In 2006, at a time when making certain our troops received paychecks, and at a time we would not have put or even considered defunding the military, every single Democrat Senator voted against raising the debt limit. “We are not a deadbeat nation,” he said. See that video below. Yesterday, Obama threatened payments to veterans and troops if Republicans do not cooperate in raising our monumental, and close to insurmountable, debt ceiling/limit:
“If congressional Republicans refuse to pay Americans’ bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans’ benefits will be delayed,” he said during a Monday morning press conference, during which he denounced GOP calls for spending curbs, and instead demanded greater taxes. Source: Daily Caller
Note that during government shutdowns during the Reagan and Clinton administrations, our military were paid. In other words, neither Reagan or Clinton were willing to hold our troops hostage. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive states the following:
…the total number of employees to be “retained” under the plan (i.e., not subject to furlough), broken out into two categories: (1) employees “engaged in military, law enforcement, or direct provision of health care activities” and (2) employees whose “compensation is financed by a resource other than annual appropriations”;
The above concludes that government contractors would not be paid, in the event of a government shutdown – but troops and veterans will be paid.
Rather than follow the official guidelines for Military in a government shutdown delineated during the Reagan administration, and followed in the Clinton administration, and clarified in 1990 by Congress, the Obama administration had other plans in 2011 when he threatened troop salaries.
In a memo prepared earlier this month, Defense officials noted that service members and some civilian workers, including those involved in national security and the protection of life and property, still must report for duty but will not be paid until Congress appropriates funds to reimburse them for that period of service. All other employees will be furloughed, the memo stated.
It would be Obama choosing that troops are not paid, if that’s the way he swings. Note that in the case of a government shutdown
The government can’t require its civilian work force to operate without pay. Its only options, with the civilian work force, are furloughing employees and shutting down services. The civilian work force is protected by union agreements and labor laws in this regard. The troops are not. Source: Hot Air
Troops will be forced to show up for duty. The humongous government workforce would be furloughed, and stay home (and Obama would surely find ways to pay them eventually, even though they provided no service for the America people).
Here’s more today’s Daily Caller (linked above):
While slamming the GOP’s push against deficit spending, Obama listed off groups whose funding he can stop if the GOP doesn’t agree to drop its calls for cuts in exchange for a hike to the debt ceiling.
If America breaches the debt ceiling, “[w]e might not be able to pay our troops, or honor our contracts with small business owners,” Obama said. “Food inspectors, air-traffic controllers, specialists who track down loose nuclear materials, wouldn’t get their pay checks,” he said.
But reaching the debt ceiling without a hike doesn’t actually stop the president from honoring the government’s commitments to those group.
In fact, if the executive can’t borrow more money to fund the annual $1 trillion deficit — or roughly 30 cents on each dollar spent by the federal government — it can still pay part of its weekly bills with weekly tax revenues, once interest-payments are paid first.
This day-to-day, no-borrowing process would not prevent Obama from paying any sub-group all or part of their salaries or benefits, but does give him the ability to decide which sub-groups don’t get paid, in full or part.
In yesterday’s press conference, we saw the full monster emerge. The President who reminds me of a Knoxville, Tennessee man who recently appealed to courts to help him pay child support for 30 different children by 11 different mothers, or the man who fathered 11 different children by 10 different mothers, and cannot name his own children. That man was hoping a reality show would bail him out on Oprah’s Oxygen network. The public was outraged about that circus, and the show is cancelled for now. Obama is that man. In the press conference, he bragged about non-existant cuts in spending, but didn’t remember or mention the $7 TRILLION he spent in only TWO YEARS when only $4 TRILLION was available to him – Obama’s debt offspring is mammoth.
For every $2 We the Taxpayers send to the Government, they spend $3. Here’s Obama’s spin:
[already] “done probably more than half the deficit reduction we need to stabilize the debt and the deficit.”
Our incredibly broken and corrupt Government gives each federal department the same amount of money it received the year before, without any authorization of the need for the funds, and on top of that…
The baseline includes automatic adjustments for inflation and anticipated increases in program participation. Baseline, or current services, budgeting, therefore builds automatic, future spending increases into Congress’s budgetary forecasts.
Baseline budgeting tilts the budget process in favor of increased spending and taxes. For example, if an agency’s budget is projected to grow by $100 million, but only grows by $75 million, according to baseline budgeting, that agency sustained a $25 million cut. That is analogous to a person who expects to gain 100 pounds only gaining 75 pounds, and taking credit for losing 25 pounds. The federal government is the only place this absurd logic is employed.
Eliminating the inflated budget baseline will force Congress to justify and account for increased spending instead of hiding behind automatic increases. Through commonsense accounting, taxpayers would learn that spending in Washington is not under control. Source: Citizens Against Government Waste
As a senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama said that he detested budget deficits. In 2006, when the aggregate national debt was almost $8 trillion less than it is today, he blasted George W. Bush’s chronic borrowing and refused to vote for upping the debt ceiling: “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’”
In 2008, Obama further blasted Bush’s continued Keynesian borrowing: “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children . . . so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”
Only this president…only this one…only this one…read between the lines…what is different about this one that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment…yada…yada…when it is necessary to pay our bills…I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness of this president. Why is he different, and in my community that is the question that we raise…in the minority community that is the question being raised…why has the debt limit been raised 60 times…
That was 2011. Yesterday, Obama said we would be a “deadbeat” nation if we did not give him the money he wants. He also said, “you don’t go out to dinner, eat all you want, and leave without paying the check.” In the video below, you’ll hear Obama say “raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending, it simply pays for spending Congress has already committed too.”
In 2006, when Obama “detested” deficits, he voted against raising the debt ceiling as did every single Democrat Senator. See the roll call vote below. Perhaps the most important point in this post is this chart at The Lonely Conservative showing how deficits were shrinking in 2006 and 2007. Our DeadBeat President is like the snake in the Garden of Eden.
Obama Press Conference January 14, 2013 (video)