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Sadly, Congress is so intent on creating a broken state they have set in motion a chain of events that culminate in preventing serving military stationed at bases in this country from having Fourth of July celebrations. Bases are on restricted budgets because Republicans would rather play political games than ensure we are a functioning democracy. So the budget sitting on a back shelf gathering dust while they attempt to repeal legislation they don't like means no fireworks for troops at bases like Camp Lejeune.

I can't begin to express how wrong this is.

The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts that began in March. Budgets tightened, the military took a major hit and many federal workers absorbed pay cuts through forced furloughs.

When the decision was made to forgo fireworks at Camp Lejeune, the commanding general, Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, said the cancellation would "ensure that we can mitigate the fiscal challenges we are currently facing."

Last year's Independence Day at the base cost about $100,000, including $25,000 for the fireworks. The big issue is paying the overtime to personnel for security, transportation, logistics and safety. Base officials said they couldn't justify paying overtime when federal workers are losing pay while furloughed.

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  •  MIC rules... (12+ / 0-)

    1. Never fuck a contractor or a manufacturer, EVER.

    2. All budget shortfalls are to be passed on to the troops.  

    That's it.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 09:50:23 AM PDT

  •  Well Folks (4+ / 0-)

    How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

    The Whole Country Served, Not Just The Many Caring Groups, with handfuls of members and volunteers, who have to fight for funding when successful and not getting grants, Within!!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013
    Rachel Maddow: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway. How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free? Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013
    "Why in 2009 were we still using paper?" VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers "When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we've been operating on a six month wait for over a decade." 27 March 2013
    WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!

    "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln
    The money was made off our 'free wars' of choice, still is, and added to those investments were the huge tax cuts that came along with, and them obstructing rubber stamped it all with the now teabags, and some others, cheering it all on!!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 10:07:18 AM PDT

  •  At least (3+ / 0-)

    this will likely generate some feedback from the military and (more likely) their dependents.

    When I was in, big parties like that were always well attended, and planned for by a lot of people.  Everyone looked forward to them, and they encouraged community.

    And I always ended up with the duty.  :(  Pitfalls of being single.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 11:17:25 AM PDT

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