I can’t top Arte Johnson and Peter Sellers as they describe what is happening !
It seems that warning letters are starting to go out to the states that the federal government will be shutting down most of the entitlements from Section 8 housing to EBT, ADFC, WIC, TANF and veterans disability payments. I haven’t seen anything regarding Medicare or SS not being paid but heck there is still 15 days left for the PTBs to go completely stupid! If the PTBs keep playing games it will be very unpleasant when people don’t get checks or any benefits and it will ripple through out the economy. Don’t get me wrong I think we need to get the spending under control and I think if the US government did a 5% across the board cut in all benefits from the biggest corporate subsidies to the individual the American people would accept it. But it won’t happen because the PTBs like the money and power to much and since it costs them nothing personally the system won’t change until it crashes. I’d actually pity the PTBs as money and power is all they have that seems to give them any self worth or life any meaning. But they are just to dangerous with that power.
Some good thing are happening. I got quite a few hits on my $125.00 shopping list that I am hoping its a sign that a few people are trying to get ready for November 1st. Two weeks isn’t a lot of time to prepare but it’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully the PTBs will get this nonsense under control and people end up being prepared for winter storms and power outages.
I got my electric bill and it was over $30.00 below the projected cost last month. It looks like it will be a cheap winter electrically by going to the wood stove and that will pay for the cost of wood in energy savings. The solar energy setup will be a top priority once I’m sure I’m getting a check from the Feds along with a larger cash “emergency fund”. Thank goodness I was already working on the cash fund when this government budget fight hit and I had paid ahead on some of the smaller bills. Paying those little bills ahead of time is helping out a lot more than I originally thought.
My focus is to be as cash rich as possible so I won’t be doing much shopping at all. There is good sale on pork loin at Cash and Carry I wouldn’t mind getting, but other than the commitments I made before the budget fight most shopping will be in stand by mode. I think being “cash rich” is the best position you can be in until this budget thing is a done deal. I think the only things that should take priority over cash for the next couple of weeks are your basic needs of Shelter, Security, Food, Water, Sanitation and First aid. If you don’t have enough of those items shop now and beat the panic because you don’t want to be out and about when the hordes don’t get any benefits!