Daily Archives: March 5, 2012
Our Warriors Deserve Better
Every American should be alarmed at Barack Obama’s priorities, which are illustrated starkly and astonishingly in his cuts to national defense. Those of us with family members in the military, especially, cannot help but be shocked and disappointed by the Commander in Chief’s decision to cut our troops and the benefits they have earned. It’s amazing when you consider all the government waste and the fact that the compensation and benefits of politicians (including the President) only increase, never decrease.
In a recent newsletter, Congressman Allen West points out:
The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. As well, we are looking at cutting close to 130,000 uniformed troops, but cutting only 7,000 Department of Defense civilians.
In addition, the Obama administration is looking to create a BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) commission to examine changing the military retirement system. If you do the analysis, you find that less than one percent of the American adult population draws a retirement from serving in the United States Military. The idea of taking out the United States economy budget woes on our military is despicable.
The most alarming points about the healthcare plan include:
- Increases between 30 percent to 78 percent in TRICARE annual premiums for the first year. After that, the plan would impose five-year increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent. That’s more than three times current levels….
- The new plan also hits active duty personnel by increasing co-payments for pharmaceuticals and eliminating incentives for using generic drugs.
- Veterans will also be hit with a new annual fee for the TRICARE for Life program, on top of the monthly premiums already being paid. In addition, some benefits will become “means-tested,” making them similar to the welfare system than as a benefit for Military service.
Congressman West is right. This is “despicable.” Instead of reforming our insolvent entitlement programs (which the President’s own debt commission recommended) and instead of taking a cleaver to all the waste, fraud, and abuse of our tax dollars perpetrated and perpetuated by the crony capitalism of the permanent political class in DC, this administration makes our brave men and women in uniform bear the brunt of our deficit woes. It’s shameful. The President’s actions are shameful!
For all his talk about slashing troops in the name of making the military “more efficient,” I believe Barack Obama will find these numbers will fall on their own. I predict our troops will cut their own numbers by not voluntarily enlisting at the levels we’ve previously seen or by getting out of the service as quickly as possible because of their Commander in Chief’s lack of support and lack of a clear mission for them.
After watching the administration “tsk-tsking” the conditions our brave men and women in uniform fight through everyday and listening to the apologizing for our troops’ actions in war zones, I stand amazed and impressed at our military personnel’s loyalty to the office of the Commander in Chief. I understand and am thankful for that loyalty. They deserve better. They watch the President’s complacency as the media seems to forget our fallen by choosing to give more ink and airtime to a phone call the President makes to praise a 30-year-old college student’s “courage” in publicly speaking about her birth control desires than they’ve given to any of our recent soldiers’ ultimate courage and sacrifice on battlefields far from home. Has he made as great an effort to personally encourage the families of the fallen? His priorities are skewed.
For our courageous men and women in uniform and for the security of our nation, November can’t come soon enough.
- Sarah Palin
- Obama to Cut Medical Benefits for Active, Retired Military, Not Union Workers (inquisitr.com)
- Sarah Palin: Allen West Should Be Considered For Vice Presidency In 2012 (usamericanfreedom.com)
I posted this comment on HotAir because of Romney’s win in Washington and in anticipation of Super Tuesday. Frankly, the current system sucks. I am learning about it and it is a bit more complicated than the classic, old-fashioned “one person, one vote.”
Maybe Puerto Rico “does it better” when it comes to primary and the general. The one and only thing that the island needs to improve to avoid traps is to modernize the system. Other than that, I am still thankful that Puerto Rico did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008. Hillary Clinton won in a landslide. The reason for the low turnout is precisely what can the presidential candidate do for us. Add to that that as Americans, Puerto Rico cannot vote for the President in the general so that’s a big turn-off. Oh well…Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth.
I know that Puerto Rico’s GOP delegates didn’t matter, that the Clintons KNEW that the island’s delegate didn’t help, but boy oh boy I have to give it to them: They campaigned as if they still needed those votes.
If President Obama had a primary again, he’d lose Puerto Rico again in an even higher landslide, if that’s ever possible. Three to one victory for Hillary in 2008. His visit to the island last year was a total disaster, and he left with only $300,000 in Dem contributions-enough to take care of the over-used, now under-estimated Air Force One.
(Popular vote) –> (Primary vote) –> (Non-committed) –> (? delegates till FLA?) –> (Non-committed will decide) = (chaos)
I will write as if I was still living in Puerto Rico. I have no clue how is it that such a fast-moving, intelligent country such as yours can have so many divisions when it comes to primary votes.
You know where I come from, one person equals one vote and that vote counts for the primary winner; there’s no delegates involved. The people pick their candidate, at the end of the day we know who won and that person leads for the election and, if the party rules are such, that person takes over the party as their leader.
So in order to create a worse division than there already is, it helps you guys diddly squat to KNOW that the popular vote goes for one candidate whereas the actual vote cast on the ballot goes for another.
Don’t get me wrong; in Puerto Rico there’s a lamestream media and there’s conservative talk radio. We also have a stronger, divided island than this country-by far. Politics is our main sport, then the rest of the sports.
What can Americans do in order to eliminate some “red tape” when it comes to primary elections? I understand size matters, but rules are rules and can be applied to the United States, where voters can cope easier with having a primary cleaner, leaner and have their presidential goals and timelines in print, huge front and center in all the main newspapers. That way people can hold on to them accountable-especially old folks who don’t use Twitter nor Facebook. They just care about a pen, paper and numbers.
And please spare me the “Puerto Rico never had a four-way primary for one of the main parties” –> we already went through that.