s skippy the bush kangaroo: suport the troops, just not with money

skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, May 17, 2007

suport the troops, just not with money

the white house sez our troops don't need a raise. army times:

troops don’t need bigger pay raises, white house budget officials said wednesday in a statement of administration policy laying out objections to the house version of the 2008 defense authorization bill.

the bush administration had asked for a 3 percent military raise for jan. 1, 2008, enough to match last year’s average pay increase in the private sector. the house armed services committee recommends a 3.5 percent pay increase for 2008, and increases in 2009 through 2012 that also are 0.5 percentage point greater than private-sector pay raises.

the slightly bigger military raises are intended to reduce the gap between military and civilian pay that stands at about 3.9 percent today. under the bill, hr 1585, the pay gap would be reduced to 1.4 percent after the jan. 1, 2012, pay increase.

bush budget officials said the administration “strongly opposes” both the 3.5 percent raise for 2008 and the follow-on increases, calling extra pay increases “unnecessary.”
really! when you think of all the great benefits the military gets...

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posted by skippy at 12:35 PM |


That's very interesting considering Nearly two dozen officials who received hefty performance bonuses last year at the Veterans Affairs Department also sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press raise questions of conflict of interest in connection with the bonuses, some of which went to senior officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1.3 billion short and jeopardized veterans’ health care.

The documents show that 21 of 32 officials who were members of VA performance review boards received more than half a million dollars in payments themselves.
commented by Blogger The Sailor, 1:56 PM PDT  

Hmmm...why don't we suck dry all the wasted billions going to mercenaries in the civilian sector and the companies handling jobs that should be the military's and then give the soldiers THAT money.
commented by Anonymous sean on li, 8:16 PM PDT  

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