‘Limited liability patriotism’ led to career military pension cuts

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ryan murray cutsBut at least we won’t have a government shutdown!

Nothing, it seems, could possibly have been worse than for a few civilian government bureaucrats to have a two-week paid vacation while Republicans drone on about the coming apocalypse of Obamacare. Unless you are volunteer career military partially induced to join America’s armed forces by pension-pay promises and then spend more tours of duty in war than any soldiers, sailors, airmen of marines since Valley Forge and the Civil War; and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) gets cold feet that can only be warmed by a little liberal lady Democrat Senator in tennis shows. Details of cuts in Stars and Stripes here.

Yes, Ted Cruz had to shut up and the EPA went back to work killing jobs after Ryan’s date with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congress passed the Ryan-Murray budget. But a funny thing happened on the way to full Big Government’s re-opening and the continued launch of an Obamacare law that the shutdown was meant to prevent.

From last night’s Hugh Hewitt talk radio show:

Incredibly, the House GOP has just agreed that the only group deserving budget punishment in the new spending deal is the career military.  It is an obscene deal, one made worse by a patently cynical attempt to hide the blow to the military by “restoring” cuts to the pensions of wounded veterans.  A vote for this betrayal of the military will haunt every Republican who supports it. When the first outlines of the budget “deal” emerged late last tear, I counseled caution as the final details could change. In fact, the only serious cut in the entire deal is aimed at active duty and retired career military, with a small change made from round one to assist disabled veterans supposed to serve as cover for the Members of Congress who vote for this.

After Hugh Hewitt’s uncharacteristically surly interview with Paul Ryan last night (transcript here),  an active-duty 22-year vet called in and explained how such a targeted cut could happen:

[S]aying he felt like the House GOP had kicked him in the stomach and that the 99% of Americans that haven’t served in the military is abandoning the 1% that has by signing on quietly to the broken promises embedded in the House GOP budget “deal. I see the flag pins and I hear the ‘thanks for your service,’” he added, “but the limited liability patriotism folks are nowhere to be found when the Congress decides the career military can take the hit.”

And it’s not like Congress hasn’t heard from the military soon after the cuts were made. Video report from December 18:

Call your Congressmen and urge them to restore the cuts that would cost a 20-year master sergeant over $80,000 over 20 years.

Mike DeVine

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson


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