Obama has informed Congress that come 2014, he will cut down in spending for the first time known to man by capping military pay raises at one percent. This executive move will be in violation of federal law, which, according to The Examiner, requires “those raises to keep pace with the Employment Cost Index compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
The House of Representatives under Republican leadership approved a pay raise of 1.8 percent, but Obama is able to move ahead with the cuts by citing a loophole in the law that permits pay decreases in the case of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.”
Will general welfare also get a cut, for affecting the country’s general welfare?
The Navy Times reports that in order to override the president’s decision, Congress must come up with $580 million in 2014 and $3.5 billion over five years to retain the 1.8 percent raises.
Obama’s Syrian mutation
Fox News put together a little video timeline of the Obama Administration’s rapidly “evolving” positions on Syria. It’s pretty striking when you see it all edited together into one five-minute clip, which Fox News was too professional to enliven with kazoo music and wacky sound effects. I haven’t seen a politician mutate this rapidly since that evil Senator got blasted with radiation and turned into a puddle in the first “X-Men” movie.
In fairness, some of the conflicting statements don’t come from President Obama himself, but previous Presidents have been held responsible for the statements of their top officials. In fact, I thought they spent a good deal of time in meetings, briefings, and conference calls, getting their positions straight. Perhaps that’s another rule that has been changed to accommodate the current occupant of the office.