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Shutdown Follies: Guard and Reserve Families Hard Hit, Concerned About Readiness

Essential employees deemed "non-essential" work through tough times.

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Patrick Richardson

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October 10, 2013 - 2:41 pm
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As the shutdown extends toward a second week, pundits note that a majority of Americans blame Republicans for the crisis. However, the numbers are shifting and President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time low. Not only are many Americans not blaming Republicans, some directly affected by the shutdown believe the Democrats are “holding the country hostage.”

Author Michael Z. Williamson’s wife is a federal employee, and is currently dealing with the results of the shutdown:

My wife works for the Army Reserve as a Unit Administrator. Apparently, the executive branch through the SecDef has decided that managing Reserve units is not an essential task of the government. So her DoD position is not paying. As of this week, she’s back at work with a promise to be paid later, but as far as I know as of this writing, that has not been approved.

UAs have to belong to the unit they support, so she’s in the Army Reserve. Her unit didn’t drill this last weekend, and to my knowledge, no units are, Guard or Reserve. So she didn’t get that income, either.

Also, this is a newish position for her, and she has to be trained in the unit’s mission. It’s an engineering company. So even though she’s administration, she also has to train for construction. She had approved orders for 1 Oct. for a school, which would have been active duty pay. That got cancelled. So at this point, she has no income at all.

Williamson’s family has effectively had its income cut in half. Moreover, while working without pay, his wife is not eligible for unemployment and is not allowed to do temp work. Worse, Williamson said, when her orders were approved for the training that got canceled, a paycheck was generated, but since the orders were then cancelled the check must be paid back. Since the “check” was electronic, it couldn’t even be refused.

I’m taking on more projects that may pay fast. We live within our means, have some savings, though those were hurt during the furlough and during my wife’s job change earlier in the year. So far, we’re hanging in there.

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Though I begrudgingly agree a minuscule of military administrative positions are viable, the Williamson scenario doesn't seem to fall into that category.

Again I understand families are hurting. Though agree with these circumstances during the furlough.

I'm a vet and the inconsequential jobs were/ are RAMPANT in today's military. The worst area in my day was the finances section. Many of the white collar, no overseas in hazardous conditions type folks were in charge of our pay, orders, I.D., life insurance, PoA etc., whereas their Tech/ A school was 2-6 weeks or OJT! Yikes!

Military, contractor folks: have you ever had to deal with ADP.. A nightmare. They'd made DMV employees whose 2nd language is English seem sensible!

There are many military, contractor, Fed etc positions which could and should have been nixed decades ago. Though that would result on that service, company, politician(s) needing LESS money than the year prior. And they can't have that!
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I read in a foreign paper today that only 21,000 people had successfully completed the required forms as of today for 0-care.

this thing is obviously a train wreck. knowing it was a failure, and he has been told this by his own advisors for months, one must question the motivation behind pushing so hard something that is destined to fail. no competent manager would try to implement something this screwed up. could it be that by implementing it, commander zero will then be able to pull a bait and switch? thereby effectively using his newly found executive authority to seize complete control of the gov. and thereby rule by executive fiat? why else expend such energy and try to force through such a terrible, unworkable project?
1 year ago
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That's a Commander in Chief Decision thru DoD, then DA. He approves all plans. This is Obamas order, ultimately. He owns it.

1 year ago
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I prefer the term "Tantrum-Thrower-in-Chief." I'll gladly render him the same crotch salute he gives our flag. All hail king two-year-old!
1 year ago
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Wait a second.... Harry Reid is holding press conferences that he is blocking the Legislation to deal with the deliberate misinterpretation of the Pay our Military Act because the private sector is stepping up while he has his hissy fit. Someone needs to plaster his face on a few front pages.... Bob Beckel was trying to claim the legislation had already been signed by Obama to correct his own orders.

And in the meantime - no one has thought to challenge the President on why 20 soldiers have died in Afghanistan under his current military policies since his current budget stunt started. The scandal isn't the death benefits, the scandal is the dead soldiers.
1 year ago
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I'm all for the president making this as painful, sharp and hurtful as possible.
Nothing else has gotten the attention of enough Americans yet.
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