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  •  $$$ pressure is coming (0+ / 0-)

    I think you are going to see money start leaving the Texas Guard because of this.  Cant say for sure if it is related but I have heard that request for Texas Guard folks to be placed on active duty are being returned with a suggestion to find an "alternate sourcing solution" - military speak for "ask for someone else and we will approve this" but you cant have that person or that unit.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 06:39:09 PM PST

    •  Money (0+ / 0-)

      is the only thing they understand. Remove all federal funding and let them good ol' boys with their big guns act as "a well  regulated militia".  Of course that is no help with tornados, floods or fires, but hey, that is the way the cookie crumbles.

    •  how about a small-dollar start (0+ / 0-)

      if a same-sex couple is being inconvenienced by the State command -- why doesn't Hagel pay them for the inconvenience?  Cover their gas and wear and tear, and an hourly rate for their time -- maybe lodging and meals as well.  Deduct that money -- plus the administrative costs of DoD keeping track of all this and making the payments -- from the state's guard assistance.  maybe withhold a bigger chunk in advance, on spec -- on the potential for more of such claims for reimbursement materializing in the future.

      When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

      by Sick Semper on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 07:22:57 PM PST

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      •  Very hard to do (0+ / 0-)

        Any travel related expenses fall under the JFTR (Joint Federal Travel Regulation).  The soldiers in question would have to be on travel orders.  Unless they were Federalized there is no way to force the state to put them on travel orders.  Once Federalized, the bill is a federal one.  

        Remember, military dont receive an hourly rate.  Cost for travel is set as is per diem, by JFTR.  

        No the better way to do this is to simply stop putting Texas Guard folks on active orders.  Its a HUGE financial hit.  Next step would be to refuse to Federalize any Texas Guard promotions.  THis would mean their promotions are not recognized outside of the state.  That in turn would prevent them from taking certain national level jobs.  If all that fails then Federalize the entire Texas Guard and call them up.  Cripple Texas businesses because they suddenly have 30,000 employees missing.  

        It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

        by ksuwildkat on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 08:22:45 PM PST

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