Life for the junior enlisted just got much more difficult...
In the face of World War II veterans being barricaded from visiting the World War II Memorial, and Marine Corps veterans from Upstate New York, half of them wheelchair bound, found themselves having to knock over the barricades in order to gain access to the Marine Corps War Memorial (popularly known as the Iwo Jima Monument), America’s active duty, retired and former members of the Armed Forces can rest easy in the knowledge that the current Commander-in-Chief’s favorite golf course has been spared the blade of the government shutdown axe, as reported by both The Weekly Standard on Oct. 5, 2013 and Breitbart.com on Oct. 6, 2013.
The world-class golf course at the Joint Base Andrews, MD, formerly Andrews Air Force Base, has remained opened while closed or have their hours slashed are many of the base activities that low-paid junior enlisted troops, especially the married ones, rely on to make their meager paychecks pay the rent, make the car payment and feed and clothe their families.
Last week on the eve of the media-hyped “shutdown” Barack Obama ensured he got in his 35th round of golf this year alone.
According to the official website of Joint Base Andrews, more than a few service facilities have either had their hours cut or flat-out shuttered, two notables are both the Base Commissary which has been completely shutdown, and the Base Family Child Care which will be closed every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday while allowing married couples who both work the opportunity to ensure their child(ren) have quality day care only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM - 1 PM.
While testifying at a Congressional hearing, the Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason stated that with the closure of the commissary, base personnel will have to shop "at local stores that cost about 30 percent more.”
According to Kiplinger.com, Washington, DC is the sixth most expensive city in the nation to live with the average cost of living 44.7 percent above the national average.
The annual salary for an Air Force Senior Airman (E-4) with more than 2 years in service is a paltry $24,972.
"Make Life Difficult..."
As quoted by TownHall.com on Oct. 4, 2013, a rather frustrated (and anonymous) Park Ranger who was ordered to close parking lots at the home of George Washington in Mount Vernon, Va. may have summed up the feelings of many who have been ordered to carry out the directives from the higher-ups in DC:
We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.