Conservatives have in recent days shrilly insisted that Republicans are not going to cut off the military from paychecks in the event of a government shutdown, that they already have a measure in place to protect military paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.
Don’t believe them.
The measure right-wingers are referring to is a “companion measure” to the wish list of House GOP’ers, with the aim to, as noted by firstread.nbcnews.com, ”. . . politically inoculate themselves against the political fallout from a shutdown.” The House did pass a bill funding the military, and the Senate will likely vote to pass it as well. However, the bill is nothing but a House GOP ploy to keep from looking like the demons they are should the House shut down the government due to Democrats’ refusal to delay Obamacare for a year and fully repeal the ACA’s tax on medical devices (and assorted other untenable demands). Republicans are banking on the Stockholm Syndrome kicking in, expecting gratitude from its hostages in exchange for granting the most basic of life’s requirements.
The greatest myth in modern-day politics ever is that Republicans care about our military. Take, for instance, Ted Cruz’ recent threat: “If Harry Reid kills the bill in the Senate, the House should hold its ground, and should begin passing smaller continuing resolutions, one department at a time . . . It should start with a continuing resolution focused on the military . . . Send it over, see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military.”
Not only are Republicans – particularly the extreme, unyielding, self-serving faction of tea-swilling Republicans – willing to shut down our government to get their way, they’re more than willing to play Russian roulette, with a fully loaded weapon, with the lives of our soldiers.
President Obama, on the other hand, has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to the military: He’s increased the size of the Army and Marine corps; created a military families advisory board, designed to reduce the burden on soldiers’ spouses and families; made military deployments predictable for troops and families, eliminating changes to deployment schedules after they leave home; ended “stop loss,” the practice of forcing soldiers to continue to serve beyond their military commitment; and provided for better equipment for our troops; and approved a 1.7% increase in military pay in 2013.
In contrast, last year the GOP voted against or rejected multiple bills designed to help our nation’s veterans, including the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act, the Veterans Retraining Act, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization.
President Obama supports our troops with economic and life-improving policies; Republicans view our soldiers as nothing more than valuable commodities in the politically ideological gamesmanship they’re determined to win by any means necessary. It speaks volumes that playing with our troops’ lives is what they choose as leverage; after all, they know that Democrats, the true patriots and supporters of our soldiers, will not act in a way that will undermine our soldiers’ lives and economic health.