Sequestration is going to cut some money from the military budget. Not nearly enough, but some. And of course that’s a huge problem for some of the Beltway Commandos who get hard when they hear the words “military industrial complex”. While cutting the food stamps of 900,000 veterans meant nothing to them, they get the vapors over the scrapping of a 90s era weapons system that the pentagon didn’t even want in the first place.
Two of the GOP geniuses in the Do-Nothing Congress are so upset about cutting the pentagon budget that is as much as the next 10 countries combined that they came up with a plan. To save the bloated military budget from suffering even one penny to be cut, we should instead cut Social Security.
Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) are introducing theProvide for the Common Defense Act on Tuesday… Specifically, the plan would change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security, using a measurement called “chained CPI.” The result would be less money in the pockets of beneficiaries. It would also increase federal employee retirement contributions and means-test Medicare premiums. Critics of means-testing argue that such a change would undermine the popularity of the program, turning it into welfare for lower-income Americans.
I dare say that there are no Democrats, however execrable some blue dogs and old timee DLC conservo/moderates are, who would think that such a plan would be okay enough to express in public. Nope. Only 2013 Tea Party-brand Republicans would think such things and say them out loud.
They need to go away.