I see that the Federal Government is approaching a deadline, after which the government will shut down. I'm told that our President is holding the troops hostage, withholding their pay until the budget battle is decided.
I was on active duty during the Carter years. The government shut down six times between 1977 and 1980. We always got paid. There is no reason to withhold military pay except as a crass political move. Which means that our President is a crass politician.
If you're wondering what the problem is with the budget, that's simple. The Constitution requires a budget and it must originate in the House of Representatives. The budget we're arguing about now should have been passed for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2010. At that time, the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. They had plenty of time to get it done, but just couldn't seem to get around to it. Now that the Republicans are in the House, they're trying to clean up the mess and the Democrats don't want to play. And of course, our President is playing politics with the military.
Crass politicians. A pox on them all.