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Collage, "Paper Workers," by Sheila Velazquez.
Collage, "Paper Workers," by Sheila Velazquez.

Furloughed federal workers who are finding life tough because of the partial government shutdown are sacrificing and taking extreme measures to make ends meet and pay their bills. They are visiting pawn shops, asking for loan extensions, applying for SNAP (food stamps), using food pantries and visiting soup kitchens. They are taking any part-time temporary work they can find at whatever pay rate. They go to bed each night wondering how they will get through the next day, week, month. Sort of like a huge chunk of U.S. workers.

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Working for Legumes

Workers at a counter in a cafe; photo by Afta Putta Gunawan
Workers at a counter in a cafe; photo by Afta Putta Gunawan.

The short-term interests of the financial elite override the long-term interests of society as a whole (the rest of us). Their goal is to keep stock prices and profits soaring by whatever means possible. Currently they are shaking in their boots because they can hear the bear growling off in the woods

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