Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

CNN: Panetta to Recommend Pay Cut For Military
CNN ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | Barbara Starr

Posted on 02/06/2013 9:37:42 AM PST by kristinn

Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year.

Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department's 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of "budget uncertainties," a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.

Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta's proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.

The recommendation is tied to the Defense Department's 2014 budget recommendation, which was expected to be sent to Congress this month, one of the officials said. But the officials acknowledge it is going to be seen as an effort to push Congress to stop the automatic budget cuts that could go into effect if no deal is reached on spending reductions.

(Excerpt) Read more at security.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 113th; bhosecdef; defensespending; hasan2; leonpanetta; panetta; usmilitary
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-133 next last
H/t This Ain't Hell: "This from the guy who used to spend $36,000 every weekend to spend it with his family while the people he commanded were stuck in a faraway **** hole and wouldn’t see their families for months at a time. Now he’s suddenly worried about defense spending."

My comment: Troop suicides aren't high enough for Obama? I can't recall a time where a commander-in-chief cut the pay of the military during a war.

1 posted on 02/06/2013 9:37:48 AM PST by kristinn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: kristinn

But Federal Employees still get automatic COLIs (raises) ??


2 posted on 02/06/2013 9:41:32 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

My God, is there no end to what these ba$tards will do to our military, our families, our country, and our homes? Is there no end?


3 posted on 02/06/2013 9:41:47 AM PST by laweeks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

“Just days before he leaves office...”

Coward.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 9:42:32 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

This is one of those government ‘cuts’. Where it’s still an increase, but not as much as usual.


5 posted on 02/06/2013 9:42:54 AM PST by Monty22002
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

RAT math...if I’m reading this right, a 1% increase as opposed to a 1.7% increase is a cut.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 9:43:23 AM PST by stylin19a
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Our soldiers should be better off than those on Section 8, EBT cards, Welfare, and SSDI.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 9:44:25 AM PST by DBrow
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Did they already cut the military increases over the last couple of years? I wish I could say I was surprised,,but I’m not. Scumbag Panetta. Meanwhile, Gov Quinn in Illinois wants to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. Again, who is surprised?


8 posted on 02/06/2013 9:44:36 AM PST by austinaero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
An absolute outrage! If there are any pay-cuts, let them start with the White House, Congress and the civilian bureaucrats all of whom collectively hang like an albatross around the Nation's neck!



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

9 posted on 02/06/2013 9:44:43 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #10 Removed by Moderator

To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


11 posted on 02/06/2013 9:49:41 AM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

This guy is an idiot!
IF your gonna cut, cut those Congressmen, Senators, and the Executive Branch!
To even think about cutting Service Personell pay is treason!


12 posted on 02/06/2013 9:56:06 AM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: sickoflibs

COLI has been frozen for about 3 years now ...


13 posted on 02/06/2013 9:56:58 AM PST by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: sickoflibs
govt employees have too high a pay system as it is, along with outrageous benefits and pensions....

but why in the world would they even consider cutting military pay and not fed employee pay?.......it's an obscenity...

14 posted on 02/06/2013 9:57:20 AM PST by cherry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: laweeks
My God, is there no end to what these ba$tards will do to our military, our families, our country, and our homes? Is there no end?

Look at it this way, it all favors the citizens when the tyrannical government tries to order a pissed off military to shoot on it's own people. They'll polish off the ones giving the orders instead, out of retribution for all that they did during this regime.
15 posted on 02/06/2013 9:57:20 AM PST by crosshairs (All we are saying, is give a high cap piece a chance.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"Coward."

Yes he is. But the "man" that ordered him to do this is a way bigger coward.

16 posted on 02/06/2013 9:58:20 AM PST by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
But this article says military pay will still rise.

It will be a 1% hike instead of 1.7%. They're calling that a "cut".

17 posted on 02/06/2013 9:59:54 AM PST by what's up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stylin19a

While I don’t approve in this case, he is at least being consistent in calling a reduction of a planned increase a spending cut...they do it all the time. This is what Democrats do: Reductions in planned increases are a CUT.


