“All military personnel will continue in normal duty status … [and] will serve without pay until such time as Congress makes appropriated funds available to compensate them for this period of service.”

So explains a Pentagon directive about the potential government shutdown. This is a shift from the last shutdown. Via the Army Times:

When the government was shut down in 1995, military personnel continued to report to work and were paid, but the planning guidance sent to the services and defense agencies says a shutdown this time will be different

What I find spectacular about the way the Army Times–which is just as liberal as the rest of the MSM–frames the argument.  Headline: If government shuts down, so would troop pay. But oh, there’s this:

Troops would miss a payday only if the shutdown continues through April 1.

How exactly would you know you’re working sans pay unless you miss an actual payday?

You wouldn’t.

Will it go on that long? Who knows, but even with the possibility of no paycheck for this household, I pray the Republicans have the cojones to see this through. Make significant and lasting cuts.

Exit question: will legislators receive their paychecks? Will the President? Better yet, will Michelle still have “essential” chefs and stylists at her fingertips while one-income military families struggle to buy food and make house payments should it come to that?

UPDATE: linked by Pundette. Thanks!


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  2. […] There is this.  Spellchekker is assuming that in the event of a shutdown, “the military continued to function per normal. By law.”  That is what happened in 1995, but maybe not this time: “U.S. troops could be required to report to work without pay if a budget clash in Congress results in a government-wide shutdown, according to draft planning guidance circulating in the Pentagon.” […]

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  4. Yep. Flown in. And back home, natch. That’s quite a carbon footprint for someone who believes in electric cars. (I don’t hear anything about electric jets, do you?)

    You don’t need to print those words your thinking. I believe I’m thinking the same ones!

  5. Something tells me that the First Fashionista won’t be going without visits from that personal trainer who gets flown in from Chicago three times a week.

    • He’s flown in? Someow I missed that part. Unreal. So while we’re sans paycheck, she’ll tone those arms. While friends are in theaters of war and their wives figure out how to feed the broods, she’ll do something about that unslightly ass. So many words on the tip of my tongue. All are unprintable.

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