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Veterans betrayed
New York Daily News, by Editorial

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/23/2013 7:56:50 PM

In its rush to pass a budget deal, Congress voted to slice the benefits of veterans, even those who retire after suffering injuries while serving their country. This unconscionable sneak attack on former members of the armed services was evidently inserted into the legislation by GOP House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan during talks with lead Democratic negotiator, Sen. Patty Murray. He ought to be ashamed. The provision would cut veterans’ cost of living adjustments beginning in 2015 by $600 million a year — less than one-tenth of 1% of the $630 billion Pentagon budget. But the pain would be real. A senior

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/23/2013 8:06:17 PM     (No. 9665987)

These men and women EARNED their benefits, unlike all the welfare recipients whose benefits won´t be touched.

Ryan should be deeply ashamed to be a part of this, and he should be primaried by a member of the military.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 12/23/2013 8:10:15 PM     (No. 9665989)

First comment following the article, and reiterated by others, "Whenever I heard the word ´Republican´ it conjures up all kinds of mean spiritedness."

This is a criticism that has, many times, unfairly been aimed at the Republican Party. Thanks for NOW making it so, Ryan. Even if you don´t give a damn about our military, surely you should have been smart enough to figure the fall out would be seriously damaging to the Republican brand. Of all the cuts to be made, this was among the most cruel.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: mikkins2, 12/23/2013 8:19:43 PM     (No. 9666011)

"Confronted by widespread outrage, he insisted the cuts were a mistake — never mind that he has been a longtime proponent of making them. He said the issue “will be solved with the technical correction” when Congress returns next year."

Ryan is a bold faced liar.

"Ryan’s office had originally published a document with the announcement of the budget deal that falsely claimed that disabled and injured veterans’ pensions would not be affected by the cuts in the plan.

“This would not affect service members who retired because of disability or injury,” the original document read, a copy of which was obtained by Breitbart News.

But Ryan’s office soon learned that claim was not true, so it scrubbed the document to remove the false statement and published a new version of it with accurate information. Ryan’s spokesman Will Allison also admitted that the actions Ryan took to scrub the document to remove that false claim were done two days before the House voted on the bill. However, when asked repeatedly whether Ryan ever actually informed House members of the revisions he made to the budget document, Allison would not answer."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/19/Ryan-knew-injured-vet-cuts-mistake-in-deal-two-days-before-House-vote-did-not-fix



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 12/23/2013 8:27:49 PM     (No. 9666021)

I´d like to see this anti-American put out to pasture.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/23/2013 8:41:01 PM     (No. 9666040)

Ryan hit the third rail and is going to learn just how powerful a force veterans, active duty servicemembers, their families, and the folks that love and support them really are!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/23/2013 9:13:08 PM     (No. 9666070)

By doubling down on his attack on veteran´s pensions Ryan is sabotaging his political career and is helping the Democrats, their media allies, and some Republicans who would like to have his job.

Ryan has pretty much made it impossible for him to survive the Republican primaries during any future national run that he might try.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: reddfroge, 12/23/2013 9:32:06 PM     (No. 9666083)

Has anyone else noticed that when a Dem is Pres that vets suffer more than anyone else...cannot wait for Hillary...she would not even let military in uniform in the WH when Bill was POTUS

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/23/2013 9:33:34 PM     (No. 9666088)

Paul Ryan went after retired military because the Democrats wouldn´t consider any other cuts such as to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal civil service unions.

The Democrats seem to have more principles than Republicans when it comes to protecting THEIR constituencies.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: santokitime, 12/23/2013 10:53:40 PM     (No. 9666153)

Every knucklehead that voted for this crap should be primaried by a member of the military.

Sooner or later with a few flash points there could be an armed revolt.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/23/2013 10:59:18 PM     (No. 9666154)

What an insult to the men and women who lay their lives on the line for this country.

