...Hugh Hewitt details the lump of coal Congress is putting in the stockings of military members, just before the holidays:
Those commandos who went into Yemen to try and rescue Luke
Somers on Saturday? Congress thinks they should have their scheduled pay
raise cut; that they need to start paying a co-pay on their and their
families' medications; that the annual adjustment in housing allowance
their families receive should be reduced in 2015 so that it is 1 percent
Just before Christmas, the Grinch that is the lame duck Congress is
poised to pass a National Defense Authorization Act that cuts the pay
and benefits of the entire uniformed active duty military, including the
young men and women at sea and away from their families this Christmas,
the kids in basic training and the soldiers at the DMZ in South Korea
as well as across Afghanistan, Iraq and of course in Africa containing
the Ebola plague.
Congress has decided that the $5 billion the president says is needed
for expanded operations in Iraq and Syria is going to come out of the
paychecks of the people fighting there and elsewhere. Stunning but true.
Incredibly, terribly at odds with the values and feelings of civilian
America — but when has that every stopped a Congress not facing imminent
It's all part of the National Defense Authorization Act, a parting shot from the retiring chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, Representative Buck McKeon of California and Senator Carl Levin of Michigan. Both are leaving with generous Congressional pensions, healthcare for life and should they choose, a seven-figure annual income on K Street. As for the troops, let them clip a few more coupons or forego next year's vacation.
Did we mention that the same poll that reflects plummeting military morale also revealed another interesting trend: service members have virtually no confidence in senior leadership.
Can you blame them?