Military Cuts: $295B in Duplicative Gov Spending ANNUALLY, Yet We Cut $6B in Military Cost of Living Cuts

A proposed $6 billion cut in the military’s cost of living adjustments over a 10 year period will impact our forces and how they care for their families in a big way. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has shown that duplicative and overlapping federal programs cost taxpayers $295 BILLION EACH AND EVERY YEAR. Surely Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the budget gurus who came up with this with Hagel, can make the simple point that Congress is clearly inept, and criminal, to let this continue. Republicans will be blamed. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is a former Republican senator from Nebraska. Smooth move for Barack Obama in choosing him.

When former Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (NE) took the job of Secretary of Defense under Barack Obama, we knew that meant trouble. Just because one is former military doesn’t make one’s devotion to it necessarily strong. Hagel is personally recommending “billions” in cuts to the military budget, including reduced housing allowance, higher health-care premiums, and limits on pay raise. Aside from the appalling recommendation itself, this will be blamed on Republicans. Smooth move for Barack Obama picking a Republican to run the Department of Defense. We saw it coming.

The recommendations would limit pay raises across the board to 1 percent, and they would freeze pay entirely for generals and admirals for one year.

In addition to reduced housing allowances, the recommendations would slash the subsidies for commissaries that provide groceries to veterans, service members, and their families at reduced cost.

The commissary cuts could be a particularly heavy lift, a senior defense official told the Journal. “These are near and dear to the retired population’s heart,” he said. “The commissaries will be a battle.” Source: CBSNews

The reasoning for the cuts is that caring for the health and welfare of our warriors is a slice of pie too big in the overall military budget. At the same time, the waste in government goes on and on and on. Look at that number, $295 BILLION, every year, for duplicative and overlapping programs with a cut of $6 BILLION over 10 years in meaningful cuts to military cost-of-living adjustments that will make a major difference in quality-of-life to each military family.

According to Military.com, a veterans’ retirement benefits will be cut by 20 percent while the fat cats in Congress receive no decreased benefits for their retirement, after sitting in a nice office and in the esteemed, world-renowned, Chambers, the gyms and dining, the paid travel, and who knows what else — oh yes, the handy Congressional subterranean train that transports them from building to building, and let’s not forget the limos that pick them up morning and evening, and most special, the “elevator boy” who punches the buttons for them. They move on to public speaking, writing their books and consulting for lobbyists whom they’ve already made wealthy. They personally make many millions after years of writing bad laws, and as we see today, doing nothing to protect our liberties.

Hagel said the proposed cuts should “not apply to medically disabled veterans,” and he welcomed a “comprehensive look” at the cost-of-living adjustment proposal with both houses of Congress. [emphasis mine]…

Note, “should,” not “would.”

On the Senate floor earlier this week, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who worked out the budget deal with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the proposed pension cut “will allow two years before this change is implemented so that Democrats and Republicans can keep working to either improve this provision or find smarter savings elsewhere.”

The Defense Department has projected that the change in the cost-of-living adjustment, which has prompted fierce opposition from veterans groups, would save an estimated $6 billion over 10 years.

Think of the respect these people demand from us:

Taxpayers are sending nearly a trillion dollars of their income to the Treasury every year, just to watch Congress waste it on thousands of programs that duplicate other federal, state, and private efforts and cannot demonstrate any measure of success. Despite promises from Washington politicians that government programs can solve every challenge—taxpayers are being ripped off.

Ignoring their responsibility to conduct oversight and determine if a given federal program is effective, members of Congress are often beholden to special interest groups and would rather continue funding an old program instead of eliminating it. At the same time, Congress will then create new programs that do the very same thing and do it just as poorly. There’s no ineffective, inefficient program that the government can’t recreate at an even higher cost.