I didn´t hear any more about the vets in nursing homes losing benefits and having to apply for Medicaid.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 12/23/2013 10:59:26 PM     (No. 9666155)

I´m a veteran and I receive serviced connected disability benefits. If we need to cut expenses, and we do, I´m willing to join my countrymen (you too ladies) in doing so. It´s will not the first time I have sacrificed for my country. However, it is a cut that hurts many that truly earned those benefits and we, as a country, should make sure that we go through the budget with a fine toothed comb and eliminate the waste and the unnecessary spending before doing so. It is a cost of living cut, not a benefit cut, and can be returned in better times, if warranted.
But to call it a mistake. Liar. Spit. Call it what it is, a low-down, double-dealing, back-stabbing, backroom, who-can-we-stick-it-to-that-can´t-fight-back elite weasel tactic - *Kid Rock said it best*.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Texan1stCavDad, 12/23/2013 11:22:54 PM     (No. 9666168)

How can we allow our elected congress to betray our men and women, fathers, sons, brothers, sisters and their/our families at home, who put their lives on the line for our country?

We will not forget this. The dust which has settled upon our Kentucky Long Rifles hanging over our stone-fireplaces will soon to be wiped off.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: miceal, 12/23/2013 11:38:40 PM     (No. 9666174)

And yet it was only the retired military and future retirees that took the hit and NOT retired federal workers under the age of 62.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mikkins2, 12/24/2013 7:00:25 AM     (No. 9666318)

Thank you Ldot staff for making this a Must Read. This issue is very important for so many reasons:

1)Of course our Veterans and the men and woman currently serving and those of the future.

2)Is lying and misleading congress and the nation standard operating procedure that we can expect from Paul Ryan?

3)Why were the Pentagon´s suggestions to cut spending on equipment it doesn´t need and retire obsolete weapons platforms ignored by congress?
Source: (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/9/lawmakers-force-pentagon-to-buy-tanks-keep-ships-a/?page=all)

4)This exposes how much influence the defense industry and its lobbyists have in Washington D.C..


5)Why have no cuts been proposed to welfare services and other entities that are not as essential as our military personnel.

These things cannot be ignored and demand that they be explained by Mr. Ryan and his fellow congresspersons. We are waiting.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/24/2013 7:02:30 AM     (No. 9666322)

Every comment is spot on. What ticks me off is that our bloated government can´t be bothered with audits and serious effective measures to cut the waste and fraud that flows through every department. It sickens me that those who sacrifice most are the first on the chopping block while others working for the government seldom experience cuts. I love my country but I loathe this government. It long ceased to be "by the people and for the people". It is too big and riddled with corruption. Mr. Ryan lost me on this one. His willingness to compromise on this issue is a deal breaker for me. Of all the cuts they could have made, this was the worst. He is unfit to lead if he can´t understand you don´t sacrifice the deserving for those who are not.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 12/24/2013 7:37:25 AM     (No. 9666353)

You are on my list, Hatchet Face

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/24/2013 7:38:43 AM     (No. 9666355)

There’s no question that Paul Ryan made a mistake in inflicting this pain on disabled veterans. And he will pay a political price for that mistake -- especially now that it has given the media the chance to take some attention away from the ObamaCare mess.

But Paul Ryan was right to worry about the massive debt that Obama is creating. That debt is a serious and growing problem for our nation. Unless it is stopped and reversed, it will rob future generations of their prosperity and will cripple our nation’s international power. It can be stopped and reversed if we can usher in a new era of energy, creativity and growth in our economy.

Getting to that era requires a Republican administration – preferably one headed by Ted Cruz.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/24/2013 7:49:18 AM     (No. 9666361)

My son was surfing my name on-line to see if I´m being ´hacked.´ When he found I´d made a donation to Ryan´s group he was astounded. During his visit, my Christmas card from Ryan arrived. I happily ripped it up and shredded the envelop.

Incensed doesn´t begin to cover it. Veterans are NOT some amorphous group out in cyberspace. They are our FAMILIES! As an Army General once said in my hearing and I say now to Paul Ryan, ´´Be advised!´´ (Grown men often quake at that phrase--as well they should.)


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Reply 19 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/24/2013 8:37:13 AM     (No. 9666420)

Most politicians have the foresight to avoid unseemly votes like this, but this takes the cake. I´m purely offended by his vote on this. Sick.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/24/2013 8:46:48 AM     (No. 9666435)

I´m profoundly sorry to have voted for this weasel last year.

