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Friday, January 7, 2011

Military Pay: HOAX

by Glenn Littrell

While part of this chain e-mail [original below] is true it has been and is obviously still being used to appeal to sentiment as a way of stealing mailing list and dishonestly maligning people:    [note: some versions of the chain mail identify C.Williams the actress and some reference President Obama, both incorrectly]
The true part:

  • A Cindy Williams did write an editorial criticizing military pay in comparison to civilian pay. She did serve as assistant director for national security in the Congressional Budget Office, but wrote her criticism after leaving office.
  • An airmen did write a response disputing her claims.
  • The airmen attributed in the chainmail did write the original version which has changed much since he wrote it.
That is where the truth starts and ends. That is also all that a spammer needs to get your attention and hook you.
Now for just some of the falsehoods, inaccuracies, and lying:
  • It was not the Cindy Williams [actress] of Laverne and Shirley fame as claimed in some variations of the chainmail. Over the years the actress, a supporter of the military, has received repeated hate mail because of the circulation of this letter.
  • The letter and the events referenced occurred in 2000. Before the war in Afghanistan. [Obviously the airmen was not about to deploy]
  • The real author of the criticisms of military pay, Cindy Williams, was not appointed by President Obama as recent versions of the chainmail claim. She served 1994 to 1997. This is another dishonest and malicious attempt to demonize the current president. I have looked for versions of the email that might blame Bush for her appointment but apparently spammers might have an ideological preference.
Whether this chainmail is re-circulated as a ploy to steal your mailing list or as a means of poisoning your attitude toward our president, it is malicious, dishonest and not worthy of continued circulation. 
Read more at:

----- Original Message ----- REMEMBER THIS IS A HOAX

From:To:Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 4:03 PM
Subject: FW: Military Pay


if you get this more than once, feel honored that you know more than one person who supports our military and appreciates what they do.
If you don't forward it, you don't deserve their sacrifice.
CINDY WILLIAMS was appointed as an Assistant Director for NATIONAL SECURITY in the Congressional Budget Office.....
Military Pay  
This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece in the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America .  
Ms. Cindy William  wrote a piece for the Washington Times denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year citing that she stated a 13% wage increase was more than they deserve.  
A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to get a bonus for this.  
"Ms  Williams:
I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GI's earn enough" and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account. Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before taxes per month. After taxes, I take home $874.20.  When I run that through the calculator, I come up with  an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40 after.  
I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network. I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs for "Network Technicians" in the Washington , D.C. Area reveals a position in my career field, requiring  three years experience in my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum............ I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.  
Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces.  
Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN ; I leave the choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience.."
As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone. Obviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them.  
Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night, and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE's (meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor.  
Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't be nearly long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your open piece.  
But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to say it.  
You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment right and every other right you cherish...On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective noses at us, all on  a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.  
And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve?  
A1C Michael Bragg,  Hill AFB AFNCC  
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not only is Cindy Williams NOT an Obama appointee, she did not write an article in the “Washington Times”. David E. Mosher is Assistant Director for NATIONAL SECURITY in the Congressional Budget Office, not Cindy Williams. Cindy Williams wrote an article in 2000 opposing a proposed additional “25 percent pay hike that … would cost taxpayers more than $12 billion a year.” The military already received a 4.7% pay increase that year. She never said that the military does not deserve or earn their pay; she simply argued against a further increase that the taxpayers could not afford. The proposed additional increase was scrapped as she was correct: we cannot afford it.

The author of the email is even more stupid than Tea Party idol Sarah Palin, as the author would have us believe that the President appoints the staff of the CONGRESSIONAL Budget Office! (The CBO serves Congress, not the President!) Has the author ever heard of the three branches of government?? Yet this is the level of misinformation and rhetoric on which the “Tea Party” thrives. This misinformation is published in the Tea Party Daily News: What a shame!

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