Government shut-down: My viewpoint due to my dad’s inspiration.
TODAY would have been my Dad’s birthday. Tom McCaughey is gone from us now. He was born on January 10th during World War I.
He served in World War II, and was a devoted veteran who went to college on the GI Bill.
My dad married my mom who was the daughter of immigrants.
He became an accountant and worked for home builders. Later in life he served the U.S. Government agency for Worker’s Compensation. Dad had nothing but praise for the importance of the government organization and its workers.
Dad was quite frugal and taught me the importance of fiscal responsibility. I don’t have to wonder how he would feel and what he would think about the shut-down causing many of our employees to be laid-off. And, yes I say, “our employees” because they work for us, the American people; through our taxes, economic payments, and accountable exercise of our right and responsibility to elect and monitor our representatives.
He advised me to apply my Juris Doctor degree and experience practicing Federal Bankruptcy Law in serving with a government agency. I have not done this. Although, due to my dad’s inspiration, I spent a few years volunteering for the League of Woman Voters, and working for Legal Aid in Florida. Now I assist elders in retirement planning, and coach life care management.
Because my dad instilled both fiscal responsibility and respect for government workers, my social justice nerve has been sparked. I cannot in good conscience agree with what is happening and why. $5.2 Billion of our funds.
Government Shut Down: Could this action really be just a power play by the president to engage in ego-petting and to win at all costs?