Jul 17 2014
MOAA Spouse’s Facebook page had a link to an article on the Pentagon’s proposal to limit troops’ pay raises to 1%, and Congress’ approval of that limit (to go along with the decrease in housing allowances).
I came across this the same time my Internet news feed told me about LeBron James signing for $22,000,000 a year (guaranteed), as well as seeing an article in the Washington Post on a pawn broker who takes in the rings, trophies, and other mementos of current and former athletes who are down on their luck.
These last two articles seem to show a paradox in our society about who to be concerned with. I give LeBron James credit for going back to his home town, but let’s face it – he gets paid really, really well and also pulls in up to $80,000,000 a year in additional money from his marketing contracts. Yet there were a number of articles on how much he’d get paid and is he going to get what he deserves after taking a pay cut in prior years (only getting $19,000,000 must have meant cutting back on a lot of discretionary spending).
Then, the article on the pawn shop owner talked about the athletes being down on their luck, and the article generated more than a few reader comments sympathizing with these athletes. So, I was inspired to look up the average and minimum salaries for athletes to see how much they must have squandered. Let’s take a look:
Sport Average Salary – Minimum Salary
- Basketball (NBA) $5.15 million – $474,000
- Baseball (MLB) $3.31 million – $480,000
- Hockey (NHL) $2.4 million – $525,000
- Football (NFL) $1.9 million – $390,000
While I’m sympathetic to anyone down on their luck, looking at these numbers doesn’t make me feel as bad for them as I do for the lower ranks in our troops who have to deal with limited pay raises, smaller housing allowances, multiple moves, possible elimination of the current retirement system, the threat of deployment, and the threat of death on the job (keep this last item in mind next time you hear someone call an athlete a warrior by the way).
Yet, what I find interesting is that the only way I found out about the 1% raise was through a MOAA Spouse Facebook feed and link to a militarytimes.com article. If an article on a pawn shop owner pops up on my Internet news coverage, shouldn’t something like the Pentagon’s proposal to have their troops shoulder the burden to cut costs also be newsworthy (while the Pentagon does things like spend $34,000,000 on an unused base in Afghanistan)?
In any event, it’s good that we have MOAA to keep us informed on military-related issues. And, if you haven’t visited the MOAA Spouse Facebook page, do so and “like” it so you get their posts.
It is a great source for military news, tips, and information. It’s also a good place to post your own opinions and input on various military issues – in other words, a good way to let off steam – and to know someone is listening.
In fact, MOAA Spouse is asking readers at their post on the new pay raises: What will be the tipping point for your family? Go post your tipping point!
Image by Wikimedia Commons user Keith Allison from Kinston, USA.