Per the comments, I contacted the people at FEEA, Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, to see if that might be a good place to donate for those looking to help furloughed federal workers. Here is what they said:
We are in desperate need of donations for a program we just launched targeting the lowest income feds with micro grants for groceries, gas, diapers, etc. Donations can be made here.
Here is the description of the program.
I just sent gave them 50 bucks. This shut-down may go on for a long time and federal workers need our support.
If this goes another week, people will start losing their homes and there will be riots. Those won’t be directed at Democrats, either. I think congressional Republicans know, but they no longer know any way to function than to wait for Democrats to bail them out. And obstruction is ALL Mitch knows how to do.
Thanks for the link, Cole.
This is crazy
I’m heading home tomorrow. As soon as I have secure internet again I’m in for the same.
Kudlow today declared the opposite. According to him, public service employees going without pay “Honor us. They honor us.” Can’t make up that level of cluelessness.
us = Trump administration
@Frankensteinbeck: Haven’t we been hearing from the so called experts how Mitch M is all that and how he always wins!
@SRW1: The serfs are always expected to honor their Lords. Kudlow is just delusional enough to believe himself among the Lords as opposed to being just another expendable peon.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
Thanks for mentioning FEEA. I’ve been donating to them for several years, since a previous shutdown, and I’ve mentioned them in comments here several times.
They get a modest monthly donation from me but I think it’s time to give them a one-time crisis donation too. I’ll check out that link.
I’m mostly a lurker hereabouts, but I wanted to thank you for providing the link to the FEEA. Donated.
Thanks for the link, I donated. These people don’t deserve this terrible toll they are being forced to endure.
I seem to have forgotten the riots of 2009 when the millions of people who lost their homes rioted and killed all the bankers.
Unemployment rate then was 10% now it is 4%.
so I have NOW heard of some banks and credit unions that ARE offering low interest loans to Federal employees. Why have I not heard of them until now? Shouldn’t they have been shouting this from the rooftops?
Thanks for the heads-up and the link, Doug! I just send them the same donation.
My parents were both federal workers, and I was, too, for a little while after graduating from college. A month without pay would have been catastrophic.
smedley the uncertain
Doug!, Thanks for the link. This Fed retiree just matched your gift
Last night I wrote that I feared the decisions of a humiliated Trump.
According to Digby, he’s not complying with the request to withdraw the diplomats from Maduro’s Venezuela, after officially “recognizing” Guaido.
Three words – challenge coin auction
Um, according to google and something called fedsmith.com, the average federal salary in 2017 was 115.5K. That’s way more the median HOUSEHOLD income of 56K. Maybe if there is a fund for national park workers, who have very low salaries. Ok, read the link and see program is for those making 35K or less. That’s good. Can’t imagine there are that many considering the average salary.
@Frankensteinbeck: I just donate 100 but I’m ready for tumbrels and guillotines
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@mad citizen: That sounds suspicious.
Here’s the GS schedule for 2017.
$115K puts you at the very tippy top of GS-14 or into the GS-15 range. Those are rare positions, very hard to get.
Here’s the DC-MD area pay (some areas get a locality increase due to estimated cost of living)
$115K still puts you into GS-13 to GS-15 territory. And you’re saying that half (assuming “average” means “median”) the federal employees were GS-13 step 8, GS-14, or GS-15? I have a lot of trouble believing that.
For anyone who missed it: here is link to today’s Nancy Pelosi press conference (16 minutes) and a transcript of last week’s. I hope the links transmit. Original comment is in the Good news thread by TaMara, with the peanut butter and duck (not same item).
@WaterGirl: re Nancy Pelosi’s press conference
linky for C-Span: https://www.c-span.org/video/?457222-1/speaker-pelosi-not-true-democrats-negotiating-scenes-end-shutdown
Here’s C-Span link to today’s press conference. 16:12.
Here’s transcript of last week’s press conference; this week’s is not up yet. Pelosi, January 17.
linky to transcript: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/11719-2/
comrade scotts agenda of rage
Another BJ denizen said about 18 months ago that what should happen to people like Kudlow, Trump, etc., is that they should count their blessings that we’re not marching them down some main drag in a major metro area, Chinese Communist Cultural Revolutionary Style, into a stadium where they are shot. The family is charged the cost of the bullet and their wealth is redistributed to the poor.
