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Don't Short Change the Troops


John Wayne Walding

Green Beret John Wayne Walding lost a leg in a seven hour firefight with the Taliban on this day, April 6 2008. He treated his own wound and those of his mates, bound his nearly severed leg to his thigh using his boot laces, and hobbled down from the 10,000-foot battle zone under his own steam.

He and nine others of his Green Beret A-team earned the Silver Star that day.

But if our elected officials don't get their act together, heroes like Walding will have insult added to injury when their paychecks stop coming.

As U.S. politicians bicker over where to shave pennies off our hopelessly overgrown budget, a government shutdown looms around the corner.

But it's more than the lions at the national zoo and tourists at the Smithsonian who will feel the pinch if the government's coffers run dry. America's men and women in uniform, who already put their lives on the line for peanuts, will see their paychecks turn to IOU's.

I'm all for balancing the budget - and taking extreme measures to do so. But our nation's defenders' paychecks should be off limits.

Shut down the (worthless) Department of Education. Shutter the national parks, if that's what it takes. Cancel (also worthless) USAid. But pay those who protect us.

Yet even if our heroes in uniform have to fight for free, the paychecks of U.S. senators and congressmen will be unaffected by the shutdown.

Anybody else see something very wrong with that?

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 10:52 AM



Comments on this post

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

Time to shut down the governments paychecks instead of our troops, maybe then we'll get a budget!
Left by KellieC on Apr 06, 2011 3:40 PM

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

The last people that should have to pay the price for the lack of wisdom in government spending are the troops who have given everything for our freedom in Canada and the US.
I live in Canada and my nephew has been to Afghanistan twice (he is in the infantry so put his life on the line twice for his country). Because of him I have a whole new respect for our military and I pray for their safety every day. May God bless our troops and provide for them when their government can't!
Left by TJ on Apr 06, 2011 5:25 PM

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

AMEN!! I agree completely Chuck, if they can't get it together they need to be fired. Every one of them. Take care of our heroes in uniform and cut the pay of the senators and congressmen, their not worth what their getting paid anyway!! While we're at it take away their retirement and make them depend on Social Security like so many Americans do. Robin, Wyo.
Left by Anonymous on Apr 06, 2011 7:37 PM

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

You can not give our troops IOU's Give them their paychecks.
the government needs to take IOU's for themselves.

Fahter God Please protect our Service men and women! in Jesus Name Amen!
Left by Susan on Apr 06, 2011 11:31 PM

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

"Yet even if our heroes in uniform have to fight for free, the paychecks of U.S. senators and congressmen will be unaffected by the shutdown.

Anybody else see something very wrong with that?"

This former 11B (US Army) agrees that the paychecks of the troops should be off-limits!
Those on Capitol Hill (including the President, VP, & White House staff) should be the first to take a paycheck freeze!
Left by PNWJaeger on Apr 07, 2011 2:34 AM

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

The first thing congress needs to do after the elections is to make the changes to benefit the military and security ,and the rest to be affected by the shot dowen. including congress and the president.
Left by revrocco on Apr 08, 2011 12:12 PM

# RE: Don't Short Change the Troops

Why don't they stop giving free education, free welfare, and free medical care to illegals? And make E-Verify mandatory for all jobs nationwide. Then we'll see millions more Americans working. And I agree to see Congress get a payfreeze, or even a paycut. They're overpaid. Shut down the Rio border and end all trade with Mexico and Red China, where millions of jobs have gone. It costs way too much to monitor the Rio border crossing--just shut it down. Line the Rio with electrified fencing (no one, but no one has ever escaped from a Calif. prison with electrified fencing), and vibration mines to stop tunneling.
Left by 7obmar on Aug 11, 2011 9:16 PM