Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) played Scrooge this week announcing, “It’s time for retired veterans to face cuts as the federal government looks for ways to trim expenditures. Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you're going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It's small," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Seeking the military vote doesn’t seem to be a priority for the liberal senator.
The 2014 budget crafted by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray directly says that, “Military service personnel under the age of 62 would take a one percent cut to retirement benefits.”
Obviously those active members of the armed services are not happy.
But as Schumer added, "I think (Rep.) Paul Ryan and (Sen.) Patty Murray looked everywhere they could to try and find compromise. Everybody had to take a little. They're going to have to pay a tiny, little bit into it, which they never have."
Here’s the catch to Schumer’s logic:
The New York liberal doesn’t feel Congress should be forced to take a pay cut. He said (get out your air bag) that “they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise in a long time," pleading that most congressmen are now paying more for healthcare insurance.
"We have taken pretty big cuts," he said.
The Democrats have been the most disgruntled about unemployment benefits being cut off to many who have already been receiving them through at least two extensions without finding a job.
It’s fascinating to see a politician’s priorities – especially a liberal one eager to spend your money, but not their own.
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