"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson
He is not part of Forbes, just a contributor. Easy to see why.
"“If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina; or Savannah, Georgia; or Jacksonville, Florida…” -Obama
The House is at this very minute writing up individual bills to fund the military, DHS and so on... I am sure the Democrats will be quick to pass those in the senate and Obama will sign them into law... because they REALLY care about the military. Right?
Pretty much if the spending is important, it's going forward.Only hours before the federal government began its partial shutdown at midnight on Tuesday, Congress passed a law assuring that military personnel will get checks promptly when their next payday rolls around on October 15 — even if there are still no appropriations for the new fiscal year. But that doesn’t mean military families will be untouched by the shutdown. The stateside commissaries where they buy food are closed. Most government-funded travel has been suspended. Services provided by civilian federal workers will be disrupted. Even death benefits for warfighters killed in action might be delayed.
Look. I was sent to Hawaii just last week to do a "site visit"; ie: to liaise with our Marines there, to do some work stuff, get some synergy and unity of effort going etc.... all stuff that could have been done (with a little more difficulty) over email. Why did I get sent? Literally the reason I got sent was because we had money we needed to spend.
So that is the kind of "travel" that is being suspended. The horror.
PCS is still funded, important trips are still funded, deployment and redeployment is still funded, separations are still funded...
The "ohmagerdohmagerd the military family sky is falling" hysteria is simply unsupportable. Even when I was stateside, we didn't shop for food at the Commissary - because Wal-Mart was cheaper.
We will start having significant problems in a few years once our mission set remains expanded but our assets to meet them are dramatically shrunk. But that is a result of Sequestration and budge cuts, not bickering over CR's.
This is incorrect as the Democrats want to cut even more. However, the military cuts that are driving down the force are part of the regular reductions after a war and the particulars of Sequestration. Remember Sequestration? When Democrats insisted on large, unwieldy defense cuts because they assumed it meant so much pain for Republicans that Republicans would never allow it?[.......]
The vast warfighting machine that the nation spent trillions of dollars building up after 9-11 is rapidly running down, a victim of partisan bickering in which the once staunchly pro-defense Republican Party has become the biggest threat to U.S. military preparedness.
Yup. It's called "Fiscal Survival of the Nation".That’s a title that GOP partisans gleefully attached to the Democrats after Vietnam, but most Republicans in the House now seem to have higher priorities than keeping the joint force trained and equipped.
Hm. It's Oct 2 here. As a warfighter I look around.... most stuff seems okay. My lawn needs cutting....So when Republican proponents of the Tea Party agenda in the House speak in glowing terms about disrupting federal funding mechanisms — “We’re very excited,” says Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), “It’s wonderful” says John Culberson (R-TX) — we ought to see their enthusiasm for what it is. It is ideological fervor fed at the expense of America’s warfighters.
The bolded portion of this statement is true. More warfighters will die in future conflicts because we are not making the investments in gear and training now, just as more warfighters will die in future conflicts because the leadership that this administration has chosen to shape the post-war force seems intent on pushing out anyone who demonstrated that they were actually good at fighting.Those warfighters are more likely to die in future conflicts because funding for training and technology was cut, and their families are more likely to suffer in the near term for lack of support. The good news is that once legislators in both parties realize that is what’s happening, the Tea Party movement is likely to lose its momentum.
The underlined is not. You may have some minor problems (my Tuition Assistance package probably isn't going to be approved until something gets passed), but nothing is really going to threaten America's military families. Nor is either party of congress likely to A) be willing to admit what is happening or B) willing to reduce their support for cutting military spending if they do realize what's happening. Dramatically cutting military spending after a war in order to make room for social priorities and paying the price later by losing more guys like me is a long American tradition.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
i'm at a loss as to the purpose of this thread..
are we supposed to be assigning blame to the GOP as the OP wants us to.. or are we supposed to be talking about the military feeling the pinch and Democrats pretending to care?
Nor would it be wise to ignore content just because you want to Parse/Over-define Forbes, The Magazine, Not person.
If you're going to try and be clever with words, be more careful.
"Libertarian" is never mentioned.Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Forbes
Nonetheless, he is without question from the Right side of the political spectrum. So your contentious reply was as empty as one would expect from someone who 'stopped reading... long ago.
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I'm personally sick of not being able to dunk a basketball because of racism.
Why should they behave any differently than the President? He has spent the last 4 1/2 years picking and choosing what laws he cares to enforce, and even what parts of the ACA he wants to implement. The Republicans have now offered him full funding of ALL the government except the ACA. He should take it.
Steve Forbes didn't write the article Mbig