Gates to troops: Yes, you’ll get paid in a gov’t shutdown … for a week

posted at 10:12 am on April 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

ABC News reports this morning that Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with troops in Baghdad this morning, in part to discuss their concerns over a government shutdown.  After joking that the best policy is to make sure the folks with the guns get paid first, Gates then told the men and women on the front lines that they needn’t worry.  After studying the issue, Gates says they will get paid if the budget runs out tomorrow … for a week:

Speaking to a group of 200 soldiers in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Gates drew Army cheers of “Hooah” from the crowd when he eased their concerns about the government shutdown and said “first of all, let me say you will be paid.”

Gates’s comment came during a question and answer session when one of the soldiers about how the government shutdown might affect them. He then joked, “as a historian it always occurred to me the smart thing for government was always to pay the guys with guns first.”

Turning serious he explained to them how if there is a government shutdown, days the troops in the field would get half a paycheck for this pay period, but get back pay in the future.

“But in all seriousness, based on some stuff I read this morning, if the government shuts down starts on the 8th and goes for a week, you’d get a half a check.  If it goes from the 15th to the 30th, you wouldn’t get a pay check on the 30th but you would be back paid for all of it. So that’s the deal and I’m, you know, frankly, I remember when I was your age I did a lot of living from pay check to pay check and so I hope this thing doesn’t happen.”

The apparent reason for the half-pay is that the pay period would have included one week under the budget.  In other words, the answer is actually no, the troops won’t get paid during a shutdown.  They will get back pay, of course, once Congress acts to authorize spending again, but they won’t get any income until that happens.  That means many of their families will miss rent or house payments, utility bills, and so on, until a budget passes — a fine reward for serving on the front lines of the war on terror.

Congress does have an option.  Republicans have proposed a one-week CR that takes the troops out of the line of fire entirely in the budget battle by fully funding the Department of Defense for the rest of FY2011.  The bill proposes funding the Pentagon with a 1.5% increase from FY2010 but a 2% decrease from Barack Obama’s funding request.  That should be easily passed by Congress even with the $12 billion reduction for one week — if Congress and the White House really believe that funding paychecks for the military is a high priority.

A new CR is not the best option, of course, but it would allow for soldiers to get paid while Washington fixes its problems.  If this doesn’t fly, then perhaps the GOP should pass a defense bill separately and demand that Harry Reid and Barack Obama sign it.  Andy McCarthy suggested such a strategy yesterday rather than attempting an omnibus plan, and the longer that Reid and Obama drag their heels on tiny reductions in federal spending, the better that strategy looks.


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Would even the demorats be stupid enough to deny a military-pay resolution, one can only hope.

Bishop on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

And they better get paid any overdraft/late fees too. Oh, and the interest on the money the government stole from them.

withmanitisimpossible on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

and when they get the budget done you will receive your back pay.

darwin-t on April 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Empires have fallen over such simple things as not paying the army.

coldwarrior on April 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I can see November 2012 from my house!

Dr Evil on April 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

That’s quite a game of chess Obama and the democrats are playing. I don’t think it’s going to turn out as they wish. It is nearly universally considered bad form to use soldiers in combat as pawns in your domestic political battles.

Rational Thought on April 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

withmanitisimpossible on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

They won’t.

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

The military needs to gets its back pay. Other federal employees, however, should not.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

All government employees should sue the government for not being paid in federal court. And then we would immediately see – who deserves their pay, a who is really non-essential.

anikol on April 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Priorities…this is the WH we are talking about….1st priority is dear leader

cmsinaz on April 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Hey Ed,

Great post. But the link to Andy McCarthy’s post is broken. There’s some extra stuff in there before the “http…”

Trent1289 on April 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

anikol on April 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Military can’t sue.

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

They need to pass this CR and the dems can take their stupid stand next week. You can’t do this to a women who is raising the kids and paying the bills while her husband is in Afghanistan.

sammypants on April 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Well I hope to goodness our military knows the d’s are the ones holding this shutdown hostage, not the r’s! Think about that come voting time in 2012, please. God be with our wonderful men, women, and their families. There is no reason for this mess what so ever, period!
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letget on April 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Today will certainly be interesting…

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

letget on April 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

A commenter said yesterday that Boehner and the Republicans need to have a press conference, hold up all the copies of the CR’s they’ve already been forced to pass, hold up this most recent CR they can’t get past the Dems and then hold up the budget and/or Ryans plan and tell the American people point blank that all of these are what the Republicans have passed and tried to pass to keep things going.

