posted on Dec, 24 2013 @ 09:24 PM
reply to post by TDawgRex
I didn't factor 'sacrifice' into my reply ... as that is one deep
rabbit hole. Of course, TPTB don't want that incorporated into the
equation either, because the true cost of National Security would make the standing army we have today come quickly into alignment with what is
required by the Constitution.
Personally, I'd walk away from my retirement check if everyone else would. That would leave a LOT more available to people like you who got broke.
I'm broke too, but not so bad that I applied for those benefits. My elbow doesn't work right, my ankle hurts everyday, my knees took above average
wear-and-tear ... but that's sacrifice ... and I gave that up for my monthly pay ... not my retirement check ... it was a choice ... and there were
NEVER any other pre-conceived notions on my part.
After taxes, my retirement pay is LESS than a grand a month. Four-star generals are taking home 25 times that amount (capped). They retire into jobs
that hand them $$millions$$ in bonuses which you and I could never dream of. And ... if they ever put themselves physically into harm's way ... it
was only for the opportunity to claim 'hero' status later on in life. I doubt ANY of them would put themselves into the state of constant risk that
is the enlisted-man's reality ... and yet ... we allow 'them' to get away with it.
My parents taught me never to bring up a problem without offering a solution. Here's mine: The American People need to figure out if 'retirement'
should even be a consideration for government employees. They should then set an entitlement limit. Anyone drawing retirement below that level
should get an incremental (percentage) increase towards that target ... and anyone above should face the opposite. No matter which side of the line
you fall on, you will reach that target in three years. ****Get that proposal in front of Congress and TPTB would completely lose it**** ... but it
would be FAIR.