Thanks to the inflationary policies of President Joe Biden and his spendthrift Democrat Party, America’s fighting men and women are facing their own financial crisis.
But not to worry, as the Pentagon has a plan to address it: The Defense Department is advising soldiers to apply for welfare.
That is the recommendation from Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, who noted in a memo last month that troops and their families struggling with inflationary food costs should apply for assistance through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP.
“With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent, some Soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before,” the written guidance from Grinston said. “SNAP is a U.S. government program that provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an electronic benefits transfer card that can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores. Service members and their families may be eligible.”
Noted one Twitter user in mocking the guidance: “Billions and billions for Biden’s suicidal Green New Deal and Ukraine, no money fo feed our soldiers and families!”
"The guidance points soldiers to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and links them to the federal welfare program’s website."
–Billions and billions for Biden's suicidal Green New Deal and Ukraine, no money fo feed our soldiers and families!https://t.co/nEX2AckBWY
— Laughing Libertarian (@William16723077) September 10, 2022
“With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent, some Soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before. Soldiers of all ranks can seek guidance, assistance, and advice through the Army’s Financial Readiness Program,” Grinston wrote. “The FRP offers a number of online resources, as well as free, credentialed personal financial counselors, to help Soldiers understand the financial landscape and to take ownership of their own personal financial management. Unfortunately, many Soldiers are not aware of these resources.”
It’s unclear how soldiers can “take ownership of their own personal financial management” when they are not responsible for implementing policies and spending that are making inflation worse.
At one point, Grinston appears to suggest that individual soldiers and their families are to blame for the current inflationary mess.
“All active-duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers — and their family members and survivors — are eligible to receive no-cost, confidential financial counseling services,” he wrote.
The Daily Wire adds:
Although the Biden administration and much of the media insists the U.S. is not in a recession, the nation has experienced negative GDP growth in each of the last two quarters, meeting the traditional definition for a recession. In addition, inflation is running at nearly double-digit percentages and food prices in particular have risen at the fastest rate in decades.
Mackenzie Eaglen, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who studies defense budgets and military readiness, said nearly a quarter of enlisted men and women can’t afford to put food on the table.
“What they need is more money,” Eaglen wrote in The Wall Street Journal last week. “The Defense Department’s flat-footed response to inflation will result in a real—and cumulative—pay cut for service members. This won’t ease the crisis in military recruiting. The armed forces are likely to miss recruitment targets again next year, and therefore shrink at a time of heightened global risks.
“Pentagon leaders stuck to rosy inflation assumptions for far too long and against the advice of others,” she continued. “In a memo to Congress in May, Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord and the service secretaries made clear that the Defense Department wasn’t tracking inflation’s effects in budget execution, forecasts weren’t being updated with new data, and no inflation adjustments were made to the president’s budget request.
“As a result,” Eaglen noted, “the department estimated inflation for fiscal 2022 at only 3.9%, using the gross domestic product chain-type price index, which measures changes in prices for all goods and services in the economy. New data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis suggests that inflation is 8.9%.”