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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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48 weeks ago
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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!
49 weeks ago
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"All of this is affecting not just families, but the readiness of Guard and Reserve formations. A source in the Air National Guard tells PJ Media that the furlough affects Guard and Reserve readiness due to the loss of civilian technicians. “It’s not the end of the world” right now, but if the shutdown continues for more than a few weeks, it will hurt the ability of Guard and Reserve units to do their missions since training is already canceled, said the source."

Frankly I'm not particularly concerned about the ability of Guard and Reserve units to "do their missions" as about the only missions that Pharaoh Obama the Deranged would be likely to send them on would be missions like he has sent the Nation Park Service (aka the Parkstapo) on, that is against the people. Better for us, and them, for them to not become the Guardstapo and the Reserstapo.
49 weeks ago
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And let it be noted that Guard and Reserve forces are currently deployed to Afghanistan among other places, so yes, we do want them to be able to do their missions.

Winter is coming, there's already been a record blizzard in the Dakotas, do you not want guard units available for disaster assistance?
49 weeks ago
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BTW, what is their "mission" in Afcrapistan? It's been 12 years now. When do we declare failure of government programs? Do we give ObamaCare signups 12 more years before making any judgement?
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't see how this connects with Afcrapistan and they shouldn't be there anyway. As to blizzards, unless Pharaoh Obama decrees they must not go to any blizzards, I don't see the connection here either. In any case I do not want to be held hostage, certainly to someone whose pay is merely delayed but whose job is in no jeopardy, unlike in private industry, so I'll take my chances..
49 weeks ago
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Yes, the majority conservatives in the military are going to take orders from "Pharaoh 0bama" to march on American citizens.

And of course, that would require paying them, and lead time to mobilize them.

Remember when that happened during Y2K? Oh, wait, no, it didn't.
49 weeks ago
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You seem to take umbrage to my saying Pharaoh Obama as you put it in quotes. Why is that? He acts like he thinks he is Pharaoh so that's what I'll call him.
49 weeks ago
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If he sets the stage right I believe the military will continue to obey his orders. As to Y2K what happened is programs were converted to 4 digit years from 2 digit years thus preventing what would have otherwise been a clusterfark.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
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?
49 weeks 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.

49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
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!
49 weeks 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.
49 weeks 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.
49 weeks ago
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