But, in a pinch, I’d settle for tumbrels and guiollotines.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: I am suspicious, too.
Even though I do know that many very low GS level jobs have been contracted out, that still seems pretty high.
@catclub: Banks and CUs have been advertising their emergency loan info to customers since the almost the beginning of the shutdown . US Bank has had a banner at the top of their website.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@mad citizen: OK, injecting a little reality.
$115K was, according to that article, the average salary for Washington, DC. I still have a little trouble believing that, since as I pointed out that means that half the employees are GS-14’s or GS-15’s, but let’s take it at face value.
THAT’S THE HIGHEST STATE AVERAGE IN THE US.
Claiming it’s the average federal salary for the entire US is completely wrong. It’s not the average.
I have no idea what this is referencing.
Do we pay laid off feds in bitcoin?
@WhatsMyNym: Good! It is still a shame that it only becomes known after Wilbur Ross brings it up.
great speech by Michael Bennet
@mad citizen: That doesn’t even come close to passing the smell test. There are nowhere near enough GS-13 through 15 gigs to overbalance the salaries like that. zhell a GS-12 step 10 only makes $100K or so. Federal salaries are publically availabe information, so wherever that stat comes from it’s not based in reality.
– a GS-9 step 4 drone.
@comrade scotts agenda of rage: first Trump and family, followed by Mnuchin, Ross, Adelson… ugh so many people, so few guillotines…
hedgehog the occasional commenter
Thanks for this, Doug. I’m in for $50.
I’ve seen it referenced in the news before, but I live in the middle of the military industrial complex surrounding Seattle. The banks and CUs probably want to take care of existing customers first.
ETA: there’s a Coast Guard station down the street from me.
News of the vote:
I think that many crossovers by GOP senators are a good sign.
Grrrr Bloomberg headline says they voted against “Democrats Shutdown Bill’
If they are charging enough interest just to cover costs, good for them.
If they are profiting, well …
The Republican crossovers are a good sign, for sure.
We got a bunch of people with unexpected time on their hands …
The other vote:
Only Manchin from Democrats voted for it. Good.
I am surprised to see those two GOP senators voting against. But they did not vote for the Democrats open the government bill.
why are you comparing average to median?
Off topic, but in Betty’s neck of the woods:
Florida Secretary of State Mike Ertel resigns. He was JUST appointed a month ago.
At some point he thought wearing blackface as a female ‘Katrina Victim’ to a halloween party was a good idea.
@catclub: Earlier post about Sectet Service making shutdown coins
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: he also can’t compare averages to medians. They are not the same.
@Keith P: With pacifier on the margin….smirk
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: I wonder if the DC figure includes all the congressional paychecks and the cabinet level positions.
According to what I saw at TPM, the Democratic Senate bill to reopen got more votes than the Republican. (Both failed, of course.)
@gvg: And I’d pay handsomely for one. Ditto for the Kim Jong Un and just one actual infrastructure challenge coin.
Can you rerun this in a week or so if it’s still needed.
Definitely not the big salaries here in Cinci. I retired last year at GS4, Grade 6. I have a very modest pension that needs supplementing with Medicaid and Food Stamps. Maybe the Director makes GS 15 around here. A lot of us were GS-3 to GS7-8. I don’t even know what the seasonals (being phased out) are doing now. Give if you can, while I hope that this doesn’t fuck with my pension-it’s already fucking with my Food Stamps. God knows about Medicaid.
What we need is a Telethon to wake people up more. Some people are helping-Cinci Police is bringing food for TSA workers at the airport, people are chipping in all over. But a national awareness effort is needed here.
Steve in the ATL
@Bostondreams: who the hell hasn’t learned by now that black face is always a bad idea? Sheesh.
@comrade scotts agenda of rage: yes. Let’s do it in the Washington [racist nickname]’s stadium. And finish the first day with Dan Snyder.
You know, there’s probably a smart way to recognize Guaido and pressure Maduro to step down. Maduro’s been terrible for Venezuela, and looks like he wants to consolidate more and more power to himself, while the country suffers.
But this administration can’t even be bothered to do anything besides making things worse.
man, i love it when the trash takes itself out.
Done, and thank you for the pointer. I’ve also been upping the amount of money that I’m giving to the local food bank; they’ve been sounding the alarm about increased need and that’s presumably true all over the country.
