Just when I thought he couldn’t do anything to disgust me more… he has. Our ‘Vacationer-In-Chief’ decided, in his brief stop in our country before he left on yet another getaway, that if the government shut down that it would also mean a freeze on military paycheck. Something that was never done during the 1995 shutdown.
Rather than accept a few billion in budget cuts (read rounding error), President Obama has signaled his willingness to shut down the federal government. (Yah!) For those keeping score at home, any government shutdown that happens is on Obama’s plate. He is the President. All on him.
The worst part of this whole debate is the Obama Administration’s decision to hold military pay hostage to the budget debate. For the last few decades, government shutdowns have been guided by an OMB directive issued during the Reagan Administration. Under this directive, military personnel would continue to receive the paychecks while politicians argued about the budget. The Clinton Administration, during the last government shutdown, kept the paychecks flowing.
But, not Obama.
The Obama Administration has overturned the old OMB directive and has decided to suspend military paychecks if there is a government shutdown. No reason to do it…but they have decided to. Reprehensible.
Of course, Republicans in the House passed the bill that Congress and the President should also have their pay frozen if a government shutdown happens- but Democrats in the Senate voted against it.
This shutdown lays squarely in the hands and responsibility of the Obama administration and in the laps of the Democrats for refusing, over and over, to live as the responsible “public servants” that they were elected to be and pass a federal budget for the second year in a row!
2012 can’t come soon enough!