On Thursday, Micheal Barrett, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, stood before the Senate and testified that service-members would do better with lower pay and less compensation. In fact, he said, “I truly believe it will raise discipline. You’ll have better spending habits. You won’t be so wasteful.”
Ponder with me, for a moment, the richness of this. The guy making more money than any other enlisted member in the Marine Corps on the eve of his retirement, representing an institution that has dodged an audit for nearly 20 years and insists it won’t be ready for an audit until 2017, stands in front of a Congress full of millionaires that can’t even balance its own budget and says service-members are wasteful in their own personal budgetary practices. Now, as we say back in Texas, don’t pee on my boots and tell me it’s rain.