Bill Would Give Feds Immediate Financial Relief From Shutdown Through $6,000 Loans

Government Executive | January 17, 2019

Bill Would Give Feds Immediate Financial Relief From Shutdown Through $6,000 Loans
As the shutdown drags on into its 27th day, lawmakers are attempting to alleviate some of the financial pain felt by affected federal employees. A bill introduced by newly-elected Rep. TJ Cox, D-Calif., on Thursday would offer employees at shuttered agencies a no-interest loan of up to $6,000 to help pay mortgages and cover bills for other necessities. A credit check would not be necessary in order to qualify, and the amount of the loan would be automatically deducted from the recipient’s paycheck once government reopens.

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So you must already know about the three branches of government and how they are supposed to have the power balanced between them. But what about the forces outside the government? Is there a way for some people to create an imbalance of power that unfairly give them more say in the laws that govern us? Let's take a look at how outside forces might do that. We could use just about any issue or industry to explain how this works, but I'm going to use the oil industry since 7 of the top 10 biggest money making companies in the world are oil companies. So how could these companies have any influence on the laws that govern us? How could they get lawmakers to make laws that are in their favor? Let's start with the principle of "pay to play". This is a sort of pessimistic view of our system, but the basic concept is that in order for you to be listened to, you need some money to contribute to the system. Politicians are very appreciative of getting the needed funds that will help them win re-election so they are more likely to listen to you if you have given them financial donations to help them get elected. This money is called campaign funds.

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So you must already know about the three branches of government and how they are supposed to have the power balanced between them. But what about the forces outside the government? Is there a way for some people to create an imbalance of power that unfairly give them more say in the laws that govern us? Let's take a look at how outside forces might do that. We could use just about any issue or industry to explain how this works, but I'm going to use the oil industry since 7 of the top 10 biggest money making companies in the world are oil companies. So how could these companies have any influence on the laws that govern us? How could they get lawmakers to make laws that are in their favor? Let's start with the principle of "pay to play". This is a sort of pessimistic view of our system, but the basic concept is that in order for you to be listened to, you need some money to contribute to the system. Politicians are very appreciative of getting the needed funds that will help them win re-election so they are more likely to listen to you if you have given them financial donations to help them get elected. This money is called campaign funds.

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