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by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 10, 2013) — After customary death benefits and funeral expenses were suspended because of the partial government shutdown, the House and Senate passed a measure specifically stating that they were to be funded, but Obama’s spokesman said that it “was not necessary.”
Before the shutdown began on October 1, both chambers passed a resolution stating that military members would be paid during the impasse. An October 4 letter written by Rep. Joe Wilson, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated that death benefits had been contemplated in the original bill and asked Hagel to clarify on which grounds they were delayed.
Senator John Cornyn said that if Obama does not sign the additional bill authorizing the death benefits, Obama will be guilty of “dereliction of duty.”
Hagel’s comptroller, Robert Hale, called the original bill “loosely worded” and “poorly written” after a Republican congressman accused him of trying to make the shutdown “as ugly as possible.”
In the meantime, the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing and assistance to families of soldiers hospitalized from injuries, has agreed to pay the benefits to the 29 families who have lost loved ones since October 1.
A retired member of the military accused Obama of treason more than four years ago, stating that he had “broken in and entered the White House by force of contrivance, concealment, conceit, dissembling and deceit. Posing as an impostor president and commander in chief you have stripped civilian command and control over the military establishment…”
The same veteran cited Obama for dereliction of duty for the Fast & Furious gunrunning operation which killed at least one American and several hundred Mexicans when American guns were knowingly given to Mexican criminals.
Obama allowed four Americans to die in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, lying about the cause of the terrorist attack which killed them. He has increased the national debt to $17 trillion and wants Congress to raise the debt ceiling to end the shutdown impasse. Under Obama, individuals with connections to The Muslim Brotherhood, a sworn enemy of the United States, have been placed in positions of national security. Leaks of sensitive information have occurred, and Obama’s Department of Justice has gathered phone records of journalists without their employers’ knowledge.
The press has been intimidated and threatened not to criticize the regime or investigate the forgery of his scant documentation upon which Congress has failed to act.
Obama has elevated Muslims and denigrated Christians, despite claiming to be a Christian.
In 2011, Obama changed the NSA rules unilaterally so that the personal information of all Americans could be collected. He is suspected of using blackmail to silence his political enemies and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts in order to launch his seemingly already-failed health care program which gathers personal information and may share it with law enforcement and the IRS.
His IRS has targeted political protesters in an attempt to neutralize them for the 2012 election, which effort was successful.
A list of those adversely affected by the Obama regime’s decisions regarding the shutdown can be found here.
Obama has barred veterans from visiting their own memorials, in particular elderly veterans flown to Washington, DC on Honor Flights who are terminally ill. On Sunday, several veterans’ groups plan to visit the “closed” National Mall to protest the regime’s actions and demand that Obama resign “voluntarily and immediately.”
Update, 8:45 p.m. EDT: An article whose title indicated that Obama signed the death benefits bill has the same content as the article entitled, “White House says bill to pay military death benefits ‘not necessary,’ senator blasts Obama”