Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Possible Shutdown Showed How Our Government Feels About Us

The government shutdown was avoided right near the deadline, but it showed our Military and our Veterans how the government feels about us.  Reading about how the shutdown would have affected us disgusted me, and it really left a bad taste in my mouth.  The government was getting ready to shut down all non-essential government positions, and paying our active Military was considered non-essential, as is rating veterans disability claims.  The worst part about this was that even if pay was stopped for Military and Veterans, our Congress who would have been responsible for the shutdown would have still been paid.  This just goes to show how many people that are supposed to work for us in our government are self-serving and could care less about the people they "represent".

My brother is in the Army, and he is getting ready to deploy in June to Afghanistan.  The military would have expected him, as well as every other Soldier, to fight for his country and put his life on the line for a country that deems paying him non-essential.  In any other line of work, if somebody isn't getting paid they can just leave and file a complaint against the company.  Our government doesn't work that way.  Soldiers can't just leave if they aren't getting paid, and the Ferries Doctrine prevents members of our military from suing the government.  Of all of the horrible facts that came out with this government shutdown, this one is the most surprising and the most disgusting.

Any veteran who has a claim for disability, like I do, would have had to wait longer for the claim to be looked at.  My claim has not been fully rated even though I filed a year ago, and the government does not feel it is essential to make sure veterans are getting the income they are losing out on because of disabilities.  I am just one of thousands who is struggling to pay the bills while my claim gets pushed from desk to desk and lost at some points, and the shutdown would have been devastating to me.

I know that it is difficult to decide on how to trim the budget to chip away at our deficit, but getting in the way of paying our military and our veterans is the wrong way to go about it.  Even without the shutdown, many veteran benefits are being cut, but I bet we will still see a great amount of pork in every bill passed through our Congress.  We need to fight back and not re-elect ANYBODY into our Congress, because it is these corrupt and self-serving people that are responsible for the national deficit and now for all of the programs they are cutting back on.  Remember, these people are supposed to working for us, not against us.  It is up to us to make sure we are electing the right people for the job, and it is obvious that there are some serious changes needed.

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