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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 07:34 PM

Trump budget chief: Cutting veterans pay isn't a big deal

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Trump budget chief: Cutting veterans pay isn't a big deal
By Oliver Willis -
March 12, 2019


Trump's budget director said it's fine to take from veterans benefits to balance the budget.

Trump's acting budget director said there's no downside to the administration's proposal to take money from veterans benefits.

Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russell Vought testified before the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.

In his 2019 budget, Trump has proposed rounding down the cost-of-living adjustments given to veterans. Military Times notes that the idea "has been decried by veterans groups in the past as unfairly using their earned benefits to balance the budget."

But Vought said, "We don't think [the cuts] will have any adverse impact" when asked about the attack on veterans by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA).

"No adverse impact? No adverse impact to decreased cost of living adjustments?" Moulton asked incredulously.

"That's correct," Vought replied.

"I think you should speak to some veterans, Mr. Vought," the congressman replied, ending the exchange.


The cold dismissal of veterans' concerns is the latest in a long line of slights and attacks on the military from Trump. He largely views the armed services as a useful backdrop for his presidency, via venues like parades, rather than as an institution to be supported and respected.

Trump also loves to hide behind the military's large public support to prop up his unpopular presidency.

In the same budget document, Trump fraudulently takes credit for the "largest" increase in military pay in a decade, but the military received larger increases twice under Obama.

Trump is again planning to hurt veterans, but instead of expressing some shame or regret for him doing so, his budget director is attempting to say hurting them is in their best interests.


Published with permission of The American Independent.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 07:54 PM

1. We should have a million veterans march on Washington. I am tired of going to war

 

with “support the troops” and “thank you for your service” now shut up about VA cuts.

I couldn’t even tell people I was a Vietnam vet when I got home in 1968. If you said you were a vet than you were a walking time bomb. Not until the Wall were we recognized as deserving of anything.

The Iraq and Afghanistan vets have it worse than we did. They had multiple deployments and are very suicide prone, but yea cutting veterans benefits won’t hurt.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:02 PM

2. Lets cut the non personnel military budget 100%

Lets use last years stuff for a year. Finish whats started but no new systems. Surly we can go a few years with what we have?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 09:20 PM

3. Trump does not want to salute the military. He wants the world to see the military salute him.

Trump does not want to salute the military.
He wants the world to see the military salute him.

Will it be awkward when he refuses POWs a place in his parade?
After all, Donald does not like soldiers who were captured.

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