Douche of the Week: Congress. Again.
By RU Twisted
Just when you thought Congress couldn’t sell the country down the river even further, they went and proved every one of you wrong.
Yeah, I know—they’ve done some pretty douchetastic things in the last few years (decades?), but this is a special kind of “F-YOU” to the military and Veteran community. This week sent a message that a majority of our elected representatives think about as highly of you as a poopy-flavored lollipop.
In the most recent budget deal* proposed by Congress, it is estimated that military retirees will lose approximately 20% of their pay in the coming years. Pay that, as you all remember, they earned by serving their country for 20-plus years.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ahead of a recent vote, attempted to pull some magic dust out of his arse to try and force a vote on a portion of the bill that would “cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.” His efforts, though noteworthy, failed and the bill moved forward, after which the senator stated that “By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors…Senators in this chamber have many valid ideas for replacing these pension cuts, including my proposal to close the tax welfare loophole for illegal filers, and all deserved a fair and open hearing. But they were denied.”
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) was another voice who joined Sen. Sessions in labeling this bill as “unacceptable” to men and women in uniform. Their input was, unfortunately, shouted down by everyone with a “D” after their name and several Republicans, as well.
Rant Mode: On.
Anyone who does not see a huge problem with this needs to take a long, hard look at life and ask what it means, what is truly important, and why they think that way.
Please understand, as I have stated here at The Rhino Den numerous times, I understand government cuts in spending and would love to see more of them. Ours is a bureaucracy that has given the term “reckless spending” a new definition and needs to have the brakes pumped on it more than a few times. The amount of tax dollars being thrown around are beyond absurd and it is largely unsustainable.
That being said, what makes very little sense to me—and should outrage a good number of people in this country—is the idea that in the category of spending cuts, military retirement pay is not only on the table but near the front of the line. While Defense Department budget should in no way be a sacred and untouchable cow, how in the name of all that is stupidly wrong with this world did it come up before so many other, ridiculous wastes of money?
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) came out two years ago with what he called the “Waste Book” of federal spending. Some highlights include the promotion of Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” that was….never built; retirement and disability benefits to federal employees that were….already dead; funding to build an IHOP in…a high-dollar real estate area of Washington, D.C.; even money to research video games was shelled out using your tax dollars.
Tax dollars that, you’ll remember, military members pay as well.
The list of idiotic money pits continues:
* Celebrity chef shows in Indonesia
* $10 million for a Pakistani Sesame Street
* Half a million for a study on how rock music affected the Cold War
* Half a million for hippie pizza
* Millions of dollars in foreign aid to numerous countries that don’t need it, to include—but not limited to—China.
All told, in Senator Coburn’s book he came up with just over $6 billion in wasteful spending in 2011 alone.
$6 billion. Where have I heard that number before…
Keep in mind, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of spending in areas like the ones Senator Sessions mentioned. Yet those astonishingly take a back seat to the pay of men and women who signed on the dotted line, raised their right hands, and swore an oath to serve their country with not only their time, but their lives.
Ensuring that welfare recipients are safe and secure apparently takes priority over those who worked for the country that paid them, rather than just taking from it.
Another entity that seems to be viewed as having a higher importance than the military and its Veterans is, to no one’s surprise, Congress itself—an organization that can give raises…to itself. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), that stalwart of freedom-hating nany-statism, stated that Congress has already sacrificed a lot by taking some “pretty big cuts” in pay having not had a pay raise in a “long time.”
Let that soak in…
Okay, now that you’ve punched a hole in the wall and thrown your laptop across the room, I’d like to pose the question you’re all thinking: what “sacrifice” would that be, exactly, Chuck? Considering that, in 2010, he was worth nearly $1 million, I have a very difficult time taking seriously any claims of “sacrifice” in terms of financial loss.
With all due respect, go suck start a shotgun, Senator Schumer. Your understanding of those who served has about as much relevance as a hang-glider on a submarine.
With its 9% approval rating, I am pretty sure Congress and their benefits should be on the chopping block waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy before anyone who wore the uniform and came under fire for these ass clowns and whatever it is that they think is important.
This budget deal is not set as of right now, and we intend on keeping you up to date as we receive information. The sucktastic oxygen thieves in Congress are sure to try and throw you under the bus again, but we will let you know as that happens.
Until then, go punch something that won’t break your hand or land you in jail. Because if you’re in any way as pissed off about this as I am, you’ll need it.
*Any time you hear “Budget Deal,” rest assured, you and your future is being treated with all the respect of a $2 crack whore.
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