He previously won an MLK award for expanding voter registration and access.
Just so so dumb.
@Steve in the ATL: Who wouldn’t want to go as a Katrina victim lipstick and all after close to two thousand died.
fedsmith is known around here as a garbage source (around here being DC metro), particularly about employment info. Sure there are GS 15s, but there are also GS 5/6/7s who generally are younger folk who do actual work (nurse aides, legal assistants, copy shop technicians, help desk folk, case processors) and have to pay rent, day care, parking, tolls, car insurance etc just like everyone else, and are highly vulnerable to furlough or worse being called back as excepted because they do work that needs to get done. Remember when Adam was talking about how contracts depend on SBA sign-offs? How do you think those actually happen? It’s by a GS-7 shoving paper from one side of a desk to the other side, and then down the hall to a supervisor. Also, Coasties, you know, the folk who go rescuing on the sea, are part of Homeland Security and have not been paid, unlike DoD folk. The above fund gets far too little notice but is the first one to step in to help when, for example, there’s a natural disaster, such as a hurricane hits American Samoa and all those GS 5s there are living in tents, in the rain. So rather than abstractedly complain and be suspicious about the salary tables, accept that Feds are human beings and are by and large just one paycheck away from disaster, just like everyone else, and do not deserve to be pawns in this fucking game, again.
–A GS8-10 who is fully funded through September 30th and is wanting to slap some self-righteous faces.
@Bostondreams: He should have said he was just displaying school spirit. That’s what the boys from Covington Catholic said.
@CarolDuhart2: This is a very nasty replay of the Vietnam era idea–why don’t we support the Pentagon with bake sales–and children and families with the amount the govt gives the Pentagon?
Done for $50
Thanks for finding this Doug.
there’s probably a smart way to recognize Guaido
Even under Dem Presidents, the record of US in re Central and Latin America is … discouraging.
Unenlightened. The origin of the term “banana republic”. Anti-democratic.
We should STFU for a generation out of shame.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@TomatoQueen: Even if they got three-six months of savings, or making six figures. that’s still BS they incomes are being held hostage because Dollhands is upset a woman had harsh words for him.
Why don’t you find out how many?
Mike in NC
Trump would love to invade Venezuela to steal the oil. He made noises in 2016 about going back into Iraq to steal their oil. He is first and foremost a thief, as we’ve known for about 40 years.
yeah, fedsmith is pretty garbage. for every one of us GS-15s there are a shit-ton of 5’s and 7’s. the median salary is way lower than people think because of that.
I’m a fed retiree and been furloughed three times (I think), starting with the Gringrich shutdown. Thanks for the post and the link. We donated.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: Those numbers also include things like VA physicians (listed as making close to $300k), etc., that aren’t on the GS schedule and that skew the “average”. It’s misleading. That site really should let one average all GS salaries or all SES salaries or all federal physician salaries or … to make meaningful comparisons to the private sector.
Government salaries cover a huge range and government employees cover a huge range of occupations.
The bulk of federal workers are in the GS-6 (clerical and other support roles) to GS-12 (professional fields) pay grades. I am a GS-12 technical editor. GS-13 and above generally connotes the management tier. The support people in my unit are currently in big big trouble, and I won’t be surprised to find several of them missing when this is over, having had no choice but to abandon their federal careers and find any job at all to get by.
It’s very hard for any of us to find other work because nobody wants to hire someone who is likely to walk away when the shutdown ends.
We can’t actually quit or retire right now because there is no HR staff to process the request.
i was pointing that out in a thread last week. it’s kinda nuts.
If no one has put it up yet: Rolling Stones: Salt of the Earth.
One my faves. Beggars Banquet. Album for the ages. Street Fighting Man … (that comes next, if Trump and McConnell don’t get their asses in gear)
@Doug!: No, thank you for the pointer.
Mary Ellen Sandahl
I went to the donation site, and got as far as entering a $20 amount, but was unable to enter my debit card info. Tried multiple times. Anyone else have a similar problem? Is $20 below a bottom limit. The site interface doesn’t notify you that this is the case.
@Mary Ellen Sandahl: $20 worked for me for a credit card donation.
I clicked the “Other” button then filled out $20 and everything else. It didn’t seem to have any issues.
Hope this helps.
Peter H Desmond
Raised my glass. Thanks for locating this organization!