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Paul Ryan vs. the Military
American Thinker, by Elise Cooper

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Posted By:SpeedMaster, 1/7/2014 7:37:06 AM

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have wrongly and outrageously cut the budget on the backs of the U.S. military. On December 26 President Obama signed a new bipartisan bill that includes a $6 billion cut from military members´ retirement. These cuts to COLA (cost-of-living adjustments) also affect medically retired veterans, including those wounded in combat. American Thinker interviewed those who are directly affected. Amongst Congress and the president there is always the talk of how those serving, past and present need to be admired for their sacrifices. Michael Hall, a former Ranger Command Sergeant Major who served

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While I support the concept of a volunteer military an unintended consequence is we have an elected government that has no concept of the sacrifice involved. Arizona, please remember John McCain supported this!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: maryc, 1/7/2014 7:54:10 AM     (No. 9682664)

Thanks for nothing all of you in congress (particularly ryan and murray) who pay lip service to our military. Just fire all of the czars and ask the obamas to not take another vacation. That alone would go a long way towards balancing the budget and reduce the waste.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: littleorby, 1/7/2014 8:29:12 AM     (No. 9682718)

I´m surprised there´s room on this thread to post a comment since there are (at least were), so many Paul Ryan for President supporters around.

You mean you´ll have nothing to say, now?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/7/2014 8:32:11 AM     (No. 9682726)

The following "anonymous" quote has, at times, been attributed to America´s Civil War President, Abraham Lincoln---"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."

How times have changed in America. For many years after World War II, practically any aspiring young politician desiring to run for County Dog Catcher, not just The United States Congress, could simply forgetaboutit unless they had prior military service on their resume.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley, 1/7/2014 8:42:20 AM     (No. 9682745)

I would gladly donate not just the cola from my retirement, but some percentage of it as well if it would be put toward the debt and nothing else.
The problem is, it wont be. It will be given to lazy layabouts in the form of unearned cash or Obamaphones. It will be given to crooked contractors who´s company name should be "overrun". It will be spent on agencies who replace perfectly good assets simply because the money has to be spent. It will be used to spy on us and ultimately erode our nation even further.
When you leave the purse strings in the hands of scoundrels, you get what we have. I believe I´ll keep my retirement and try to take care of my family.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/7/2014 9:22:58 AM     (No. 9682801)

The 1% cut gets thrown around as if it´s an insignificant amount but everyone needs to understand that it´s cumulative. It´s bad enough that military retiree COLAs have never kept pace with the actual rate of inflation but let´s assume they were. Under this plan, retirees fall 1% behind after the first year but an additional 1% every year thereafter until age 62. Throw in the compounding factor and the increase becomes virtually nil after a coupe of years.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bluehouse, 1/7/2014 9:39:37 AM     (No. 9682823)

#4 has it right. The same thing will happen with Obamacare, just look at the UK. In the UK citizens are waiting hours in ambulances, hours on gurneys in halls, months for tests, months for surgeries, having food and water withheld from babies to save money because the doctors say they will die anyway. But the UK government still has money for illegals´ benefits, windmills, and hate speech enforcement.

But Ryan and his supporters will fix this for the military later? Trust must be earned.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: william1, 1/7/2014 9:55:27 AM     (No. 9682857)

If you like what Ryan is doing on the military pay issue, you´ll love his immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.

He´s a worm, and I´m ashamed of myself for having voted for him for VP.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: youngtexan, 1/7/2014 10:04:51 AM     (No. 9682871)

Folks, please forgive me for voting him as VP.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: OHappyDay, 1/7/2014 10:05:18 AM     (No. 9682874)

So the federal employees get a pay raise; Congress will extend benefits for the unemployed this week beyond the 99 weeks they already get, but the military who gave the best years of their lives to their country, to protect the rest of us -- they get their retirement pay cut ???!!!

As we say almost daily in my house now, "what has happened to our country?" Ryan is history with me.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/7/2014 10:20:46 AM     (No. 9682904)

Ryan could have turned this into a victory but he obviously is too blind.

I would have said..."In order to meet budget requirements and not cause any more hard cuts, I agreed to these provisions as a temporary fix...with the proviso that as SOON AS Republicans control the Senate/House with a veto proof majority we will RESTORE these cuts and make massive cuts to obviously wasteful crony payoff programs that Obama has put in place.

Vote for us and we will fix this mess!!!!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 1/7/2014 10:58:27 AM     (No. 9682995)

As long as the welfare checks, vacations and the congressional perks are funded, all will be well!





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Reply 12 - Posted by: figowitz, 1/7/2014 1:01:10 PM     (No. 9683174)

I take issue with #2,7,&8 as to voting for Ryan for VP.

NOT voting for him would be a vote for the RAT ticket. And those purist morons, sitting home like a sulking, petulent baby on election day and not voting at all gave us another RATbama term.

Just my opinion. Flame away.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lewis1940, 1/7/2014 2:18:38 PM     (No. 9683248)

I think that Mr. Ryan figured that it would be OK to treat military retirement the same as civilian retirement. Retirees under FERS do not get the full cola if they are under 62. Obviously he made a huge error.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/7/2014 3:47:57 PM     (No. 9683347)

Unless Ryan straightens this out no service members or veterans should consider voting for him in the November election, after that it won´t take long for him to get the word.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/7/2014 4:26:44 PM     (No. 9683383)

No flame from here, #12. Some things need saying.

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