UPDATED: Congress Cuts Military Pensions To Pay For 3D Pizza, Brothels & Romance Novels
UPDATED: The Senate has passed this deal by a vote of 64 to 36! Sign our petition and demand a repeal of the cuts to our veterans pensions!!
By now most of you have heard, Congress has reached a deal on the debt that jacks up reckless spending and pays for it by cutting military pensions!
Thats right, politicians in Washington D.C. are taking from our nation’s heroes and even our wounded vets to fund their pork-barrel projects!
If you aren’t outraged yet, check out some of these things the government is blowing money on that were “more important” than our veterans, and active military and sign our petition to stop this madness:
- $914,000 for “popular romance” books & movies: The Popular Romance Project has received nearly $1 million from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) since 2010 to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs and internet fan fiction…
- $125,000 for 3-D pizza makers: NASA gave a $124,955 grant to Arjun Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a small company hoping to build a 3-D pizza printer as part of space-exploration mission supplies.
- $17.5 million for brothel tax exemptions in Nevada: $17.5 million has gone to brothels in Nevada that have claimed tax exemptions for everything from breast implants to “free passes” that were deemed part of promotional costs and eligible for deductions by the IRS.
- $50 million for reproduced “Google searches”: $50 million to National Technical Information Services, an agency that charges for reports that often can be found for free through a Google search.
- $360,00 in bed-rest study compensation: NASA is paying 20 people $18,000 each to spend 70 days lying in bed. As part of a bed-rest study, they have to have their bodies tilted slightly downward but are free to play games or watch TV.
- $285,000 for rock ’n’ roll : The federal government’s “trade arm” funded the music industry as the American Association of Independent Music received $284,300 this year from the International Trade Administration for the first time.
- $10,000 for “Pole” dancing: Through a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a group called PowerUP Project features the linemen and electrical technicians of an Austin, Texas, power company who engage in performance art in a choreographed “ninety minute dance with bucket trucks, cranes and field trucks, and a set of 20 utility poles, all set before a live audience.”
It is clear, after reading those examples that politicians in Washington are wildly out of touch with the men and women of our military and those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to keep us safe. That is why we have begun a petition that we want you all to sign!
The U.S. Senate votes to authorize this bill tonight, so act fast. Sign and share this petition now!
A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Disabled retirees were previously thought to be exempt from the changes to military retiree pay, which could cost servicemembers up to $124,000 over a 20-year period.
The Free Beacon previously reported that military retirees under the age of 62 would receive 1 percentage point less in their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the plan crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D., Wash.).
The section of the U.S. code that has been altered also applies to disabled servicemembers, many of whom have been wounded in combat.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, called the change “unthinkable.”
“It has been asserted that the controversial change to military retirees’ pensions affects those who are ‘working-age’ and ‘still in their working years,’ with the clear suggestion being that these individuals are able to work,” Sessions said in a statement. “That’s why I was deeply troubled when my staff and I discovered that even individuals who have been wounded and suffered a service-related disability could see their pensions reduced under this plan.”
“It is unthinkable that this provision would be included in a deal that spares current civilian workers from the same treatment,” he said. “An equivalent amount of savings and more can be easily found, and I hope the Senate will move to address the unbalanced treatment of our service members before considering the legislation any further.”