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  1. dicentra Member

    About the girl who lost her sense that God is there:

    Sometimes when you suffer a downturn God is there to comfort you. Other times, and this is a hard pill to swallow, he just leaves you to it. Whether he’s “there” or not is often up to him, and he is not above withdrawing for a bit — even when you need him most. Why? I don’t know specifically. But he withdrew from Jesus on the cross, right at the apex of his torture, and if he’ll do it to Jesus, he’ll do it to you. Maybe because you need to stand on your own two feet. Maybe you need to know what abandonment feels like.

    Or maybe because external events have induced trauma, which alters your brain, and your brain needs to heal before you can get back in tune with the man upstairs. I can’t comment on whether Klavan’s prescription will work, because it’s entirely possible for you to reach out and find nothing for a distressingly long while.

    Just know that sometimes God withdraws and it’s not your fault.

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    • January 2, 2019, at 4:06 PM PDT
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  2. J Ro Member

    Federal workers might miss a paycheck. Sad: “We are both veterans. Husband has 20 years of service … We will not be able to pay our mortgage if this persists.”

    In other words, your husband spent a full career in the military, earned a lifetime pension which he is already receiving, is now a federal employee working for a second federal pension so he can have two of them, or maybe three or them! But you still haven’t learned to save and invest enough to make one mortgage payment in an emergency.

    Sad. So sad it sounds made up.

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    • January 3, 2019, at 3:59 AM PDT
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  3. Heisenberg Member

    J Ro (View Comment):

    Federal workers might miss a paycheck. Sad: “We are both veterans. Husband has 20 years of service … We will not be able to pay our mortgage if this persists.”

    In other words, your husband spent a full career in the military, earned a lifetime pension which he is already receiving, is now a federal employee working for a second federal pension so he can have two of them, or maybe three or them! But you still haven’t learned to save and invest enough to make one mortgage payment in an emergency.

    Sad. So sad it sounds made up.

    For what it’s worth, military retirement pay is guaranteed and always shows up, regardless of shutdowns, CRs, or any other nonsense. Which is not to say that these folks are not depending on their current Fed paycheck to make ends meet, but his retired pay (50% of his base pay at the time of retirement, give or take) is not interrupted, so if this situation is really leading to a mortgage default, then something else is up.

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    • January 3, 2019, at 9:06 AM PDT
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  4. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    I don’t worry because as soon as this government shutdown ends, the House Democrats will try and pass a pay raise for all the “harm”

    Also, screw Mark Warner, government workers make 50% more than your average worker in the private sector and average 84,153 a year https://www.huffingtonpost.com/moneytips/federal-employees-earn-50_b_8855508.html

    Cue the sob stories about the janitor at the Federal Building when the rank and file are paper pushing people trying to get their 20 in to get 90 percent for the rest of their lives.

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    • January 3, 2019, at 9:39 AM PDT
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  5. Heisenberg Member

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):
    Cue the sob stories about the janitor at the Federal Building when the rank and file are paper pushing people trying to get their 20 in to get 90 percent for the rest of their lives.

    Federal retirees, and military retirees, do not get 90% pensions. You don’t know what you are talking about, but you certainly seem angry which I suppose counts for something.

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    • January 3, 2019, at 10:13 AM PDT
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  6. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    Heisenberg (View Comment):

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):
    Cue the sob stories about the janitor at the Federal Building when the rank and file are paper pushing people trying to get their 20 in to get 90 percent for the rest of their lives.

    Federal retirees, and military retirees, do not get 90% pensions. You don’t know what you are talking about, but you certainly seem angry which I suppose counts for something.

    Military retirees I know don’t. I’m not upset about military pensions.

    I’ve probably in my haste mixed up Federal pensions with LA city pensions (our teachers are about to go on strike here again), but that said, I’m not a big “pension guy” save for military, fire and police.

    the “sacrificing earning more in the private sector for public service” shtick is, as in the article I posted, not true.

    Pensions are one of the things that keep us from being able to cut government

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    • January 3, 2019, at 10:33 AM PDT
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  7. J Ro Member

    Heisenberg (View Comment):

    J Ro (View Comment):

    Federal workers might miss a paycheck. Sad: “We are both veterans. Husband has 20 years of service … We will not be able to pay our mortgage if this persists.”

    In other words, your husband spent a full career in the military, earned a lifetime pension which he is already receiving, is now a federal employee working for a second federal pension so he can have two of them, or maybe three or them! But you still haven’t learned to save and invest enough to make one mortgage payment in an emergency.

    Sad. So sad it sounds made up.

    For what it’s worth, military retirement pay is guaranteed and always shows up, regardless of shutdowns, CRs, or any other nonsense. Which is not to say that these folks are not depending on their current Fed paycheck to make ends meet, but his retired pay (50% of his base pay at the time of retirement, give or take) is not interrupted, so if this situation is really leading to a mortgage default, then something else is up.

    Thanks, I understand all that. I’m just not sympathetic to a couple of military veterans who are so unprepared and quick to whine about a government shutdown like the one’s they’ve experienced several times before.

    “Something else is up.” I’m thinking they might be one of those couples who aren’t disciplined or skillful enough to make a mortgage work. So their house might end up belonging to someone who is better at owning a house. It’s much like when farmland is divided and distributed to the people and those who aren’t good at farming end up selling out to those who are and doing something else.

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    • January 4, 2019, at 1:09 AM PDT
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