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September 22, 2005

GOP leaders: Cut military benefits to pay for Katrina

If the GOP keeps protecting their rich supporters from tax increases, they are inevitably going to piss off other parts of their constituences, like military members and veterans:

A group of House Republicans have proposed a plan to offset the costs of relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina that includes trimming military quality-of-life programs...
Their offset list includes three provisions aimed at military quality-of-life programs:

Service members would be offered cash if they are willing to accept reduced health care benefits for their families. “The less comprehensive plan would encourage individuals to be more cost-conscious when purchasing health care products by including deductibles, co-payments and a maximum annual out-of-pocket expenditure limit,” according to a written explanation provided by the study group. Reduced health care benefits could save $2.4 billion over 10 years.

The stateside system of elementary and secondary schools for military family members could be closed, saving $788 million over 10 years, the study says.

This latter proposal, of course, doesn't save "government" any money. It just dumps the costs on local governments.

Or the GOP can piss off seniors by delaying or cutting the Medicare Prescription drug benefit.

Or the GOP can piss off local communities by cutting public infrastructure in the highway bill.

At some point, some of the GOP has to look around and tell Grover Norquist to suck it up-- and they'll take the money out of a few rich shareholders to avoid having a revolt among their actual voters.

Posted by Nathan at September 22, 2005 09:57 AM