Does anyone remember the dance game, the Limbo? It was a contest to see how low you could go under a pole, without falling, that steadily kept lowering each round. You could liken this game to the one Obama is playing with the American public. So, just how low can Obama go? Well, it seems pretty low. According to Today.com, "the shutdown of the federal government is now affecting some families when they are most vulnerable, denying them a $100,000 benefit to help with funeral expenses of loved ones killed while serving the country."
If my grandmother were alive, she would say that was lower than a snake's belly slithering across a hardwood floor.
The families of five U.S. service members who died over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they won't be receiving the "death gratuity" normally wired to relatives within 36 hours. The benefit is intended to help cover funeral costs and help with immediate living expenses until survivor benefits typically begin.
The money also helps cover costs to fly families to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.
"The government is hurting the wrong people," said Shannon Collins, who lost her son over the weekend in Afghanistan.
"Families shouldn't have to worry about how they're going to bury their child," she told NBC News.
"Families shouldn't have to worry about how they're going to feed their family if they don't go to work this week."
Shannon Collins lost her son, 19 year old Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., on Saturday when he was supporting combat operation in Afghanistan. Collins was one of five service members killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, "including four troop members who died Sunday in an IED attack." Ms. Collins is unsure when her son's body will be returned to the family for burial. Her son's remains are at Dover.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations said, "Washington may be shutdown, but it's still asking people to go to war. When people realize they can serve and fight for their country, but that their family will get an IOU until the shutdown is over, I think they're just shocked."
While Collins has a job and supervisors who will allow her to take paid time off to attend to the care of her son's return, others may not be as fortunate meaning the "death gratuity may be critical to their survival and sense of closure."
"While that benefit may not be urgent for me, it's urgent for somebody. There's somebody who needs to fly their family home. There's somebody who needs to have expenses covered, or be able to take off work to handle the affairs of their loved one," Ms. Collins told Today.com. "And to know that the government shutting down will delay their ability to handle their business, some people just won't be able to do it."
Ms. Collins indicated she had the money to address her son's return but could use help with the funeral expenses as she did not necessarily have the $10,000 to bury him. She is working with the funeral home to make arrangements but wonders if she'll be on a payment plan the rest of her life.
While a law was passed last week to address the continuing payment of civilian military members during the shutdown, no provision was made to address the payout of the death benefit to families of soldiers who died during service to their country. According to Today.com, "Republican aides told NBC news they are currently drafting legislation to address the issue, and that it could be considered as early as Wednesday."
One can bet the lamestream media will lay this at the feet of the Republicans while discounting the childish temper tantrum being displayed by Obama, Harry Reid and other Democrat cronies. Was it not the Republican House that passed a piece of legislation to fund the entire government, except Obamacare? Yes, I believe it was. Who rejected that? Why I do declare it was Harry Reid and Obama.
Was it not also the Republican House who passed a piece of legislation that funded the entire government with a stipulation to delay the individual mandate on Obamacare for one year? Again, the answer is yes. Who shot that in the foot? Again, Harry Reid and Obama.
Republicans passed funding for the NIH so children with cancer could get treatments. Harry Reid would not allow that to go through saying, "Why would I do that?" He went on to cite the thousands that were out of work in his home state of Nevada because of the shutdown.
Obama stated he would not even negotiate with Republicans but yet could call the Iranian President to negotiate on the nuclear capability of the Islamic country, could negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syria's chemical weapons and negotiate providing arms to Islamic terrorist groups in Syria who are known enemies to the US.
This same Obama has spent money to shutdown open air memorials, throw individuals out of their homes on federal land due to park closures, and prevent Americans from seeing Mt. Rushmore by having cones placed alongside the road to prevent cars from stopping. Obama will shutdown the WWII open air memorial to the distinguished veterans who fought in that war to maintain our freedoms but will allow it to be open for an illegal immigrant rally. And to top it all off, Obama even ordered the cemetery in France closed where many American soldiers who stormed the beaches during WWII are laid to rest. I'll just shake my head and do the face-palm maneuver on this.
You won't hear the lamestream enemedia reporting these incidents that show Obama as an incorrigible child throwing a tantrum because he didn't get his way. Nor will you see the same enemedia portraying Harry Reid as a sadistic child killer for denying NIH funding for children suffering from cancer to receive their treatment. That doesn't play into their little liberal agenda. Everything has to be the Republican's fault for not going against the American people who do not want Obamacare. In other words, the lamestream enemedia would rather help install a dictator than engage in responsible journalism by reporting the truth or even both sides of the issue.
My grandmother never put up with childish tantrums. Her response was to get the leather razor strap and show it: that usually stopped the tantrums. If it didn't, all it took was one spanking with that 3 inch strap to set one right again. My grandfather had quite a different approach, but one that was equally effective. His deal was to take one to the spring. Trust me, you never wanted to have to go to the spring – my dad can attest to that fact.
So, I say to all Republicans, it's time to take Obama and Reid to the spring!