President Obama has told Congress he will cap next year’s pay raise for U.S. military personnel at 1 percent instead of boosting pay by 1.8 percent as called for by a federal law even though he will not slash pay raises for his thugs! And Obama has the gaul to ask the military to go to Syria and fight.
Obama’s move will negatively impact American combat troops scheduled to remain in Afghanistan through 2014.
The federal law says military pay raises must be based on the Employment Cost Index compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which ties military raises to private sector pay growth. Under that formula, military personnel should be getting a 1.8 percent pay raise beginning in January 2014 instead of 1%. Once again, Obama shows that he is above the law. In addition, Obama shows that he does not hold our military in high esteem.
Remember when Michele at the Memorial Day parade a few years ago said, “All this for a stupid flag” and the President agreed with her. The media, of course, did not mention the statement since the media also are haters of America. I’m wondering why some American people still buy the papers!
The law, in addition, also states that the president can inform Congress of an alternative pay adjustment “if because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the president considers the pay adjustment which would otherwise be required by this section in any year to be inappropriate.” You know like having the balls to ask the military to put their lives in danger!
Yeh, I’ve got a great idea to reduce expenses – why not send those on Congress to Syria that want to save Obama’s face! And while we are at it, we can sent the sons and daughters of those Congress people as well as Obama and his thugs. We can also sent Kerry – you know the anti war man that blamed Vietnam on the vets and now wants to fight in Syria!
Obama wrote to congressional leaders: “I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our nation over the past decade of war. As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.” And Obama thinks that the best way to reward our military is to screw them!
Obama also asserted that his decision “will not materially affect the federal government’s ability to attract and retain well-qualified members” of the military.
The House passed a bill in July authorizing the 1.8 percent raise, but the Senate has set the raise at 1 percent as recommended by Obama. Of course, the Senate is lead by Harry Reid and the other American haters known as the Democratic Party!
Military pay rose 1.7 percent this year and 1.6 percent in 2012.
How much do you think screwing the military personnel will save? Well, retired air force col. Mike Hayden, director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), calculated that the reduced pay raise could cost an officer with 10 years of service about $52 a month next year, or $8,000 over the remaining years of his or her career. In addition, it would also cost a service member $20,000 in retirement pay.
History has shown that once Congress starts accepting proposals to cap military pay below private-sector growth, pay caps continue until they have weakened retention and readiness. This is another Obama way of showing his hatred for the military!