Many members of my Air Force family are feeling the pain of the sequester. A benefit they receive for their military service has been suspended due to sequester “cuts.” The Military Tuition Assistance program helps members of our Armed Forces offset the cost of college and helps them achieve their educational goals. I myself used the program to complete my degree program while I was active duty and was grateful it was there. Yesterday those educational goals were put on hold for many after the Air Force announced it was suspending its popular Tuition Assistance program for the remainder of the fiscal year and possibly into the next fiscal year.
We have an all volunteer force that is woefully underpaid for the job they do each day. These unselfish highly trained and highly skilled warriors are willing to put their lives on the line to make sure we as a people remain free. They are in short America’s finest and they don’t deserve this. The sequester is nothing more than a political scam being perpetrated on a mostly uninformed electorate. It doesn’t cut anything. It reduces the amount of “projected” spending for the next eight years, which still increases over the period. The below chart displays just how much of a scam this is.
So as you can see a two percent reduction in “projected” defense spending in a eight year time period is one of the driving forces behind suspending Tuition Assistance for our military members. A two percent reduction in “projected” spending for Non-defense Discretionary spending has forced the White House to shut down tours of the White House. Folks do you see how much of a scam this is? The chart pretty much displays it in all its glory. And none of this pain is justified and yet for some reason still not known we’re feeling it. It’s insulting. It’s time for both parties to get off their asses and start doing what’s right for America and pass a budget. It’s time to get our spending under control so we can keep the promises we made to those who are willing to put their lives on the line each day so that we can remain free.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!