I’m very glad Congress and the president decided to make sure the uniformed military will get paid during the government shutdown. That was the right thing to do. The move averts a game-of-chicken mistake made in late 1995, when Bill Clinton was dispatching troops to Bosnia while their pay was in jeopardy.
As long as preparations are made beforehand, meanwhile, there’s enough in the trusts to make sure Social Security and veterans’ pension payments go out next month as well as this month. That’s a relief to millions of elderly who can’t just go start harvesting vegetables or sweeping floors if their checks don’t come in. We can assume Congress will keep a sharp eye out for the potential problems, and make provision for them.
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