Hegseth slams ‘shameful’ advice to soldiers on seeking food stamps to deal with inflation

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“Fox & Friends Weekend” host Pete Hegseth on Thursday criticized the Biden administration on “Fox & Friends” for approving economic policies that increased inflation. Hegseth, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, called the administration “shameful” for suggesting soldiers apply for food stamps to deal with rising inflation .


PETE HEGSETH: No one I’ve ever met joined the military because they wanted to get rich, it was never part of it. Army pay has been chronically low for decades, with increases of 1-2%. The base salary of an army soldier in 2020, $21,000 per year. Now, this does not include basic allowances for housing and for food and other items you might add. But that’s about half of what a McDonald’s drive-thru employee makes on base pay. So you join the army, you’re not going to get paid well. Then Joe Biden comes along with his chronic inflation-raising policies, even though they call it the Inflation Reduction Act. Your salary is still low. You pay more and your command and your government say, you know what? Thank you for your service. Here are some food stamps because we made you so poor for what we pay and your base salary is so low you can barely survive. It is more than shameful. It reflects the priorities. And in this particular case, chronically underpaid soldiers make recruitment even more difficult. Recruitment is already in the tank in the army. Come join us. You can earn $21,000 even if inflation is 8%. Good luck.



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