Panetta Suggests Troops Should Have Their Pay Cut
February 6, 2013  //  By:   //  Budget, Defense, President Obama  //  9 Comments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offered a parting shot to the troops, mere days before he vacates his post, suggesting that our fighting men and women in the military should have their pay cut next year.

Via CNN (h/t Memeorandum):

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.

Of course, this stems from “budget uncertainties” surrounding – at least in part – the looming sequestration plan; a devastating cut to the defense budget that was generated by the White House itself.

Let me ‘splain…

The Washington Post’s fact-checker flatly called the idea of sequestration “a White House gambit”, buoyed by a Bob Woodward book called The Price of Politics, in which members of the Obama administration proposed the idea to Senator Harry Reid.  The following excerpt (p. 339) explains the idea as presented by White House staff:

“Lew, Nabors, Sperling and Bruce Reed, Biden’s chief of staff, had finally decided to propose using language from the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law as the model for the trigger. It seemed tough enough to apply to the current situation. It would require a sequester with half the cuts from defense, and the other half from domestic programs.”

Half the cuts from defense, an area that should be last for consideration.

Meanwhile, the President recently used an Executive Order to give pay raises to vice-President Joe Biden and members of Congress.

Perhaps Congress is where the pay cuts should be coming from first?

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9 Comments to “Panetta Suggests Troops Should Have Their Pay Cut”
  • Kurt Cook
    February 6, 2013 - Reply

    yeah, that’s going to really go over well when they are trying to stop a rebellion! Piss off your own troops, then send them up against somebody they don’t want to fight, and see how fast they turn their guns on YOU!

  • RFlanary
    February 6, 2013 - Reply

    But let’s not look at welfare. Gotta make sure that the people that don’t work get their check…..

  • Joseph Dupont
    February 6, 2013 - Reply


    • Tom Mansfield
      February 7, 2013 - Reply

      Not that big of a problem? Do you realize that many of our soldiers make less money than a Walmart door-greeter? Also, do you realize on some basis, they are losing meals, too? Do you realize that this cut in pay came after raises for Congress?

  • Cristie Robar Butterworth
    February 6, 2013 - Reply

    cuts need to be in congress..their private (paid by us) extravagant parties to kiss ass with each other(paid by us) leased suv’s and gas cards and dining cards (paid by us)…why is it that the american ppl are paying for their rights to be taken away? I think that its funny that they are talking about cutting the military families pay..have you seen what they are paid?? I can tell you first hand that it is BARELY enough to support a married couple especially if you’re stationed in CA. This is nonsense..start waking up america…these men and women are protecting your ass..and youre letting your elected officials stick a boot up theirs??

    • tammytnt
      February 6, 2013 - Reply

      Cristie, you said it. Im sick of these guys living high on the hog at our expense. While our troops in Afganistan dont get breakfast, Obama is feasting on lobster and expensive wines. Pelosi is running airforce jets back and forth from Washington to Calif at least twice a week. Thank goodness they finally took that away last week. You know the other half of the sequester is hitting Soc. Sec, People pay into that their whole lives with the promise they will be taken care of when they can no longer work. But we can afford to support millions of illegals. I dont get it.

    February 6, 2013 - Reply

    I say let them go into battle for 20k a year

  • Lynda Felts
    February 7, 2013 - Reply

    Ho about cutting Pantta’s pay?

  • Chris Wohland
    February 14, 2013 - Reply

    At least one congressman and one senator agree that raising the pay amount for them is an affront to those who wear a uniform, of course those two people will be cut down as radicals and subversives by the majority of both parties. Until the populace rescinds the pay structure of our representatives they will continue to commit felonius acts under the guise of business. Is it truly business to host a ten thousand dollar a plate luncheon to find out what community activists need to continue their campaign of devisiveness and sedition in the neighborhoods of our larger cities? I think not, anyone who would fund an organization of persons with no appreciable skills or actual knowledge of civics or finance to orchestrate and lead a party of uninformed persons to occupy any recognized (actually reported and verified business) and to demand special treatment or consideration is an arbiter of sedition and should be treated as such. Once the law recognizes those who wish to impeach and/or dissolve an agreement between the population and it’s government they have committed an act of treason according to those who demand a higher wage for less or in most cases of public office no work and no constructive action. We as citizens of this country can only demand action from those we have voted into office when we as citrizens recognize that their actions in Washington are our responsibility. When a representative does not perform up to the expectations of those that voted them into office they can and should be voted out of office via petition prior to their term of office coming to a close. That said, it means that each person must be cognitive of the rules of government and should exercise their rights to limit the power and scope of the elected official regardless of party affiliation and be free from any concerted effort of said party or representative to bring forth any punitive action in order to curtail or dismiss said action. Our country is not ruled by a monarchy or a single individual yet we are to this day suffering the exploits of a very select group of men who for generations now have been given extraordinary power over the freedoms and wishes of the populace. It is time for schools to return to teaching government and it is time for people to once again prove their ability to understand and defend the constitution of this great nation. Most of the citizenry of this land cannot recite any of the constitution or for that matter the declaration of indepedence because they have been systematically removed from the process of learning by a government that subsidizes ignorance and rewards graft and corruption as though it is the law of the land to cheat. When we as a country decide to take back our sovereign territory and resolve ourselves to act with compassion and more so with diligent honesty, then we will be able to once again set forth on a path of recovery from sixty plus years of brutal dictatorship witnessed by millions of displaced persons now crowding our unemployment lines and millions now seeking a handout form those who stole our prosperity in the first place. Rise up America and educate yourselves as to how government works, not how they do business, but how they actually accomplish things, because the persons who now occupy the halls of our congress and senate are nothing more than thieves and liars who even through their own admition claim that things cannot be changed from the inside. Therefore we must change it by removing those who claim nothing can be done and replace them with people who have proven that they can by their own record of production. No more political appointees, no more special interest groups, and no more lobbyists who spend freely the dollars we as tax payers hand over each and every day of our lives, it is time to rein in the runaway of needless spending by demanding specific goals be met by each and every person elected to public office. If everyone of them is judged by their ability to provide for the betterment of their constituents then they will behave as leaders, being the first to sacrifice, not as politicians, being the first to claim no responsibilty for their actions.

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