Then make the case that the Dems have blocked all of this at every junction, Have kicked and screamed and p!$$ed and moaned about the CR’s and won’t do anything on the current budget.

Then advertise that the Dems could have avoided all of this before last October – when they controlled everything – but refused to pass a budget for what it meant to them politically.

Then dare the Dems to blame the Republicans for a shutdown.

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The House can pass funding agency by agency, department by department if they wish: that is what Boehner said they would do with the 2012 budget.

Just institute that now.

Find pieces of government that require funding. Fund them.

The rest? What part of ‘discretionary’ isn’t understood up there Upon the Hill?

ajacksonian on April 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

hmm.

ted c on April 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM

o/t another 7.4 hits Japan.

unseen on April 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM

uhoh. Tsunami alert for Fukushima.

ted c on April 7, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Japan hit again.

carbon_footprint on April 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

This issue right here is the primary reason why Democrats are certain that a government shutdown is a winning proposition for them. I’m worried they may be right. Liberals already want bigger government and more spending. Conservatives will look at troops getting screwed out of their homes and they will buckle.

This is very, very bad.

Caiwyn on April 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I love that idea catmman….are they listening?

cmsinaz on April 7, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Unfortunately catmman, that doesn’t help pay the bills NOW, but they absolutely should HAMMER that message home. Every chance they get.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Are Congress Critters or the military non-essential public employees?

What I am trying to say is, if you don’t pay the military, not one cent should go to Congress either, not their salaries, not their staffs, not any of their perks of office. Not one cent.

Fallon on April 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Fallon

Boehner’s trying to do that as part of his deal ~ Congress doesn’t get paid either if there’s a shutdown. There’s a general sound of chuckling from the Democratic side…

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Headline: Obama Refuses To Pay Troops Fighting Three Wars

Christien on April 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Are Congress Critters or the military non-essential public employees?

What I am trying to say is, if you don’t pay the military, not one cent should go to Congress either, not their salaries, not their staffs, not any of their perks of office. Not one cent.

Fallon on April 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Good question.

The lawsuit by one of the unions against the government may actually be able to tell us, as they’ve been seeking the various shutdown documentation from the government that would explain who works, who doesn’t, and so forth, which would include lists of essential employees and areas within various portions of the government.

If federal civil service is anything like the state-level civil service, then a lot of these “essential” jobs should already be marked down someplace within each agency’s documentation.

teke184 on April 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

if Congress and the White House really believe that funding paychecks for the military is a high priority.

Well, we’ll soon see. Talk is cheap. Just like Barry.

GarandFan on April 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Perhaps the Democrats are relying are their well-known ability to ‘deal with’ the military vote on this.

Of course, relying on the Republicans’ utter inability to take a stand on an issue of consequence is a much better option.

Scott H on April 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Politicians are politicians. More wars have been fought and military men died because of political reasons than actual threats to any nation. Surely, the military would know this.

So, I suggest that our military men and women give the finger to the gov. and go awol. Come home. Leave the middle east to itself. You can prosper here with family friends. Don’t lay down your life for some lying and murdering politicians!

Come home.

j_galt on April 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

galt: Surely, they knew this before they signed away their right to actually go where they wanted.

As much as it sucks to stay, going AWOL (and BTW, how do you suggest they get home while doing this?) is a serious offense under the UCMJ. And this is made clear to anyone before they sign that dotted line.

Scott H on April 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Michelle is all about helping military families. /

Christien on April 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

What’s also being lost in the sauce here is that the younger folks hit that commissary ~ trust me, it’s a MOB SCENE ~ on the first and fifteenth, when that paycheck hits. That barely lasts them to the very evening of the next day before the next payday.

Guess what closes with this shutdown?

That commissary. That no tax, stretch-your-dollar-if-you-have-one-left lifeline is GONE.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Headline: Obama Refuses To Pay Troops Fighting Three Wars

Christien on April 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

That must be a newspaper on Planet Bizarro, cuz no news outlet on Earth will use it. Maybe Fox.

