Military pension on the cutting block?

The government annually spends about 55 billion on retirement pay, and 70 billion on veterans affairs. This is no small amount of money, and times are tight, So the powers that be are looking at cutting benefits. Yet, the same bone heads that want to cut benefits to the military, go out and spend money on... $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties $60 billion annually wasted in health care fraud $9 billion annually Earned Income Tax Credit overpayments $2 billion annually by Conservation Reserve program pays farmers not to farm $600 million annually in food stamp overpayments. $120 million annually in school lunch program abuse costs . $50 million annually for U.S. Postal Service selects an average of 1,125 employees daily, to sit in empty “standby rooms", and do nothing, due to over staffing $146 million annually in flight upgrades due to federal employees refusing to fly coach $15 million annually by the National Institutes of Health to rent a labs it cannot use $20 million annually for prisoners getting SSI relating to their alleged disabilities $1.4 billion in overpayments to disability beneficiaries $112 million paid out by the IRS to fraudulent returns filed by prisoners $423,500 stimulus funds to find out why men don't like to wear condoms $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job. $1 million in stimulus funds for a genitalia-washing program in Africa $1 million stimulus grant to researching gay males penis size $400,000 stimulus grant research in Buenos Aires bars on gay men's risky sexual behavior $1.44 million stimulus grant to study male prostitutes in Vietnam $239,100 stimulus grant to study of how Americans use the Internet to find love $168,766 stimulus grant study sexual behavior of monkeys by analyzing monkey feces in Africa $3 billion re-sanding beaches (even as this new sand washes back into the ocean). $50 million in erroneous refunds to 230,000 Medicare recipients $3.9 million by Securities Exchange Commission, rearranging desks & offices at its headquarters $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased $10 million to renovate an abandoned train station that has not been used in 30 years $100 million on unused flight tickets, Defense Department bought, never bothered to collect refunds even though the tickets were refundable $2.8 million stimulus sent to a Wisconsin nursing home that didn’t need or request it $ 50,000 a piece for paintings of high-ranking government officials. $356,000 stimulus grant to study how kids perceive foreign accents. $900,000 in federal stimulus funds on a new bike signs in Oregon, even though the city already has similar bike signs, which it plans to leave up. $200,000 stimulus grant to study why political candidates make vague statements $228,000 per job, saved or created, by the stimulus plan $615,000 so the University of California at Santa Cruz could digitize Grateful Dead photographs, tickets, backstage passes, fliers, shirts and other memorabilia $1.2 million spent trying to find out if a mother rat on cocaine will abandon her babies $535 million stimulus loan to Solyndra to create green jobs making solar panels. The company is now bankrupt, laying off over 1,000 employees. $2 million stimulus funds to send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and Africa, to capture, photograph, and analyze thousands of exotic ants $296,385 in stimulus funds to study “dog domestication" $2.4 billion spent by Congress on 10 new jets the Pentagon insists it does not need and will not use. $450,000 by the State Department on a art shows in Venice, Italy. Is there any justice in this? Any justification why these projects are more important then taking care of the troops, even after they leave? Is "support the troops" just lip service?

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Fascinating that this same govm't won't "privatize" other social "nets" but want to "privatize" the military pensions?! Very revealing. Good Luck.
Answered By: optiphere - 10/2/2011
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Who will vote for a guy who says "f**k the people who fight for our freedom"? Not the majority A lot of the positive 'n productive (torward the military at least) seems to be lip service these days, brotha
Answered By: New School - 10/2/2011
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