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I'm not sure why Congress thinks that we military families can afford to contribute to our own retirement. Federal employees will still get their entitled retirement benefits without change so why is it that the military will have to suffer yet again?
I guess J and I are "lucky" to not have children on his pay. If we had children like many of my friends with the same pay grade we'd not be able to contribute a single dime to the proposed changes. I know of a few families that can barely afford to feed and clothe themselves on their wages.
Just yesterday J comes home from work and tells me that his co-worker is having to sell his wife's engagement ring because money is tight that month due to a bank error. They are also selling the game systems and anything else they can afford to part with just to make sure that there is food on the table this month and gas in the tank.
So if they are the normal, a family of four or five on the same pay that J gets, how, just tell me how are they supposed to find money to contribute to their retirement fund?
Congress is making a big mistake by messing with the military benefits. They are going to have a lot of the young troops refusing to stay in the military because its just not worth what they are willing to risk.
I would rather see my commissary and exchange hours cut or possibly disappear than to have to lose the retirement program that is in place right now. Much as I don't like to shop off post, because shopping at the exchange means that the money I do spend goes to fund MWR projects in my community, I would go off post if it means that the retirement plan would be kept in place.
I have no voice. My opinion counts for nothing. Congress and the President will do as they see fit. But I have yet to see anything good come of this particular presidency. We are further in debt, our gas prices and food prices are higher and more benefits have been cut. Foolish spending by our government in the big company bailouts have caused more poverty.
I'm just a handicapped person with no job, no children, and no retirement plan. I have no voice.
But I'm still pissed.