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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Earmark Me

Yo Congress, here's an idea- why don't you earmark me some off-base housing?? What's that? You can sneak 9,000 earmarks into the new federal budget, worth about $8 BILLION, but a 26 year old Non-Commissioned Officer, with two combat deployments (that you sent me on), who has been awarded medals and commendations, who has never been arrested, missed a housing payment, has no NJPs or Page 11s, can't get an off-base housing allowance.

Instead, you cram three to a room, with TWO other NCOs, into a room that was made for only two Marines. Hey congress, did you know that a Marine Corps Order states that no Marines will live more than two to a room? Oh yeah, and did you know that you are spending $14 million to renovate a dilapidated barracks building that probably would only cost $6 million to tear down and simply rebuild? Well, it's true, it's happening right across the street from me.

Mr. President, do you remember saying, "I will go through the entire federal budget, page by page, line by line, and eliminate programs that don't work and aren't needed," in Arlington, Va., in October?? I do. That's in quotation marks becaused its a direct quote by the way. But wait, what did your spokesman say today?? Gibbs said: "I think it's reasonable to assume that the president has not gone through each and every item in the legislation."

I would like to take a moment to thank the elected representatives of our nation for making me feel like a man. Nothing makes me feel like a proud 26 year old combat veteran like sitting in a cinder block barracks room with two other guys, reading a book because the government would rather give cable and internet to prisoners for free, or getting out of the shower and having to change in front of two other grown men.

Thanks for the earmarks.


  1. You're completely correct. Instead of hooking up people who commit crimes, they ought to focus on giving decent conditions to people who fight in wars for us! Is there anything the readers of your blog can do to help? This is something most people, I think, don't really know is going on.

  2. Jake:

    I feel your pain but I hate to say it but it's never going to change. Especially in the Corps. We are always going to be on the tip end of the spear and the ass end of the budget.

    It's a 20 year difference between your time and mine but I was in an open squad bay until I was a Sergeant which was followed by wall locker cubes until I picked up SSgt when I finally got a room with a door and a roommate. The sad part is I went to "A" school on a Navy base and as a PFC I had a room with a head and only one roomie.

    I hope you are able to get BAQ and ComRats but since you're so short I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

  3. I think a lot of people are starting to have similar thoughts.

    You know I have a hard time commenting - I get distracted by your slideshow photos. There are just some great pics. Very paintable.

  4. Amen brother! I wrote a little about this on my site as well at militarypundits.com

  5. Never gonna happen, Marine.

    You see, you work and take care of yourself. You also stand up to do what's right when its right to do so.

    That makes you a class enemy of our new Socialist Overlords.

    The radical left has been reaching and pushing for revolution for a long time now. Sadly enough, they just might get it soon. It wont be what they expect though.

  6. Do you mind links to your posts via facebook? Please let me know. Out of respect, I wanted to ask first.

  7. Does stop loss happen in the Marines? Don't hear much about it if it does compared to the Army (several bitter blogs on this).

  8. Check out this website. It might be something you would like!


  9. I concur! Everytime I see an Obama sticker I want to roll my window down and say, "How's that 'change' workin' out for ya?"
    Anyway, keep in touch, my one boy came back from Afghanistan and the other is going to deploy to Iraq soon here.
    Keep safe and we're praying for you! Let me know if you need anything.

  10. Days are getting strangerer and strangerer.

    The Obama Admin is proposing that veterans with service connected disability be made to provide for a portion of their own health care costs through private insurance. Estimated savings, $540 mil.

    The Obama Admin is also budgeting $900 mil for "the Gaza strip" in humanitarian aid. No monies go into Gaza without Hamas deciding how its spent.

    So now we have a new spin on the "robbing Peter to pay Paul". Its sounding like "rob Peter to pay those who want to kill Peter".

    Obama in his own words on Redistribution of Wealth and how the courts failed to reinterpret the Constitution to force such "social justice".

    This shouldn't be any surprise. The man got his entire political education at the feet of the most hard core Marxists he could find through out his entire life.

    Even his campaign slogans were lifted whole cloth from such sources as Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky and the propaganda productions of the Weathermen.

  11. Stranger still how some in the military voted for him...

  12. It was because the way he portrayed himself. He was a blank slate and whatever the Obamazombies wanted, they projected those hopes, wishes, etc. upon his frame.
    Even now he's letting Pelosi and Reid run the show though these policies are what he wants as well. If they screw up, he can just throw them under the bus and collect more Yes men and women to do his bidding.

  13. Hi Jake! My nephew was a a Marine with the 1/5 out of Camp Pendleton. He was in Fallujah for the first invasion in the spring and summer of 2004. I have tried to figure out how to reach your sister to see if the design she made for the"Fallujah Body Shop" t-shirt could be changed to remove "FOB Viking" from the design. Cafe Press doesn't have any way to contact her. I'd like to get my nephew a couple of shirts for his birthday coming up in April. He is out of the Marines now and about to finish college. (He had 2 1/2 years of college completed before quitting to join the Marines.) He still works out and keeps in shape and I think he'd really like the design. I bet a bunch of his buddies from the Marines would too. I'd appreciate it you could check with her.

    I saw your post about living at the base. When my nephew got back from Ramadi (his second deployment to Iraq) they put all of them in the quonset huts on base - They got back in October and I think it was just after Christmas when they finally got moved to buildings with heat and without mice running across them at night.

    Thank you for your service and taking the time to read my note.

  14. http://www.cafepress.com/jeebub/6587743

    there are some shirts without FOB Viking