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Recent vote on military pension reduction...Great letter to Rep. Ryan,

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Brutus57, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't in long enough to earn a retirement but this vote truly hacked me off and I stand ready to vote all these yahoos out who voted for this. This is a great letter cadged off of Allen West's FB post:

    WOW. From Chief Master Sergeant Chuck Wooten: FB Friends, I'm still mulling this Paul Ryan budget deal that stole money from every military retiree (past, present and future). This morning, upon opening my email, I noticed I had a letter from Congressman Paul Ryan…and it was begging me for an "emergency end of the year donation." It only proves what we already know. The folks in Washington are indeed clueless. Instead of hitting the delete button, I decided to call Congressman Ryan out on his audacity and lack of self-awareness. I sent the following to him. I'm also posting it on the FB USAF Chiefs page as an open letter to the Congressman. If you're a retiree, I will tell you we may have lost the battle, but not the war. If you're inclined and find it worthy, let's flood social media with this letter and see if we can get some traction. Thanks. To Congressman Paul Ryan Today at 8:19 AM Congressman Ryan, Please note that this request by you for a cash donation from me is extremely unfortunate and very ill-timed. You see sir, I am one of the military retirees your "bipartisan" budget just impacted. You and every Republican (both in the House and Senate that voted to pass this travesty betrayed and broke trust with me and everyone like me. You may not know us by name, but we're the people, Congressman, who answered our Nation's call, some of us at a very early age to willingly serve YOU and others LIKE YOU so you could safely attend college and pursue your personal ambitions without fear of harm. You might also want to note that for at least 20 years, my brothers-in-arms answered that call of duty EVERY SINGLE DAY, without fail, without complaint, without enough money to sustain our loved ones we had to leave behind while we DID OUR JOB in every corner of the Earth. And for that service, we were given absolute assurance our so-called retirement benefits would be protected by law. The very law you shattered in your zeal to impress your Democratic cohorts in your back room deal--with the enemy. Yes, I said it. The liberal Democrats are an enemy to the American people and our Nation. Your lack of judgement and eagerness to compromise on the backs of us who protected you is sickening. Congressman, you and every Republican that voted for injuring military retirees have engaged in a complicit, sordid affair with the Democrats who's objective has always been to dismantle the military. By climbing into their bed on this issue, you have confirmed you are absolutely no better than they and have proven it with your vote. Congressman Ryan, the audacity which you display is noteworthy, but to unceremoniously snatch earned money from a small group that has added so much more value than the paltry $6B you looked to "save" (which is all smoke and mirrors and you know it), is reprehensible and insulting. We have, despite the hardships, meager salaries and harsh conditions, have performed with honor and excellence…in silence, which is something most members of Congress have no idea about doing. Our job approval was, is and always be better than yours. We knew our mission and we got it done, then handed it off to a new generation in better shape than we found it. Your ability to look us in the eye, take money from us (apparently there was ZERO, other source of waste within the federal government that you could have recovered this money from…right, got it), while simultaneously holding your hand out to beg (with passion) for our cash is stunning. Your actions have proven you do not have the tremendous intellect you've sold the American people on. I say, with all seriousness, Congressman, what you lack in intellect and spinal rigidity, you make up for in cajones. I hope you and your cowardly, Republican "colleagues" hear a message from me loud and clear. You will NEVER receive another cent of financial support from me. Further, if you happen to be at a Capitol Hill dinner or at a K Street cocktail party with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, Rep. Ron Barber, Sen. Jeff Flake or Sen. John McCain, I would be honored if you communicate with them that I am launching an effort to ensure NONE of you traitorous "representatives of the people" ever receive another vote from a military retiree. Remove me from your contact lists. Chuck Wooten, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)

    Well Said!
    CMS Wooten!

    Brutus Out
     
  2. Ligito

    Ligito Oregon Active Member

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    Wooten has my vote.
     
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  3. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    Wait a minute, they are cutting military pensions, but giving federal employees a raise?

    Obama signs order for federal worker pay raises in 2014

    Although it says in the article that federal employees have had their pay frozen for the last 3 years while the military has gotten a raise every year. Still, sounds like a lot of Peters are getting robbed to pay a lot of Pauls.
     
  4. Stevenav

    Stevenav Redmond Active Member

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    I'll say it again... If we have a revolution in this nation the first thing we should do it reach out to the vets and say, "look at what they've done... lend us your help, lend us your experience, lend us your knowledge and leadership, lend us your faith and support and help us seize power and hang the traitorous fools in DC. Help us take this country back to greatness and we'll ensure you are treated with honor and receive what you were promised."

    Do this, and leverage the ex military that are angry with the feds and you'd have an army that's well trained, experienced, and with a personal axe to grind with Washington DC. DC would get to reap what it has sown.
     
  5. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    that will be unnecessary they will be leading the way.:flag:
     
  6. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    One of the few reasons this country has survived up till now is the fact that our servicemen and women have served the country with a code of conduct and behaved with such honor that politicians find inconceivable. If ONLY they did their part like we have done, and continue to do...God bless all of you who served and those who support us.
     
  7. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    A very good article on the root of the "issue", a great read:

    Breaking The UniParty

    by Angelo M. Codevilla
     
  8. Stevenav

    Stevenav Redmond Active Member

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    I'm a vet myself... and yeah, you're pretty much on the money there.
     
  9. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    LIke how they were leading the Bonus Marchers?
     
  10. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    like they opened the monument in d. c.
     
  11. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    double post