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To: Always A Marine
Retirees, including medically retired wounded, utilize the commissaries too. Of course, they got extra cash laying around and probably have a car, so it's okay..

Why don't we cut EBT and all the rest of the welfare programs for social parasites that do nothing to contribute to society and use that money?

Then if there's still problems, get back to me on closing the commissaries.

15 posted on 01/29/2014 2:30:26 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Repeat Offender

They are looking to save $1 billion over three years from commissaries, but no cuts to the $2 billion a year free phone program.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 2:39:14 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Repeat Offender; SZonian
I'm for cutting ALL wasteful programs, but I'd be a hypocrite to defend one that benefits me while calling to end others that don't. The present government-run commissary and exchange system is an expensive boondoggle that is no longer needed but still exists because, well, because it always has. It should be put to bid and privatized.

As I pointed out in a previous post, every major base has McDonalds, Burger King, Subway and Pizza Hut restaurants that are better than the government-run snack bars they replaced years ago. These franchised operations don't cost taxpayers a single dime; in fact, they pay the government to operate on its bases. What makes supermarkets and liquor stores any different? They are not.

And as for the lost benefit of heavily-subsidized food and liquor to retirees? Sorry, but the cash retirement is lot better deal than most realize. There are only two types of defined benefit retirement plans anymore: those funded by companies that will have to declare bankruptcy to escape the burden, and those funded by governments which have the power to extract their ever-rising costs from taxpayers. The rest of America already shifted to defined contribution plans - and today's military members may participate in the federal Thrift Savings Plan as an additional retirement source if they're willing to invest some of their own pay. In total, military retirement options are incredibly generous and better than anything available to ordinary employees in the private sector. Enjoy it while it lasts!

18 posted on 01/29/2014 4:17:09 PM PST by Always A Marine
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