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Don’t Leave Your Pilots Unpaid, Mr. President.


I hope the government doesn’t shut down; I particularly hope that if there is one, President Obama doesn’t fly anywhere until it is resolved. (An Obama family trip to Colonial Williamsburg may be postponed or canceled by the shutdown.)

High among the reasons for this sentiment is that the Air Force One pilots would not be getting paid until the government reopens. Like all military personnel, they must report for duty, and will be paid for the half of the biweekly pay period that the government is open. But beyond that, they’re left waiting for pay.

“Sorry, Mr. President. We must have hit some turbulence back there. I don’t suppose during all that jostling, you rethought your position on that one-week extension that would fund the Department of Defense for the rest of the year, huh?”

Tags: Barack Obama


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