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Apocalypse
05-08-2010, 04:36 PM
Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

By Craig Whitlock
Saturday, May 8, 2010; A01

The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops.

And when they say the Pentagon, they mean Mr. Obama.

Through nine years of war, service members have seen a healthy rise in pay and benefits, with most of them now better compensated than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels.

Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more-generous pay raises than requested by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. It has also rejected attempts by the Pentagon to slow soaring health-care costs — which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said are "eating us alive" — by raising co-pays or premiums.

Now, Pentagon officials see fiscal calamity.

In the midst of two long-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials are increasingly worried that the government’s generosity is unsustainable and that it will leave them with less money to buy weapons and take care of equipment.

With Washington confronting record deficits, the Pentagon is bracing for an end to the huge increases in defense spending of the past decade. On Saturday, Gates is scheduled to give a "hard-hitting" speech in Kansas on fiscal discipline, in which he will warn military leaders that "we’ll have to take some dramatic measures ourselves to sustain the force we have," his press secretary, Geoff Morrell, told reporters.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/07/AR2010050703054.html?hpid=topnews

One complaint is the rising cost of Government run health care. How come its going up? Thought that was going to be the solution for private it we just let the Government run it, they would keep it from going up.

Obama plans to balance the budget, but he is planing to do it on the backs of our troops in the field.

Wei Wu Wei
05-08-2010, 04:42 PM
The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops.

And when they say the Pentagon, they mean Mr. Obama.


I like this bit you added here. If they meant Obama, why wouldn't they just say Obama?

Who are you to say what they mean?

Sounds more like the Pentagon got orders to cut their costs, so the Pentagon decided troop pay was the way to go.

The Pentagon has it's own internal system of management, does everything related to government that you don't like = Obama?

Articulate_Ape
05-08-2010, 04:45 PM
The POTUS = Commander in Chief, WWW. I'm just sayin'.

Apocalypse
05-08-2010, 04:47 PM
Wei wei, Obama cut the Defense spending big time, and who has the authority to tell the Pentagon what to do?

fettpett
05-08-2010, 05:45 PM
Guess who Mr. Gate's boss is?

lacarnut
05-08-2010, 06:25 PM
I like this bit you added here. If they meant Obama, why wouldn't they just say Obama?

Who are you to say what they mean?

Sounds more like the Pentagon got orders to cut their costs, so the Pentagon decided troop pay was the way to go.

The Pentagon has it's own internal system of management, does everything related to government that you don't like = Obama?

Answer, yes, yes, yes. Missile defense in Europe cut, check.......defensive weapon in US systems canceled, check.....upgrade of our nukes canceled, check......reduction of our nukes, check..... The tooth fairy did not cancel these military programs. The Magic Negro did.

If shit was brains, you would not get a smell.

RobJohnson
05-08-2010, 06:49 PM
One complaint is the rising cost of Government run health care. How come its going up? Thought that was going to be the solution for private it we just let the Government run it, they would keep it from going up.

Good point.

AmPat
05-09-2010, 10:09 AM
I'll gladly take a cut if the entire government agrees to take a cut. Let's go back to pre- Oblah Blah numbers of government hires. That alone would save BILLIONS.

djones520
05-09-2010, 02:44 PM
The healthcare costs I can understand. Thats a big reason why the Air Force is pushing physical fitness so hard right now. To many people retiring with 50" waists that end up costing Tricare and arm and a leg over the next 40-50 years.