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Mitt Romney may be the last straw that singlehandedly destroys the myth of the Republicans supporting the military.

I haven't seen this aspect mentioned anywhere:

Has anyone else noticed that everyone in the military at less than GS-9/10, (all enlisted and noncoms, plus more than 2/3's of the company grade officers), make less than $50K/year? That means that the vast majority of our troops are part of the Mittster's 47%. The moocher class. The victims that expect to be supported by our government. Our government that's too big and needs to be heavily cut back. Uh huh.

So not only has Mitt Romney discounted America's troops as unimportant enough to be even mentioned in the speech where he accepted the GOP's nomination to stand for POTUS, he's effectively saying that all enlisted personnel and noncommissioned officers in our military are part of the 47%. The almost half of the country that he's disparaged as a drag on the 'job creators' that supposedly carry and drive the US economy. Uh huh, right, Mitt.

The Republicans send our troops into harm's way with inadequate equipment, inadequate planning and support, substandard and dangerous infrastructure and lack of sufficient personnel to staff the combat and support positions as they should be staffed. They waste taxpayer dollars on, (sorry, 'outsource to'), expensive contractors. Then they whine about making good on our obligation to support and care for the troops and their families. They try to shortchange the ones who have given their limbs, their health and their peace of mind for our defense. The GOP are whining, backstabbing ingrates. They are self-serving, conniving weasels who welch on their deals and drag us into their petty double dealing. They are not only perfectly willing but enthusiastic to sacrifice half of all Americans to get their way and serve their ideology- 'I Got Mine. Get Out of My Way. You're On Your Own.'

When added to the Republicans having scuttled the Veteran's Job Corps Act last week, (that several of them helped to draft), maybe, just maybe, people will finally start to take notice of the difference between the talk and the walk.

Way to go, Mitt.

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  •  Tips for genuine support- (11+ / 0-)

    of those who serve. In all their capacities.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:52:38 PM PDT

  •  It is true. (4+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl, palantir, phonegery, chimene

    Mitt could care less about our troops.

    Is there any room for Obama moderates around here?

    by Bagger on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 06:13:26 PM PDT

  •  Active duty - more piquant than you paint (3+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl, Thestral, chimene

    Consider the case of active duty personnel.

    Any military pay earned while on active duty is non-taxable.

    Yet, it can be used as part of the EITC calculations.

    Qualifying for combat zone status is fairly straightforward. Each year, the IRS makes a list of current combat zones available as part of IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces - Tax Guide. A servicemember is considered to serve in a combat zone if he or she is stationed on temporary duty in a qualified combat zone, or if he or she is eligible for hostile or imminent danger pay while in this location.
    Once combat zone status has been determined, the first step is to review how this kind of pay is treated when it comes to taxes. Combat pay is considered nontaxable income on a tax return and is reported in Box 12 (code Q) of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Although this income is nontaxable, it can be included when calculating certain tax benefits, such as the Additional Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses -- a consideration that is especially important for working families. These credits allow both military and non-military taxpayers to decrease the amount of tax they owe and increase the amount of their tax refund, if they're eligible.
    With regard to the EITC, members of the Armed Forces who have nontaxable combat pay can elect to include this income as part of the EITC calculation.
    There are a variety of other special treatments afforded those who are putting their life on the line.

    So Mitt really does hate the troops when he disses the 47%. Especially those in combat zones.

    Hey, we knew he was a dick, right?

  •  A significant portion of military incomes... (4+ / 0-)

    ...come from non-taxable sources such as subsistence and housing allowances, and from COLA.  My retired G.I. guesstimate would be these sources accounted for a 25% income boost.

    But all of it, including taxable pay, came from the federal coffer and thus from income tax payments.  That makes 100% of the military, regardless of income, part of Romney's mooching 47%.

    Including me.

    I do not understand why so many of my military compatriots are conservative.  The military institution derives its cohesiveness--and thus its culture--from the principle that the top looks after the bottom.  When I was in a deployed leadership position:

    * I didn't eat until my folks ate.
    * I didn't sleep until my folks had their rooms taken care of
    * I was the first to work and the last to leave.
    * Their families were ahead of my family.
    * Their troubles were my troubles.

    The military is a moving picture of socialism in action.  That's why it is so effective.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 07:48:06 PM PDT

    •  A question I struggle with as well. (4+ / 0-)
      I do not understand why so many of my military compatriots are conservative.
      Makes no bloody sense whatsoever.  :-)
    •  And the majority of people in politics either (2+ / 0-)
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      haven't served or wouldn't be able to hack the discipline and responsibility. I think the thing most of the political people understand and identify with least is the concept and practice of responsibility.

      It grates on me every time I realize that so many of those people are placed in power in spite of the fact that they could never earn their way up the ranks and into such a position on their merits. ::grrr::

      Took me an embarrassing number of years to realize why those a$$holes preferred spoils and patronage systems to merit based systems; they provide so much more opportunity for those who lack merit.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 08:20:55 PM PDT

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      •  What I don't get... (1+ / 0-)
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        FarWestGirl how anyone with any self respect could knowingly benefit from patronage and look at themselves in the mirror.

        A thief is a thief.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 08:44:13 PM PDT

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        •  Apparently self respect is overrated. At least (1+ / 0-)
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          that's what those types say, (sour grapes is my first response ;-)  ).

          The ego will rationalize almost anything to protect itself if not reined in. And fragile egos are even less amenable to the rein and being curbed. ::sigh::

          Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

          by FarWestGirl on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 08:51:03 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Good diary. Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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    Michigan Supreme Court: Dems nominated 3 women:
    Before you give your ballot back,
    vote Johnson, Kelley, and McCormack.

    by 2thanks on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 10:29:07 PM PDT

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