It is a generally accepted principle that politicians play to their base – especially in an election year. There is nothing remarkably surprising about that.
Take, for instance, federal employees. In 2010, President Obama imposed a pay freeze on federal employees. Considering both the high rate of pay and generous benefit packages that federal employees receive, this wasn’t very surprising. Particularly when you consider the sad state of affairs that the American economy finds itself in.
President Obama also grew the number of bureaucrats dramatically. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management figures demonstrate that President Obama added 173,000 new bureaucrats to the Executive Branch in the first two years of his administration alone, bringing the total number of employees in just this area to 2,133,000.
That’s a lot of votes.
Just in time for the 2012 Election, President Obama is now proposing an $800 million pay raise for American bureaucrats.
A politician giving away election-year raises to his employees is all too common. What is really surprising is that while President Obama is proposing a near-billion-dollar raise package for some employees of the federal government, he is eviscerating others. Namely, the United States Armed Forces.
The President has long been hostile towards our Armed Services. Previously, he tried to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill individual Veterans’ medical insurance policies to pay for care that was related to service-connected medical conditions. When outrage mounted, he backed off.
Now he is targeting Tri-Care. The President’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay 30-78% more for their healthcare while leaving the federal civilian unionized employees healthcare untouched and while proposing the aforementioned raises.
Federal paper-pushers get raises while soldiers and their families get increased healthcare costs.
Could it be because the brave men and women that serve the United States traditionally support Republicans?
Whatever the reason, President Obama should immediately abandon this attack on military families. The last thing our troops should be worried about is their medical bills.