Typically I do not get into politics, however, I strongly feel that I must say the following:

The government shutdown is just a precursor and a foreshadowing of things to come. The fall out of the shutdown is just beginning and we are barely 2 days into the government shutdown and protests are already beginning….food stamps (upon which a growing population of Americans are dependant upon), the Womens Infants and Children (WIC) program has been targeted, Headstart programs are closing, federally backed housing programs are going to go backlog, Federal parks are closed or closing down…and who knows what else is going to ‘close’ down or no longer be funded…800,000 thousand government workers are ‘furloughed’ without pay…and there are many who depend daily on the spending of government workers to make their own paychecks. This is a downhill slide people and just a glimpse of what is to come in our country.
This country will be ‘broke’ on October 17th, 2013 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised and the way things look, we have an ideology war going on between the House of Representatives, the Senate and the President and the American people are going to be on the short end of the stick.
Let me say this clearly, I am a firm believer that we need to cut big government, cut spending and that the American people needed to become less dependant upon the system. But this has to happen in such a way that the debt this country carries is not just placed on the backs of the poor and ever shrinking middle-class. A reset in the American mindset must happen, one from the ‘I am entitled to have…’ to one of ‘I am willing to work hard for what I have or want’. We are a country of crack-money addicts and the government shutdown is just beginning in a bad economy (I remember the last one) where entitlements and big government programs are propping up many people.
Think ahead a little bit and plan a little bit, get prepared now, be ready to do without, change your habits NOW, scale back NOW, figure out how to do more with less NOW because this government shut down is just the beginning folks and the pinch isn’t really that bad only two days in, but the protesters are coming out already…

I will be doing my best to ramp up my postings on surviving on less and doing more with less, but each and everyone of you knows your own strengths and weaknesses and it starts and ends with you. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, there are things you can do to get ready for the coming storm and YOU CAN DO IT. Be a survivor, get proactive and do it now while you still can.

“In winter, lying in bed, I thought of one thing until my head hurt: there, on the shelves in the shops, there had been canned fish. Why hadn’t I bought it? Why had I bought only eleven jars of cod-liver oil, and not gone to the chemist’s a fifth time to get another three? Why hadn’t I bought a few vitamin C and glucose tablets? These ‘whys’ were terribly tormenting. I thought of every uneaten bowl of soup, every crust of bread thrown away, every potato peeling, with as much remorse and despair as if I’d been the murderer of my own children. But all the same, we did as much as we could, and believed none of the reassuring announcements on the radio.” – Dmitri Likhachev, Reflections on the Russian Soul: A Memoir (of the siege of Leningrad)

Saw the above on and think it speaks to the coming storm.
Stay safe, get ready and be prepared.

Author/Editor Survivingshftmom