Congress robs us to pay themselves

I read this article about congressional pay raises (+ federal employees and VP Biden), with angry tears in my eyes. Our family has been kicked in the head every time we’ve turned around for the last 30 days and I don’t know what we are going to do. As Congress and the President seem determined to do nothing and shove us off the cliff, our family – along with countless others – will become acceptable, necessary losses for the good of the country.

Christmas was a few presents for my daughter – all used toys and books purchased off ebay. The thermostat in our house is never warmer than 64 degrees. Our cat is sick, but I can’t afford to take her to the vet and she will likely die. The injection to hopefully restore eyesight costs $2000/month … even after insurance, we can’t afford that.

Four years after the economy collapsed, we were finally starting to get caught up and think we were going to be ok, but this morning I just don’t know what we are going to do. I work hard and I’m very good at what I do, but no one wants to pay me what I’m worth. My job could be eliminated because of the financial constraints the government is putting on my employer. It seems that everyone sees me and my family as expendable.

Congressional members are making more money than I earn in 7 years plus cadillac health care, and tons of time off from their jobs – in which they are very unproductive – and yet they get raises and our family is one step from falling off the fiscal cliff. We went over a fiscal cliff four years ago and we fought and worked hard to take care of ourselves and be productive contributing members of society, and now here we are again. I am exhausted.

I’ve tried to monetize the OneMom blog, but nobody clicks anything. I think it’s time I close down OneMom – I am struggling and really have nothing productive to offer anymore.



  1. Dear Kerry, I am so sorry. My heart aches for you and what you are dealing with. We’ve never met, yet I feel a kinship to you and your situation. I have no answers, but I continue to pray for you. There is a note pasted to my kitchen cabinet over my coffee maker (a popular spot 🙂 “Pray for Kerry”. I continue to do so. Give your darling girl a hug from me. I’m so sad especially about your cat. And of course hoping that you can continue your injections.

    I hope you won’t stop sharing your heart and your life here on your blog. But if you need to, I understand.

  2. I am so sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. I feel my job is fairly secure, yet we still have trouble making ends meet.

    Concerning your blog, I do not see ads I can click on. I have my adblock disabled on your blog, but I see nothing, no ads.

  3. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet

    I can understand how you feel Kerry. Ronald took a 50% cut in pay. Which, his pay wasn’t good to begin with. I scaled down on Christmas presents this year and put off buying a big ticket item because we can wait. It’s not easy. This day and age can be compared to the great depression, I’m sure. They already call it the great recession. I’m afraid we may look back and find that it was more of a depression. Some people are in the right place at the right time. Obviously, that’s not us.

    They do need to get those clowns out of office and get someone in there who will do the job that the American people deserve. It seems like the harder you work, the less you make. There’s something wrong here.

    I sure hope that you can get your eyes taken care of. And I hope that LuLu gets better. All you can do, is all you can do. You have a sweet family. Enjoy what you have. I wish you the best.


  4. Hi Kerry- I finally got to read your blog. My computer was in the shop for 3 weeks. I have it back but was having trouble with your site & internet explorer 8. Now I have firefox so I can read your blog again. I got a used net book but the small print can be a challenge. How are you doing?? I wanted to email you but I lost all my email stuff. I for one am glad that they finally voted on the fiscal cliff but am watching to see what else happens especially with medicare & stuff. I can relate to what you said in your blog. I see what my adult daughters & their families are going thru too. My husband turned 65 this past fall so now all of our insurance is changing. He had to get part D & that is costly but scripts are more costly. But we have to have it. Prices in the grocery store keep going up too. How are you doing with your eyes & getting the injections? I searched online to see if I could find something that would help you with that. If you feel like you have to close your blog I understand but I will miss it. If you do – feel free to email me. I would love to hear from you. Sandy

  5. Hi Kerry- Hope all is well. I was just looking to see if there was anything new posted from you. We are expecting very cold temps & snow here starting tonight. Take care. Sandy

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