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  •  I know, they played that so beautifully (13+ / 0-)

    Didn't they.  But you and I have both heard Conservatives around us say this is finally the crack in the dam, and they are looking forward to gutting to come.

    They speak the truth in the backroom, and then come out before the cameras playing good cop/bad cop, playing the crowd like violins.

    You inspire me to hang in there moving military family issues forward on the leftwing.  It gets hard sometimes, it gets really hard.

    •  try not to panic (1+ / 0-)
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      I think the Dems will make fuss over this next year and moving forward as was hinted in the article: by daring the Reps to keep the cuts in place just so that the wealthiest can keep their tax deductions. That positioning will hurt Reps at the polls. They will yield and revert cuts or else end up losing to Dems, who can then change the law back. The current budget deal gets many things that could be worse, and it's certainly not the end of the story. And COLA doesn't even have an effect of much significance unless you go out farther into the future (so passing the law today can easily be halted without major losses in the next few years.. and the pay can be reverted easily).

      •  But it won't be fixed. I have dealt with this (6+ / 0-)

        stuff during the years my husband has been in the military, during his fight for VA benefits.  Once you lose a benefit, it is never, ever given back.  They will go after military healthcare next.  Tricare is already in their sites.  We better not be blindsided by this, it is in the works now, I have heard rumors that scare the hell out of me.  Like huge increase in cost of tricare prime for retirees, especially if they live far from a military base.  And increased co-pays.  It will hurt us even more financially if they do that.  I also worry about VA benefits, so far I haven't heard anything there but how long before that is in their sites?  I am truely worried that we are all about to get screwed by congress and the president is just going to let it happen.  Both sides of the political spectrum are willing to do this from what I see and have heard.

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