Skip to comments.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Recommend Deep Budget Cuts Targeting Pay, Benefits
Posted on 02/23/2014 3:55:41 PM PST by kristinn
Teeing up what could be a politically explosive fight before the midterm elections in November, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday will recommend billions of dollars in annual budget cuts that would reduce housing allowances and other benefits, increase health-care premiums, and limit pay raises, CBS News confirms.
The recommendations, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, are part of a broader effort to trim the Pentagon's budget while minimizing the impact on preparedness and capability. But they're likely to provoke fierce opposition from veterans' interest groups and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
The Pentagon argues that personnel costs are simply too big a share of the defense budget to ignore. "Personnel costs reflect some 50 percent of the Pentagon budget and cannot be exempted in the context of the significant cuts the department is facing," Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's top spokesman, told the Journal. "Secretary Hagel has been clear that, while we do not want to, we ultimately must slow the growth of military pay and compensation."
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Chuck Hagel makes a damn good democrat.
What a dirty little quisling bast*rd he is. Does just what his quisling master tells him to do, does Chuckie.
Hagel is a real scumbag. A perfect butt boy for Valerie Jarrett and her Obama regime.
we ultimately must slow the growth of military pay and compensation.”
Oh yes, ask those who protect us to bite the bullit.
Where are those heads of government largess who will
call to “slow the growth of entitlements and welfare?
It wouldn’t have anything to do with the military being
more conservative than the entitlement folks??
Chucky will take away the incentive to join the military.
Those that are in the military and have service connected injuries are hoing to be screwed
The only thing they want to cut is the military.
Trillions for welfare though.
You are seeing the greatest theft of the American people in world history - and where in the Trillion per year going they simply print up?
Hagel and his boss are Rats that treat our all voluntary military like an unwanted step child and our nation will suffer for it.
Yep, and Hagel is good with that. What a piece of filth.
Getting it yet?
Setting up for a return to the draft.
If the republicans pass a budget with those cuts in place, they are dead to me.
Huh? I thought all the savings from Obamacare would make this unnecessary.
Oh, wait...Obamacare is making health care far more expensive and leaving the taxpayer with the bill. Nevermind.
But no one will suggest defunding Obamarcare so we can defend outselves. That would be selfish and racist.
Let's target some of the "pay and benefits" to the Gibsmedat Armies, lounging on their couches and buying all that free lobster and drugs with their EBT cards. Their budget is already more than the Defense Department Budget.
Maybe we can cut back there instead?
Everybody in Nebraska knew Hagel was a leftist moron, despite his claims of military service “qualifying” him to be SoD. Now the rest of the country knows what an idiot he is.
The early Roman emperor’s Bread and Circuses scheme was child’s play compared to today’s fiat money pyramid scheme.
The greatest entitlement of all sucking the labor and blood of the American taxpayer is the benefits received by our faithful allies who are entitled to not having to pay for the costs of their own defense while the US expends money and irreplaceable lives to police the world. This subsidizing of foreign socialism is far worse and far more dangerous than any domestic entitlement.
Cut military pay and the MSM’s reaction - ho hum. Cut 40 bucks off of a some urban sow cow’s monthly EBT entitlement and the MSM reacts like the world is coming to an end.
God, I hate these people. You’re either going to contest the rest of the economy for best young people America has to offer, or you’re going to settle for the cheaper, lower-quality option.
If they do all the above IN ORDER (in other words, they do #1...and if that isn't sufficient, move to #2, and if that doesn't work, then finally do #3), I would be willing to consider consenting to some sacrifice. Again, if it was necessary, I'm certain my brethren on active duty would agree.
But not until that point. I am not at all sanguine to having to give anything up from my retirement nor am I willing to give anything up as far as current / retired military benefits for the troops as long as free money is provided to illegal aliens, foreign dictators, or the lazy who choose not to work. Or to the Congressweenies and executive branch political appointees who, too easily, are happy to say "let them eat cake."
Another traitor who should be in prison.
They need the money to bail out Ukraine. (Jack Lew said so.)
Just Get rid of the Redundant Government Bureaucracy and we will save enough to buy a couple of countries.
I have no doubt the Military Could Trim some Fat too.
So Start with the Bronze Artsy Frog Statue at Andrews Air Force Base or whatever.
Doing that will save up the pennies fast.
“Chucky will take away the incentive to join the military”
The administration has a plan,that it got from George W. Bush, on how to hire people to do jobs that Americans won’t do.
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The Pentagon 1st needs to greatly trim the bloat at DOD in Washington D.C. before considering hitting enlisted pay and benefits.
Meanwhile they will also recommend increasing civilian pay and time off I bet.
Yes, a volunteer military is very expensive. That is why countries that fight large scale ground wars against competent enemies do it with conscript armies. You can fight a war against third world armies and defeat them less expensively.
HUGE cuts should come first to the EPA. IRS, TSA, DEA, and about a DOZEN other black holes sucking Federal MONEY.
