- This deal should really help get the vote of veterans in the next election.
- GOP budget "guru" Paul Ryan and Democrat Senator Patty Murray want to take away the pension money of Vets who earned it and give it to military contractors.
- Democrats and Republicans have joined together to fuck over American Vets. Don't worry, the pensions of Congressmen are safe and sound from any cuts.
Under the 2011 Budget Control Act, about $1 trillion was cut from the defense budget over 10 years–roughly $500 billion by the law’s spending caps and another $500 billion through automatic sequestration cuts, which exempted personnel. The Ryan-Murray deal relieves $31.5 billion in sequestration cuts to defense over the next two years. “From my conversation with just Chuck Hagel and General Dempsey recently, the biggest relief this gets is military readiness,” Ryan said. “The statistics are very, very concerning about our readiness.”
The COLA reduction for military retirees, which doesn’t take effect until January of 2016, would save an additional $6 billion over 10 years in the defense budget.
|"Give me your pension money so I can|
give it to military contractors."
“The defense community asked us to look at compensation and their entitlement spending within the Pentagon. We knew we couldn’t put back into the Pentagon’s budget as much as we’d like to, and these reforms help them with their budget,” said Ryan. “The savings stays with the Department of Defense and that comes on top of the money we’re giving back through the sequester.”
The savings “can go to anything,” said Ryan. “It can go to readiness, it can go to troops, it can go to brigades, buying equipment.”
But why not grandfather benefits for current servicemembers, like Ryan does in his plan to reform Medicare for Americans over the age of 55?
Ryan replied that grandfathering wouldn’t achieve the savings the military needs.
TRANSLATION - Let's Fuck the average trooper in the trenches and give the cash to the military contractors that fund the campaigns of Congressmen.
Ryan emphasized the pension reform "only affects" servicemembers who have served the 20 years necessary to qualify for a pension (just 20 percent of all veterans) and retired before the age of 62.
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|Screwing our Men in Uniform to "save" money|
"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."
|USS Gerald Ford - $13 Billion in Scrap Metal|
Paul Ryan wants to take retirement cash away from vets who put in their time standing watch in Godforsaken posts around the world and give it to military contractors to spend on "readiness".
Perhaps Ryan wants to use this money to fund insane boondoggle spending projects like the USS Gerald Ford. The price tag for the USS Gerald Ford is now at $13 billion, it is 22% over budget with three more years to go before it is finished.
To compare, the navy of India just took delivery of INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for a cost of $2.35 billion.
Also see our articles - USS Gerald Ford - $13 Billion in Scrap Metal
$8.5 trillion spent by Pentagon with no audit