Have you been following the news regarding the budget showdown? I know my military friends are as I'm seeing everyone post on facebook different news articles and their opinions. I wonder if people in the civilian world (not military) realize the impact that not passing a budget has on our military. If a budget is not passed by midnight April 8th, the military will only get 1/2 of their normal paycheck on April 15th. They will still have to go to work, they will still have to fight the war in Afghanistan and technically they will still be "earning" pay. They just won't receive it until congress can get their heads out of their a** and come to a resolution and pass a budget. And come the end of the month if a budget has still not been passed, we won't get a paycheck at all.
If this happens, our family will be okay (for the time being). It will be hard and it will suck but we will be able to get by (that is assuming that the private housing company that owns government housing doesn't take our "rent"). But for many young military families, it will not be okay. They won't be able to make their house payment or their car payment or even buy groceries. Many live paycheck to paycheck and they rely on that deposit being made on the 1st and 15th of every month.
I understand that our country is in debt and we need to make some major budget cuts but to be battling over policy measures or "riders"? Come on! According to an article published today by Rachel Rose Hartman, part of what is holding everything up are these policy measures or "riders". "House Republicans have attached a number of "riders" to their proposal to fund the government. Neither party has been willing to say just how many of the 40 or 50 total measures (by Boehner's estimate) are holding up negotiations. But Democrats have identified several provisions they strongly oppose--including one to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and another to cut funding initiatives in the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases. Democrats say these riders have no place in a budget bill; Republicans counter that such items shouldn't be dealbreakers." I have to agree - these riders have no place in the budget and definitely should not be one of the causes of why our military might not get paid! Our men and women in uniform give their lives and sacrifice so much and to deny them their pay absolutely sickens me and it should sicken you. Maybe if President Obama and all (both republicans and democrats) members of congress and the senate had to go and stand on the front lines in Afghanistan for 6 months or even 6 days for that matter and are lucky enough to come back home to their families, they might gain a little perspective. I can only hope that they gain a little perspective before midnight tomorrow night.