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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Re: US gvt shutdown gets real for sailors
While NOAA Chart Up-dating and LNM's are important, one can liikely live without them for awhile. A much more important impact is the effect on the US Coast Guard and their ability to operate. Considering that compensation rates for Military service members are already relatively low, the Coast Guard men and women don't have the ability to build up much if any "rainy day" funds to cover their needs in the event of pay disruptions as they already live pay check to pay check. Where we are (southwest Florida) we have seen the impact on the men and women and their families at Cost Guard Station Cortez. In view of the foregoing, our Club has put together a fund collecting Grocery and Gas Gift Cards and cash contributions for distribution to Cortez Station Coasties by the Station Chief PO to help tied the "troops" over. We have contributed and will continue to do so, weekly, until the matter is resolved permanently.
While there has been a 3 week cease fire in the Trump/Pelosi pissing match, the GSA has already announced that it may take that long, or longer, to get payment system's sorted out and back in operation so the hiatus may provide only limited relief for the "troops" which may not be forthcoming for up to several more weeks yet. Given the foregoing, we are not going to discontinue our contributions on account of this "Announcement". Moreover, I have doubts that anything material will be accomplished in three weeks. It takes Congress longer than that to schedule a meeting or hearing given their uncoordinated "vacation" schedules.
The fact of the matter is that measures need be taken with respect to the out-of-control nonsensical immigration situation at the southern borders but nothing has happened as too few in the US have been adversely impacted by the situation and politicians can exploit the situation to their own perceived advantage. A "Grand Bargain" was negotiated between the Parties during the Reagan Administration in 1986 but once signed and Reagan relented on his measures then, Nothing Happened to remedy the situation and hasn't in the intervening 33 years!
The foregoing not withstanding, our "Troops" should not be forced to endure the pain of a Pelosi/Trump Pissing Match and, considering our dependence and reliance upon the Coast Guard the least we can do is make a contribution in their support. The next time the Fhit hits the San while you're out on the water, Who Ya' Gonna Call?
Please seek out and contribute what you can, eh?
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