Texas National Guard defies Pentagon, refuses to process same-sex benefits

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    Sep 04, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20130903-texas-national-guard-defies-pentagon-refuses-to-process-same-sex-benefits.ece

  • tazzari

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    Sep 04, 2013 11:48 AM GMT
    This is going to be interesting to watch. Anyone smell a court marshal on the way?
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    Sep 04, 2013 11:59 AM GMT
    Interesting.

    People wouldn't process our benefits when we had civil unions and there is still resistance.
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    Sep 04, 2013 1:01 PM GMT
    It looks like the Texas Military Forces are probably acting within the letter of the law, but not in the spirit of the law. It does seem very petty.
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    Sep 04, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
    Just check out their freak governor and senator (Cruz), i'm not surprised, it's Texas
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    Sep 04, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    The State National Guards receive most of their operating budgets & equipment from the US Federal government. There are also statutory requirements that State Guards comply with all Federal military regulations. So it's Federal money Texas is denying when they block same-sex benefits, not State.

    For instance, all Texas National Guard Officers must be dual-commissioned, holding a qualified commission in the US Reserve from the President, as well their State Guard commission from the Governor. This is known as "Federal Recognition", to prevent the Governor from appointing unqualified "Kentucky Colonels". If a Guard Officer doesn't hold a US Reserve Commission then they can't receive any pay, and have no authority over other uniformed military.

    Additionally, States must be in compliance with published US military regulations, and with which their own State regulations must not conflict. Furthermore, those Texas National Guardsmen activated on Federal service, for instance serving in Afghanistan, are governed solely by US Regulations and policies, not State.

    So that this is indeed petty obstructionism by Texas. And if they persist, I hope President Obama exercises his authority to cut off their National Guard funding, and seize their equipment, turning them into nothing more than a ceremonial militia, a glorified version of the State Police.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 04, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    Sometimes I think Republicans are like children. Petty and needy. And prone to tantrums. Yes, I agree. Obama should swat them down like a minor annoyance.