I am a 29 year military vet
I wrote her a letter explaining my concerns about cutting military spending:
FURTHER CUTS TO MILITARY PAY AND BENEFITS
I am disheartened to learn that the Obama Administration is looking to make deeper cuts into the pay and benefits of current military and retired military personnel. I am always appalled at the fact that the military people are always the first people congress goes after when cutting budgets. It is as if Congress has little or no empathy for the very people who put their lives on the line every day to make this the greatest country on the planet. It is as if they are looked upon as nothing but “cannon-fodder” to use and abuse at will, at the whim of Congress when it is “convenient” to do so, apparently not caring about these people and families who sacrificed so much. It is as though now that there is a consorted, intentional effort to completely dismantle not only the structure of the military, but the notion of honor that goes along with it. With the constant misuse and abuse of the military people by the Federal Government, the notion of serving in the military to serve our nation is being severely negatively impacted. You have to ask yourself, if you were a young person thinking about serving, “What is the benefit to me if I join the military”? In the past, in my era, there was a sense of honor, knowing that America stood for justice and peace, and also knowing that if you stuck with it, there would be a reward at the end, a brass ring, if you like, in the form of the benefits that military retirement brings. Take away all that, and what do you have left..? Answer, very little. Take away the pride and nobility, the barely equitable pay for volunteering to serve, and the retirement benefits, especially the medical, and you have little or no incentive left. If the people see that the Federal Government is NOT going to treat you well in the military, why join? So, with that being said, how is the military going to be able to recruit enough volunteers for service? The short answer is; they’re not. So, unless that is the plan so conscription can be reinstituted, it’s not a good idea to keep punishing the military every time there is a budget shortfall, especially when there are thousands other areas in the government that can and should be trimmed.
With all this being said, I must remind you that your election cycles will be very difficult and contentious should you decide to slight the military any further. While your cycle is not due for several years, you can bet that your party as a whole will suffer a huge loss at the polls should the Democrat Party continue to punish the military people. We are watching your votes in the House and Senate and we are watching the committee actions. Do not fool yourself, WE ARE WATCHING AND WE WILL VOTE ACCORDINGLY. You have to ask yourself; “How many military, active duty, retired and vets do I have in my State or district?” I’ll be there is a bunch..
Here is her reply I got today:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about military spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter, and sincerely regret the delayed response.
On March 4, 2014, President Barack Obama submitted his fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress. This proposed budget would provide $494.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Defense for fiscal year 2015, which is about $31 billion less than last year’s requested amount. The request seeks to reduce the number of active-duty soldiers serving in the U.S. Army from 510,000 to about 450,000 by fiscal year 2019, and the number of National Guard and Reserve service members from 831,000 to 798,000. This budget would also increase TRICARE deductibles and copays in an effort to restructure and reduce the cost of military benefits.
I have concerns about the proposed cuts and increases in health care costs. I look forward to learning more about the Department of Defense’s budget proposal and its potential impact on Washington state’s military community. After a decade of war, I know that long and frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have greatly strained our state’s military families. Please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind as the budget process continues this year.
I am profoundly grateful for the service of America’s service members and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. I will continue to work to ensure that the brave men and women of our armed forces have the essential tools and resources they need to accomplish their mission on behalf of the people of the United States. I know this is particularly important in our state, which is home to the tenth largest military population in the country. As such, we have an important responsibility to ensure that our service members and their families are provided the benefits and assistance that they so greatly deserve.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
This reply is a non reply and she goes on to further explain that they are going to raise my out of pocket health insurance costs. Is this the kind of Senator we should re-elect or should the State of Washington recall her? ALL her replies to me are like this and I am sick and tired of it.
