Congress should cut its own entitlements

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:56 AM

Miguel R. Serda, Jr.


In Congress, many on the right are adamant about cutting spending by either reducing or doing away with so-called entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, etc. In the early 60s, as a young man, I was told, like so many millions of others, that if we were to spend 20 or more years in our country’s military, we would all be covered for life with health care. Today many of us who did our 20 years-plus, in defense of our country, our freedom and way of life have been lied to and have had the laws changed on us.

I, along with the millions of others who are military retirees over 65 years of age are covered 80 percent by medicare and 20 percent by Tricare. We have a certain percentage taken out of retirement checks for Medicare and we have taxes from our Social Security checks. How can they be called entitlements when we have, and are still paying for them while those in Congress are getting better deals than those who served, while many don’t have one second of military service?

I guess they are entitled to better treatment than those of us who made their lives and the lives of their families better, huh? So, if those in Congress who are adamant and serious about spending cuts, why don’t they lead by example and cut their own entitlements before they do that to those who have sacrifice so much for our country and its citizens? Many of those same individuals in Congress can afford much more than most of us on a military pension, and who have to pay in many cases, for our prescriptions that the base pharmacy doesn’t carry, along with our immunizations like shingles and other illnesses.

Come on Congress, don’t just talk the talk, start by walking the walk and lead by example.

Miquel R. Serda, Jr.


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