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Thursday, August 14, 2003


Troops in Iraq Face Pay Cut

posted by G at Thursday, August 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Is there anyone in the entire country who doesn't consider this absolutely outrageous? Our troops are getting shot at and killed every day in 120 degree heat, and Bush wants to cut their pay by $75 a month. How much would this save? Just $300 million, about $1 per American. This at a time when Bush's tax cuts have brought us a deficit this year that amounts to $1500 per man, woman, and child in the United States. Trippi, get that press release ready! Deanyboppers, let's hear your suggestions for how Dean should criticize this (I know, I know, it's too easy.)


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