With 20 million or so illegal invaders sucking from the government teat, he cut disabled military veterans? He should crawl under a rock and rot.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Buttercup82, 12/24/2013 8:48:59 AM     (No. 9666438)

Once the politician gets to DC, they become a member of the "ruling class". The rest of us, including veterans, are to be ruled over without thought to the impact that their budgets and regulations have on our daily lives. We can´t purchase the light bulbs we want, we can´t purchase the health insurance we want, we can´t live our lives the way we want without the ruling class telling us how to live it. I hope Ryan gets a primary challenger and loses, but his replacement will most likely take their place as a new member of the ruling class.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/24/2013 8:55:41 AM     (No. 9666447)

Last night my wife posted on her Face Book page the ´mighty 67´ cowards in the senate that voted for this.
The patriarch of the veterans, John McCain´ voted for the cuts instead of ranting against it and bringing it to light in defense of our veterans and active service people.
This is ashamed. I may not be as smart a Ryan but I certainly could have cut the budget. Start with Obama and family vacations.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: gone2pot, 12/24/2013 8:58:13 AM     (No. 9666454)

But since the Iraq War, the voters have said, "Thank you for your service," over and over again. That should be plenty good enough. Besides, illegal alien Maria Muchacho and her six kids from six different sperm donors have a RIGHT to SNAP cards, housing and health care. I mean, I support the troops but I don´t want to betray Maria. Maybe John Rich can hook up with Gene Simmons and have another, "We support the troops concert." That always makes a difference.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: arcady, 12/24/2013 9:13:20 AM     (No. 9666483)

Here Congressman, maybe you´ll understand this better.
Lo que hiciste no fue muy agradable. Deberías avergonzarte.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: OhMy, 12/24/2013 9:23:26 AM     (No. 9666497)

We need to cut the pensions of retired military even those who have combat related injuries right after we cut all the welfare, food stamp waste, lo-fo dependent class, illegal immigrant fraud Obama constituents. None of the Obama constituents were cut! There must be cuts but Vets should be the last not the first to contribute! This should be a career ender for Ryan for going along with this.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/24/2013 9:38:56 AM     (No. 9666515)

Meanwhile, I woke up to news that through an Executive Order, Obama gave Federal workers a raise !

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Reply 27 - Posted by: chatham, 12/24/2013 9:43:45 AM     (No. 9666525)

To think that this reduction of benefits is to be applied to men and women who have served their Country and in a lot of cases have lost limbs Health and their Minds is Unconscionable and must be corrected.
These have people have lived up to their end of the bargain.
Now the slime of congress intends to shortchange them, "No way"
Let´s stop paying congress until this is corrected.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/24/2013 9:53:16 AM     (No. 9666544)

Mr. Ryan has cooked his own goose as far as any national aspirations go. This is a travesty.


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Reply 29 - Posted by: Felixcat, 12/24/2013 9:57:08 AM     (No. 9666550)

There is real fraud, waste and mismanagement in the federal government and Ryan and company go after this ?

No cuts at Depts of Education? Energy? Treasury? Why we all know that the Republican House made certain to fund every penny of setting up the healthcare website, but they do this instead.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 12/24/2013 10:00:00 AM     (No. 9666557)

We are blessed that that LIAR Ryan is not our Vice President.

To know he is a RINO before 2014 is also good fortune. He will receive no support from conservatives or the independents. Politically, his aspirations for higher office have been put a sunder. Good riddance to a real traitor.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: marthaville, 12/24/2013 10:07:11 AM     (No. 9666573)

So you are not a veteran who retired with a service connected disability. I am not commenting about disabled retirees.

You are, instead, a 42 year-old healthy man or woman who begins receiving a lifetime pension from the taxpayers of the United States. But that is not enough. You must have an annual raise in the form of a cost of living adjustment.

42 years old, or 45 or 48. The new law says, until you are 62, your COLA will be one percentage point less that the COLA received by those over 62. So if the COLA for those over 62 is 2%, you get 1%. Try to understand this. Your pension has not been cut. Your pension is intact.

