USAA Donates to U.S. Coast Guard Families

USAA is helping federal employees affected by the government “shutdown.” What are the federal employee unions doing? They are suing. Maybe I missed something in civics class, but wasn’t one of the reasons unions were formed in the first place to help union members when they were out of work?

Federal unions sue the Trump administration to get paid for shutdown work

The Hill: Federal employee unions sue over shutdown

Of course, USAA is a private, voluntary organization and federal unions are not voluntary.

When I was in the U.S. Air Force, went through one government “shutdown,” but there was never any talk of walking out by fellow airman. We took the words “public service” seriously. I know people who work for the government who will be hurt by this “shutdown.” I sympathize with them. Getting back pay after the fact is little consolation. Their bills are due now.

But let’s not get distracted by the real problem. First, this entire shutdown is a “manufactured crisis” created by a narcissistic president and irresponsible Congress. The U.S. Congress abrogated its responsibility on just about all it duties — including not passing an actual budget in more than 20 years. Democrats were in favor of border barriers before they were against them. The $5 or $6 million in question is a drop in the bucket compared to other wasteful federal government projects including our perpetual wars.