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Wife of DoD Employee Prepares for Sequester

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RUSH:  We got to Ashburn, Virginia.  This is Renee.  Renee, thanks, and welcome to the program.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Love the show.  Wanted to tell ya.

RUSH:  I appreciate that.  Thank you.

CALLER:  Well, I've got some interesting information for you.  My husband is part of the intelligence community in the Department of Defense.  About a week ago we get a letter from a senior executive basically telling my family, which my husband's been employed several times, he's done so much for our country, to get our finances in order.  This is unbelievable, Rush.

originalRUSH:  Now, wait, wait, wait.  Is your husband a contractor or a government employee?

CALLER:  Government employee, yep.  Rush, this is crazy.

RUSH:  Okay.  Now, wait a minute, now.  He's a government employee, and they called you and said get your finances in order --

CALLER:  Oh, no, no, no, no.  We got a letter.  It was heartbreaking.  He came home --

RUSH:  You got a letter saying to get your finances in order, meaning --

CALLER:  Absolutely.

RUSH:  Meaning what?

CALLER:  I don't know.  What does that mean?  I mean, our finances, you know, I mean, everything's ridiculous.  And we got it from I believe the senior executives, you know, he warned all the guys that this is gonna happen.  They're playing a game with our life.  This is unbelievable.  I mean, my husband's deployed to, you know, not so many friendly places and we busted our hump for everything we have, and this is the thanks we get?  This is ridiculous.  We have so many good friends in intel, Department of Defense.  This is crazy.  And the note had said exactly this.  From April 1st to October 1st it will be 22 weeks, one paycheck a week, no pay.  So I had said, "Well, honey, can you use some of your vacation pay?"  Absolutely not.  We are out a week of pay for six months, Rush, if this goes through.

RUSH:  Okay, so they did give you details. 

CALLER:  Oh, they gave us details, all right.  And it kills me because I'm watching TV last night, and I'm listening to the attorney general, all these people, and bottom line asked him, you know, "Well, will our country be less safe?"  And he said absolutely. 

RUSH:  Renee, I'm still trying to understand what's happening to you.  When you say you're gonna lose a paycheck, does that mean one a month, one for the six months?

CALLER:  Twenty-two weeks, one day a week, no pay.

RUSH:  Okay, one day a week.

CALLER:  Yep. For six months, Rush.

RUSH:  So for six months you're gonna get paid, but only for four days a week?

CALLER:  Absolutely.

RUSH:  Okay.

CALLER:  And it's just not us.  I mean, you're dealing with some pretty good people here and the problem is nobody's saying anything, and, you know, people, we gotta start speaking up here --

RUSH:  Your husband is one of the 800,000 that Panetta was talking about who are going to be furloughed.  Now, when we first heard this, we assumed that people like your husband were being totally furloughed, meaning let go.  It turns out you're being paid for four days a week.

CALLER:  But here's the thing, Rush.  I don't even know what's going on.  Congress was on vacation last week.  This is our life.  Who knows.  It could change.

RUSH:  What's going on is that you are pawns of the current administration as they attempt to light fires of fear in as many people as possible over the fact that there's going to $22 billion cut from a defense budget of a trillion dollars, 22 bill is causing all of this.

CALLER:  Okay, I was listening to you.  Leesburg is 15 minutes from here.  They're cutting, already --

RUSH:  Yes.  I know.  Because they're trying to convince everybody the government is everything in your life.

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