Outrage: Obama Administration Targets Military for Pay Reductions
Posted by iusbvision on May 11, 2010
Here is the problem. Obama has the federal government on a hiring spree. Government workers such as those in the SEIU already make 30-300% more than their private sector counterparts. The IRS is hiring 16,000 new agents to enforce new ObamaCare taxes.
If this was a part of an overall budget cutting plan I could live with this, but while federal employees who donate to Democrats are getting fat & happy off of us, at the same time the administration wants to sock it to the workers in the federal government who usually vote GOP and that would be the military.
President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel.
This weekend The Washington Post headlined story, “Pentagon Asking Congress to Hold Back on Generous Increases in Troop Pay,” disclosed that the Obama administration is “pleading” with Congress to give military personnel a much smaller increase in pay than lawmakers have proposed.
The Pentagon contends that Congress simply has been too generous with troops during the past decade.
In fact, lawmakers have lavished so much money on troops, according to the Post, that service members are now better compensated than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels.
For example, the military brass claims that an average sergeant in the Army with four years of service and one dependent would receive $52,589 in annual compensation, according to the paper. This figure includes basic pay, housing, and subsistence allowances, as well as tax benefits.
Meanwhile, a U.S. postal letter carrier, with no supervisory or hazardous duty, makes approximately $80,000 a year when all benefits are factored in.
Critics of the Obama administration’s efforts to cut soldier’s pay say America’s security has been strengthened by higher pay rates, as qualified veterans are re-enlisting at record rates, reversing the problem the military witnessed just a few years ago.