18 posted on 02/06/2013 10:00:35 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cherry
but why in the world would they even consider cutting military pay and not fed employee pay?

I'll take things that begin with the letter "U" for $100 Alex.

19 posted on 02/06/2013 10:01:33 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: cherry
but why in the world would they even consider cutting military pay and not fed employee pay?

They're going to have to find $50 B or so in cuts on the domestic side too.

It hasn't been mentioned as much because they're trying to browbeat the GOP to back down on sequestration by hammering only military stories, but Obama will eventually have to come up with cuts on his side...which are domestic cuts.

20 posted on 02/06/2013 10:03:51 AM PST by what's up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: cherry

Numbers. There are more active duty. I’m only talking Dept Of Defense fed employees. The civilians pay have been frozen for a while now. You only get step increases if elegible. Mil retirement pay have been frozen too. They claim it’s because the cost of living have not increased the last three years. No idea what drugs they are smoking.

I think last year there was a retiree pay increase but medical costs went up so it was a net zero.

I’m kinda happy because I know a few who voted for this.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 10:04:22 AM PST by USAF80
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

The government found something they want to cut! Shocker that it is this.


22 posted on 02/06/2013 10:05:43 AM PST by VanDeKoik
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jaxter
"But the "man" that ordered him to do this is a way bigger coward."

And furthermore:



He is the Spawn of Satan!



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

23 posted on 02/06/2013 10:06:55 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
The NOW hags should be squealing!

The pay 'cuts' just happen to coincide with women getting combat status.

The glass ceiling rears its ugly head again!

24 posted on 02/06/2013 10:09:26 AM PST by JOAT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Call your representatives! Call the WH!! Call the MSM!! We demand our troops, our police, our firemen, our teachers be paid!!! Put pressure on the Old White Man's Party so they'll cave in even more to the Dems need for more (new)taxes!! /sarc

What does Panetta have to lose politically for this timely scare tactic? Dear Leader will just blame the rich (while continuing to screw over the middle class). Win-Win.

25 posted on 02/06/2013 10:09:44 AM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConorMacNessa
The military is our country's flesh and blood treasure .... willing to give their LIVES to protect us ... they and their families pay the highest price and then they get treated in such a shabby, shameful manner. The country should rise up and demand better for them.
26 posted on 02/06/2013 10:11:54 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Should not be cutting military pay. Should be a Constitutional Amendment limiting Congressional raises to 1% per year. You know, perhaps all of us should hold an annual vote for their raise?


27 posted on 02/06/2013 10:14:09 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

This will free up more money to pay that $50,000 to those imaginary pig farmers who don’t know the front end from the back end of a hog. They need more money to buy votes.


28 posted on 02/06/2013 10:15:17 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

“during a war”

Okay, but this war, or these wars, are more “wars” than actual wars. They could go on for generations like the “cold war.”


29 posted on 02/06/2013 10:16:05 AM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Iran announces today that it is fully nuclear.

What's our response? Cut the muscle and feed the fat.

30 posted on 02/06/2013 10:16:40 AM PST by BigFinn (bigHat wisdom: Always drink upstream from the herd.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Executive and Legislative Branches first.

Limit AF-1 flights as well


31 posted on 02/06/2013 10:18:04 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laweeks

“My God, is there no end to what these ba$tards will do to our military, our families, our country, and our homes? Is there no end?”

There is.

It will come when they have
- dismantled the military
- broken up your families
- taken possession of your homes, and
- destroyed the country.


32 posted on 02/06/2013 10:22:21 AM PST by Road Glide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: laweeks

Calm down a bit, there. Nobody raped your mother. This is one of those gubmint “cuts,” whereby it goes up, just not as much as previously planned. It’s a bit silly to get all up in arms about, considering: a). we’re broke, and b). they’re so far away from being paid a market wage that anywhere we set it is arbitrary.


33 posted on 02/06/2013 10:22:46 AM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

What has been the average raise in the private sector?

