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.