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When Congress returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 6, debate is set to resume on a new federal budget, including defense funding measures.
But if President Obama gets his way, military pay raises for the country’s 1.4 million active duty service personnel will have been pegged at a level that, according to the Military Times, “lawmakers and military advocates have already warned will hurt military families’ personal finances.”
And the reason Obama has given for the relatively low pay raise for members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard flies in the face of what the president and his supporters — including Hillary Clinton — have told America about the U.S. economy.
At the Democrat National Convention just a few weeks ago, the party’s newly minted nominee lavished the praise on Team Obama for creating a vibrant and robust economy for America, one that is “so much stronger than when they took office.”
Then the president himself told the party faithful in Philadelphia and the millions watching on TV that “By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.” And repeatedly in recent months, Obama and his squad of cheerleaders have pumped up the president’s economic record, with White House press secretary John Earnest telling reporters just ten days ago, “The president’s optimism about the U.S. economy is widely shared.”
The Washington Times account of the Earnest gee-ain’t-it-swell fest went on to note: “Mr. Earnest said the positive news on consumer spending is ‘consistent with the strong readings of consumer sentiment that we see in the economy.’”
So, how, we wonder, would Earnest and others touting the strength of the salvation economy that Obama has supposedly “created” parse the president’s statements in the letter he sent to the military explaining why he can only approve a 1.6 percent pay raise for 2017?
The Military Times article quotes from that Obama letter to the men and women fighting to keep America safe: “As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.
“This effort requires tough choices, especially in light of budget constraints.”
Excuse me, Mr. President, “budget constraints?” You wouldn’t know the administration feels any constraints given the debt and deficits that keep piling up, higher and higher with every passing second.
With the national debt soaring to record levels in excess of $19.5 trillion — and the debt per U.S. taxpayer north of $163,000 — one can easily understand why there’s widespread skepticism, if not unvarnished pessimism, among many economists and everyday Americans about the overall financial condition of the country and its citizens.
Given the facts versus the fantasies about the nation’s economy and the federal budget with its out-of-control debt and deficit (which has risen past $580 billion as of this writing), Barack Obama has told the truth (imagine that) about the need to hold down spending. Certainly, however, there are other areas of the federal government that could be trimmed back so that the 2017 pay raise for our fighting forces isn’t capped at 1.6 percent. (If that stands, 2017 will mark the seventh consecutive year of military pay hikes below 2 percent.)
But it’s an economic truth that this president — along with the woman who wants to follow his lead in governing the country — dare not share with the the voting public. Because if they did, it might well be Donald Trump and not Hillary Clinton taking the reins of the federal government on Jan. 20, 2017.
Of course, those men and women in the military will know the truth when they go into the voting booth in two months.
Just remember, never accept the media’s spin and don’t permit them to daunt you. Make America Great Again!