Skip to comments.“New” fiscally prudent Obama cuts military personnel, raising veteran family health care premiums
Posted on 01/08/2011 9:01:57 AM PST by Starman417
The "new", supposedly triangulating and fiscally prudent Obama has appeared... or has he? With a nation so fed up with the federal spending, increased size of government, and an economy that isn't as rosy on Main Street as it is in the Obama pressers, the POTUS takes the "cut spending" midterms message to heart, and goes for the military's jugular. But Obama's first proposed cuts to make the news are a mixed bag. Included in the WH demands to Defense Sec'y Gates is cutting up to 47,000 troops from the Army and Marine Corps forces, and raising the Tricare military family health insurance premiums.
To make ends meet, Mr. Gates also announced that he would seek to recoup billions of dollars by increasing fees paid by retired veterans under 65 for Defense Department health insurance, even though Congress has rejected such proposals in the past. And he outlined extensive cuts in new weapons.
The Pentagons proposed operating budget for 2012 is expected to be about $553 billion, which would still reflect real growth, even though it is $13 billion less than expected. The Pentagon budget will then begin a decline in its rate of growth for two years, and stay flat growing only to match inflation for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. (The Pentagon operating budget is separate from a fund that finances the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.)
This plan represents, in my view, the minimum level of defense spending that is necessary, given the complex and unpredictable array of security challenges the United States faces around the globe: global terrorist networks, rising military powers, nuclear-armed rogue states and much, much more, Mr. Gates said.
To be sure, the actual size and shape of future military budgets will continue to be reset by annual spending proposals from the president, and those in turn will be based on shifting economic factors decline or growth and threats around the world, as well as by Congressional action.
But for now, the Army is expected in 2015 to begin cutting its active-duty troop levels by 27,000, and the Marine Corps by up to 20,000. Together, those force reductions would save $6 billion in 2015 and 2016.
But some especially increases in fees for the militarys health-care system, called Tricare require Congressional approval, and have been rejected before.
Proposals to increase Tricare fees will pit Mr. Gates against those in Congress and veterans groups who say retired military personnel already have paid up front with service in uniform. Ten years ago, health care cost the Pentagon $19 billion; today, it tops $50 billion; five years from now it is projected to cost $65 billion.
Is it just me, or does anyone else see the irony in this? Troops that are to be cut from the military will instead be Joe Citizen, pounding Main Street for jobs in an economy that has seen unemployment figures of over 9% for 20 months, and promises little hope for reprieve over the next 4-5 years, per Fed Reserve guru, Ben Bernanke. I would guess that Mr. Bernanke sauntered over to Calculated Risk Blog, and had a gander at the incoming housing bombs looming on the horizon... as noted in the various graphics showing the increased default mortgage payments of unemployed or struggling homeowners, comprising 2011's onslaught of foreclosures.
The irony is further compounded by the POTUS who claims to make health insurance more affordable, while sanctioning raising the premiums for military families out of the other side of his forked tongue.
But the bad joke known as the Obama economy doesn't stop there. Admittedly, while the Pentagon, like virtually all federal agencies, could use a thorough accounting house cleaning for waste, Obama has spent his time in office adding new agency after new agency for both health care, and his financial "reform". Yet when it comes times to looking at cutting, does he consider his damage and increased spending in the health world? But of course not.... instead, he turns his attention to the defense budget, which is less than a quarter of all US expenditures.
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...
The communists have always hated the American military. Now they control it. Anyone who voted for Barry and his Rats in 2006 and 2008 can kiss my All American @$$ on Main Street and I’ll give them 15 minutes to draw a crowd.
Meanwhile , illegals get free medical.....no co pay, no premiums... free glasses, hearing aids dentures.. u name it.. but our deserving veterans get the shaft... my lame congressman filner will hear from me monday...
There’s absolutely no question that the ultimate aim of the Obama regime is to weaken the US and eliminate its ability to project power through the military. Because they view the US a evil they want to make it toothless.
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