PATTY MURRAY (D) WA and MARIA CANTWELL (D) WA STAB THE MILITARY RETIREES IN THE BACK – MILITARY RETIREES WITH TRICARE PRIME WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH PLAN 1 APRIL 2013
Funny how this information didn’t hit the news until AFTER the election, and the idiots in Washington State re-elected Maria Cantwell to the Senate. Every time we military turn around, our elected officials stab us in the back and eliminate or reduce the benefits we worked 20+ years to get. In this case, us military retirees who have TriCare Prime as our health coverage will lose our Prime plan as of 1 April and will be forced onto TriCare Standard with much higher rates. This is because they are reducing the “Prime” coverage areas so if you live 40+ miles away from a military medical facility you are no longer eligible for this plan. This effects over 171,000 retirees like myself who are outside the 40 mile limit. Come to find out, this plan was hatched by Congress a long time ago. This is especially egregious because of the committees Patty Murray serves on, as listed here. She does not advocate for the Vets at all and is a disgrace to her office and her constituents. Click the links below and get the data. Once again the military gets shafted. How disgraceful is it when a government says to the vets face how much they are appreciated and whose benefits should be protected, then turns around behind their back and disrespects them in private and steals their hard-earned benefits, one by one by one? IN the past I was always an advocate for some young man or woman joining the military and serve this great country, but at this point, I no longer believe that at all. The United States does not deserve the caliber of young Americans we have today, given that they will be used as cannon-fodder in some bullshit meaningless war someplace then, if they live through it, have their benefits stolen by the corrupt politicians in DC in the name of balancing the budget. Balancing the budget on the backs of the GI’s is not going to help the deficit at all. All they are doing is destroying a once mighty military, and country along with it. To all who voted for this idiot in the WH, YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE, I HOPE YOU ALL LOSE YOUR JOBS AND GO BANKRUPT, LOSE YOUR HOMES AND EVERYTHING YOU OWN! I for one knew better, unfortunately because of your idiocy, you will take all of us down with you…….. The “Great Experiment” is over, thanks to you. Click here to see some of the money Cantwell has taken from tribal gaming casino’s. WOW
SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL (D) WASHINGTON STATE – VOTING RECORD. Does she represent your vision of America and Washington State?
I guess he doesn’t have a problem showing ID to vote…….. Hmmm So, if he has to do it, why not everybody else?
REPLY FROM WASHINGTON STATE SECRETARY OF STATE REGARDING THE MONITORING OF VOTING IN WASHINGTON STATE BY THE U.N.
Subject: UN MONITORING VOTING
It is being reported that representatives from the UN (United Nations) are going to be monitoring voting/polling locations through-out the country and I would like to know if any are going to be monitoring our vote by mail process here in Washington State? If so, the citizens of this state have a right to know if this in fact is going to happen. Please reply as soon as possible as we are only 15 days out from the election date.
I checked with our co-directors of elections and they have not heard of any international representatives coming to Washington State to monitor our elections processes. That being said, however, it is not uncommon for international representatives to visit American states to observe elections, with the purpose of learning techniques that may be beneficial to emerging new democracies.
Best wishes to you,
Office of the Secretary of State
While the Leftists are busy trying to hammer Mitt Romney on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 as they say it pertains to equal pay for women, well, I got new for em, it doesn’t have anything to do with equal pay exactly.. It is a law that pertains to reporting time limits and compensation for discriminatory pay practices……. I wish these people would get their facts straight………..
Posted in 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES on 10/18/2012
This is great!
WHY IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WEARING A RING WITH A PORTION OF THE SHAHADA INSCRIBED ON IT?
Really, I want to know why BO is wearing a gold ring with a portion of The Shahada which is the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God (tawhid) and acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet? Why would someone who professes to be a Christian would wear a ring that says he believes in the Muslim Prophet Mohammad? The two are incongruent…. You cannot be one without disavowing the other….. Hmmmmm, something not right here……. I would really like to hear from my readers on this subject because I just want to be able to make sense of this……. Kudo’s to WND for reporting this along with GB. Click the links to get the info and make up your own mind….
Posted in OBAMA WATCH on 10/01/2012
HERE you can click to get the total of my bookmarks of Obama’s conduct as the President of the United States. For all of you who believe that he is the best president ever, I challenge you to look at these pages and read the truth and then see if you feel the same. Start at the top of page 1 and go to the end, it’s all there for those seeking the truth… I DARE YA!!