Now most of these retirees will go on to get other jobs and earn Social Security and other retirement benefits. But along the way they have the added benefit of a pension payment every month until they die. Starting at age 42 or 43 or 44.

It´s time to stop the greedy crying. Your pension has not been cut. Your future pension will not be cut. We´re talking COLA reduction. Why do you even get a COLA? You have a great deal.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: gman244, 12/24/2013 10:13:29 AM     (No. 9666586)

So he consider the cuts to the military pension was mistake! Does anybody in Congress read what they are voting on? The evidence show that they do not. It make me shiver to think I vote for him to be Vice President. Congress should go back to school and learn to read

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Reply 33 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 12/24/2013 10:30:20 AM     (No. 9666612)

It´s truly a sickening thought - considering the programs, the agencies, the overlapping, redundant programs, the fraud, the waste, the fancy-shmancy trips for conferences and parties in exotic places for government employees, the more-than-generous benefits for those who are healthy but would rather sit at home than work, and so on - that our men and women who protect us and guard our freedoms on a daily basis under extremely difficult conditions, away from their loved ones and the safety of their homes in America, are short-changed and chosen to pay the price.

These heroes of ours face mental, emotional and physical hardship while most back home are shopping, vacationing, lounging around, hopping from party to party, eating well, all comfy and safe and warm and free from danger, and so on. They pay that price - a very dear price - for us to enjoy our lives in comfort and safety here in America.

I can´t even find the words to say how disgusting and disheartening this COLA benefits cut is for those courageous and dedicated Americans to whom we owe the most - and the very best. Do these ´idiots´ who came up with this believe America is strong and safe (for the moment anyway) ´just because´?

And as for Paul Ryan………..I have something to say to him for playing a large part in slapping our heroes (even the wounded ones) in the face!

Mr. Ryan, ´we hardly knew ye´.



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Reply 34 - Posted by: mikkins2, 12/24/2013 10:53:09 AM     (No. 9666666)

#31 After all this you and the Republican Establishment still don´t get it? Amazing!

People enlist in the military BECAUSE if they survive, and work hard doing their sworn duty, they get to retire after 20 years of service. This is what the country collectively has agreed to provide its military members for DEDICATING 20 plus years of service to the country. You and the Republican Establishment want to begrudge them that?

That is only half the reason Ryan and the Republican Establish have unleashed hell upon themselves.

The other reason is why were service members targeted for cuts yet welfare and other entities continue to remain bloated, overstaffed, and wasteful.? What were they asked to cut?

If it had to come from the defense budget than why did congress ignore the PENTAGON suggestion made back in May to stop spending funds on equipment and services it doesn´t need?

Until Americans get straight answers to these questions from Ryan and the Republican Establishment they deserve to get all the flak they are getting and the repercussions for their actions.

Got Tea?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: geronimo, 12/24/2013 10:53:42 AM     (No. 9666671)

I don´t know what you all expect from a man who has been sucking the political teat his entire life. Like so many of his Congressional brethren, not to mention the Marxist muslim in the WH, he´s never had a real job or served his country.

Perhaps he needs to have 125 lbs of gear strapped to him and be sent out into the blazing desert sun.

Then let´s hear how he feels about the military when he gets back. IF he gets back.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/24/2013 11:28:08 AM     (No. 9666714)

Back running in the GOP try outs, fast talking Ryan impressed with deficit reduction numbers, but totally fizzled out when we learned his debt reducing gimmicks were spread out to almost nothing over a period of ten years. Ten years!
His absurdism with wounded vets can be no surprise.
He is another rotten RINO (closet communist) just like the traitor to the Tea Party, Rubio IS. Both these deceptive, paid off, guys are finished ! They are, by their covert antics, even more destructive and dangerous to freedom, than all their Commie democrat comrades who are out openly to destroy this great country.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: trapper, 12/24/2013 11:40:57 AM     (No. 9666727)

FTA "Confronted by widespread outrage, he [Ryan] insisted the cuts were a mistake — never mind that he has been a longtime proponent of making them."

