April 6, 2011

Pissed Pawns

I haven't gotten too worked up about all the shut-down drama, because until now it was entirely avoidable, and to be honest, all the hysteria surrounding it was so hyperbolic it was laughable. But I am so frustrated right now, in so many directions, I'm about to bust.

In the midst of all this, the headline being ignored by the milblog community has been that a new budget has been proposed, and that voting in this new budget would have prevented the shutdown and all the surrounding hysteria, founded or not. (And you know my vote is 'not')

I've seen article after article quoting politician after politician who has never before given two cents about the military community - and yes, I'm including the CinC because he has thumbed his nose at servicemembers ever since being elected, from skipping ceremonies the President traditionally attends to intentionally putting soldiers in harm's way (on the border) without weapons - suddenly acting all concerned and saying, "We need to pass a CR, or the military won't get paid!"

Such disingenuous hooey. And we know it's disingenuous because today, when they could have passed the new budget and avoided all this mess - and also saved the country trillions of dollars and put the country on the path to be out of debt within our lifetimes - what happens? The President leaves to go to a campaign rally and the Democrats stonewall and refuse to pass the budget to keep their special-interest lobbyist friends funded.

I want it on the record - this could have been avoided. It could have happened today. They refused.

So, if the government shuts down this weekend, which they have now almost ensured it will, we know who to blame.

So if you were one of those a few weeks ago bullying Congress to pass the CR because ArmyTimes said we'd go without food for weeks and weeks, get back on those phones and emails and start bullying the White House and Congress and your local news stations and tell them we're sick of it. We're sick of being their poster child for bad business, for poor financial decisions, for personal political gain. This is all about entering campaign season and has nothing to do with interest for the troops.

Tell them to go ahead and shut down, because we won't let them use us anymore. We won't be pawns in their political games.

By the way, in the event of a shut down, only non-essential federal personnel go without pay. "Security forces" are considered essential personnel. The only way that will change is if the President decides the military are "non-essential"....and based on history, it's completely possible he will, considering both his personal behavior toward the military and the corner he's now painted himself into spewing the doom-and-gloom "military won't get paid" party line.

**EDIT: They are voting on passing a one-week CR...which means basically it's only in effect for one more week. All that means is we go through all this again next week. It's putting a bandaid on the Titanic and in no way a solution to anything, least of all pay concerns.


  1. Preach it sister! Nick predicted a few days ago that, for the first time ever, during a government shut down, we probably won't get paid because our president and the democrats are trying to prove a point.
    Seriously.. I can't even talk about it because it gets me so riled up.
    Thanks for voicing this.

  2. We can complain, or we can do something. So lets DO something!
    Thank you for sharing this, I definitely think more people need to hear it.

  3. Thanks for posting. I watched a news conference yesterday with the Pres and he said another extension was unacceptable and he was ready to make something happen. I guess he didn't really mean it...or maybe he meant he was ready to make only something that he agreed with happen.

  4. I am frustrated as well, but I am not too worried about it. The President would be a fool to cut pay from military. If he does, that is a huge chunk of the population who WONT be voting for him, and that seems to be all he cares about, his reputation. It makes me sick that he rather campaign than deal with his responsibilities as president right now. It seems that is all he is good at - campaigning. He sure fooled us all in 2008. :/

  5. I am so (expletive) tired of our government not taking care of this. It needs to be done and NOW!!!

    I didn't vote for our CinC back in 2008 and I certainly won't be come 2012.

    My husband went through this back in 1994 and didn't get paid for eight days. I know, it's only eight days, but when you have bills due it stresses you out. What about all those that don't have a backup plan?

    I hope they get their act together, and soon.

  6. I absolutely LOVE your political posts. People need to realize the kind of person Obama really is and realize that he does NOT have our best interests at heart.

  7. So many things to say. But I'll keep it inside and use it as ammo when I need to get pissed off for a workout.

    Btw, I read this post to Mark and he said you should write for someone and be a political analyst. I agree. :)

  8. My biggest concern is where they say we will continue to earn money, but not get a pay check- we will be back paid once everything is taken care of. I read that in a CNN story I think and something from the Pentagon. I hope I was misunderstanding it. I thought it was saying non-essential wold still have to go to work, but congress would have to vote if they got paid for it or not? It's so confusing for me and I'm so stressed out over the entre thing!

  9. You go girl! I tell you what, I'm seeing so many things on FB and in the news, and it's hard to know what to believe anymore. But girl, you should run for politics!

  10. Awesome post! I totally agree!


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