Thoughtful and careful legislating is a thing of past, and instead, Congress is in the business of creating press release programs, established not to truly fix a problem, but simply to give the appearance of action and concern. The result is a maze of bureaucracy and overlap, hundreds of billions of dollars spent on thousands of duplicative programs, and government waste and mismanagement as far as the eye can see. ~ Senator Tom Coburn

Can you imagine the 2014 elections rhetoric we will hear soon? ‘Republicans Paul Ryan and Chuck Hagel’ cut your benefits. Democrats are happy campers today for two reasons: 1) they can blame Republicans and 2) they believe in military cuts.

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  • KatieNorcross

    It is all part of the Liberal mindset. No real military means that the US will have to capitulate on every foreign issue. Cannot defend our allies and will not be able to be the “Big Bully”.

    • That’s it Katie. He came and did what he planned to do. I hear how he has not been able to achieve his promises. Most of them don’t make a whit of difference, but others do and even if he hasn’t been able to make them law, he deems them. He has fundamentally changed us, as he said he would.

  • Congressional behavior is a farce. Obama’s behavior is more sinister. He wants to change the American dream. That is why he wants to gut the military.

    • Agreed, but congressional behavior is also criminal. They are charged with oversight and have COMPLETE responsibility for our tax money. Obama want to gut American, put her on her knees if not her face.

  • Guest

    Mark Rudd..weather underground terrorist speaks of Obama cuuting the military.

    Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew
    precisely what it would take to get elected and didn’t blow it. He used
    community organizing methods to mobilize a base consisting of many people who
    had never voted before or who regularly don’t vote….But he also knew
    that what he said had to basically play to the center to not be run over by the
    press, the Republicans, scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He
    made it.

    So he has a narrow mandate for change, without any
    direction specified. What he’s doing now is moving on the most popular issues —
    the environment, health care, and the economy. He’ll be progressive on the
    environment because that has broad popular support; health care will be extended
    to children, then made universal, but the medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance
    corporations will stay in place, perhaps yielding some power; the
    economic agenda will stress stimulation from the bottom sometimes and handouts
    to the top at other times. It will be pragmatic…

    And I agree with this strategy. Anything else will court sure
    defeat. Move on the stuff you can to a small but significant extent, gain
    support and confidence. Leave the military alone because they’re way too
    powerful. For now, until enough momentum is raised. By the second or third year
    of this recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to
    discuss cutting the military budget if security is being increased through
    diplomacy and application of nascent international
    law.

    Obama plays basketball. I’m not much of an athlete,
    barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be
    able to look like you’re doing one thing but do another. That’s why all
    these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to
    the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid
    to do otherwise in this environment…

    Read Obama’s first book, “Dreams from My Father.” The
    second section is the story of his three years doing community organizing in
    Chicago. It’s some of the best writing on organizing I’ve ever seen. That’s all
    it’s about, the core of the book. Obama learned many lessons of strategy
    and patience…

    This is no stupid guy… Had any of the stupid
    Republicans read his books, they never could have said, “We don’t know who this
    guy is.” You know every thought he’s ever
    had.

    This is as honest an evaluation of Obama’s strategy and tactics as you are
    likely to get.

    Leave the military alone because they’re way too powerful. For
    now, until enough momentum is raised.By the second or third year of this
    recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to discuss
    cutting the military budget if security is being increased through diplomacy and
    application of nascent international law.

    • Guest, I’m assuming what you’ve left here is a direct quote from Mark Rudd, right? Many, many of us read Obama’s books and blogged incessantly about who he is, what he had already done, and what we knew he would do. It didn’t make any difference, and then it happened a second time. We MUST change the Senate. Our country depends on it. Thanks for the quotation. It’s a good resource.

      • Guest

        Maggie, It is a quote from Mark Rudd. We know his ties to Bill Ayers and this quote sounds like he knew Obama well.

        • Guest, that’s what I thought you were indicating. Just wanting to make sure. This is exactly how Obama worked. Hillary too. She also followed Saul Alinsky.

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