July 01, 2003

Money Talks

I found a link to this editorial from the Army Times thanks to Eschaton. It kinda shows you all you need to know about how Bushco supports the troops:

In recent months, President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress have missed no opportunity to heap richly deserved praise on the military. But talk is cheap and getting cheaper by the day, judging from the nickel-and-dime treatment the troops are getting lately.

For example, the White House griped that various pay-and-benefits incentives added to the 2004 defense budget by Congress are wasteful and unnecessary including a modest proposal to double the $6,000 gratuity paid to families of troops who die on active duty. This comes at a time when Americans continue to die in Iraq at a rate of about one a day.

Similarly, the administration announced that on Oct. 1 it wants to roll back recent modest increases in monthly imminent-danger pay (from $225 to $150) and family-separation allowance (from $250 to $100) for troops getting shot at in combat zones.

There's plenty more where that came from, including screwing military folks out of tax breaks that the wealthy get, lowering the military budget, etc. Of course, when the election rolls around, we all know what the media will say: Bush and the Republicans are traditionally strong on defense and trusted. Will they report what Bushco has actually done? Do I need to answer that?

Posted by Observer at July 1, 2003 07:13 AM
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Lame. Those poor dusty bastards deserve their combat pay.

Posted by: Humbaba on July 1, 2003 11:12 AM