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Monday, June 20, 2005

Doesn't Make Sense to Me

Lazy Iguana's posting of his "homeless" bumper stickers got me thinking about how our government is letting down the people of this country.

My DH works at a Navy Depot, and there is an Army Depot nearby. (We're always asked "why is there a Navy depot here in southcentral Pennsylvania?" The answer is that Harrisburg is a trucking hub for the northeast corridor. Memphis is the trucking hub of the country.)

Anyway, so there are alot of civilian employees of the Army and Navy here. Naturally, a good many businesses depend on the Army and Navy for their living. Many other provide services to the employees (civilian and enlisted) of the bases. So there are alot of people who have contact with those directly affected by what the government does to its employees and facilities.

Last week I met a nurse who has a patient, a serviceman who just returned from Iraq. His family here hasn't seen a paycheck in THREE MONTHS. When the government messes up my DH's paycheck, it takes months to correct it. I know a National Guard reservist who was gone so long that he lost his business. Other reservists that were supposed to serve overseas six months end up having their stays extended multiple times, until it's a year and a half until they actually return. Not all of them have jobs when they do get back (many employers do try to hold jobs, but after awhile, especially the smaller ones, just have to fill that spot).

Then there are the base closures and realignments (BRAC). We've gone thru many of them and have learned to not get so scared since my DH can now see retirement within reach. But there are towns and businesses that suffer greatly when bases are closed or forces reduced so much. Taxes cannot be paid by people without jobs and towns cannot provide services if they don't have a tax base.

And when there are the cut-backs at bases, that means that people are let go. I can tell you that this is false economy. Many of those people in the technology fields can get similar jobs in the private sector, so they're okay. BUT the Navy and Army still needs SOMEone to provide those services. So guess what? The military hires private contractors to get the same stuff done. I can't tell you how many of my DH's former collegues are now working at the base doing the same things but being paid MORE because the military contracted out the job. (You should see the nice facility the Navy built for the contractors.)

And can someone answer this: why are we cutting back on facilities and services when we are fighting a war? If we have to send our people in harms way overseas, then let's support them!!


At 9:38 AM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

A very inforative post. This information was unknown by me.

Seems to be so many falses associated with our country today.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I've wondered the same thing - why in the heck are we cutting back? We may no longer need the “traditional” army, but why are we not taking people in these bases and re-training them to help with terrorism?

And this, coming from a “war-time” president. I’m surprised Bush would let this stuff go forward.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger jevanking™ said...

Again, what does the Government care if things don't run effeciently? Who is going to stop them?

Let's go create our own country.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Just for fun, what would you call it?

At 4:58 PM, Blogger GodlessMom said...

Does the private contractor who is paying more for the same job go by the initials of KBR?

At 5:24 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

A NG member came back to work the other day to visit(on leave), and filled my ear with how understaffed the PA National Guard is. Our country isn't paying for this war, AND they can't even maintain the ranks they have. It's scary.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

You expected it to make sense? Yeah, it's ridiculous how long they're making National Guard folks and Reservists serve. It's sort of an abuse of the system. I think there should be a draft. Really. No exemptions, other than major physical issues... men AND women. Then maybe we would be more careful about going to war.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger dddragon said...

godlessmom: actually, there are several. I can't keep them straight - who is back under a contract, who retired, who switched to the army base, etc.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

This is scary stuff for sure.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

I have my pitchfork all ready to go. I sharpened all the points, and scraped off the rust. I also put a light coating of oil in the metal parts to prevent the rust from returning.

My torch is all ready to go. It is full of 2 cycle oil with just a little itty bit of gasoline.

Whenever you and the rest of the angry mob want to meet me in DC for some good old fashioned rampaging, I am in. We can use the pitchforks to poke anyone seen wearing a suit, and use the torches to set fire to any vehicles with government tags.

At 10:33 PM, Blogger A Little Bar of Soap said...


In George W. Bush, and his God, I trust. I'm sure his wisdom will reflect His will. Have faith in the President and Faith in Our Lord. The President and the Lord work in mysterious ways.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger thc said...

It's a tightrope walk. The war in Iraq is expensive but we cannot leave before it's secure or else it's just another Viet Nam. We're already taxed to the brink so something's got to give. Unfortunately it's domestic facilities. I wish I could think of a better answer.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

We blame the war for high taxes, but state, county and city taxes are going up faster than anything and they don't have anything to do with the war. And that backdoor draft is chilly.


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