The time has come: Military health and pension benefits, which have more than doubled in the past decade, should be reduced as the defense budget comes down, said a whopping 90 percent majority of National Journal\’s National Security Insiders.
Pentagon leaders have been calling for changes to curb the skyrocketing compensation costs, which threaten to usurp other key priorities in the defense budget during austere times—even training for combat operations and weapons procurement. But reform efforts have been complicated in part because military-personnel issues are a political landmine on Capitol Hill. In the budget deal clinched by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan, however, members did take a step to cut benefits to military retirees, albeit slightly, decreasing the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees by 1 percent, which would cut roughly $6 billion in spending over the next decade.
The budget deal was round one of impacts on your compensation. The GOP has long been seen as unwilling to make cuts or adjustments to compensation. The budget deal has changed that.
The enormous debt of the nation is (rightly) seen by many as a far more lethal long term threat to the nation than any outside force. And that means everything is on the table for cuts.
You will immediately reply that welfare, food stamps, aid to illegal immigrants should be cut first. And I’d agree with you.
But with an active force of less than 1% of the population, and retirees being a similarly small slice of the population, they don’t have the votes to influence the p0pulation like the 47% that receive some form of assistance.