In many areas, a 1% is typical.


34 posted on 02/06/2013 10:24:53 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cherry

“why in the world would they consider cutting military pay and not fed employee pay pay?”

Votes. Military employees are fewer than federal employees in general.

By the way, when you hear military pay you think of Johnny what got his gun, but it’s probably one out of a hundred or some ridiculous figure that are actually in harm’s way. Most of them are bureaucrats or humps just like everywhere else.


35 posted on 02/06/2013 10:29:06 AM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Panetta isn’t recommending anything. It’s the traitor in chief that is doing it. Panetta is just his little minion.

Both are cowards of the worst sort.


36 posted on 02/06/2013 10:30:40 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Conserev1

I don’t know about the prez, but I think it’s illegal to cut Congress’ pay in the middle of the game, and that’s because of how we wrote the law intended to forestall pay hikes.


37 posted on 02/06/2013 10:31:11 AM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Why not recommend a pay cut for the House and the Senate?

And the C-i-C?


38 posted on 02/06/2013 10:36:48 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Only in Washington is a 1% increase in pay, a pay cut...


39 posted on 02/06/2013 10:37:40 AM PST by green iguana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
comment self deleted to save the mods the trouble
40 posted on 02/06/2013 10:40:40 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConorMacNessa; kristinn
An absolute outrage! If there are any pay-cuts, let them start with the White House, Congress and the civilian bureaucrats all of whom collectively hang like an albatross around the Nation's neck!

AMEN!!

41 posted on 02/06/2013 10:43:15 AM PST by nutmeg (FUBO!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: sickoflibs

Feds pay has been frozen for 3 years. No COLAs either. Cost of all their benefits went up; hence a cut in pay.


42 posted on 02/06/2013 10:44:22 AM PST by toolman1401
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Cut the number of federal employees by about 25%.

Cut federal employees salaries and the pay for congress, senate and the president by 25%.

Cut Queen Moo’s Royal Staff and cut out some of her million dollar vacations.

She can surely survive with fewer than 30 or 40 servants to walk her dog, plant her garden, paint her nails, brush her wigs and powder her gigantic butt.

But leave the military alone.


43 posted on 02/06/2013 10:46:33 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dartuser

Awwww. Poor things. How long before private sector wages catch up to them.


44 posted on 02/06/2013 10:50:19 AM PST by matt04
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
The Democrats claimed not to long ago that people joined the military because they were poor.
So now the Democrats are insuring that they remain poor and have no future?

All this while the Republicans are self ostracized from any coherent message that fights
back against the Washington machine. There will be no good foreseeable future for anybody under either party.

45 posted on 02/06/2013 10:52:35 AM PST by MaxMax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MissMagnolia

You took the words right out of my mouth...


46 posted on 02/06/2013 10:53:02 AM PST by gibsosa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

The only way to cut the horns off this bull (chit) is secession.

It might seem tasteless, even treasonous to some but, it’s the only way.

We don’t even need to actually do it, just make them think we will.

An American Spring!


47 posted on 02/06/2013 10:56:15 AM PST by WCH
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sickoflibs
But Federal Employees still get automatic COLIs (raises) ??

Ther hasn't been one for at least three years.

And, this is not a decrease in mil pay. It is a lower INCREASE.

48 posted on 02/06/2013 11:07:16 AM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal…”cuz it’s yuckey and dumb".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: USAF80

I retired in 2008. After taxes and deductions, my pay is smaller in actual numbers than it was in 2008. But of course, gas & food costs less than it did 4 years ago, right?


49 posted on 02/06/2013 11:11:50 AM PST by Mr Rogers (America is becoming California, and California is becoming Detroit. Detroit is already hell.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: cherry
...it's an obscenity...

Your ignorance is an obscenity.

Here's your opportunity to redeem yourself:

1. When was the last cost of living increase for federal government employees?

2. List the details of outrageous federal government employee benefits and pensions.

50 posted on 02/06/2013 11:13:09 AM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal…”cuz it’s yuckey and dumb".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-133 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson