Today’s Shallow Thought:
I listened as the TV news dee jay told me how relieved members of our military are that their paychecks won’t be delayed, now that a government shutdown has been averted. I listened as the news dee jay reminded me that many of those same people would have been in real trouble if they would have had to wait even an extra week or two, because they’re strapped, and wouldn’t have been able to afford food, rent, or house payments.
And then I wondered why our military has to fret and hand wring about that when private contractors get paid so handsomely for their work. And I wondered why we don’t pay our service members more, so that if they were to have to endure a shutdown, they could be less concerned than they were this week.
And maybe we’d even recruit more men and women if they knew that, you know, they would be more amply rewarded for their hard work and bravery.
Then I had to stop listening to the TV news dee jay, because my blood pressure was undoubtedly rising to unsafe levels.
That was today’s Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.