In a word: despicably.
First off, Pentagon ordered to freeze death benefits:
"Unfortunately, as a result of the shutdown, we do not have the legal authority to make death gratuity payments at this time," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman. "However, we are keeping a close eye on those survivors who have lost loved ones serving in the Department of Defense."
House lawmakers, though, are planning to vote Wednesday on a bill to restore funding for the payments. And Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of needlessly withholding the money.
Boehner claimed a bill passed by Congress and signed by the president last week to pay America's troops should have given the Pentagon the latitude "to pay all kinds of bills, including this."Followed by this:
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is spelling out some of the dire consequences for veterans of a long-term government shutdown, with about 3.8 million veterans not getting a disability check next month if the shutdown continues into late October.
Shinseki says some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents would also see pension payments stopped ...
In some areas, like health care delivery, there are fewer adverse effects. Congress provided funding for VA's health services a year in advance, so veterans can continue getting care at hospitals and clinics.As Commander-in-Chief, President Obama has direct and undeniable responsibility for these decisions being taken and implemented in this manner.
I remember some of my colleagues declaring "We won!" last November; I ask them now, is this what you thought we won? And, we have over three more years in which to look forward to celebrating the further antics of Despicable He.
Would they were only coming to an actual theater rather than played out in the streets near us instead.