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Old 02-02-2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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Default Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

http://www.examiner.com/x-21818-Virg...e-is-insulting

On Tuesday, the White House announced they would be asking for a 1.4 percent increase in pay for our military, which would take effect in 2011. If approved, it would represent the smallest pay raise to U.S. armed forces since the introduction of a volunteer military in 1973.

While the pay raise is part of a package that includes an increase in housing allowances, more money for day care, counseling, and youth programs for military families, these increases apply only to our troops with children.

However, the paltry pay raise applies to all of our service men and women.

Between Iraq and Afghanistan, we now have about 200,000 troops deployed, with many of those soldiers on their fourth and fifth tour of duty.

It could easily be said…Never have so few been asked to do so much for so little.

When this story ran on the online version of the Virginia-Pilot (Pilotonline.com), several people posted their opinion on the proposed raise. What follows are two of those comments:

Nascar 1966 said: “O'Bama would rather feed and help other countries than take care of the people who protect this great country of ours. I’m glad im retired I would never mention Commander in Chief as part of the enlistment oath as long as this jerk is President. Cant wait for 2012 to get here. He didnt get my vote in 08 and he sure isnt getting it in 12. Maybe the military voters and the rest of the voters will wake up in 12 and realize that this man is misleading and nothing more than a liar. Im sure retirees and Social Security people wont be getting anything in 11.”

NavRet said: “That will go over real well with our active duty military struggling to get by on existing pay scales. Meanwhile he continues to support, feed and medicate the rest of the world using the very same people he feels do not deserve higher compensation. Yea, that should go over real well.”

It should be noted that under current law, the U.S. Congress receives an automatic cost of living raise every year.

In 2009, Congressional salaries were increased by $4,700, representing an additional $2.5 million in debt being placed on the already incredibly over burdened taxpayers.

Under the increase, the average member of the House and Senate now makes $169,300 a year, while those in leadership positions make much more. Perhaps, the most vocal critic of executive salaries, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes an annual salary of $217,400. The minority leaders of both the House and Senate make $188,100.

While the rank of and file members of Congress enjoy a hefty yearly salary of $169,300, in addition to their many perks (subsidized meals in private dining rooms, an annual $10,000 car allowance, as well as a private police force at their service), a U.S. Army Private currently makes $16,794 a year (according to GoArmy.com).

As President, Barack Obama receives an annual salary of $400,000, along with an additional $169,000 in travel, entertainment, and discretionary expenses.


Yep, a slap in the face. I wonder how much Congress will get for a payraise. Well, at least we get a paid vacation to Afghanistan as part of the incentives.

I understand the need to cut the federal budget, if that is the reason for this, but really?
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:29 AM   #2
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Gee - isn't he just swell? Great way to honor and show appreciation to our brave men and women who not only protect Washington's ass, but everyone's.

Those of us on SSD and the seniors on SS didn't get a COLA increase this year and we're not getting one next year either.
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Default Re: Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

This bothers me more than I can say. I think I can assume that everyone in the forum...regardless of party affiliation has a problem with the ANY administration reducing the pay increase of the the military.

Lets just be honest. The soldier in the field will have a cot/sleeping bag...and food in his belly. It might not be/and rarely is the best living enviroment...but it was what we signed up for. This snub directly affects the young wives/husbands and children of those soldiers. Its the families of the soldiers that will pay the price. When you think of what this means...dont picture the hardened soldier....picture the family trying to live on $17,000 a year.

Yeah....I'm pissed.

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Default Re: Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

And yet congress will sit back and vote themselves exponentially un-warranted pay raises?

Way to show you care!
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Default Re: Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

And yet he'll get it back in triple in tax raises.
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More change we can believe in!
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Default Re: Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

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More change we can believe in!
Illinois primaries are today.

I have to tell you the Dems are running scared here....they know that conservative victories in the Presidents homestate...and losing the senate seat that he held...will be slap in the face, that will be harder to explain away then Massachusetts was.

There is a tremendous backlash here. With the national deficit skyrocketing...unemployment at 11.1 percent...the state budget 10 billion in the hole... the last two govenors indicted for coruption, the vacated senate seat being "sold" to Roland Burris....the Dems are already trying to spin their way out of voter anger.

If Illinois throws its votes to the other side of the aisle...it will be an indictement on the current administration and the corruption of the dishonest Illinois politics of which so many have used as a springboard.
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Default Re: Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

Well, at least they are getting a pay raise, I guess. To be honest, knowing what we know about Obama, I'm actually a bit surprised that he's giving them a raise at all...
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They deserve to be the highest paid people in the country. But I can go work fast food and make more than them.

My friends are in the Marines. They make them paid for uniforms, boots and everything. Its stupid how the government treats them.
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Default Re: Obama's proposed 1.4 pct. military pay raise

someone refresh my memory please...

what was mccains proposed pay rate increase for the military?

wasnt it like 0.0% ?

way to close out the first decade of a 100 year war.

bad barry!
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