Obama Lied Again–Stateside Commissaries Proposed Closure
The Department of Defense’s top financial adviser, Under Secretary of Defense Robert Hale, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay, director of force structure, resources and assessment for the Joint Staff, have requested a plan to shut down the commissaries on bases that are in the continental U.S. No information is available if this will include Alaska, Hawaii, and bases on U.S. soil but not part of the lower 48 states.
This is a major policy reversal by the Obama Administration.
This is exactly what President Obama said he would not do last summer. President Obama told Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7 that closing commissaries is “not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families.” The address by President Obama was an effort to get military families to help him to get Congress to override the sequester and support his proposal. The problem is that President Obama’s proposal required huge tax hikes, which Republicans oppose.
Hardworking folks are getting furloughed, families getting by on less, fewer ships available for your training exercises, the commissary your families rely on closed a day a week. We can do better than that. That’s not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families.
I guess, “do better than that” means to close down the commissaries permanently rather than simply one day a week.
By shutting down nearly 180 stateside commissaries, the DOD could free up $800 million to $900 million annually. While cutting commissaries is perhaps a better solution than base closures, it is noteworthy that the Obama family spent over $1.4 Billion in vacation costs last year. Perhaps the commissaries could be kept open if the Obama family would exercise more restraint in vacation selections?
Just a thought.