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View Diary: Military Family Finances - Not Nearly As Healthy As the Pentagon's Budget (38 comments)

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    Military retires need to make common cause with all government workers and others whose retirement is being trashed. For example, Detroit city retires get an average of less than $20k per year now, before the cuts, but nobody cares, because it's just greedy union workers in a dysfunctional city.

    Federal civilian retirees just took the COLA hit also, with current workers having to contribute more and work longer, but nobody cares about them, they're just "bureaucrats."

    If military families focus only on their own, they might win, but it misses an opportunity to join with others in the middle class who have also paid their dues and are suffering. It looks like they only care about their own and are fine with all the other cuts. The Food Stamp cuts and the UI cuts are throwing people into desparate circumstances; it's not just moving down the scale a bit.

    And targeting Democratic Senators will not help.

    "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Urban Owl on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 08:22:10 AM PST

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