When I was a brand new lieutenant one of my Marines came to me a week before payday and told me that he was out of money and that the Navy Relief Society wouldn’t help him. I marched right over to Navy Relief ready to do battle. The lady volunteer told me that they couldn’t help my Marine until he prepared a budget. I failed to understand why that would help, but she was firm. No budget – no assistance.
I returned to the barracks and sat down with my Marine to fill out the stupid budget so we could get him a few bucks to feed his family (he was married and they had a baby). I knew exactly what he made so we started with that figure. On payday he had cashed his check and went home to pick up his wife and baby. On the way out of the trailer park he paid a portion of his rent – very responsible. He stopped at a gas station and filled his tank – no argument there. Then they went to a restaurant and had dinner. Well – they had to eat I suppose, but there are less expensive ways to get nourishment. They followed dinner by swinging by the record store and picking up the latest records that they were dying to get – hmmmm - they’re free on the radio I thought. Then they swung by the grocery store for the essentials of life including cigarettes, beer, and some staples. Now a week later they were 7 days from payday and they needed baby formula (I wondered how many cans of formula you could have bought for the price of that “
” or “Who” album). I instantly recognized why the nice lady at Navy Relief made me do a budget. She gave my Marine money for baby formula, but I gave him a pretty stern lecture on financial priorities. Boston
I don’t know what happened to this Marine after he left my platoon – but I’m pretty sure that he’s a Democrat Congressman now.
This is how Democrats spend our money. You see it locally with gold plated offices, ever-rising salaries for an increasing army of bureaucrats, gifts, grants, absurd benefits packages, and other assorted perks. But the minute the budget comes into crisis they tell us they have to lay off firemen and policemen.
Most of us recognize the bait and switch. The mystery is why Congress can’t. Certainly this is exactly why Democrats (Progressives, Liberals, Socialists, whatever) don’t want to pass a damn budget. It is also why Republicans did pass a budget. This is also why we need a Balanced Budget Amendment.
I don’t know where you are now dear Navy Relief lady, but will you please go to
and kick some serious budget ass? Washington, DC