The American public is certainly divided on the subject of ObamaCare . A government divided may ultimately mean a government shutdown entirely. As US citizens sit on the sidelines with nothing but hope on our side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried digs his heels in for the impending face off with House Speaker John Boehner. Reid stated he will not accept any measures that undermine the health care law as part of the budget bill. Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said Sunday that Reid vowed to reject this bill. On Sunday, a bill was approved that would fund the government past Monday and delay ObamaCare another year. It would also repeal a highly unpopular medical device tax. According to FoxNews, ‘…at this stage, a shutdown is highly possible, and congressional leaders are hard at work trying to assign blame. ‘
What will a government shutdown mean?
To the average American citizen, the government shutting down will have little to no impact however; for our service men and women, this will come down to more than just to fund or not to fund ObamaCare. Tomorrow, payday will be cancelled for America’s military. Both active duty and retirees will be faced with stacks of bills, hungry children, empty gas tanks and no recourse. Today, citizens across Abilene, Texas have much reason to fear they will be the ones to ultimately pay the price over this government standoff. The city of Abilene houses a large population of active duty and retired military personnel from our own Dyess Air Force Base. Dyess has as many as 5,000 employees, making it the largest single employer in Abilene and the surrounding area. The annual financial impact the air base has on the city of Abilene is an astronomical $310 million. Not to mention, the thousands of retired military who still call Abilene home.
The government has no intention of shutting down operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Japan. These deployed soldiers will continue working and earning a salary, yet no paychecks will be sent home to their spouses and children. The fact that the servicemembers will eventually receive their money will be of no consolation after knowing their spouses, whom they had to leave behind, are alone in answering the age old question, “What’s for dinner?”
What is the answer?
There are no easy answers regarding funding the budget and how to resolve the healthcare issue however; punishing the American soldier should not even be considered an option. The money must come from somewhere, but out of the mouths of our soldiers and their families is simply unfathomable. In Abilene, Texas, we wait and we pray even with the knowledge of the bitter truth which cuts us all to the quick. Those in Washington will eat dinner this evening which will cost more than most citizens of Abilene spend at the grocery store in a week. They will either decide our fate by coming to an agreement, or allow the clock to run out at midnight, causing a shutdown. Lastly, they will sleep soundly, knowing their paychecks will never be in jeopardy, in the midst of this national debt crisis.