The Republican Party. What are we to do with it? It is this strange, schizoid alliance of spendthrifts and tax cutters.

On the one hand we have the spendthrifts (the country club R´s). Visualize Rich Uncle Pennybags, the monopoly rich man mascot in the top hat. Lives like a king, spends whatever amount he wants on whatever he wants, and knows better than the Tea Party rabble what is best for them.

On the other hand we have the tax cutters (Ryan). Visualize Ebenezer Scrooge sitting in his counting house pouring over his accounts, denying poor Cratchit a lump of coal for the stove. They´ll do a deal with Satan to save a dime and don´t care a whit about how it affects anyone.

And the alternative is the Democrats, utterly taken over by faculty lounge radicals who couldn´t manage a paper route.

What in the world are we to do with them all? I don´t have the slightest idea. Oh well, Merry Christmas.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: ctpro, 12/24/2013 12:24:17 PM     (No. 9666775)

This is probably the least onerous of ways to tackle military compensation. It will have to be tweaked no doubt. I have spent much of the past 16 years in the Mid East, Central Asia and East Africa and seen first-hand what our troops do for us. I have been in or around the military for over 50 years.... this is the best military in US history... smarter, better shape and just as dedicated as any generation before them...and we pay them well as a result. But there are many (most) who benefit from the cache generated by those relatively few who actually go into harm´s way... most will never hear, smell or feel combat yet will be equally compensated to those who do. These people by design or specialty will likely bounce around stateside slots or overseas in Korea (admittedly an easier assignment than in the past), Europe, or float in the Arabian Sea. There are compensation reforms being discussed that will improve the post-mil compensation of those who aspire to go into harm´s way (SOF, FMF, INF or any tactical fixed or rotary wing aircrew) on a regular basis, and cut the post-mil compensation of those who pushed paper in air-conditioned spaces while billeted in CONUS or Alaska and Hawaii most of their career. I think Ryan, by going after the military on these relatively minor cuts, innoculates the mil from more steep cuts AND also provides him the bona fides to go after the real budget busters - entitlement programs. The debt is $17,000,000,000,000 and the net present value (NPV) of unfunded entitlements (SS, Medicare, VA Benefits, Military retirement, etc.)... we´re all going to pay one way or another

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ctpro, 12/24/2013 12:28:15 PM     (No. 9666784)

sorry for the disconnect in previous post....senility kicking in. continuing.....NPV of unfunded entitlements is $80,000,000,000,000 that´s 80,000 billion)

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Reply 40 - Posted by: lencu255, 12/24/2013 12:54:58 PM     (No. 9666816)

I commented about this issue multiple times, but still my fingers are burning with desire to do it once more.
First, I believe that all the mean and miserable repubics are in leftists pocket. I think the dems have piles of dirty laundry on most of them. Names: boehner, mcconnell, ryan, maybe romney, definitely Judge roberts... come to mind.
Second, I think there are some sinister paragraphs in this bill the leftists wanted to pass. Because, common sense, like many of you mentioned, says that with $4 trillion budget and debt with astronomical number of zeroes, there was no need to deal with pennies.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Daisymae, 12/24/2013 2:17:14 PM     (No. 9666893)

He has sabotaged any political future--I hope it was worth it.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: lana720, 12/24/2013 2:48:41 PM     (No. 9666918)

The military is hundreds of thousands strong. For whom will they vote, unless they are once again discounted?
I am totally disgusted with a Paul Ryan.
Watch him, he´s in on the push for lawless, illegal immigration after Christmas.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 12/24/2013 4:48:14 PM     (No. 9667000)

Has anybody wondered if the worm (through his NSA snooping) has found something on several of the Pubs who are very public in the press and is holding it over their heads to get their votes on certain items. I certainly have. I´m talking about people like Paul Ryan, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and the speaker of the house, et al. Remember when Hillary had those FBI files stashed away in her bedroom? It´s an old democrat trick that has been used for years.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: rsgonner, 12/24/2013 5:43:40 PM     (No. 9667030)

I´m from Wisconsin and # 1 is right. Ryan is unfit to serve.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 12/24/2013 9:14:48 PM     (No. 9667119)

Hey #31,

You do realize that those who start a second career after twenty years of military service are STARTING that second career, while those who have not served are twenty years into (and presumably up the promotion ladder) in theirs?

