Apparently there is no lower limit on shamelessness.
Here we are in the Great Recession, and everyone in government is feeling the effects of the Great 10% Sequestration. Instead of being fired outright, many civilian employees of the military’s huge bureaucracy are only being asked to give 10 days of “furlough.” No work, no pay…. one day a month.
Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Charleston Navy Base on Thursday. According to the New York Times (7/19/13, page A11), Hagel not only had to respond to complaints about this ‘unfair’ policy. He had to explain why a new $45 million commissary was going to be delayed. And why the commissary is now closed on Mondays. Can you believe the outrage?
For those who have never been to a commissary, let me explain that it’s like a Walmart or Costco. But only the military and its civilian employees can shop there, tax free of course, and at prices lower than you pay. The 110 employees of the commissary take their furlough together, so it’s now closed on Mondays. But that really inconveniences 74-year-old Joel Logue, a petty officer who retired eons ago (and who probably was never ever fired at). He wants his tax-free, reduced price groceries on Monday too, gosh darn it.
Why is the federal government running grocery stores? Why compete with the local economy? Does this not deprive local government of taxes? Why would the U.S. even consider spending $45 million on a new commissary?