Military retirees face cuts

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    As Washington looks to squeeze savings from once-sacrosanct entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, another big social welfare system is growing as rapidly, but with far less scrutiny: the health and pension benefits of military retirees.

    Military pensions and health care for active and retired troops now cost the government about $100 billion a year, representing an expanding portion of both the Pentagon budget — about $700 billion a year, including war costs — and the national debt, which together finance the programs.

    Making even incremental reductions to military benefits is typically a doomed political venture, given the public’s broad support for helping troops, the political potency of veterans groups and the fact that significant savings take years to appear.

    But the intense push in Congress this year to reduce the debt and the possibility that the Pentagon might have to begin trimming core programs like weapons procurement, research, training and construction have suddenly made retiree benefits vulnerable, military officials and experts say.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/us/retiree-benefits-for-the-military-could-face-cuts.html
     
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    Why would it be shocking that the Obama administration would be targeting this rather than cutting waste?
     
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    Obama administration?

    Bush cut taxes for the rich and now there is no money for military pensions.

    All those military folks who voted for Bush cut their own throats.
     
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    Yes, because cuts happening now during the Obama administration are Bush's fault.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Reagan and the two Bushes created 93% of the National Debt by lowering taxes for the rich. Go to reaganbushdebt.org for the numbers.

    Now we can't afford to pay military retiree benefits for the people that voted Republican.

    It's called karma.
     
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    bush isn't president any more. obama kept the cuts.

    shhhh

    go sell some sunglasses
     
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    Actually Congress kept the cuts.

    But thanks for playing.
     
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    i'm sorry, was obama's signature forged?

    have another almond
     
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    They will be repealed in Dec of 2012.
     
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    You mean after Obama has been voted out of office?

    Possible.
     

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