The Coast Guard not getting paid marks the first time in American history military members have missed a paycheck due to government shutdown.

By |2019-01-16T14:05:41-08:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

So much for supporting the military “more than every other president before me.”

Courtesy of

As Coast Guard paychecks went undelivered Tuesday as the result of an ongoing partial government shutdown, the service’s top officer urged its members to stay the course.

In a public letter published Tuesday afternoon on his social media pages, Adm. Karl Schultz said the day’s missed paycheck, to his knowledge, marked the first time in the history of the nation “that service members in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in government appropriations.”

The Coast Guard, the only military service to fall under the Department of Homeland Security, is also the only service with payroll affected by the shutdown, which began Dec. 22. The Coast Guard was able to issue final paychecks for the year, but will be unable to distribute further pay until a budget deal is reached or another appropriation agreement is made.

In all, some 55,000 Coast Guard active-duty, reserve and civilian members are going without pay; the number includes 42,000 active-duty service members.

Coast Guard civilians have been on furlough or working without pay since the shutdown began.

This is the kind of news that will really impact Trump’s base, and cause them to start reconsidering their blind allegiance. 

In fact, that has already started.

Courtesy of WaPo:

During the weekend, polls came out from both CNN and The Washington Post-ABC News, both of which show grim top-line numbers for Trump. CNN’s Jennifer Agiesta reports that “the public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats.” The Post’s Scott Clement and Dan Balz report similar numbers from the Post-ABC poll: “53 percent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 percent blame the Democrats in Congress.” Both surveys also show majority opposition for building a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and CNN shows a dismally low 37 percent approval rating for Trump, with 57 percent disapproving.

What should really scare Trump is that, according to Agiesta, “the increase in disapproval for the President comes primarily among whites without college degrees, 45% of whom approve and 47% disapprove, marking the first time his approval rating with this group has been underwater in CNN polling since February 2018.”

Trump is failing hard here, but I don’t think there is any way he can solve this problem without making it look as if he is Nancy Pelosi’s little bitch, and I just don’t see him taking that kind of hit. 

Ultimately, as we have said before, the only hope is for the Senate Republicans to cave and agree to work with the Democrats on a veto-proof solution. 

I have no idea how long that might take, but it is unlikely to happen soon enough to protect some of these more recalcitrant Republicans from being voted out in the next election cycle. 

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  1. William Bligh January 17, 2019 at 8:16 am

    “Trump is expected to give a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday as the government enters the 27th day of being shut down.

    The president’s speech also comes the day after his legal adviser, Rudy Giuliani, confessed on CNN that there might have been collusion between the Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russians.”

  2. anon January 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

    “The inability of Trump and his team to effectively move Democratic votes on the wall stands in stark contrast to the reputation that the president struck—both during the campaign and his early months in office—as the consummate schmoozer and deal-maker.”

  3. Rawstory January 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

    “An internal watchdog auditor said on Wednesday the U.S. government separated “thousands” more children than were previously known but said that a lack of comprehensive record-keeping means the exact number is unclear.
    The auditor also said that at least 118 children had been separated between July 1 through Nov. 7, 2018, after the administration of President Donald Trump officially ended a ‘zero tolerance’ prosecution policy of border crossers that led to some of the separations.”


  4. Beaglemom January 17, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I live in a Coast Guard City, Traverse City, in northwestern Michigan. We are proud of the Coast Guard and rely on them for rescues all year long. Last week we heard their helicopters overhead as they were practicing rescues in the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. I’m sure that many people in Alaska feel as I do – that Coast Guard members should receive the same protections from these GOP tantrum-fed shutdowns. Marines, soldiers, sailors and pilots receive their pay no matter what’s going on. Why should members of the Coast Guard not be shown the same courtesy? Their pay and benefits should come through the Department of Defense.

  5. Beaglemom January 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I just received an email from the DSCC (asking for money, of course) that described a tweet from Mitch McConnell (who knew that he knew how to tweet?) in which he compared those now unpaid furloughed federal employees and those of us who support them to children having temper tantrums. He’s got the tantrum thing all wrong. The entire shutdown is a result of the president’s ongoing, never-ending temper tantrum over his ill-advised, overly expensive and pointless border wall. I didn’t think that turtles were that dumb! McConnell’s got to win a prize for putting his foot and his entire body in his mouth with this tweet! I hope the Internet erupts with people correctly his message.

  6. PBS January 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    “The report found that the government was separating children long before it announced its policy; thousands more may have been separated than previously reported.”
    “udy, it’s worth pointing out that was eight months before they officially announced the policy, 10 months before the homeland security secretary tweeted this: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border, period.”
    We now know that was not true.”

  7. anon January 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    If he does give up on the wall and reopen govt, he will say it was Obamas fault and spin another wildly ridiculous story including fake news and the usual catchphrases to stoke the base. Just watch.
    And because of blind allegiance, which is created by a Belief System of a savior having nothing to do with nature, the evangelical zombies in their trance won’t bat an eye or even think otherwise. So sad.

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