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When did our country become so anti-military that our president theoretically spits on them and strips them of their daily means and their dignity as well?

Obama To Stab Backs of Military Again By Reducing Pensions 10%


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Not content with reducing military levels to dangerous and even suicidal plateaus of pre -WWII strengths but with cutting personal pay for military personnel who will put their lives on the line ad infinitum; Obama now plans as well on cutting the military retirement pension plans to involve personal contributions from their newly lowered rates of pay for their service.

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I believe that little gambit of our Fuhrer is not going to be totally legal as it has always been my understanding that when military pay rates are being computed, there is an imputed deduction before applying the new levels.  I hope someone of knowledge in these matters checks that out before a double dip deduction is damnably decreed by ‘der dictator’.

According to Investors Business Daily (IBD) online posting of March 14, 2014, “Obama Cuts Military Pensions, Exempts ObamaCare Subsidies” that is what will happen; i.e., “cut by 10 percent the military pensions of those who served their country while giving public employees a break by exempting their ObamaCare subsidies from sequestration.”

As IBD points out in their posting (see above) the cuts to the military are egregiously unfair because military retirees along with active duty military members being non-union, are not allowed to strike or even participate in collective bargaining.  The labor unions cover public sector employees who will retain their union benefit plans. This could create a huge schism where military personnel who are theoretically on duty 24/7 and expected to put their lives on the line for their country will be considered less than second class citizens when compared to their civilian labor union co-workers, who enjoy the protections of strong and forceful labor unions while at work in the same proximities and under the same roofs.

So much for our government’s creation of incentives to recruit and keep men and women in our military branches of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  Some of the military entry rank pay grades during compulsory service days (draft) were really ‘ultra’ low compared to public sector wages.  But after years of earning barely ‘out-of-poverty’ pay levels, a compassionate America realized the value of our entry level military ranks who were the fodder from which our future leaders were chosen and pressured federal government leaders to loosen the purse strings for those who sacrificed so much for their country.

The IBD reminds us that “to cut the retirement benefits of the military after these genuine heroes have fought with honor and distinction for 13 years in Iraq and Afghanistan is unconscionable. It’s particularly despicable to treat American military retirees worse than other public employees.”  But our less than ideal, anti-American leader in the White House wishes to punish those brave souls who bravely answered the call to arms to protect America, not forced into it through a compulsory draft system, while young civilian market employees are free from any such degradation.

The wheels of fairness have long since dropped off our engine of governance in a nation where preference is being given lavishly to those who openly despise our way of life and government.  Those who are next of kin to terrorist murderers and are openly anti-Americans reap the better benefits through the graces of our anti-Christian and pro-Shariah law bogus president. 

The IBD gives the example of Obama’s open preference of public-sector unions and their benefits relating an instance when “Obama spoke forcefully to the National Governors Association at the White House on Feb. 28, 2011:

“I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon.”

Obama is showing by example and execution “That cost-saving measures are to be applied only to the military and not to politically favored groups and programs.” 

To paraphrase you, Mr. Obama, I don’t think it does anybody any good when brave non-union protected military employees are denigrated or vilified or their equal rights to fair compensations are infringed upon.

The IBD also explains, “Cutting military benefits is one way to make sure the administration’s redistribution of taxpayer money continues unabated. The Military Officers Association of America has calculated that the typical Army sergeant, as a result of pension and other benefit changes (reductions), stands to lose up to $5,000 in annual benefits under the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget.”

How fair is that to punish those who only wished to serve their country? They haven’t asked or made public demonstrations for ANYTHING, much less higher benefits such is always prevalent in the public sector.  Obama’s 2015 budget also calls for slashing subsidies for military base commissaries, a 5% increase in the cost of military housing and a 1% cap on annual active-duty pay increases, according to the Investors Business Daily. 

How about that for a good swift kick where it really hurts to those American citizens who only want to help us?  What sort of gratitude does that show for service on call for 24 hours out of every day?  When did our country become so anti-military that our president theoretically spits on them and strips them of their daily means and their dignity as well?

I’ll tell you when:  On January 20, 2009.


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Gerald A. “Jerry” McConnell, 92, of Hampton, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass., surrounded by his loved ones. He was born May 27, 1924 in Altoona, Pa., the fifth son of the late John E. and Grace (Fletcher) McConnell.

Jerry served ten years with the US Marine Corps and participated in the landing against Japanese Army on Guadalcanal and another ten years with the US Air Force. After moving to Hampton in 1957 he started his community activities serving in many capacities.

 

He shared 72 years of marriage with his wife Betty P. (Hamilton) McConnell. In addition to his wife, family members include nieces and nephews.

 

McConnell’s e-book about Guadalcanal, “Our Survival was Open to the Gravest Doubts

 


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