The Tricare cuts are an obvious political grenade: No one in Congress or the administration wants to be seen as breaking faith with the troops because of budget gridlock. Policymakers may try to snatch Tricares sequestered $3.3 billion from other defense accounts so they dont have to face stories about active-duty troops and their family members getting cut off from lifesaving drugs. But it wouldnt be easy to find that money when every account has been slashed by nearly 10 percent.
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Providing For Deserving Americans (Entitlements Exempt From Sequestration)
Man living as an adult baby is cleared of Social Security fraud
posted on 11/17/2012 4:04:48 AM PST
When lawmakers wrote the Budget Control Act (which set up the fiscal cliff), they gave President Obama the option, which he has already exercised, to exempt military-personnel accounts and the Veterans Affairs budget. Many observers believe, falsely, that these groups are safe: That exemption covers only troops paychecks, not their health benefits, which fall under another part of the Pentagon budget.
posted on 11/17/2012 4:23:29 AM PST
(Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
“...how the fiscal cliff could desecrate the military...”
Obviously, the word should be “decimate”.
Why do writers attempt to use words they don’t know? It doesn’t enhance their writing or their credibility.
posted on 11/17/2012 5:43:32 AM PST
As I have long thought about this budget mess: make Congress stay in DC and do their da#$ job and freeze THEIR money instead of the active duty/vets/retirees & families. Maybe we’d actually get something done for a change. Yeah, and freeze all the salaries of anyone who works in the capitol building (security, admin, housecleaning, etc.) and stop the subway from running under the building. Turn down their thermostat to an uncomfortable degree, lock the cafeteria, limit the toilet paper, block all the cell phones and any other communication, turn off their internet capability. Virtually ISOLATE Congress and force them to WORK!
Ok, now that I’ve had my first morning rant along with my first cup of coffee I feel much better, I think. GRRRRRR!
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