Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Saturday, April 10, 2004

Rent-a-SEAL Watch

Skippy explores the tax benefits of being a "civilian contractor," with this great catch from the AP:

The U.S. occupation is "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to make big bucks," said Daniel Biran, a former Israeli special forces soldier who is associate managing director for security practice at Boston's Citigate Global Intelligence.

The pay for private workers in dangerous places like Iraq is generous. Experienced people can make $1,000 a day, according to Singer. The first $120,000 earned by Americans working in Iraq is tax-free, Murray said.

And if things get too hairy, private workers - unlike soldiers - can quit.

In comparison, a Green Beret master sergeant with 20 years of service and getting various allowances may earn $67,000 annually....

A charming arrangement, really, when you consider what your tax dollars are doing for them. (a) Most of these guys are ex-military, which means they have VA benefits and often military retirement benefits as well; and (b) your tax dollars are, indirectly, paying those high salaries -- whether it's one step removed (Pentagon hires Private Military Firm who hires that ex-green beret), or more (U.S. Government hires Halliburton who hires the Private Military firm who hires that ex-green beret).


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