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11/21/2012 1:01:00 PM
Letter: Administration targeting military pay


Obama just got re-elected and he is already coming after military pay and benefits.

The Congressional Budget Office points to freezing future pay raises, increasing TRICARE fees, and altering future retirement benefits as means to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

The military community should be aware that the deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” is likely to impact their families as much as the sequestration itself.


Brian Carlson


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Henry

It was stated before the election...that no matter
who won...tough choices might have to occur.

Lets hope we all hang on for the best.

Lest hope that all pay, perks, benefits of all
elected/appointed officials (fed, state, local) is
cut first before we cut military and public

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

If informed you would know that this administration is increasing VA benefits for disabled, retired, etc. beginning Jan 1st. The Obama administration has been much kinder to us veterans than Bush ever was!

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

Then there is this from last August. So which is it? Cuts or exempt from cuts? My hunch is that it will be the weapons systems and fat-cat contractors that will feel the pain more than the individual service member, as it should be.

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The citizens help out with money as our troops
can't afford things( as their pay is so sorry).Now
the deterant to ward off our enemies must rely
on food stamps to feed their families.
I bet the companies that profit from War aren't
cutting their the profits to feed their families.
Once again the tail wagging the dog.

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Johnny Johnson

Another person might say, "Pay freeze? It's about time Obama showed a little fiscal restraint." If I were the prez, I would also argue to rein in Medicare. Better still, how about the complete demolition of the for-profit health care system, a system guaranteed to bankrupt the nation? Sadly, despite its good intentions, Obamacare won't work and will backfire and collapse. These fights will continue and worsen as jobs and wealthy are shifted overseas.

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: So What, Brian?

Why should teachers, firefighters and law enforcement officers be the only public employees to feel the pinch of your right-wing austerity-at-any-cost policies?

The Military budget is, after all, one of the most costly of the hated, intrusive, "Big Government," out-of-control spending line items.

Many military retirees are the 'double' and 'triple-dippers' you guys used to bitch about.

And they are eligible for medical care for life, even if they retire at 38.

As has happened with other government employees and their pensions, maybe it is time to reconsider the Military retirement benefit programs too.

Spending is Spending.

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Common Sense

Freezing future pay increases and benefits. I think the key word here is 'future' pay and benefits. I have absolutely no qualms about non-coms pay or benefits, those that fight deserve every penny and more.

My problem is whether these future pay freezes will also be applied to the 'top brass' as well. In the last ten years pay and benefits for the military has gone up twice as fast as in the private sector. The desparity and gap between the wages and benefits of commissioned and non-commissioned personnel, are as far apart in the military as they are in the rest of the capitilist world.

I hope that these pay freezes are across the board, otherwise congress and the president aren't being honest or genuine about this' fiscal cliff' or trying to avoid it.

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Shull

Mr Carlson and VerdeNews are guilty of not reporting the facts, perhaps due to their distaste for recent election results. The report linked to in his comment clearly states the proposal Mr. Carlson mentions is from the Congressional Budget Office, not the White House. Congress ... you remember them?

I quote, ... "This week Tom Philpott reported that the Congressional Budget Office has put a red “laser dot” on future pay raises, TRICARE, and future retirement benefits. In their report, the CBO says annual military pay raises have exceeded civilian wage growth over the last 10 years. In fact the CBO estimates that military pay increased by 52 percent from 2002 to 2010 while civilian wages rose only 24 percent. ... The CBO says that any impact reducing pay increases might have on recruiting and retention can be mitigated by offering larger enlistment and reenlistment bonuses.

Where is any justification for his saying "President Obama is going after military pay"? Sour grapes and zero fact checking by VerdeNews, I suspect.

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: while this headline might make for lots of replies ...

It is patently false... even the link supplied never mentions the 'administration' being responsible for the cuts.

do your due diligence folks... don't trust a writer with such a desire to mis-represent at such a base level.

for shame...

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: as an indicator of the ignorance on the topic... .

mr. carlsons link never even mentions the president! so that part is completely his own addition/fabrication.

par for the course... and what we will be battling for the next 4 years.

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: it is clear than mr. carlson missed the part... .

about the CBO being a non partisan office... and not directed by Obama.

And...the part where it was the GOP majority house that put the cuts to the military on the chopping block! They put up the military cuts while the dem's and administration put up cuts to other programs they think are important.

so now we get to the deadline and you want to foist the blame onto the president? that's as rich as a romney donor! get real man.

and what are the GOP threatening to take the cuts to your beloved programs for? for the sake of earnings over $250k per year.

In the real world the president is the only chance you actually have of saving the programs you are blaming him for ruining... in fact the link you posted says nothing about Obama causing the issue. oops...

but please...proceed... to make a fool of your self, it only improves the odds that less people will vote for your party in the future.

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