I could be wrong, but I read that there is no cut at all to military retiree payouts. And the cost of living increases for 65 year olds has not been changed. The only “cut” is that people “retiring” between the ages of 40 and 65 will see their payout grow a little more slowly. Now, as much as I respect the military, I can’t sympathize with someone retiring at 40 whining that his pay isn’t growing quite so fast. Not when I had to keep working to age 65. I know some retirees who are double-dipping military and social security payouts, and one who also worked for the government triple-dipping. Cry me a river, why don’t you.
In 20 years of service, they did more "work" and provided more service than the vast majority of Americans. There is a reason there is a 20 year retirement. They had to give up thier youth and health to serve. If you remove this, you will remove the "career soldier" from the equation. No one will sacrifice age 20 to age 40 and their health for 18K-60K a year with no retirement. The MOST conservative estimates of the "life tax" taken by the military is a 3 year reduction on average for life expectancy VS. the population of America. Take into account that obesitiy is the largest cause of morbidity/mortatilty and cost to healthcare in America, and the juxtapose that against a realtively healthy population of active military, and realise that the toll taken by military service is huge on the body. If I got paid markey value for my labor on an hourly rate in the military I would make hundreds of thousands a year. A quick example: If you paid $15.00 and hour (minimum wage proposed) for a year long deployment following federal work laws, you would have to pay a private $181,292.80 for that 1 year long tour. Not to mention people with more marketable skills that would make more. A current (2013) private station at FT bragg with dependents makes $40,668 on that same tour, with combat pay BAH/BAS/Basepay. So yes, the are not comparable, and I would be ALL FOR making us do a 401K and get a rate commiserate with the civilian world for all the hours we work.
December 1, 2013 at 8:48pm
Perhaps McConnell will explain the utter failure of the Republicans, when they had majorities in both houses of Congress plus the White House for six years, to do anything to solve any of the obvious problems with health care, or restrain the regulatory agencies in any way, or control the growth of government. They did absolutely nothing. The did what the Democrats have done, only slower.
Those Republicans of 2001 thru 2008 are the reason we have Obama and ACA and an out of control regulatory bureaucracy.
December 1, 2013 at 8:41pm
Isn’t it obvious? She is bragging.
October 27, 2013 at 12:16pm
Of course they brought their A team. The no-bid contract was given to Michelle’s best friend from college days, the firm which also employed Valerie Jarrett’s daughter and her husband. How could anyone possibly be better qualified?
May 12, 2013 at 2:17pm
A bad few months? Try a bad few years!
April 29, 2013 at 4:17pm
September 23, 2012 at 11:07pm
Mr. Vargas clearly believes that all the world can become Americans simply by crossing our borders and living here for a period of time. We American citizens have nothing to say of the matter. Judging by Obama’s polls, 60% of Hispanics agree with that.
September 3, 2012 at 8:07am
I have no sympathy for Oregon. They voted in a big way for Obama, and will again in November. Reap what you sow, fools!
February 7, 2012 at 12:39pm
Sorry, the login bounced to the wrong thread. That post belongs elsewhere.
February 7, 2012 at 12:37pm
Soorry, the login bounced to the wrong thread. This post belongs elsewhere.
February 7, 2012 at 12:34pm
In what sense are contraception, abortion and sterilization health issues? Only if you consider pregnancy to be ill-health, and the prevention or elimination of pregnancy to be a return to good health.