There are a lot more in the military than in congress, so reducing their own benefits would make by comparison little difference to the economy.
So let’s continue that line of thinking … there are a lot more entitlement drawing citizens than in the military, so reducing their own benefits would make by comparison little difference to the economy. That said, considering Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security account for 56.2% of the budget (or about $1.5 trillion) … you could achieve the same savings by impacting more people by a smaller amount. And without screwing over people who have done far more for their country than the majority of those in that cateogry.
“Oh nos … he’s gonna take our money.” But politicians will screw the smallest populations first because that’s less loss voters for their re-election campaigns. And once those veterans end up unemployed thanks to the defense drawdown, they’ll just be part of the entitlement drawing masses anyway right?
Washington Post’s Interactive View of 2011 Budget
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