President Obama, who favors increasing both defense and non-defense spending, has said he plans to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, which increases only defense spending.

Heritage expert Justin Johnson explains why his veto would cause a partial shutdown of the Department of Defense and compromise the livelihoods of those who serve in our military.

If President Obama vetoes the defense appropriations bill, there is a very real chance that service members could miss a paycheck. Any service members who worked during a shutdown would be entitled to back pay, but they wouldn’t receive that pay until the president signed a new defense appropriations bill.

The bottom line? A veto of either defense bill would put the paychecks of service members at risk. If the president wants to ensure that our men and women in uniform can pay their bills on time, he should not threaten to veto bills that ensure they get paid on time. The defense budget should not be used as political leverage to increase non-defense spending.

Do you think President Obama has compromised our military?

Comments (50)

PATSY THOMAS - August 11, 2015

I believe that is his intent, and I must doubt if our republican majority will go against him. We should get rid of the dead wood civilians in the Defense Dept. instead.

Chan Bailey - August 14, 2015

The president has not just compromised the military, I believe he is intentionally weakening the military. The correct way to look at the military is as Reagan said, “peace through strength”. We will be lucky if Obama’s actions don’t create an atmosphere that results in WW III.

Edward Sobus - August 14, 2015

The President has never been a friend of our Military. Instead of putting a stop on our Military’s paychecks, stop the welfare payments. At least our Military is working for us. They are really earning their money. The “Live for free” crowd does nothing to earn their money. All they do is take and take. They are never satisfied, or even say “Thank you. What can I do to pay you back?”

Scott - August 14, 2015

BIGTIME! That’s been his plan.

Neil Torvik - August 14, 2015

I think he has and still is compromising our whole country. He’s done everything to divide us and mistreat our friends and allies

Dean Urmston - August 14, 2015

It would appear to me that Pres. Obama is doing all he can to weaken our defense system. He comes across to me as anti-america.

teresa nazareth - August 14, 2015


Robert Lyons - August 14, 2015

Definitely. Obama has ruined our military strength and depleted the ranks of good, deserving officers who don’t cow-tow to his every belief and demand. I remember when he issued “Pink Slips” to officers while they were fighting in Iraq and other hot spots around the world. He is no good for this country and obviously not for our great men serving in the military.

Mark Redick - August 14, 2015

President Obama has definitely compromised the country’s defense systems. He has cut bases overseas and has sought to render us spayed and neutered when it comes to responding to world emergencies. Just look at how he has handled ISIS Additionally, he cares nothing about the men and women in uniform.

Jo Humber - August 14, 2015

It is a disgrace that our service members may face a cut in pay or not be paid on a regular basis. With all the money that is wasted by the government, there no reason for this to happen. Obama is no friend of our military.

Donald Cox - August 14, 2015

Yes, the President has compromised our military, but he has been doing that in a variety of ways throughout his presidency.

Helen Durant - August 14, 2015

Since day won the president has compromised and de moralized our military and police force. How can our people allow him to outsmart us at every turn? He is destroying this country.

Richard Robinson - August 14, 2015

President Obama has definitely compromised our military. He cuts back funds so that replacement of equipment cannot take place and research is stemmed. President Reagan did the right thing in moving us to the place where we waged peace by our strength.

Jerry Metcalf - August 14, 2015

Yes It’s the socialist thing to do. Fits his agenda. Crush the military.

Wayne B. Shepherd - August 14, 2015

He is using the military as hostage to get what he wants.

Martha Perry - August 14, 2015


Dwain Alexander - August 14, 2015

President Obama has greatly compromised,our military and put our country at increased jeopardy!

Diane - August 14, 2015

What’s the matter with him they have ever right to have a raise and give it to them

Christina Lynn - August 14, 2015

I believe he has left our military men and women out to hang. He is not President material. Nothing more than a community organizer.

Annette Young - August 14, 2015

To encourage loyallty anf productivity our service personal should be compensated on time and treated with respect!

Diane Kerchner - August 14, 2015

Yes. There is no question. He has retired our senior military experienced generals in unprecedented fashion. He has reduced the number of peace keeping military ships internationally to a dangerous level. He has had a hand in retiring numerous lead smelting plants from which ammunition is manufactured. He has frightened his citizens across the nation.

Bill Coates - August 14, 2015

Obama is happy to demoralize the military, and to put their lives at risk. They are the main opponent of his dictatorship, since they have sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. When domestic unrest comes, Obama wants the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters to seize power. The more of our military and National Guard he can strand overseas, the better chance he has of consolidating power and imposing federal control over the state governments.

Gerry Tischler - August 14, 2015

Yes. I think he hates our military and will do whatever he can to make things more difficult for them.

