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.
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