Twisted Irony

I woke up early – unable to sleep. Sometimes when this happens, I’ll sit on our deck, listening to the pre-dawn traffic on the 5 – but pretending it’s the sound of crashing waves from the ocean I can almost see.

Other times, I’ll dink around on The Book of Face. It never ceases to amaze the things I see on this Social Network. Or the range of emotions that accompanies them.

But the first two images that greeted my eyes were twisted, sad, and made me angry. I got mad at the first – and sobbed at the second.

In this tough economy, apparently there are individuals who work in the White House who merit amazing pay increases. Incredible. With no disrespect, Mr President and Esteemed Members of Congress – WTF? Especially with military retirement on the line to be reworked – seriously??

And then this – during Navy Seal Jon Tumilson’s funeral yesterday, his trusted canine companion Hawkeye spent a few final moments with his best friend.

With all due respect – there are just some things I will never understand. And to All who serve in our Armed Forces – thank you.

+ 1 for our government. One less retirement you’ll have to pay. One more fallen hero to a tragic war.



8 thoughts on “Twisted Irony

  1. That picture is heartbreaking. And this isn’t to defend the government, because I by no means think they are doing an incredible job but I’m guessing those pay raises are necessary to keep those people from jumping ship and causing total disarray. If you have a position that high in the government you could get a job in the public sector either at a think tank or working for K street firm and make 3-4 times as much as they are making with the raises at the government.

    And I used to do the same thing – sit on my porch and listen to the cars imagining it was the ocean.

    • Hi Angela! You are absolutely correct – in the private sector, people with similar positions would probably earn more. In some ways, by agreeing to work for the administration, they are making sacrifices. The trade off are the political connections, resume boosts (worked directly with the President, etc…) and networking (example – highly visible position = more opportunity to meet think tankers, media, etc…. How many political analysts on CNN or FOX served in some capacity with an administration? Look at what George Stephenopolis (sp?) worked in the Clinton administration and now co-anchors ABC’s “GMA”. That’s the first bit. I’m more frustrated and angry about military retirement benefits (potentially) drastically changing. It’s like Congress says, “Thanks for your service and for fighting the Global War on Terrorism….. Thanks for doing a job that less than 1% of the population is willing to even attempt…’ve made a big difference and our world wouldn’t be the same without your sacrifice…. But we’ll keep talking about how much we “Support our troops” and pay you lip service because it’s the “in” thing…. Retired military can keep their benefits, but for you guys who have less than 20 years and are currently serving – by the way – we mismanaged our finances in a big way, so we are “overhauling” military benefits. Whoops. But again – we want you to remember how we ‘Support the Troops’.” Again – for real? That’s how I feel – and the Yank and many of his colleague’s feel the same. And it’s tough – because the military makes up less than 1% of the population and has less of a voice (Military is NOT supposed to be political, for example – not always the case in some instances, but by nature professional military members are supposed to remain apolitical). Think of the MAJOR outcry when discussions of “overhauling” Medicaid/Medicare or changing Social Security… The younger generation of military service members contemplating a 20+ year career are an easier – and less noisy – target. Tragic that the enemy (at times) seems to come from within; from those who have taken an oath of office or hired on as support. Much easier on a battle field to see the bad guys, to fire shots when someone is pointing an RPG at you. Less so when the shots are coming from Congress and Politicians. I wish that those in Congress who make decisions about military pension benefits, could have experience ON the battlefield – to actually feel what it’s like on a daily basis going out on patrol, watching your friends get shot, or flying a helicopter into a hot LZ, not knowing if any moment will be your last. So… That’s where my frustration comes in….I think about Joe Marine who has five or six combat tours in 10 years, who suddenly discovers that his retirement options will be drastically reduced, but he can’t do anything about it because he’s getting ready to deploy again, supporting his friends and family, and dealing with the tragedy and loss of friends killed. Sort of hard to think about the long term when you’re fighting for your own survival. Clearly I’m having a hard time with politics and politicians.
      The real tragedy in all this are people who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice….service members killed, Gold Star Wives and Families, and in JT’s case – his best buddy, Hawkeye. It just seems so unfair and makes me bitter, angry, and sad.

  2. Thanks for sharing Marit. More people need to be speaking up, but you’re right – the ones who are affected really can’t. I don’t think the government realizes what changing the retirement will do in the long-term. Although I believe that many people will still join and serve for 4-8 years, what would make someone stay to work for an organization with horrible hours, bad pay – not to mention the incredible sacrifices placed upon the family, when they could easily work for the private sector making more money, a better retirement, and causing less stress on the family. We might be losing our future military leaders if this plan does go through.

  3. Um, I don’t know if it’s hormones or you’re ability to capture thoughts precisely on the emotional button, but that second picture – following the first spreadsheet, makes me tearful – due to frustration (WHYTF can’t those politicians see the big picture??) and sadness at what your husband and that “1%” do…and all too busy being deployed to be able to fight those decisions being made about their retirements…

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