WaTimes: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada meet Thursday with reporters outside the White House after their meeting with President Obama regarding the budget and possible government shutdown. (Associated Press)
The Republicans were given control of the House, last November to stem the Dems’ cataclysmic spending tsunami, but the Dem-Socialists won’t allow them to do the job they were elected to do.
Look at the stress on Speaker Boehner’s face, up above. He’s not taking this lightly. He’s not using the troops as political pawns – Obama and Reid are.
Ace has the flaming skull up:
… Obama is taking the position — for political reasons — that the military is “non-essential.” They can’t be furloughed, but he has decided (or Gates has; I rather think it’s Obama’s call) that they’ll show up for work but won’t get paid until later.
Mike Flynn, citing Federal Times, notes this is not what happened during Clinton’s shutdown.
When the government was shut down in 1995, military personnel continued to report to work and were paid, but the planning guidance sent to the services and defense agencies says a shutdown this time will be different.
This is Obama’s choice, then, and he’s doing it because the military are among the few government employees held in high regard. So they’re camera-friendly props and pawns.
But don’t be fooled, then: It’s Obama, and not Boehner, withholding their checks. Clinton sent out the checks on time. Obama’s choosing to stick it to them to make a political point.
Via Maggie’s Notebook, Obama called the bill to fund the military a “distraction”:
For the past several weeks, the Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to find common ground on the shared goal of cutting spending. After giving the Congress more time by signing short-term extensions into law, the President believes that we need to put politics aside and work out our differences for a bill that covers the rest of the fiscal year. This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy. Source: MajorityLeader.gov
When the President’s party controlled both Houses of congress, why did he opt to not pass a full budget for the fiscal year 2011? Was it a malicious decision intended to lead to a sequence of events that would culminate in a government shutdown, asks Rep Mike Lee:
video via Freedom’s Lighthouse
Because Republicans always get blamed for government shut-downs.