21 and disgusting

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the 21 soldiers killed since the October 1 partial government shut down and how their families were not paid the death benefits owed them.  You’ve probably also heard that a private charity, The Fisher House Group, will be paying the benefits on behalf of the Pentagon.  However, there is more to the story.

What you may not have heard is that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a choice in what parts of the DOD budget got cut in the shutdown.  He chose to cut the most controversial and cheapest area first; the death benefit to the families of fallen heroes.  At the same time, the DOD is still working to automate drones so that the machine itself decides whether or not to open fire on a target.  I would assume that the latter is much more expensive.

I find this to be flat-out disgusting.  There are far more expensive programs within the DOD that could have been put on a back burner, or better yet done away with. 

I also find all the finger-pointing that both sides of Congress are doing.  The Democrats point the finger at the Republicans saying they’re using defunding ObamaCare to force a shut down.  The GOP blames the DNC claiming that they’ve caused the shutdown by not being willing to seriously consider bills that would reopen government.

Well, I’ll tell you, I’m sick and tired of all this stuff.  Both sides are to blame here and neither side, in my opinion, is doing much more than politicizing the whole thing and trying to score points with voters.

I believe that we need to clean house on the next election and look for people who actually care about the country more than they do their own wallets.  I think we need to really work on voting in people who are normal, everyday average Joes rather than career politicians.

I’ve come to notice, especially in the last year, that most of these people care little about their constituents, only pretending to do so when it comes to campaign season.  I’m also not the only one who feels this way.  You see it all the time in the blogosphere, on the news, and on alternative media sites.

Remember when McCain was blasted by his constituents at a town hall meeting?  I do and I was proud of the people who stood up and let him have it.  What about the guy in New Hampshire who stood up against Common Core and was subsequently arrested for “assaulting a police officer?”  That man is a good one, right there.

You’re seeing it more and more; people disgusted with how the government is doing stuff. 

Where do you stand?


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