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The Senate passage of the $1.1T omnibus spending bill yesterday proves one thing, money talks.  While military veterans, active duty and many, many others pleaded Congress to undo the Cost Of Living Allowance cut, behind the scenes, Congress was paying attention to the electoral calendar.  It had to be paid for.  So what does a millionaire Congressmen do?  You listen to those who shower you with barrels full of cash!

We have a story from the Sunlightfoundation, Bill Allison, telling us the Air Force wants to discontinue the purchase of Northrop Grumman drones.  The Air Force sees the drone as inferior and has asked Congress to discontinue the program.  Since companies are only concerned about profit and survival, Northrop Grumman, with their largesse, poured oodles of cash into the coffers of 298 members of Congress to ensure the survival of the drone program.  Tucked in the omnibus bill is continued funding for the unwanted, $7M each, drones.  For Northrop, it was money well spent.  The bribe money worked!

As for us "working age" veteran retirees, military advocacy groups, spouses and many, many other concerned Americans pleading Congress to change course and rollback the COLA cut -- Congress gives us the offending finger.

Photo credit: Department of Defense

Originally posted to callawar on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 03:34 AM PST.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos.

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  •  No Respect (2+ / 0-)
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    OooSillyMe, angelajean

    Congress is only interested in the next election and will obfuscate their intentions to the American people.  Talk of broken promises.....  they continue to fall like an avalanche.  

  •  Indeed, Congress, which is tasked with managing (1+ / 0-)
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    the currency is using it to rule the country, by rewarding supporters and depriving their opponents, the electorate that holds their futures in their hands, of the wherewithall with which to access the necessities of life.

    On the other hand, an appropriations bill of just over a trillion is beginning to pale in comparison to the two trillion in the shadow economy, which doesn't flow through Congress' hands and does not include the hoard on Wall Street, and it is also eclipsed by our annual health care expenditures (including capital improvements), which now amount to about 2.7 trillion.
    When it comes to quantities of dollars disbursed, the Congress keeps getting smaller and smaller. Which is actually why the opposition to the ACA was so intense. You see, by keeping the private insurers as accountants and running the ACA subsidies, as well as the Medicare tax, through the IRS, the Congress has effectively cut itself out of the loop. They have no more say over how much is disbursed and for what. And that means their ability to "buy" votes in their districts and states with grants is severely contrained. The only big item left is military hardware and, to their great distress, the President can't actually be forced to spend what he doesn't think appropriate. Appropriations are all fine and good as authorizations go, but the President doesn't have to sign the check. Think of it as the thrifty housewife and her cookie jar.

    Truth is, the sequester was not going to garner many votes in November. The Taxed Enough Already people discovered that freshmen have no clout on Capitol Hill and earmarks are sort of like ear lobes -- for hanging trinkets, for show. The big and significant bucks are in the appropriations and those are decided behind closed doors by the old guard. Even 212 freshmen in the last three elections haven't been able to do anything about that.

    Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

    by hannah on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 04:07:24 AM PST

    •  Congress is bought (1+ / 0-)
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      Congress merely operates on behalf of their financial backers.  Everything else, they seek to divide and conquer.... and to keep them squabbling so the rich get richer.

      •  Fine. If that is what you want to believe, go (0+ / 0-)

        It seems even some generous people are addicted to their myths.
        Congress keeps pushing the lie that it's all the money-men's fault without ever admitting that, in the U.S., unlike the euro zone, the elected legislative body is in charge of the currency.
        Similarly, Congress denies that it, as well as the legislative bodies in the states, authorizes the creation of artificial bodies (corporations) and set the conditions for their operation. So, if these legislative creations don't serve the public interest and aren't strictly controlled, who's responsible for that? Wouldn't it, logically speaking, be the people who made them?
        The Federal Reserve Bank was created by Congress. Ron Paul was correct in arguing that it could be terminated, just like DADT and DOMA. Just now we are finding out that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was created by Congress and then, probably to wash their hands of the mess, the Congress gave the governors of those two states the ability to veto any action by simply vetoing the minutes of their meetings. So, of course, the organization became a cesspool of financial corruption in the interest of promoting the personal ambitions of power-lusting politicians.

        Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

        by hannah on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 05:05:05 AM PST

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  •  Did you see John Boehner's comment yesterday? (0+ / 0-)
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, signaled in a brief hallway conversation with The Associated Press that he would oppose a broader drive to repeal the entire pension provision, which saves $6 billion over the coming decade by reducing the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working age military retirees by 1 percentage point.

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