Hey Government, Pick on Someone Your Own Size

Did you know that the military is only 1% of the American population? When I found out this fact, I thought to myself how is making cuts to 1% of the population going to save the economy. Simple answer: it won’t. People on government assisted living are a larger percentage of the population, how about we start there instead.  1 in 6 Americans receive some form of government assistance*, and enrollment in the food stamp program has climbed 50% since President Obama took office-50%. Now, I am sure a good portion of people who are receiving assistance are not physically able to support themselves, but I do not believe 1 in 6 people in America fall under that umbrella. The answer to helping this economy is stricter social reform not cuts in any area of National defense or any benefits that our troops rate. Our Nation has demanded a decade of war out of them with no end in sight.  We must not sit back and hope that someone takes care of this for us; we, the followers of the Marine Corps Association, the ones serving and the ones who support those serving need to stand up for what we know is right.

Elected officials make a salary of more than 5 times my own husband, so how can those same officials say “let’s change that military retirement.” The only way to prevent this is to educate ourselves, speak up, and another key item: make sure you are registered to vote.

  • Educate yourself & others! Read the report published by the Defense Board***: http://dbb.defense.gov/pdf/DBB_Military_Retirement_Final_Presentationpdf.pdf
    • Please, please, please share here what you agree with & disagree with, even if anonymously so I can do something on a bigger platform. I cannot make enough noise with just my own opinion, I need your facts as well
    • Speak up: Let your elected officials know how you feel.
    • Register to vote: http://www.fvap.gov. This site is specific for military & their families who move often.

Time to get to work- let’s save our military retirement, let’s stand up for our troops who are deployed so they can concentrate on their mission.

"Our nation demands much from its military, and the retirement benefits in place are not gifts. They have been earned through blood, sweat, toil, repeated deployments, missed births, birthdays, anniversaries and sometimes loss of limbs or life. Shifting the burden of our nation’s fiscal mess on to the backs of our military (less than one percent of our population who volunteer for decades of service in harm’s way defending our way of life) is morally bankrupt." - GEN Sullivan, USA, Ret

Works Cited:

* http://blog.heritage.org/2010/09/07/one-in-six-americans-receives-government-assistance/

** http://www.heritage.org/Research/Factsheets/2011/03/Welfare-Reform-The-Next-Steps

*** http://dbb.defense.gov/index.shtml

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