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    Tuition-aid cuts

    DoD urges ‘significant’ tuition assistance cuts

    By Jeff Schogol - Staff writer
    Posted : Friday Mar 8, 2013 10:04:02 EST

    The Air Force is considering whether to curtail tuition assistance after the Defense Department told all of the services to consider cutting funding for the program, officials said.

    The Army and Marine Corps have both decided to suspend their tuition assistance programs. Soldiers and Marines can finish the current semester, but the services are not allowing new enrollments. ... Click here to read the rest of the story.

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    This is crazy making all of these cuts. This will not stop the wasteful spending. Going to school while serving this great country is one of the greatest things that can be offered to us as a military member. To have our elected officials to drop this is a disgrace to the uniform. Benefits are earned as a member of service to our country. This needs to be fixed. Cutting jobs and education are not the way to do it. The mess that is going on has to be fixed before people start losing their homes, cars and everything in life they worked hard to get. We are all in a mess that the common soldier or American citizen has no say so. Stop blaming each other’s parties and fix this mess. We are Americans lets act like it. We are better than this stop cutting earned benefits and job hours.

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    The one thing in the budget that is actually mandated by the constitution is taking the biggest cuts while Obama plays gold with Tiger Woods. No wonder why they want to label military returning from OS as crazy and should keep us from guns. The French Monarch would have put in guiliteen(sp) if they knew what was coming.
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    Unfortunately, cuts have to be made somewhere.

    I agree education is important. However, the powers that be have to look at the tradeoffs and see what can be supported. They are (hopefully) looking at a larger picture than we are, and trying to avoid tossing out the baby with the bathwater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Bosun View Post
    Unfortunately, cuts have to be made somewhere.

    I agree education is important. However, the powers that be have to look at the tradeoffs and see what can be supported. They are (hopefully) looking at a larger picture than we are, and trying to avoid tossing out the baby with the bathwater.
    What have the cuts that have been made to congress and the POTUS benefits and pay? We peons are being targeted first. "Let them eat cake".
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    Quote Originally Posted by WILDJOKER5 View Post
    What have the cuts that have been made to congress and the POTUS benefits and pay? We peons are being targeted first. "Let them eat cake".
    As a whole - none. I've heard there is a Constitutional issue involved that prevents that from happening, but I have not heard the specific section cited that applies.

    On an individual level, some (and I only know of a couple who happen to be Democrats) who have agreed to do without their pay for each day furloughs are in effect for the civilian employees.

    At least the bread and butter issues for the military are (so far) not being affected as far as I know. By that, I mean pay and subsistance.

    Personally, I think we all need to have very long memories in 2014 and 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIRborne184 View Post
    This is crazy making all of these cuts. This will not stop the wasteful spending. Going to school while serving this great country is one of the greatest things that can be offered to us as a military member. To have our elected officials to drop this is a disgrace to the uniform. Benefits are earned as a member of service to our country. This needs to be fixed. Cutting jobs and education are not the way to do it. The mess that is going on has to be fixed before people start losing their homes, cars and everything in life they worked hard to get. We are all in a mess that the common soldier or American citizen has no say so. Stop blaming each other’s parties and fix this mess. We are Americans lets act like it. We are better than this stop cutting earned benefits and job hours.

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    The American citizen does have a say. We, as whole, voted the exact same people into power (The White House, Senate, and House of Rep) back in Nov that caused this mess in the first place knowing all too well that nothing would change unless we voted new leaders and representatives in.
    Fortunatly we will have to power to change our government again in just 20 months from now. I just hope that the american people will finally say enough is enough and vote for some real change in our elected leaders......

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    Good luck on that with the 'Electoral Vote'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyskcs View Post
    The American citizen does have a say. We, as whole, voted the exact same people into power (The White House, Senate, and House of Rep) back in Nov that caused this mess in the first place knowing all too well that nothing would change unless we voted new leaders and representatives in.
    Fortunatly we will have to power to change our government again in just 20 months from now. I just hope that the american people will finally say enough is enough and vote for some real change in our elected leaders......
    I agree. Not only that, but the sequester was already written as law BEFORE the elections occured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efmbman View Post
    I agree. Not only that, but the sequester was already written as law BEFORE the elections occured.
    I understand that these are across the board cuts. I get that. But what I don't understand is why these cuts are being made like this. No one is actually taking the time to analyze where to cut -- heck, just taking a chopping block and cutting without even looking at where the waste actually is. And there is waste out there - no doubt about it. I don't know, but I didn't vote for this. I am sure the people who did vote didn't anticipate getting screwed over either. They voted with the hope that these elected officials were going to do their jobs and come up with a budget. And cutting across the board is not a budget in my book. Anyone can do that - I am a high school graduate and can do that. These are people with the big fancy law and economic degrees who get paid to avoid these kind of problems. They are not, and haven't been, doing their jobs. No accountability. If I performed like these lawmakers I would have been terminated years ago. I have a checking account that I am expected to manage in order to avoid writing bad checks. I am held accountable if I spend more than I earn. That's what needs to be done: accountability. I agree there is a lot of apathy among the public but these lawmakers have a lot of apathy as well -- they only care about their own agendas and step on those that they are supposed to serve. These lawmakers work for us, but they act (and perform) as though we work for them. And if I were President I wouldn't even be seen near a golf course or out on vacation until this budget crisis was solved. He hasn't done anything to deserve a vacation.



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