I am a Republican.  There, I said it.  Shart shooting now, go on…

          I am a liberal Republican (seemingly a contradiction in terms, I know), but still a Red.  For the most part, I support our President.  I would support just about any President as long as they weren’t committing genocide because I think a country’s leader is only as strong as his/her weakest supporters.  After all, a house divided cannot stand, blah blah blah.  Anyway, I am not a Bush-basher to be sure…

          However, Mr. Bush is now on my Shit List.  When you go on the List, you go in ink.  Mr. Bush vetoed a bill that would give service members a 3.5% pay increase.  He declined to approve the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 that would include a 3.5% pay increase for service members.  Under an existing law, service members are guaranteed a raise – it stands at 3%.  Is .5% really that big a deal? 

         

           Hell to the yes!  That half of a percent means a lot to this family.  3% gives us $781.20 more per year.  That extra half percent would give us $912.00 more per year.  It’s still small potatoes when you think about it monthly – $65.10 versus $76.00.  After taxes, of course, it is even less – $26.00 per paycheck versus $31.00 per paycheck.  What may not mean much to you means a helluva lot to me.  Would it really have killed Mr. Bush to approve that extra .5%?  I mean, it’s not like Congress members rake in $150,000.00+ per year or anything…  They also get an annual pay raise, known as a cost of living allowance (COLA), so you can’t even say we have the jump on them there.  Their pensions, by law, cannot exceed 80% of thier highest salary – if you serve 30+ years in the military, you get 75% of your pay.  So, you get a lower average of a lower income after more years served.  Make sense to you?  After taking the poll on the about.com page previously linked, 69% of participants think Congress makes too much money…  Finally, something among the American people that shows a clear majority.

          Wake up, Congress.  Start looking at the people you cheat day in and day out and think about what they sacrifice and what they are "compensated" and take a good hard look at the scales…   

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