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Pentagon Cuts Possible Furloughs By Seven Days

From a relieved Associated Press:

Pentagon cuts number of furlough days

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | March 27, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say the Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will have to take in the next several months from 22 to 14, reducing the financial impact of the budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

Gee, what a shock. But of course there will never be any "unpaid furloughs," since all these government workers will eventually get paid for the days they get off.

And they probably won’t even get any days off, when all is said and done. (Which is sure to be a disappointment to them, after being promised so many long weekends.)

Officials say Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the decision Wednesday. Military and defense leaders continue to work through the details, trying to decide how to allocate the more than $10 billion Congress shifted to operations accounts. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly…

As we mentioned last week, this extra $10 billion means that the Pentagon only has to cut about $12 billion from its $1 trillion dollar budget. Which means just a little more than 1%.

They should be able to do that without furloughing anyone. (Which won’t save any money, anyways, since they will eventually get their back pay.)

Meanwhile, we have this thoughtful cost-cutting proposal from a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

One last call to service – end military funeral honors

By Bill McClellan | March 27, 2013

… Who is eligible for military honors at a funeral? According to the program’s website, virtually all veterans who have received an honorable discharge are eligible. A veteran does not have to be buried at a national cemetery to receive military honors. The honors teams travel to private cemeteries…

Both the federal government and the state government are broke. So why are we providing military funeral honors for all veterans? It is a nice gesture we can’t afford.

Certainly, men and women killed in combat deserve full military honors. It’s a way for the country to say, “We honor the memory of those who died in our service.” These military honors — and the thought behind them — are intended to provide some solace for the families of the fallen.

But what about the guy who spends a couple of years in the military and then gets on with his life? Bear in mind that most veterans did nothing heroic. They served, and that’s laudable, but it hardly seems necessary to provide them all with military honors after they have died. In fact, it seems generous enough to provide veterans and their spouses with free space and headstones at a national cemetery…

Everybody knows government needs to cut costs.

This is exactly how you do it. You identify things you don’t need, and you cut them. Maybe they’re nice things, but if you don’t need them, you cut them. Admittedly, this program is a small item, but as you go through the massive budget, you look for lots of small items. You try to trim big things, but that doesn’t mean you overlook little ones…

We owe a lot to our veterans. They might not have been heroes, but they served. I hope they join with me in considering this a final chance to serve their country. Let’s play taps for an unnecessary program.

Yep. This is definitely where we need to cut.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pentagon Cuts Possible Furloughs By Seven Days”

  1. But hundres of millions for more ammo and duck penis studies




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