BobMbx on April 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

And if you’re OVERSEAS? That commissary IS your lifeline for your family in a foreign country. Try buying food on the local economy in Japan!

Oh, wait!

You have NO MONEY!!

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Why would democrats care about the military?
Their absentee ballots are always the 1st ones the dems try & discount.

Badger40 on April 7, 2011 at 11:32 AM

What’s also being lost in the sauce here is that the younger folks hit that commissary ~ trust me, it’s a MOB SCENE ~ on the first and fifteenth, when that paycheck hits. That barely lasts them to the very evening of the next day before the next payday.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Been there. Done that.
I remember living on an E-2′s pay, off base, with house allowance, & clearing ~$886/mo.
I was also pregnant at the time.
It was really hard.

Badger40 on April 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Politicians are politicians. More wars have been fought and military men died because of political reasons than actual threats to any nation. Surely, the military would know this.

So, I suggest that our military men and women give the finger to the gov. and go awol. Come home. Leave the middle east to itself. You can prosper here with family friends. Don’t lay down your life for some lying and murdering politicians!

Come home.

j_galt on April 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I feel fairly confident that my brothers and sisters in arms overseas will continue to fight with the same ferocity that they have been fighting for nearly 10 years. They won’t be happy about not getting paid, but they know there’s still a job to do.

They have honor.

Red Cloud on April 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Unfortunately catmman, that doesn’t help pay the bills NOW…

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I understand that and so do the Republicans, but that’s the point: If the Dems are going to play the blame game – THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO CALL THEM ON IT.

If it were about paying the bills now (for the Democrats) they would have passed a budget last year for cripes sake!

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

It was really hard.

Badger40

We slept on a donated mattress on the floor (I was pregnant, too, Badger), because even the ComRats were taking 3 months. BAQ was a pipedream. We were freaking starving for the first 6 months. Later, even though major dad had picked up SSgt, thanks to an idiot in S-1, WHAM! We wound up out about $500/month in VHA because of his being at school in Memphis and oh, isn’t THAT a tad difficult to adjust to. Thank God for Kraft macaroni and cheese in the box.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

catmman

I know. I think I said hammer them at every turn.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

That commissary. That no tax, stretch-your-dollar-if-you-have-one-left lifeline is GONE.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

You made the point in another comment. The commissary CAN be a lifeline – mostly if you’re overseas.

If you’re in CONUS there are usually cheaper places to buy groceries locally – Super Wal-Mart, etc.

Commissaries are sometimes the only place to go though if you’re overseas or TDY at a place you’re not familiar with.

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM

You all saw J.E. Dyer’s Green Room article, right? It has links to Army Emergency Relief, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Air Force Aid Society, and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.

Let’s do it.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM

ha ha each side is blaming the other for this moronic situation when both sides are full of fu*king idiots

you guys deserve the partisan quagmire you’re in

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Oops, didn’t see that that article got promoted. Sorry!

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Well, at least you’re admitting that your side is full of f***ing idiots. That’s progress.

See, we *know* our side is full of f***ing idiots. Why do you think we call the GOP the “Stupid Party”? But most of you libs don’t dare to call out your own side’s idiocies. So, a golf clap for you, Davey.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Partisan quagmire?

Last I heard, the Dems still hadn’t offered a budget…

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

catmman

I don’t agree with you at all as far as cheaper places overall to buy groceries. Perhaps from a convenience standpoint, or a greater selection of items, but from quality? Oh, H3LL no. Look at the beef alone. WalMart carries brand X from Tyson or God knows where, vacuum packed factory farms and it’s all select, with a few of the SuperStores getting Coleman choice and surely NOTHING like our angus ribeyes for $6.69/lb. And the cut selection is the best of any supermarket in the area, bar none, including the Publix chain. And I can talk to a butcher. Pork is routinely $1 to $2 cheaper with a plethora of choices, our commissary is finally carrying Perdue chickens again instead of only Tyson or some other basically frozen mass farmed. Eggs and all dairy blow the doors off of any chain, as do most staples. They’ve also got organics covered.

Add in when the manufacturers have their specials going…a saavy commissary shopper ALWAYS has those couple bucks set aside for stumbling over the “just-so-STUPID-CHEAP-you-gotta-buy-FIFTY-of-’em” bargain. We’re really blessed to have it.

