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Default Day Looms: Will you get paid? Who knows!

Sometime in early August, Uncle Sam’s checking account is going to get pretty messy if Congress and the President can’t arrive at some sort of meaningful solution.  Is this a stupid, manufactured disaster?  Probably so.  Will that change the facts on the ground if the government is in default?  Not at all.

In the middle of the noise surrounding debt payments and social security checks, there’s been very little noise about that other category of government payees:  the government contractors.  If the US government has to start prioritizing who gets paid first, you may not be too high on their list.  Granted, no one at DoD or Treasury can even begin to predict the downrange impacts of default, but it’s pretty obvious that payments would almost immediately be affected.

Let’s hope that cooler heads prevail, but I would keep my eye on this one.  It could get ugly in a hurry.

 

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So Long, Mr. Secretary, and Welcome Home!

Robert Gates is Stepping Down as Secretary of Defense

After 30 years of public service under eight presidents of both parties, Robert Gates is stepping down as the 22nd Secretary of Defense.   His 4 1/2 year tenure as SecDef under presidents Bush and Obama was arguably one of the most difficult and eventful terms ever served. Leon Panetta, his relief, is another longtime Washington hand, but he has some pretty big shoes to fill.  Gates’ skill on Capitol Hill and inside the byzantine Pentagon bureaucracy will be hard to match.

What’s next for the newly minted “Mister” Gates?  Well, he’s been talking about that house here in the Northwest for a while now, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re bumping around the Kitsap Peninsula.  You never know where he might pop up.

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