Thursday, August 14, 2003

Well, Well, Well

Looks as if the neo-cons in the Pentagram have frantically backed away from their earlier "let the troops eat cake!" stance on their danger pay and family allowances:

In April, after the President's Budget was submitted, Congress authorized an increase in both the Family Separation Allowance (on a worldwide basis) and Imminent Danger Pay and legislated that these increases would expire on Sept. 30, 2003. The department is aware of the problem that would result for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan if these allowances were allowed to expire. This is an issue of targeting those most deserving, and certainly people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are in these categories. We intend to ensure they continue to receive this compensation at least at the current levels.

Rrrrrriiight...they weren't deserving earlier, but after people woke up and started to wave their arms, suddenly the troops became "deserving" again! Hm. I've ALWAYS thought they were "deserving."


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