How far we have fallen when the only solution to Obama’s out of control spending is to put the burden upon the backs of those who risk their lives every day to keep us safe and free at home?
The last time Congress adopted a budget was in 2009, but last week in step one, the Republican controlled House passed the Ryan/Murray Bi-Partisan Budget Bill NOT because it was a good bill…in fact it barely puts a dent in the deficits predicted to lessen in the short term but grow much larger in the long term…but because they feared yet another government shutdown and its negative ramifications as we head into the 2014 mid-term election year. And it’s so sad that everything the House now does is done out of fear instead of doing what’s right, and it’s usually ‘We the People’ who end up on the losing end when all is said and done.
Now however, our troops, our veterans, and those coming home severely wounded due to the horrors of war…especially those wounded in the time since Barack HUSSEIN Obama gave the enemy our timetable for withdrawal…are the ones being hurt…are the ones who have been told they must now carry that added burden on their already hurting backs for quite simply, this budget cuts military pensions and benefits instead of cutting discretionary spending and most importantly, cutting the existing welfare benefits for ILLEGAL aliens.
And to that I say, ‘shame on Paul Ryan and Patty Murray’ for this is their bill with their names on it and they knowingly allowed this to happen… knowingly allowed our commitment and our sacred trust to our wounded warriors and those who valiantly served to be negated in favor of those who have NO right being here in the first place…relegating those who defended our country to second place below the people who entered our country ILLEGALLY.
NOT even come close to addressing the tax welfare loophole granted ILLEGALS who file tax forms, this bill instead cuts retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years…and this is beyond merely wrong…it is downright criminal for these ILLEGALS are indeed criminals just by the very nature of their being in our country in violation of our laws, yet they are the ones being given free rein to bilk both our welfare and health care systems and will be allowed to continue to do so. They get a pass…another free ride…while this bill strips away certain monetary benefits rightly afforded to our returning troops, disabled veterans, and military retirees.
Being eligible to retire after 20 years at half pay, those in our military who thought they were exempt from the cuts to military retiree pay now must realize that they are NOT. And these cuts, when all is said and done, will add up to about a loss of $124,000 in benefits over a 20-year period as those affected will lose a full percentage point from their cost-of-living raises when they retire after said minimum of 20 years of service.
In fact, when Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) wanted to add an amendment to do away with this provision it was voted down…voted down even for discussion. Sessions wanted to eliminate an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in that very IRS credit that the illegal immigrants have claimed.
And so ILLEGALS, civilian and government employees all get spared from any cuts with this budget bill yet those who served our county get as they say…screwed. This bill affords NO cuts to Congressional pensions, benefits, or salaries, and NO cuts to the salaries and benefits of their staff, yet those coming home NOT whole…our country’s true heroes…and those retiring who might need continuing services are the very ones that each and every member of both the House and Senate who voted for this abomination just turned their backs on. And they should all hang their heads in shame for how dare they dishonor those who fought for them…those who bled for them…and those who gave their lives for them and for our flag for when our vets are shamed those who made the ultimate sacrifice are shamed right along with them.
How dare they…
And Patty Murray (D-Va), the co-originator of this bill, had the audacity to pass the buck for the military cuts being made…blaming everybody but herself…as she said when asked by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss) why the military is being targeted to bear the brunt of the cuts, “I would suggest the senator ask that question to Chairman Ryan.” And even worse than Murray’s arrogance, Paul Ryan’s staff issued a statement defending the cut saying pensions to middle-aged military retirees are “an exceptionally generous benefit, often providing 40 years of pension payment in return for 20 years of service” and noted that “most begin a second career after leaving the military.”
How far this once respected Vice-Presidential nominee has fallen from grace…how far the noble fall when influenced by the corrupt.
Our severely wounded warriors…many of whom are multiple amputees and many with severe brain injuries will NEVER begin second careers. These most severely of the wounded need the full retirement benefits promised them for they face a lifetime of much needed medical care. This bill takes away a certain amount of those monies as it actually sticks the wounded with the cost of new government spending instead of helping to ease the hell they go through just to live some semblance of a normal life.
How dare they…
And so yesterday, in a 64-36 Senate vote, this bill passed in full and now moves on for Obama’s signature as it temporarily…as in for two years…eases some of the cuts to government agency budgets already in place because of Obama’s built and owned sequestration. Restoring $45 billion…half the amount scheduled to be automatically cut from the 2014 operating budgets of the Pentagon and some domestic agencies, and now providing an additional $18 billion for 2015 that would basically freeze spending at the 2014 levels…or so they claim…it’s our rank-and-file military…those who served and those who gave all…that are the ones once again being thrown under the bus and this time sadly with some Republican help.
And that most dishonorable of help comes in the name of the nine Republican Senators who joined all 55 Democrats in voting for the budget’s passage…Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, and Arizona Sen. John McCain…who more than most should know the pain of those wounded with bodies broken by the horrors of war. These nine Republicans all sold out our military and now all need to go.
Bottom line…it is simply NOT acceptable to hurt in any way those who protect us and this bill hurts America’s brave…America’s true heroes…in ways that should NEVER be allowed to happen. And this bill will rightfully come back to haunt those who supported it for ‘We the People’ will come to the aid of those we honor the most…our troops, our veterans, and our military retirees.
And this daughter of a veteran salutes you and God bless you all.
Diane Sori is the Editor of The Patriot Factor.