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Hagel, Ryan defend retiree COLA caps,
except for disabled

Stars and Stripes, by Tom Philpott

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Posted By:mikkins2, 12/30/2013 12:05:03 AM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, appear to be in sync in defending the controversial cap that Congress has imposed on cost-of-living adjustments for “working age” military retirees starting in January 2016.{SNIP}Even as Murray moved to distance herself from the COLA cap provision in the deal she negotiated, Ryan defended it. He called current retirement benefits generous and said most retirees to be impacted by the COLA caps will be working in second careers anyway.

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The arrogance of Ryan and the Republican Establishment telling Veterans that their retirement benefits are "generous", really meaning too generous and thus should be cut. Never mind that those "generous" benefits were PROMISED to veterans when they initially enlisted and subsequently re-enlisted thereafter as terms for which they would be compensated for serving and protecting their country for 20 years.

No matter how much Ryan, the Republican Establishment, and its lobbyists spin it, it IS a cut to veteran benefits. It does not matter if a Veteran chooses to work, when they work, or how much they make as a civilian.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Crasher, 12/30/2013 12:28:34 AM     (No. 9672312)

Many of these vets are already in their retirement years unable to take another job. They gave their best years to the military, some at low pay and sacrificing time with their families to protect the lives of those who now say their sacrifices mean nothing.

80yr old vets can not go get another job as easily as Congressmen can when they retire with their good pensions.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/30/2013 12:55:18 AM     (No. 9672321)

Reduce Congressional pensions to the level of military pensions. Then the problem would solve itself...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JediJerry, 12/30/2013 1:45:36 AM     (No. 9672328)

I hope Mr. Ryan and Mr. Hagel get returned to civilian life very soon so they can begin working on a second career. November 2014 can not get here quick enough. Paybacks gonna be a real beeyatch for ya Paul.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: buckeye1, 12/30/2013 2:20:46 AM     (No. 9672334)

So, a person can retire from the military at 38 and get 50% of their base salary until they die and people don´t think that cannot be reformed? We are doomed if this is so. The sad part of this is that Ryan and Murray could only find agreement in so little. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth when ( and if ) COngress gets serious about the cuts they will be made in the future budgets.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/30/2013 2:29:51 AM     (No. 9672335)

The bad part about this that I see coming is the left will restore that money if the right agrees to more unemployment extensions.Employers are already looking at people who´ve been out of the workforce for two years as a person who has lost their job skills.The longer unemployment goes on,the more employable they become.

What makes this slap on vets even worse is the pay increase for ordinary government workers.Then you see stories about dems raking in the cash from government unions.This is an out in the open quid pro quo.

I´m puzzled about how the military is getting sequester cuts back but that doesn´t pick up these pension costs.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/30/2013 2:39:17 AM     (No. 9672336)

Paul Ryan´s behavior is idiotic and despicable. A Republican, mind, undoing the sequester that actually cut spending in order to reduce veteran´s benefits in lockstep with the Democrats and the Obama administration. It´s grotesque.

Still think Ryan would be "ideal"as Speaker, ladies? And, if so, for which party?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: steveW, 12/30/2013 5:55:00 AM     (No. 9672374)

First Rubio, now Ryan. Sad.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: plex, 12/30/2013 9:37:42 AM     (No. 9672668)

#1 seems unaware, along with others, that the COLA caps are only for "working aged" retirees. Those over 62 are unaffected.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: hamrman, 12/30/2013 10:38:42 AM     (No. 9672759)

Hagel and Ryan are both part of the Left/Dumbs systematic plan to dismantle the greatest military that the world has ever seen! That being said, there are 1,001+ areas where real cuts could have been made (even sacred cows) that would not have been on the backs of our amazing vets...this is very shameful to even think that these politicians would think this plan amenable.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: DocH, 12/30/2013 11:53:04 AM     (No. 9672874)

It is true that a person who joined the military at age 18 could retire with half pay at age 38. However, most people join when they are a bit older than that, and reach 20 years of service around age 42 -- and many of those who do reach the 20-year mark stay in longer (and get higher pay for doing so).

Nevertheless, a couple of things are worth noting: Retired pay is based on "base pay," not allowances for food, shelter and clothing or combat pay awarded for service in a war zone. So it is not as high as you might think it is. Second, an E-7 (mid-grade NCO, probably with no advanced civilian education) who retires at 42 will lose almost $80,000 from this cut over the next 20 years, when the percentages are reapplied. (The lost money will not be restored, by the way.) Is this the kind of hit Americans want to impose on those who defend them? (I am retired military, but older than 62, so this doesn´t apply to me. It does apply to my son, however, a serving soldier more than halfway to his 20.)

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