Setting up a coup.
LYONS: The Islamic cloud over Brennan and Hagel
National security may not be a first priority
By Adm. James A. Lyons Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times
Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times more >
John O. Brennan
United States Central Intelligence Agency
By Adm. James A. Lyons Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Two key national security nominations by President Obama are up for confirmation following Congress recess this week: former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, and John O. Brennan, the presidents key counterterrorism adviser, to be the director of the CIA. Both candidates have had to address issues based on their past and current activities and associations. Troublingly, a number of questions still remain unanswered.
One explosive issue is a report by John Guandolo that broke last week on Tom Trentos TrentoVision Show and also was carried by Glenn Beck on Feb. 11. The report stated that Mr. Brennan was converted to Islam while CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia from 1996 to 99. Lets be clear: In America, a mans religion can never be a condition to his holding a government position. It is protected by both the First Amendment and Article 6 of the Constitution. Therefore, even if it is true that he converted, Mr. Brennans religion should not be an issue.
However, according to Mr. Guandolo a former SWAT team leader at the FBI, counterterrorism and Muslim Brotherhood specialist and Marine platoon commander what should be an issue was the Saudis targeted recruitment of Mr. Brennan to the ideology of Islam while he was serving as the CIA station chief in Riyadh. This was not just a conversion but a political act by a foreign intelligence service.
If verified, this would indicate Mr. Brennans susceptibility, whether witting or unwitting, to manipulation by a foreign intelligence entity. Its interesting that no counterintelligence alarm was triggered at the time that this alleged conversion was occurring. Most likely, thats because at that time the sophisticated Islamic objectives driving the global jihad movement by the Muslim Brotherhood were not understood by those who witnessed his conversion.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/19/the-islamic-cloud-over-brennan-and-hagel/#ixzz2uCf0mvfb
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They’ve been dead to me for quite some time.
If the federal government spent money only on what they can do according to the Constitution, I bet we could cut the federal budget in half.
You don’t think Obama WANTS to weaken our military?
Love it, ole Chucky is going to put military pay below minimum wage. How fitting coming from this disgraceful administration.
From what I’ve read, when he was in the Army, Hagel was an enlisted man who didn’t have a good grip on buck private, and he is proving to be likewise as SECDEF under emperor 0bama.
I have a nephew who is a staff sergeant in the Army with 15 years in. He is just hoping to be able to finish out his 20 and retire!
Active duty ping.
I would sign up to that, only under those pre-determined triggers. Way too much FedGov excess in other places. Hagel’s plan is akin to sacrificing muscle to cover for the fat.
Instead of taking from those protecting us,
how about you make cuts from those leaches on permanent welfare?
Worthless bunch these politicians are.
Compensation costs are not hollowing out the Pentagon's budget as Ryan and Chuck Hagel have repeatedly said. They are using a cooked book number by taking the projected costs only since 1998 projected through 2008 - during that time, Congress had to fix the disastrous REDUX that robbed post 1986 military officers and enlisted, and Congress implemented TRICARE For Life (TFL) that prevented retired military from being immediately booted from TRICARE when the reached Medicare age. But those were one time fixes. The personnel and compensation costs for military today are about 1/3rd, almost identical to what they have been since 1980.
It was either Mark Twain or British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who famously stated the "lies, damn lies, and statistics" quote. That is the case here.
First, everything costs more in the DoD budget in actual dollars year to year. It is because of this little thingy called "inflation." The costs of food, fuel, and housing goes up for every American and every business as well. Moreover, the overall personnel strength in the DoD is smaller than it was in 1980, but not great by historical comparisons. Even with those factors, personnel and health care costs are NOT costing the DoD 50% of its budget. That is statistcal slight of hand that is a deliberate falsehood. It is done with intent of screwing over the very people who fight the wars, maintain the equipment, and do the actual work of the US military.
Again, the OMB numbers tell the same, consistent story: the cost of personnel and medical care for our military is roughly 1/3rd of the DoD budget, the same as it has been for decades.
Also, be wary of any Washington DC insider who uses the "projected costs" argument. Paul Ryan and Chuch Hagel are masters of this.
Let's say you had 2 years of large car repair bills. In 2012, your wife hit a deer and your deductible was large. Then, the transmission on your daughters car had to be replaced, and your own car threw a rod in 2013.
You could hold a Power Point presentation to your family in the living room, and announce that based on "projected costs" from 2012-2013, you will not be able to afford heating and groceries in 2018 based on your current salary should these same auto repair costs go up the same percentage year after year. There were one-time fixes to REDUX retirement and TRICARE, plus much needed multi-year pay raises in the very years Hagel and Ryan cherry pick to justify their "projected costs" argument.
Screwing over the very people who are the heart and soul of the US military is not a strategy.
It is a betrayal and suicide for the armed forces.
If the same cuts go to EPA, IRS, welfare, staff, salaries, benefits and retirements to ALL of the government...