The U.S. Coast Guard has, under an official publication from the Coast Guard Support Program, admitted that an unknown number of the brave men and women serving our country may have no other option but bankruptcy during the current government shutdown. In the same document, recommendations “to get by without pay, consider holding a garage sale, babysitting, dog-walking …” are included.
I, for one, am appalled and ashamed for our country, shame apparently not felt by the White House or the U.S. Congress. These dedicated Coast Guard employees are required, without pay, to secure our borders, perform search and rescue missions, interdict illegal migrants, provide law enforcement and drug interdiction and still find time to babysit or sell their possessions in a garage sale to avoid bankruptcy.
In a bygone era we all hoped was past, Edward R. Murrow stood up to a congressional bully using fear tactics as his agenda with the famous quote “No one can terrorize a nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”
— Jack Simmonds
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