Duane hardesty - August 14, 2015

He would shut down the federal government in order to keep $ flowing the the Planned Patenthood’s Abortion Factories, and in order to get his way, he would jeapordize the livilyhood of our Nation’s All VOLUNTEER PROTECTORS. Any doubt this guy Hates our military? Actions speak louder than words.

Eugene Cash - August 14, 2015

This country has become the laughing stock of the world. This lack of respect leads to a much more unsafe world. We need to pay those who are protecting our freedoms not only on time, but at a scale equal to (or better) than like civilian jobs.

Edna Schaaf - August 14, 2015

He certainly has! To take away our soldiers pay for what he wants would be a tradegy for our military!

Richard Esplin - August 14, 2015

President Obama has not only compromised our military but also our nation and I believe that he does it on purpose.

Olli SIlander - August 14, 2015

Also the name of every politician who would support the president and ignoring the needs of our servicemen needs to be made public. Sunshine is hopefully the best disinfectant of the Washington political corruption.

Scarlett Anderson - August 14, 2015

I don’t know what plans Obama has for harming our Vets. All I can think of is Obama has a diabolical plan to destroy the United States and I do not know why he hates it. It may be greed or power or it may be that Obama is just a very sick person. Whatever the reason, Obama has put our country at risk and I just hope and pray God will intervene for us.

Christa Ohlich - August 14, 2015

Yes, he is compromising, not helping
the military

Mette Richards - August 14, 2015

Yes, I do think Obama is jeopardizing our military. He odes not have their health and well-being as a priority.

stephen palmer - August 14, 2015

I think he has compromised our military in a very big way. But isn’t that the plan? Whoever is telling him what to say and do are orchestrating the downfall of America and it isn’t obama. He’s just a puppet to whatever group that is really running the show. There is nothing worse on the battlefield than a disgruntled military.

Phyllis Ulrich - August 14, 2015

Yes, President Obama has compromised our military and also weakened it.

Catherine Doney - August 14, 2015

Our military is our most important asset. We have made so many sacrifices for our freedom and others around the world, if America doesn’t keep our morales and values then who will step up. What would the world do without her. Good book!

Laura cleaver - August 15, 2015

Obama has greatly compromised our military and the strength and reputation of the USA! Stop this evil man and help bring back the real America!!

Mary Pyle - August 15, 2015

President Obama has systematically set our country at a serious disadvantage both in our military strength and in our national standing with the Iran deal and the Cuba restoration of friendship. It is as if he has a plan to completely decimate our nation by the time he leaves office, and I feel he has pretty well succeeded. I am not at all certain the next election will have any value, because by then we may be too far gone. I pray I am wrong. When I hear Iran say “death to America” and then say they need to stop saying it and actually do something, I think of the deal and think they just have.

Yvonne & Dean Hall - August 15, 2015

Obama is weakening our Country and our military should be paid on time and more than they are getting. We should be increasing instead of decreasing our forces . My question is why does the House and Congress allow these things to happen…

Arlin R. Johnson, Jr. - August 15, 2015

Obama has crossed the line of preserving and protecting the U. S. Constitution so many times – please Congress, why have you not done your duty to impeach this guy and his communist gang? Speak up – I can’t hear you!

gordon miller - August 15, 2015

Indeed, the man in the White House has greatly compromised the military. I base this opinion on the statements of newly- retired, high-ranking military officers who are in a position to know the facts.

Henry C. Holder - August 15, 2015

Yes, Obama desires to inflict harm to our military.

Beverly Ratajak - August 15, 2015

This is yet another outrageous act of the President of the United States. Why don’t we hold back his paycheck early and often?! Our military members need our constant support for what they do for us.

Mitchel Fritschle - August 15, 2015


Peter - August 15, 2015

The truth WILL come out!

Mary - August 15, 2015

What a slap in the face. These are the people who look out for his & our safety. Our Military men & women face dangers every day on our own turf much less foriegn countries. Maybe Mr President feels too comfortable with all the security he requires. He’s never faced true terror.

Retta - August 16, 2015

Yes, President Obama has absolutely compromised our military. He is using our military as a social experiment and he is hurting them in many ways.

Allan - August 16, 2015

This is another of a long line of Democratic presidents that have no respect for our military.

Renee Szabo - August 17, 2015


anne brown - August 22, 2015

We are in serious trouble because of the decisions of this President.

betty - August 28, 2015

The President is determined to destroy the republic. ( both financially & militarily). Hence the deal with Iran.

Deborah Sandness - October 23, 2015

As a child I will never forget the way my father explained peace to me. He said, “A strong American military buys peace. As long as they fear us, we will have peace. When our military becomes weak, that’s when trouble begins.” I am so glad he (and mom) aren’t here to see what we have become. It would surely break their hearts.

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