Defensive? I answered your loaded question.....
A question is just a question. It's relevant because you said 'they should cut civil workers across the board', not 'they should cut unionised civil workers across the board'. You need to learn to say what you mean, Bub.
I figured my audience was smart enough to understand I was talking about state workers in the civillian populace.
I have no idea whether US military is well-paid or poorly paid. On first glance, the British forces are paid poorly in comparison with civilian public employees, but when you take into account all the services and facilities that are provided for them, the comparison is much more balanced.
We have troops on food stamps. Thank you for admitting your post came out of ignorance.