.

/learned the hard way as a young muck with liver-based meals
 
2013-10-17 02:24:32 PM

what_now: I have a background in carpentry. I have some friends still in the business. I kept calling and begging them, any small jobs? So I helped install some toilets. That's $25 here, $25 there. I'm squeaking it through. But the next two weeks are going to be the hardest for me [while he waits for his paycheck to resume]. I don't know where the next dollars are coming from. It was like they ignored us, like they don't care, like we don't exist.

Oh, well he should carve himself some bootstraps, because the government can't create jobs and furthermore

/fark you, GOP.


Nah, you got it all wrong.
Obama's fault.
 
2013-10-17 02:28:46 PM

what_now: No, the unemployment office was closed.


?
 
2013-10-17 02:30:33 PM
fark all the people laid off, downsized, or simply not hired because of Obamacare though.
 
2013-10-17 02:32:40 PM

jigger: fark all the people laid off, downsized, or simply not hired because of Obamacare though.


All zero of them, yeah fark them.
 
2013-10-17 02:35:44 PM

muck1969: Never piss off people who prepare food or deliver it to your table.

/learned the hard way as a young muck with liver-based meals


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2013-10-17 02:38:49 PM
You thought he would risk his OWN neck?

He's got a nice house!  He worked for that money!
 
2013-10-17 02:44:54 PM
Dude should become a criminal. With wages like that stealing shiat is the only answer.
 
2013-10-17 02:47:15 PM

Begoggle: jigger: fark all the people laid off, downsized, or simply not hired because of Obamacare though.

All zero of them, yeah fark them.


Yeah, I'm sorry for my hyperbole. No one anywhere is losing any amount of pay because of Obamacare. Thanks for calling me out.
 
2013-10-17 02:49:01 PM
Glad to see this story. There's been so much coverage in DC media about the "superficial" effects, like monument closings and rerouted road races, as well as the stories about what Feds are doing until they get their backpay, but virtually none about the contractors and support personnel who will never see compensation. I work at NASA Goddard in Maryland, and we have something like 10,000 employees, of whom 70% are contractors. That's not just the maintenance, shipping, and landscaping folks, but also the bulk of the research and engineering jobs. We were all furloughed too, and nobody will receive backpay for those two weeks we had to take as leave-without-pay. I can't imagine it will help the agency keep the best and brightest, many of whom were already sent packing when the shuttle program came to an end.

I'm fortunate to be in a place where I can make it a few weeks without pay and not end up on the street, but I work closely with single moms, fathers with kids in college, youngsters right out of college with debt, etc. Some of those folks are going to be carrying credit card balances for a while as a result of this, and the hourly folks, like the guys who work the on-base cafeterias, deliver our mail, and sweep the floors probably make very little as it is. I can't even imagine the pain they went through, all for no fault of their own, and no good even came out of it. Sadly the reaction of many is just "those overpaid Feds are getting what they deserve."
 
2013-10-17 03:24:48 PM
Current CNN Headline: "Is Cruz the male Sarah Palin?"
 
2013-10-17 03:32:55 PM

dukeblue219: We were all furloughed too, and nobody will receive backpay for those two weeks we had to take as leave-without-pay.


Why? If you are not a Gov. employee you should be able to take paid leave, I do understand, no Leave or PTO for Gov. employees
 
2013-10-17 03:34:57 PM

SharkInfested: As someone who works in the service industry in DC, fark you Ted Cruz and anyone who enabled this shiat. The federal employees will get their paychecks, but there is no way that the rest of us can recoup our lost income.

On the other hand, enjoying the last day sans zoo tourists
/live across the street from the national zoo
//any day without fat pasty middle Americans clogging the sidewalk with strollers while clutching McDonald's bags is a good one


You don't sound judgemental at all.

My daughter is taking my grandson to the zoo this Friday for his birthday. She has MS. I'll tell her to walk extra slow and buy junk food just so your confirmation bias is fulfilled.
 
2013-10-17 03:36:07 PM

mediablitz: SharkInfested: As someone who works in the service industry in DC, fark you Ted Cruz and anyone who enabled this shiat. The federal employees will get their paychecks, but there is no way that the rest of us can recoup our lost income.

On the other hand, enjoying the last day sans zoo tourists
/live across the street from the national zoo
//any day without fat pasty middle Americans clogging the sidewalk with strollers while clutching McDonald's bags is a good one

You don't sound judgemental at all.

My daughter is taking my grandson to the zoo this Friday for his birthday. She has MS. I'll tell her to walk extra slow and buy junk food just so your confirmation bias is fulfilled.


You grandson sounds fat?
 
2013-10-17 03:48:53 PM
Another person dependent on government is disapointed... yet some seem to think we need more people dependent on Government and that will fix everything.Good luck with that.
 
2013-10-17 03:59:07 PM
Frank Lautenberg's widow scored $174K too!

It's good to be a Senator.
 
2013-10-17 04:06:59 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: Frank Lautenberg's widow scored $174K too!

It's good to be a Senator.


That lucky dead son of a biatch.
 
2013-10-17 04:11:56 PM

what_now: Oh, well he should carve himself some bootstraps, because the government can't create jobs and furthermore


Right, because had he been working at a restaurant anywhere else in America that doesn't rely on taxpayer funds for business, he would be doing a lot better and would never otherwise be in danger of losing his job.

The last time the govt shutdown was the mid 90's.  This shutdown lasted 2 weeks.  Cry me a freaking river if your employment is otherwise guaranteed.  There's people in the private sector out of work for months and years who work crap jobs just to get by
 
2013-10-17 04:18:35 PM

o5iiawah: There's people in the private sector out of work for months and years who work crap jobs just to get by


Yeah! there's people in other countries who work for 1 dollar a day, so you libterds need to shut up because people exist on the planet who have it worse than the guy mentioned in the article.
 
2013-10-17 04:28:29 PM

James!: That lucky dead son of a biatch


LOL whut?
 
2013-10-17 04:31:47 PM

Sofa_king_kewl: Why? If you are not a Gov. employee you should be able to take paid leave, I do understand, no Leave or PTO for Gov. employees


Well, the short answer is: Yes, paid leave was another option for those who have it.

The better answer is that being forced to take paid time off is essentially the same as not being paid, because you're still having to give up an asset you've earned. If I had taken two weeks as paid leave I would have gotten paid now, but eventually I would have to take unpaid leave to take a vacation, or if I was never going to use it, I'd still get paid less when I eventually left the company. It's still money I'm losing either way. Besides, we don't earn leave at the generous rates the civil servants do anyway, and in my particular case the contract had just changed over so nobody had more than a day of leave saved up. We were allowed to go -40 on paid time off, but that meant we would not be allowed to take any time off for the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, because once we go negative we can't take time off until it's paid back.
 
2013-10-17 04:32:09 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: James!: That lucky dead son of a biatch

LOL whut?


You may have noticed by the use of the term "widow" that Frank Lautenberg is dead.
 
2013-10-17 04:35:27 PM

James!: You may have noticed by the use of the term "widow" that Frank Lautenberg is dead.


Nothing gets past you eh?
 
2013-10-17 04:42:22 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: James!: You may have noticed by the use of the term "widow" that Frank Lautenberg is dead.

Nothing gets past you eh?


It'll be a cold day in hell before I get snuck up on by a corpse.
 
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