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Gates to troops: Yes, youíll get paid in a govít shutdown Ö for a week
Hot Air ^ | 6/7/11 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 04/07/2011 9:41:32 AM PDT by Nachum

ABC News reports this morning that Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with troops in Baghdad this morning, in part to discuss their concerns over a government shutdown. After joking that the best policy is to make sure the folks with the guns get paid first, Gates then told the men and women on the front lines that they needn’t worry. After studying the issue, Gates says they will get paid if the budget runs out tomorrow … for a week:

Speaking to a group of 200 soldiers in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Gates drew Army cheers of “Hooah” from the crowd when he eased their concerns about the government shutdown and said “first of all, let me say you will be paid.”

Gates’s comment came during a question and answer session when one of the soldiers about how the government shutdown might affect them. He then joked, “as a historian it always occurred to me the smart thing for government was always to pay the guys with guns first.”

Turning serious he explained to them how if there is a government shutdown, days the troops in the field would get half a paycheck for this pay period, but get back pay in the future.

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To: SpringtoLiberty
“Washington D.C. is the new Rome.”

I call it “Nova Roma” - fun and funny because my father lives in the burbs of D.C. in Northern Virginia, they call it NoVA.

First law of Rome - you ALWAYS pay the guys with the weapons who kill people professionally.

21 posted on 04/07/2011 1:52:59 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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