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    Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    The 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.
    washingtonpost.com


    ATTN: Pentagon
    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.

    Assholes.

    Also: EAT **** AND DIE.


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    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Dan, your comment has nothing to do with the article.

    The pentagon is proposing conservation as a means to make the wars more sustainable, and to ensure soldiers get to keep their jobs so that they won't be unemployed people applying for food stamps.

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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Dan, your comment has nothing to do with the article.

    The pentagon is proposing conservation as a means to make the wars more sustainable, and to ensure soldiers get to keep their jobs so that they won't be unemployed people applying for food stamps.
    Actually, Dan is right on target. Congress should cut their pay, so we can make wars more sustainable. Stop spending trillions of dollars on Liberal wet dreams and the expansion of the welfare class.
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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Dan, your comment has nothing to do with the article.

    The pentagon is proposing conservation as a means to make the wars more sustainable, and to ensure soldiers get to keep their jobs so that they won't be unemployed people applying for food stamps.
    If military pay was the biggest expense you might have a point,however I am pretty sure that they can find something else to cut. If they can give billions away to other countries,give money away so someone can study gays in bars in other countries and all kinds of other absurd projects surely our military men and women should get a decent wage.
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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If military pay was the biggest expense you might have a point,however I am pretty sure that they can find something else to cut. If they can give billions away to other countries,give money away so someone can study gays in bars in other countries and all kinds of other absurd projects surely our military men and women should get a decent wage.
    Don't they already get a decent wage?

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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Don't they already get a decent wage?
    How do you define a, "decent wage", for risking your life to serve your country?
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    simultaneously, the pentagon awards HALIBURTON a HALF TRILLION dollar NO BID CONTRACT and the doj declares it will SUE cheney's chumps for KICKBACKS

    KBR to Get No-Bid Army Work as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks (Update1) - BusinessWeek

    unbelievable

    when will enough finally be enough?

    this is NOT what YOU voted for

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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    simultaneously, the pentagon awards HALIBURTON a HALF TRILLION dollar NO BID CONTRACT and the doj declares it will SUE cheney's chumps for KICKBACKS

    KBR to Get No-Bid Army Work as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks (Update1) - BusinessWeek

    unbelievable

    when will enough finally be enough?

    this is NOT what YOU voted for
    May 6 (Bloomberg) -- KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said.
    $568 million is nowhere near half a trillion dollars.
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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    How do you define a, "decent wage", for risking your life to serve your country?
    $1,000,000 a year?
    "I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."

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    Re: Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Don't they already get a decent wage?
    Military families until recently frequently depended on food stamps to get by. Considering the job they do, and the risk involved, and the hours a day/week/year put into that job, and the amount of travel and disruption to family and life, no, they really do not make enough.
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