Not to mention the lack of a sales tax, which, when we were in NC, at the time was on ALL food stuffs. The commissary’s surcharge ~ helps make the enterprise self-sustaining ~ doesn’t begin to approach what a sales tax.

Nope. Don’t agree at all, unless getting to the commissary is farther than the savings would be worth.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

So, I suggest that our military men and women give the finger to the gov. and go awol. Come home. Leave the middle east to itself. You can prosper here with family friends. Don’t lay down your life for some lying and murdering politicians!

Come home.

j_galt on April 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Stupid idea. Desertion in wartime can get you shot.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Davey, I notice not a breath of sympathy for the troops in your pathetic little gloat. Nope, misery for millions is just fine, as long as you get to try to score points.

Your shriveled-up little raisin of a heart probably doesn’t even show up on a CAT scan.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Well, at least you’re admitting that your side is full of f***ing idiots. That’s progress.

See, we *know* our side is full of f***ing idiots. Why do you think we call the GOP the “Stupid Party”? But most of you libs don’t dare to call out your own side’s idiocies. So, a golf clap for you, Davey.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM
—–

Obama’s people are so fu*king stupid they didn’t catch the obvious “troops’ pay will be delayed” and use it as a facepunch to the GOP

The GOP are so fu*king stupid they didn’t realize “troops’ pay will be delayed” and make the necessary adjustments to ensure it wouldn’t happen adn they wouldn’t look like idiots

fu*king stupidity everywhere

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Drywall’s consecutive string of posts containing f-bombs still intact, HotAir management oblivious.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Davey, I notice not a breath of sympathy for the troops in your pathetic little gloat. Nope, misery for millions is just fine, as long as you get to try to score points.

Your shriveled-up little raisin of a heart probably doesn’t even show up on a CAT scan.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM
———-
I notice in this post you didn’t voice sympathy for the troops either. Why do you hate the troops?

You’re a horrible person.

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The GOP are so fu*king stupid they didn’t realize “troops’ pay will be delayed” and make the necessary adjustments to ensure it wouldn’t happen adn they wouldn’t look like idiots

fu*king stupidity everywhere

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

‘Necessary adjustments?’ Like what? In case you hadn’t noticed, the GOP doesn’t control the Senate. They can’t ram a bill down the Democrats’ throats like the Dems could last year.

YOUR side is the obstructionist.

Well, if you were a citizen of this country, we could call it ‘your’ side.

But you’re not.

Why the hell do you care again?

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Drywall’s consecutive string of posts containing f-bombs still intact, HotAir management oblivious.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Hey, it’s all about the asterisks! (And I apologize for running up the f-count, though in my case it was indirect quotation.)

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I notice in this post you didn’t voice sympathy for the troops either. Why do you hate the troops?

You’re a horrible person.

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I may be a horrible person, but at least I’m not you, Davey.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM

‘Necessary adjustments?’ Like what? In case you hadn’t noticed, the GOP doesn’t control the Senate. They can’t ram a bill down the Democrats’ throats like the Dems could last year.

YOUR side is the obstructionist.

Well, if you were a citizen of this country, we could call it ‘your’ side.

But you’re not.

Why the hell do you care again?

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM
——
ha ha ha more of the same – I mean, more of the f bombing same

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Argh! Leaving this thread now lest I be caught up in yet another troll-fight. Have fun, folks.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I may be a horrible person, but at least I’m not you, Davey.

Mary in LA on April 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM
—–
Great

Doesn’t change the fact that incredibly incompetent people run both parties running your country.

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

ha ha ha more of the same – I mean, more of the f bombing same

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM

As usual, you devolve into incoherency whilst cracking yourself up.

Go cackle under your bridge.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Doesn’t change the fact that incredibly incompetent people run both parties running your country.

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

First accurate statement you’ve made in months. So what?

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Doesn’t change the fact that incredibly incompetent people run both parties running your country.

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Our leader has his prioritiies straight. Guess what he’s doing right now?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/04/obama-black-support-slips-hispanics-too.html

a capella on April 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Stupid idea. Desertion in wartime can get you shot.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

pssst….we’re not at war…..at least officially.

BobMbx on April 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Doesn’t change the fact that incredibly incompetent people run both parties running your country.

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Ever consider moving to this country and going into politics?

