My wife and I had lunch at Texas Roadhouse. Since living in Fairfield since 1968 and being a member of the Fairfield Fire Department, I find it important to support our local businesses.
When their table in back was ready, a smiling young group of 35 to 40 uniformed men and women passed by us and judging from the gifts they carried, some sort of achievement was being celebrated.
Seeing these brave young men and women, I began to think about how fortunate we, in America, are to have so many people using their free will to volunteer to defend our nation and our way of life.
As I was admiring their courage, I could not help thinking about several issues that affect their service and ultimately their lives. Our administration, in its infinite wisdom, has chosen to cut back on hazardous duty pay to include areas in the Middle East. Never mind the infamous five-for-one trade of terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for a soldier who may have walked away from his post in Afghanistan five years ago, thus making the military fair game as high value targets wherever terrorists are.
The ongoing Veterans Affairs scandal surrounding bonuses paid to upper management for “cooking the books,” shakes me to my core. We may never know how many of our honored veterans died so that some scheming desk-jockey could pocket a hefty bonus. Our administration has set the bar so that it is more important to produce good numbers than to do their jobs.
Can you imagine the city of Fairfield offering a bonus to fire or police supervisors to “cook the books” to make the mayor and/or City Council members look good? We suppose that all public agencies pay a good wage to their employees with the understanding they will do a good job.
Watching the news from the Middle East causes me to wonder: Since President Barack Obama admits that most every scandal surrounding his White House is a complete surprise to him as he finds out about them in the press, could it be that he has missed the biggest problem yet?
Let’s take a walk back to the first part of the last century:
You may recall the words of President George W. Bush saying that we were in a “new kind of war that would be long and unlike any war we had seen before.” He was right, and was determined to take the fight to the enemy, rather than let it come to our shores again.
I question whether President Obama notices what is happening in the Mideast. Israel is being attacked from both sides and he says the Israelis must show restraint. In my opinion, World War III has begun, but the memo was probably on Lois Lerner’s computer.
You really can make a change?
We must hold all of those we put in office responsible for those irresponsible things they do while there.
Rod Keck is a resident of Fairfield. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.