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#1386313 - 02/06/13 03:19 PM The Left's War on the Vote
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Panetta To Recommend Troops Have Their Pay Cut…

Of all the things to cut, troops pay should be dead last.

Via CNN:

Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year.

Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department’s 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of “budget uncertainties,” a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.

Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.

The recommendation is tied to the Defense Department’s 2014 budget recommendation, which was expected to be sent to Congress this month, one of the officials said. But the officials acknowledge it is going to be seen as an effort to push Congress to stop the automatic budget cuts that could go into effect if no deal is reached on spending reductions.

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#1386368 - 02/06/13 11:51 PM Re: The Left's War on the Vote [Re: ]
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That would total an average of $127 per year, per service member. It's not a lot of $, but It would be far better to find the funds from sources other than those who've sworn to lay down their lives for the rest of society.
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#1386372 - 02/07/13 12:20 AM Re: The Left's War on the Vote [Re: Timbo]
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Or maybe we don't need nearly 1.5 million active duty personnel and the world's largest "defense" budget.

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#1386376 - 02/07/13 12:36 AM Re: The Left's War on the Vote [Re: Lucinda Knotts]
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Originally Posted By: Lucinda Knotts
Or maybe we don't need nearly 1.5 million active duty personnel and the world's largest "defense" budget.

Even if we cut defense spending by 80%, we would still have the world's largest defense budget.
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