And 1% a year adds up, as anyone with even a passing ability to math can easily figure.

And why does anyone think this a one off, and that further cuts to veterans´ benefits are not coming?

Well, I guess the "I support the troops" stickers ought to be enough for us, or something.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Mr Smart, 12/25/2013 12:19:07 AM     (No. 9667204)

Good that I found out now not to vote for
for him if he should run. To even think of
cutting anything from vets tells me what he is made of.

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:40:04 PM     Post Reply
When British photojournalist Charles Ommanney traveled through six states to photograph American gun owners, he found something he did not expect: they don´t fit the stereotypes. According to PolicyMic.com, Ommanney was sent to photograph American gun owners for the German magazine Stern. In so doing, he discovered "people who are often far from the stereotypical vision of the American ´gun-nut.´" He found a teenager named Elizabeth, who posed with a Walther handgun "in front of a floral wallpaper backdrop." He found entire families--mother, father, daughter, son--who posed with their firearms of choice. Ommanney also found one woman with a pump shotgun for home

Documents: Bill Clinton Feared
Hillarycare Would Cause People
to Lose Insurance
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:32:59 PM     Post Reply
As the nation awaits Hillary Clinton´s decision of whether or not she will run for president in 2016, a cache of 7,500 pages of newly released documents from Bill Clinton´s years in the White House show some familiar political themes. One revelation is that Bill Clinton worried that a massive new healthcare scheme would cause Americans to lose their insurance. In 1993, the President allowed his wife, first lady Hillary Clinton, to become the face of an Obamacare-like takeover of the nation´s healthcare system. The plan was sarcastically dubbed Hillarycare. But as these internal documents show, in what is now a

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Special Report: How the U.S.
made its Putin problem worse
Reuters, by David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:04:33 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington´s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. During Putin´s visit to President George W. Bush´s Texas ranch two

Is THIS America´s newest top-secret spy
plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery
aircraft spotted flying over Kansas just
weeks after being seen in Texas
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jonathan O´Callaghan*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:01:49 PM     Post Reply
A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet. ´The photo is grainy because it was taken with a hand-held maxed-out 400mm telephoto lens through a cloud layer and then it was severely cropped to bring it up even close,´ says Jeff Templin, who took the photo on 16 April. ´There is no way to know the altitude and no way to judge its

Bush versus Clinton 2016: would a battle
of the dynasties really be un-American?
Telegraph (U.K.), by Matt Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:59:00 PM     Post Reply
Could the 2016 presidential election turn into a contest between a Bush and a Clinton? Political debate in America last week revolved around whether or not Jeb Bush, Florida´s former governor who is son or brother to two former US presidents – both named George – would jump into the 2016 battle for the Republican presidential nomination. For a nation that fought a war for independence from the hereditary power of the British Crown, in the person of another fellow named George, the concept of nominating a third Bush to run for the White House against a second Clinton (the former

Kate Humble: We don´t value food
because it´s not expensive enough
Guardian (U.K.), by Lucy Siegle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:55:03 PM     Post Reply
"I´m over here!" shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She´s carrying a bucket. "I was just about to muck out," she announces, and I´m reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set. The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and

Behind the cornucopia
of higher food prices
CNBC, by John W. Schoen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:53:44 PM     Post Reply
Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation´s fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an ongoing water

Senator urges hearing
on Bundy ranch dispute
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:51:55 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’s ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.” "What senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots," Heller said.

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,



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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
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It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now." Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including

What Really Happened at the Bay of Pigs
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Townhall, by Humberto Fontova    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 4/19/2014 8:41:20 AM     Post Reply
(You always hear and read of a “fiasco,” a “defeat” a “disaster” at the Bay of Pigs, 53 years ago this week. But you rarely hear about the cause. Here it is.) "They fought like tigers," writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 53 years ago this week. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach." That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, The Battle of the Bulge and Korea´s Heartbreak Ridge. But


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