To the editor:
Never in my lifetime have I been so disgusted with the behavior of an American president. Instead of using his authority to do the least harm in cutting the federal budget, President Barack Obama is deliberately trying to inflict pain on as many Americans as possible.
And as is always the case, Americans who least deserve the hit will take the worst of it.
That is especially true here in Indiana, where Gov. Mike Pence announced that 1,000 full-time Army and Air National Guard technicians will be put on unpaid furlough for one day a week from April through September. This is effectively a 20 percent pay cut.
This is an outrageous insult to people whose dedication to their jobs has ensured that Indiana has one of the best trained and prepared military organizations in the world. In their capacity as uniformed National Guard soldiers, many of these technicians have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on one or more occasions.
They do not earn the big six-figure salaries that federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., pull down. They earn enough to pay the rent and car payment and keep their kids in clothes that fit. But they don’t make enough to absorb a 20 percent pay cut, which comes on top of the 2 percent cut in take-home pay that hit them in January.
I would urge Gov. Pence to tell this out-of-control president that he is not going to wreak havoc in Indiana. The governor should transfer state funds to the National Guard to cover this 20 percent pay hit, and he should send a letter to President Obama informing him that from now on, he intends to use all his legal authority to resist every irresponsible decision this president makes that harms Hoosiers.