Skip to comments.Did past government shutdowns result in the closure of commissaries?
Posted on 10/04/2013 1:05:50 PM PDT by dangus
Wondering how much of the military families' hardships are directly caused by the government shutdown, and how much is Obama unleashing his hatred on his fellow American.
There’s a difference?
I don’t think so. ODUNGO LIKE HILDA, really despise the military
SAMS CLUB is stepping up offering free membership to military till Obama gets his head out of his a%%
I come from a military family [both as a brat and in the service]
Other than getting more than competitive supplier contracts since they are part of the government, commissaries are self-sustaining entities that DO NOT rely on federal money. They make a small profit and pay the salaries and bennies for all of their workers.
There is no reason that they should be closed - but they are ...
But did Zero close the golf courses on bases in the D.C. area? I’d bet not.
Actually I think that’s the case for PX/BXs, but that the commissaries are subsidized. That’s why the former aren’t closed, but the latter are.
Good question. Needs to be expanded: how much did they close up on the last shutdown, was the Mall closed up with barricades - same for the Lincoln Memorial?
The “overseas” commissaries are open. At least the one in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico is.
Other than the sweetheart supplier contracts that allow the commissaries to purchase way below market rates - the commissaries pay for themselves ...
Walter Reed commissary is closed ...
Nope - Andrews AFB golf course outside DC is open ...
I was in the military during the last shutdown (in the 1990s) and the commissaries did not shut down. The commissary charges a 5% surcharge so they can stand alone and the people that work for the commissaries are not civil servants). They get an ID card that allows them access to base, but the commissary is no different than a Burger King on base that is there, kept open during shutdowns, and whose employees are not federal govn’t employees.
The same is true with the MCX (PX) - MWR owns and operates things like the stores on base, car washes, camping, boat rental, the Marine Corps Inn (Navy Lodge), etc. - those people are not federal employees.
The Commissary and PX could remain open, but they already did what they did with sequestration by closing the commissary and SOME PX’s one day a week pretending they don’t pay for themselves with surcharges or the markup from retail, but they’re trying to hurt troops because they are sympathetic.
This is new to me.
Could you tell us what the difference is between a subsidy and a sweetheart supplier contract?
Heard that El Morro & surrounding fortresses, El Yunque Rain Forest and some beaches are closed on the Island due to the shutdown. Hope there’s enough Bacardi for everyone to go around! Best!
Its the economy of scale.
The gov't can negotiate great price per unit contracts if they guarantee suppliers minimum orders - say, for example, $1/unit for a million units [on a unit that normally sells for $2].
The commissary can then sell a unit for $1.50 and make 50% profit [before expenses]. Makes the commissary more competitive than local competitors. It is NOT a subsidy - NO taxpayer money spent.
Think, for example, Walmart vs. Mom & Pop's - no difference ...
I’ve got to hand it to you, it seems you said all that without cracking a smile.
Bet Carter and Reagan didn’t close any commissaries or national parks.
Commissaries are not subsidized. They are closed because Obummer is a donkey’s hind quarters