I'm an Army Wife so my ears have been tuned to the news that the government will be shutting down as of tomorrow if a budget isn't passed. Will I think it will happen? Well I didn't before but now I think its a distinct possibility.
Here is a link to a news article from USA Today on that very subject. I am reading in this particular article something that really shouldn't surprise me but somehow it still does. Congress and Obama will still get paid if the government gets shut down. How is this fair? If the rest of the government won't get paid why should they?
No pay for J would mean that we'd not be able to continue to afford those out of pocket infertility treatments. They aren't cheap and with our budget being slashed to only essentials its something we'd have to go without. Forget about saving up for the IVF treatments which run about eight thousand dollars.
No pay would mean that J would not receive his clothing allotment this month. Its a yearly stipend of a really small amount that the US Army pays to its soldiers so that they can afford to replace worn out gear. Its so small that it means he can barely get one pair of combat boots, a pair of trousers, jacket, a pack of t-shirts and possibly a pack of socks.
No pay would mean that there would be no more date nights, though of late their haven't been many of those with his schedule. It would mean we'd eat at home and those meals would be trimmed of all extras too.
No pay would mean that J wouldn't be able to come home after morning PT for breakfast. He wouldn't be able to come home for lunch. Gas is way too expensive to be wasting it on such things as going home for food.
I'm sure this couldn't last too long. I mean how would Obama deal with all the guilt he has to obviously feel knowing that his government employees are going without food. Or did he forget that the majority of the government employees now live pay check to pay check.
I wonder if we could cut our government budget if we made Mrs. Obama cook the food for the entire family and visiting diplomats? I wonder if we could cut out President Obama's vacation fund? Ooh I wonder if we could make him pay for his own travel expenses?
I think I'd pay a small admission fee just to see the Obama's live off a welfare food allowance for four people for one month and entertain on that allowance. Do you think they'd get tired of eating spaghetti with no meat sauce?
I'd like to see President Obama pay the utilities bills for a month on his wages. I'd like to see President Obama pay for the fuel for his transportation for one month out of his own pay. He obviously needs his pay to do those things, right? Seriously what does he pay for that he feels he needs to have his income not stopped? Is he afraid his credit rating will plummet? Is he so deeply in debt that he owes creditors? I doubt it.
The President could have volunteered to not get paid until the budget gets passed. He knew he had nothing to risk knowing that he and Congress will always get paid because its in the 27th Amendment.