New York State Senator Chuck Schumer wants to address state budget issues by stripping military veterans of their full retirement benefits. The shocking proposal was made even more outrageous when Schumer declared that members of Congress like himself should not be force to take a paycut. The budget plan was also brokered by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray
The bill calls for all military service personnel under the age of 62 to take a one percent cut to their retirement benefits. Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you’re going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It’s small,” said Schumer to MSNBC’s Morning Joe. They’re going to have to pay a tiny, little bit into it, which they never have.”
Schumer also justified not wanting Congress members to take a cut because they haven’t seen a pay raise “in a long time” and are paying more for health insurance. However, the New York Senator can clearly afford to pay more. The average salary for a U.S. Senator is $174,000 and it’s likely that Schumer makes far more than this. Meanwhile the average pension for a retired veteran was $9,669 in 2011.
Attacks on the military have also been waged by the Obama administration. One veteran Army intelligence official who spoke to WND on the condition of anonymity said that nine general and flag officers have been relieved of their duties this year alone, while the President has released nearly 200 senior officers over the last five years.