Soooooo. The same guy who has been saying that the Demorcats don’t want to support the troops, is resisting giving the troops a raise. Here is the story that I cam across on my comrade Native Son’s (http://nativeson.wordpress.com/2007/05/21/interesting-stories-9) Blog (thanks NS).
The original story is here: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2007/05/19/bush_resists_democrats_on_military_pay/
So now, not only has this administration completely dropped the ball in taking care of vets after they get off active duty, vets injured in this war to make it worse, but now they don’t want to pay these people a 3.5 % raise? Straight Arseholes.
Let me break this down. An E-3 (Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps / Private First class in the Army / Seaman in the Navy / Airman First Class in the Air Force) Makes $1,501.20 a month on average, some a little more if they have dependents or special duty, some additional combat pay. The president is against them making an extra $52.55 a month? Most of the military is made up of E-3’s; it is utterly inane that this guy would come against this. (income info from: http://www.dfas.mil/militarypay/newinformation/WebPayTableVersion2006updated.pdf)
The Democrats are fools for not blasting his mark arse on this one. So our young people are not worth $1,553.75 a month or $18,645.00 a year to put their lives on the line for Bush’s rich friends here in the states and in Saudi Arabia?
Let’s put this in perspective. This same E-3, if they were at home in lets say, Naperville, IL, working at Portillo’s (which by the way makes the BOMB Italian Beef) would make about $10.00 an hour, with a 40 hour work week, would make $20,800.00, but a Lance Corporal in Iraq or Afghanistan don’t deserve a raise?
This is utterly insane.