“Only a liberal ass, operating on full moron” would decide paying troops isn’t essential

AJ Strata calls a moron, well, a moron:

Only a liberal ass – operating on full moron – would attempt to use military pay as a way to try and scare or coerce budget discussions. Especially after congressional majorities of liberal asses – on full moron – failed to pass a budget for the year during the last Congressional session.

The President’s little game here is going to backfire big time – and permanently.

I agree. And I’d like to add a short note to all the military voters for Obama last go-round: He didn’t close Gitmo. We’re still in Iraq and Afghanistan. Libya, too! Hope you enjoy your ramen and beans.

This game of budgetary chicken is getting ugly. Reports last month circulated that active-duty military wouldn’t be paid in the event of a shutdown, unlike the last round of shutdowns à la Gingrich.  I made the comment then that I stand by:

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.

I can say this because–although we have bills to meet just like everyone else–we live frugally and have our “emergency fund” at the ready for, well, emergencies. This qualifies. But I can say that we are the anomaly among military families, many of whom will face extreme hardship if they receive half a paycheck midmonth. Further, if schools or daycares on posts and bases across the country aren’t open, the civillian spouse who works won’t be bringing in a paycheck, either, unless she finds alternate care.

What irks me is this: first, Obama hacks have decided that paying troops isn’t required under a shutdown. Via Foreign Policy (h/t: Strata-sphere):

Programs that are essential for the safety and security of the country are exempted from a shutdown, but the administration still has to figure out where to draw the line between essential and non-essential functions

In the event of a shutdown, all uniformed military personnel would continue to work but would stop receiving paychecks, an official familiar with the government’s planning told The Cable

Soldiers downrange have enough to worry about. You know, little things, like not getting killed. Distractions–oh, wondering if your family has enough to eat or electricity–do not bode well for our men and women at war. Defense Secretary Gates knows this, too, but can’t hide the truth: guess what, you may be shot at, but you’re not going to get a paycheck.

The House passed a bill this morning (while I was stocking up at the commissary before it closes) that would fund both the government as a whole another week and military paychecks through the end of the fiscal year in September.

Barry O says he’ll veto.

Ed Morrissey:

Really?  Will Obama really argue that he can’t abide a one-week CR so much that he’s willing to shut down the government and leave the troops without income for an indeterminate amount of time?  This statement concedes that this bill takes the troops out of the line of fire in the budget debate.  Kirsten Powers recognized the obvious, remarking on Twitter: “Can’t believe Obama fell for the “funding the troops” trick. He’ll have to change position on veto threat.”

Oh, he’ll veto it. He’s going to stick it to military families while his knickers remain in a twist. Note to President: Your Democrats in Congress could not pass a budget last year. Y’all made this mess. How dare you cut military pay when we damn well know Michelle won’t lose her coterie of personal trainers, chefs and ugly dress picker-outers. You won’t be dining on ramen or beans. I’m sure that pot of money is still flowing, eh? That’s essential!

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive:

Really? Really Barry? You cannot be serious. This would be a low and shameful slap in the faces of all those who serve and their families. What an absolute ultra maroon. I hope he does it just so the whole country can look at what a complete tool we put in the White House.

It’s not just one. It’s a veritable Ace Hardware on the East Lawn.

As for the families who get to struggle on one paycheck with one parent overseas, a few ideas. AJ Strata has a brilliant one:

If the DC morons continue down this path, it is a perfect time for businesses and utilities to come to the aid of our military. In response to this petulance, businesses could offer a line of credit (no interest) for our troops and their families until the shutdown is over and the paychecks HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

If private business covers for our military, it will shatter the illusion of government being for the ‘little people’ and business being all about greed.

Somehow we need to begin to get pledges of support from banks, supermarkets, gas companies, utilities, etc to show DC how America works

Will the private sector step up? It would be stunning, but I won’t hold my breath. The private sector is hurting for cash, too.  J.E. Dyer reminds us of the military relief societies. After having directed spouses there myself, I can vouch for the amazing work these entites do on behalf of military families who get caught in a jam; they provide food, emergency short-term loans, and a loaner system for household goods. Donate if you can.

Army Emergency Relief

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Air Force Relief Society

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

And make sure your friends and neighbors understand what our Commander-in-Chief plans on vetoing: military paychecks.


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