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Ryan Defends Reduction to Cost-of-Living
Adjustments for Early Military Retirees

Weekly Standard, by John McCormack

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/15/2013 4:09:30 PM

The two-year budget deal crafted by Republican congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic senator Patty Murray sailed through the House of Representatives on a 332-94 vote last Thursday, just two days after it was introduced. If cutting a bipartisan deal is so easy, why couldn´t Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement before October 1 and skipped the government shutdown altogether? "I think the pressure of divided government has come full force, and I think the specter of one or two more government shutdowns concentrated our minds to make this divided government work," Paul Ryan said on Saturday afternoon, speaking with THE

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/15/2013 4:30:27 PM     (No. 9655144)

Paul, in fairness, you (hypocrite) need to extend this reduction to ALL Federal employees, especially Representatives and Senators, who have the luxury of legislating their own benefits and salaries.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nimby, 12/15/2013 4:32:00 PM     (No. 9655147)

He is turning out to be a democrat lite

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/15/2013 4:51:15 PM     (No. 9655164)

I got turned off to Ryan earlier this year after I saw him interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on The World Over.

He´s on my list.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harleynyc, 12/15/2013 5:24:04 PM     (No. 9655202)

Very disappointing. It seems for no apparent reason he has gone to the dark side. A rumor was he´s being blackmailed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rinohunter, 12/15/2013 5:40:04 PM     (No. 9655223)

Bah-bye Ryan..you RINO. I hope that a bonfire and real conservative/tea party person runs against him so that I can sent him/her money.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/15/2013 5:49:06 PM     (No. 9655226)

While diminishing the worth of already vested military pensions which will hurt the little guys who have put in over 20 years of service, with some of them having served 10 years in combat zones, Ryan is pleased as punch to grant amnesty to up to 20 million illegal aliens which would grant them eligibility to access government social welfare benefits and services. From the looks of things it appears that Ryan and some other cheap labor Republicans look at that as being a fair swap.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OleGator, 12/15/2013 5:49:50 PM     (No. 9655228)

There is NO defense for SCREWING our retired military members, you miserable excuse for a conservative. You and Patty Murray must be soul mates.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: judy, 12/15/2013 5:58:43 PM     (No. 9655238)

Ryan, I suggest the taxpayers stop paying for alcohol for federal employees, Congress, WH, federal agencies etc.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: judy, 12/15/2013 6:15:54 PM     (No. 9655251)

Ryan has nerve, he should have included congress, federal employees & stopped the billions for free cell phones, stop the wasted trips by congress, stop the DC parties. The military always get the raw deal.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chumley, 12/15/2013 6:21:24 PM     (No. 9655257)

I would gladly fess up with some percentage of my retirement if it would go towards paying down the debt and nothing else. The problem is, they will just spend it on more useless pork. These people are addicts. Any is too much, and all of it is not enough.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 12/15/2013 7:10:02 PM     (No. 9655296)

Paul Ryan - - you stink.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Evocatus, 12/15/2013 7:34:36 PM     (No. 9655319)

Paul Ryan is doing the best he can in the House of Representatives, where there is a Republican majority, with a limit to what can happen in the Senate, where there is a Republican minority.

There is a limit as to what can be done. Without more Republicans in the Senate, that´s just the way it is. Part of this is due to hard over conservatives that didn´t get elected. And, I am a Conservative, and a Veteran, and I think this sucks, but here we are.

Without the votes in the Senate, with a Republican minority in the Senate, that is just the way it is.

Where is the plan for getting more Republicans into the Senate? Does it involve getting voter fraud under control? Does it involve holding your nose and voting in a Senator that isn´t philosophically, Conservatively pure? Does it involve getting off your ass and actually voting? It involves all these things. Anyone who is bitching about the current situation that either did not vote or threw their vote away on someone unelectable should have the minimal self respect to Shut The Frack Up.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chumley, 12/15/2013 8:12:10 PM     (No. 9655337)

I disagree, 12. First, for now this is still America. I´ll say what I please.
Second, where is the self respect in voting for a sell out or a progressive with an R just to keep the sell out or progressive with a D from winning? What you describe is the sheep behavior the political class has counted on for decades. See where it got us?
Self respect comes from doing what you know to be the right thing even if it is unpopular or inconvenient. A lot of people are tired of holding their noses and getting the same old broken promises time after time. Where´s the self respect in repeating that behavior?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: I want to be president, 12/15/2013 8:43:01 PM     (No. 9655360)

Been reading a book just1?man


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Starlady, 12/15/2013 8:49:29 PM     (No. 9655370)

#12 are you aware that GOP Senators, especially Jeff Sessions is upset over this bill being passed by the GOP House? Sessions said provisions in the bill will make it easier to raise taxes.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: hamrman, 12/15/2013 8:50:44 PM     (No. 9655374)

I agree with #1, Why don´t we start with the Congress´s pay and retirement before we start disrespecting our amazing military? Checkmate Mr Ryan & Ms Murray!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/15/2013 8:55:23 PM     (No. 9655380)

To answer your very good question, #16, because all these Congresscritters have lots of family, friends, and donors scattered in civilian federal jobs! The more terms they have served, the longer the list of folks they have "helped" get those jobs! They NEVER want to do a freaking thing to cut federal employees anything.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: 100percenttexan, 12/15/2013 9:20:14 PM     (No. 9655406)

The army has 42 combat brigades and only 2 are combat ready and Ryan wants to cut the military budget.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/15/2013 10:03:16 PM     (No. 9655437)

I held my nose and voted for Romney and I will complain all I want.
Sad fact is, most Republicans in Congress don´t care WHO has the majority, they still have their FULL paycheck rolling in and know they will get their FULL retirement if if they sell us all out, including the military.
Ryan sold out..period and even if we get the majority, there will be Republicans willing to sell us out. We need conservatives.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Evocatus, 12/16/2013 11:54:39 AM     (No. 9656114)

13: "Anyone who is bitching about the current situation that EITHER DID NOT VOTE OR THREW THEIR VOTE AWAY ON SOMEONE UNELECTABLE should have the minimal self respect to Shut The Frack Up."

If the shoe fits, wear it. If the shoe doesn´t fit, move on.

In the meantime, what exactly are we all going to do to ensure there are more Conservative/Republican Senators elected in 2014? That´s the real test. If you don´t have the votes, you don´t get what you want.


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