washingtonpost.comThe Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops.
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.
Subject: Pay Increases
**** YOU. For years, I've been sick and tired of the fact that enlisted men and women who make the necessary sacrifices for our nation's security have to apply for food stamps if they're going to feed their families on the meager pay they've been getting.
Ease up on the high-tech purchases and take care of the men and women who, oh, I don't know, use those purchases.
Also: EAT **** AND DIE.
A little pissed off, can't you tell?