“We shouldn’t ask our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar hardship on the rest of the population,” said Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee. “We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more,” he added.
At a time when I’m being asked to pay for the promiscuous behavior of a 30-year old Law school student the military is going to be asked to pay more for health care. Not only were these benefits promised to our veterans, but they have also already made considerable sacrifices. These men and women have missed holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. They’ve missed births, deaths, marriages and countless other special occasions all so that people like Fluke can whine about not having free birth-control at a Catholic school. Yet, they don’t complain, they’ve done their duty and in return we as society promised them certain perks and benefits. Now the Obama administration is going beyond asking them to do more with less, he’s trying to infringe on the promises made to the troops. Every time Republicans talk about reforming Social Security (a far more costly program) Democrats scream about the promises made to elderly. These are their benefits, they paid for this, blah blah blah. Where’s the outrage now?
I do find it convenient that the price increases happen after the election. I also find it sad that it targets the military and not the gluttony of GS employees. Talk about favoritism. As the article points out, the military makes up 20% of the budget but has accounted for 50% of the cuts. It wouldn’t be so frustrating if things like Obamacare, Social Security and pointless Departments (DOE, Ag, Commerce) were up to be cut too, but no. To add to the questionably politically motivated move to implement this following the election, I also have a sneaking suspicion that this is meant to force a rather large group onto the Obamacare doles. The whole thing seems just seeps with dubious political motivations.