You’d fit right in!

tom on April 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Nope. Don’t agree at all, unless getting to the commissary is farther than the savings would be worth.

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

We’re in that boat. We live an hour from our base, because the cost of living is cheaper up here (and safer!). I do miss how cheap the milk is at the commissary. : ( Some things are cheaper out in town, you’ve just got to know how and where to look – I keep an Excel worksheet to compare prices at every store I have access to. A lot of work, but it saves us money.

All that aside, this situation is ridiculous. I am so angry I’m in tears over this – my husband is stressed enough as it is with his job hunt/family issues, he shouldn’t have to worry about not getting his military paycheck. Frak them in DC.

Anna on April 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Obama will veto the GOP one-week continuing resolution, even if it passes the Senate.

coldwarrior on April 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Nancy Pelosi’s stupid math

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Ever consider moving to this country and going into politics?

You’d fit right in!

tom on April 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Don’t entice him. The land has enough moochers, as is.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

tree hugging sister on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I’m not saying a Commissary can’t be a good place to shop. They have deals just like any other place.

But like you, I’ve a bit of experience in this matter. If you are talking from a pure standpoint of bang for your buck – then there are places cheaper to shop than the Commissary. If you’re hurting for money and your buying angus beef at $6.69lb, then your not really hurting for money. If your buying it at all.

The Commissary is a good place to get almost all name brand stuff tax free, but others store brands (if you have them locally) can be cheaper or you would break even on the taxes + cost. Here in Texas, there is no sales tax on food items. So if you went grocery shopping and only bought food, then the tax benefit is cancelled out. If one could afford it, it would be a good idea to food shop off base and buy your other household stuff at the Commissary or BX/PX.

I do buy booze on base at the Class VI, though. Not beer, but liquor. Prices are usually better than off-base + the tax benefit.

Then add in the additional cost of driving to a Commissary, depending on how close you live. I live in San Antonio and we have several Commissaries available. The closest is 25 miles from where I live. The closest Wal-Mart Supercenter is three miles away. I also have a Super Target and a HEB within three miles of my house.

I’m not knocking on Commissaries, really. When I was overseas, where did i shop? I didn’t go local, that’s for sure.

But stateside, there can be and often are cheaper alternatives. Its all a cost benefit thing and of course preference.

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Stupid idea. Desertion in wartime can get you shot.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

pssst….we’re not at war…..at least officially.

BobMbx on April 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

pssst…try using that in your defense…officially.

But I get what you’re saying. :)

catmman on April 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

you guys deserve the partisan quagmire you’re in

Dave Rywall on April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Sweep in front of yer own house. Canada, oh Canada!

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Surely, they knew this before they signed away their right to actually go where they wanted.

Scott H on April 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I doubt it. 18-25 year olds who have been educated in government schools probably don’t know history very well. Why else are they still loading up on student loan debt?

They have honor.

Red Cloud on April 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I have great love and respect for soldiers who will defend their countrymen, their families, they’re friends and lay down their life to do so.

But, what honor is there is dying for a politician who will sell you out as soon as it’s in his interest? This war isn’t protecting Americans.

Stupid idea. Desertion in wartime can get you shot.

fossten on April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Yeah. I know. But if enough soldiers simply said “No more,” then we could end this nonsense. Too many American soldiers have already died in vain. I don’t care what politicians say. I don’t care what family members say to make themselves feel better and rationalize their pain. I don’t care what soldiers say to make themselves feel better about their fallen brothers in arms. Enough is enough.

j_galt on April 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Where, exactly, does the United States Constitution say that Congress must submit all government spending in ONE single bill?

Why can’t they submit a Defense budget now, and then get back to work on the rest? Otherwise, liberals will always hold the government’s Constitutional duties hostage.

In fact, why can’t Republicans do the same thing with Rand Paul’s balanced budget. Is there anyone – on either side of the aisle – who wants to spend a penny LESS on any item than he proposes?

Have the “balanced” budget as a baseline, and then let any Congressman who has the balls submit whatever other spending he wants, which would then be attached to THE DEFICIT BUDGET.

That way, every conservative candidate can say *I* voted for the balanced budget; and *he* voted for the deficit spending budget. As long as we keep arguing over 0.1% of the budget this week, or 0.2% of the budget next week, we will always lose.

logis on April 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM