Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If government shuts down, so would troop pay

I was going to post something different today, but I thought you should hear about this:

By Rick Maze - Staff writer Army Times
Posted : Friday Mar 11, 2011 12:08:58 EST

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.

A shutdown could happen as early as next week, as the government is set to run out of money at midnight March 17. A bill that would keep the government operating temporarily has been prepared in the House of Representatives, but it is not clear when or if it might pass.

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  1. Isn't it funny how our legislators can always pull money out of their butts when it affects them? Shame on them.

  2. "The memo, prepared in early March but never formally issued as guidance..." OMG. March 17 is in three days. Perhaps some foresight for this would have been helpful. What a mess!

  3. Our government is full of Morons. It's all crazy.

  4. Considering the fiscal year started October 1, they've had more than enough time to get this done. They need to stop bickering like 2 year olds, find a compromise, and start working on the next budget. They're starting to be as bad as PA. I blogged it too. I did see yesterday where they are trying to pass another 3 week budget, but they need a permanent one for the rest of the year. Fools. I'm paying attention to who's up for re-election next year too. Sorry for the book. /endrant

  5. ok, this has me slightly in panic mode, as my husband is AGR for the National Guard... his income is the ONLY money coming into out household. We would be SO totally screwed, as I'm sure most eeryone else effected by this would too! What a gigantic F**K up!

  6. I’m so surprised at how people are at all shocked by this. We live in a REPRESENTATIVE democracy- and our leaders are even called Representatives. Represent us, they do. Most Americans save nothing, spend more than they make, and feel entitled to live this way. Then, when we send our Representatives to Washington, and they carry out their business in the exact same way as most Americans live their lives, we are insulted. Sorry- these people represent our choices all too well.
    And, actually, as one of the few who do save and who lives well below my means, I will begrudge those who won’t do the same- because, those same will be crying for the government to “bail them out” of their lack of planning and over-indulgence. Then, my tax dollars will go to cover so many who want to live a king’s life on a smaller paycheck; meanwhile, my modest living gets no similiar payback from my taxes.
    This is a wake up call! Start saving- at least a few months pay in an emergency fund. Pay off debt and stop building more of it. We all have a responsibility to live within our means- and those with children even more so, that your kids would be safe from financial harm, and also learn how to best manage themselves in the future.

  7. Dude, Anonymous....I just want to get paid for the work I do, especially since my position is deemed, "Mission Essential" which is a high-speed way of saying they really can't function without me (haha) so even if they stop paying us, I still have to come to work and so does my soldier husband. That's all I'm sayin, man. I dont give a rat's ass about the politics of it.

  8. I am so disappointed in our government. Military personnel should be at the top of our priority list, even ABOVE members of congress. Yep, I said it. They work for US, lets remind them of this little forgotten fact. Congress should not have access to anything better than those who put their lives on the line for this country HEALTH CARE INCLUDED! We will never have an appropriate health plan if those designing it dont have to use it.

    Should we start something here?