Think tank recommends big benefits cuts

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    Think tank recommends big benefits cuts
    A new report by a liberal-leaning think tank recommends a dramatic overhaul of military pay, retirement and health care benefits as part of a $1 trillion cut in defense spending over 10 years.

    The Center for American Progress calls for capping pay raises, eliminating military health benefits for many retirees who are covered by an employer-provided plan, and reducing the value of military retired pay as well as making retirees wait until age 60 to start receiving it.

    Recommendations are included in a report, Rebalancing Our National Security, released Oct. 31 by the progressive think tank and advocacy group. The report opposes across-the-board cuts in defense spending that could occur beginning in January under sequestration but still calls for major reductions in defense spending.

    Capping pay raises, the report says, could save $16.5 billion over the next five years. Reducing retiree health care benefits, through a combination of restricting care and raising fees, could save $15 billion a year. Reforming military retired pay could save, in the short term, up to $13 billion a year, and over time could save up to $70 billion a year off the current plan.

    In addition to cutting compensation and benefits, the report also recommends cutting the number of active-duty troops permanently based in Europe and Asia, saving $10 billion a year. It recommends withdrawing 33,000 troops from Europe and about 17,000 from Asia.​
    The Center for American Progress is owned by George Soros.

    Progressives sure do love a weak military, don't they?
     
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    We all know George Soros runs the entire Democrat party so I believe this is a gauge of what Obama would do to decimate our military, their morale- should he get another 4 years to finish destroying America.
     
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    Yeah...But don't you dare touch CPB/PBS/NPR or the National Endowment for the Arts! :rolleyes:
     
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    Take the money from the men and women defending the country and give it to crackheads laying in the gutter. It's the liberal path to prosperity.
     
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    Meh...It's not as though there couldn't be some serious and deep cuts to the military that don't involve shitting on the people that make it go...Closing bases in Germany, Japan, England, Korea and ending money pits like the JSF and Osprey would be a good start.

    But remember that Soros is every bit as much as a globalist authoritarian as the neocons are, so it's not likely he'd go for such common sense measures either.
     
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    Yeah, that would suck.

    Any indication Obama is thinking about it?

    On the personal level I think I'll look for an American made cell phone next time I buy one, some jeans later and in the spring a new pc made over here. That way my money stays in our economy instead of it little by little going to China.

    U all have any ideas before we finish becomming post WWII England?
     
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    Remind me again your stance on reducing our deficit? I can use a good laugh.
     
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    I think they need to drain that think tank.
     
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    Reducing the deficit is a good thing. Reducing it by drastic cuts to one of the few Constitutionally-mandated spending measures is NOT a good thing. Weakening the nation's defense is NOT a good thing. Reducing the incentive for young men and women to join the military is NOT a good thing. Shitting on those who have served this nation is NOT a good thing.

    The world will not suddenly love us when we become weaker.

    Leftists can't be trusted with national security. Period.
     
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    Of course. Those are good, right, and necessary.

    Right, RDD?
     

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