Club Gitmo gets the Nod - Meanwhile U.S. Troop Healthcare gets the Shaft.

snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/03/02 06:54:02

Guantanamo Bay detainees will have something new to occupy their time after the completion of a brand new soccer field at the detention facility.

The new field — roughly half the size of an American football field —
will be available for use by "highly compliant" detainees at
Guantanamo's Camp 6 this spring, FOX News Channel reported Tuesday.

The project, which cost US taxpayers nearly $750,000, was started in April 2011.

A military police representative, who asked not to be identified, told
FOX that allowing outdoor activity helped reduce behavior problems at
the camps and limited the amount of interaction between detainees and

Detainees will be afforded "maximum access" of about 20 hours a day to
the facility, and will be able to get their via secured passage ways
that allow them to reach the recreation yard without the need for
military escorts.

Obama cuts military health care benefits, leaves unionized civilians untouched
Bill Gertz at the Washington Free Beacon writes
of a growing controversy in Congress and the Pentagon over the Obama
administration’s latest brainstorm for cutting our defense budget:

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military
families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while
leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched.
proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S.
officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to
increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.

The disparity in
treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash
within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.

The proposed increases
in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by
Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It
seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal
2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.

(Emphasis mine.) Military personnel have voiced
some understandable concerns about this little scheme, which could
“severely impact efforts to recruit and maintain a high-quality
all-volunteer military force.” Here’s why:

Significantly, the plan
calls for increases between 30 percent to 78 percent in Tricare annual
premiums for the first year. After that, the plan will impose five-year
increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent—more than 3 times
current levels.

According to congressional assessments, a retired Army colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048.

The new plan hits active
duty personnel by increasing co-payments for pharmaceuticals and
eliminating incentives for using generic drugs.

Veterans will also be hit with a new annual fee for a program called Tricare for Life, on top of the
monthly premiums they already pay, while some benefits will become
“means-tested” in the manner of a social program – treating them like
welfare instead of benefits for military service. Naturally, this is
all timed to begin next year and “avoid upsetting military voters in a
presidential election year,” according to critics.

There will be congressional hearings on the new
military health care policies next month. Opposition is building in
Congress, and among veterans’ organizations, including the VFW, which
has “called on all military personnel and the veterans’ community to
block the health care increases.”

Retired Navy Capt.
Kathryn M. Beasley, of the Military Officers Association of America,
said the Military Coalition, 32 military service and veterans groups
with an estimated 5 million members, is fighting the proposed healthcare
increases, specifically the use of mean-testing for cost increases.

“We think it’s
absolutely wrong,” Beasley told the Free Beacon. “This is a breach of
faith” for both the active duty and retiree communities.

A strong opponent has already emerged in the House of Representatives:

“We shouldn’t ask our
military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar
hardship on the rest of the population,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon,
chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a Republican from
California, said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “We can’t
keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.”

Besides relieving the pressure for spending
reductions in the many, many programs that Barack Obama and the
Democratic Party would rather fund than benefits for soldiers, an
important Obama political objective is served by these cuts:

Administration officials
told Congress that one goal of the increased fees is to force military
retirees to reduce their involvement in Tricare and eventually opt out
of the program in favor of alternatives established by the 2010 Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

“When they talked to us, they did mention the option of healthcare exchanges under Obamacare. So it’s in their mind,” said a congressional aide involved in the issue.

In other words, this is part of the overall
strategy to dump as many Americans as possible into those
budget-blasting “public exchanges,” which were already on course to cost
at least $460 billion by 2019. The Heritage Foundation completed a study last year that concluded this cost could more than double, if
enough private-sector employers decide to wash their hands of Obama’s
health-care nightmare and dump their employees into the public
exchanges… and that study didn’t anticipate a tidal wave of military
veterans sliding into the deficit pit.

The long-term goal of provoking utter collapse in
the ObamaCare “hybrid” of public control and private insurance will be
met more swiftly, paving the way for the same people who shoved the
ObamaCare fraud down America’s throat to declare the only real solution is a total government takeover: single-payer socialized medicine.

Congratulations, soldiers! You’ve been “recruited”
into an operation Barack Obama considers much more important than
national defense.
That’s a fair assessment, isn’t it, liberals? After
all, you’re always insisting that public funding is the sole measure of
how much “America cares” about any other topic. Cutting those
compulsory tax “investments” means the heartless budget-cutter just
doesn’t “care” about the people who will be “harmed” by the cuts. That
must certainly apply to the military – one of the very few programs our
central government actually is authorized to spend money on by the Constitution. If not, can you explain why not?

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  • Simi Dave 2012/03/05 21:51:38
    Simi Dave
    You gotta love this “president”!!
  • holly go lightly 2012/03/04 05:18:52
    holly go lightly
    I am going to need that barf bag again
  • snell/G... holly g... 2012/03/04 20:35:26
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    wait just one second - its being passed around.
  • holly g... snell/G... 2012/03/05 18:52:30
    holly go lightly
  • Rick 2012/03/03 05:21:09
    Illegals and moocher class suck of the sacred cows tit (have done nothing), while the military have given all and continue to get the shaft! I say shut off the valve to these leeches and stick to the promises that we the military have been promised and deserve!
  • Arizona1950 2012/03/03 03:20:36
    [sigh] sometimes its just all too much ...
  • snell/G... Arizona... 2012/03/04 20:36:13
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    wahts the matta AZ - havin' a bad hair day???? lol '-)))
  • Arizona... snell/G... 2012/03/04 21:36:52
    probably ... it is hard to manage.
  • Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥ 2012/03/03 02:27:03
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Very sickening. It gets worse and what a waste of tax payers money.He Never cared for US troops or Americans.
  • Marlow ~ Let There Be Light 2012/03/03 02:13:42
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Sickening, isn't it?

    gitmo club
  • Pearlie... Marlow ... 2012/03/03 02:28:04
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Makes me want to puke ...
  • snell/G... Pearlie... 2012/03/04 20:37:01
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    ....hold on! you're next after Holly .....LMAO
  • Pearlie... snell/G... 2012/03/05 02:01:46
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/03/03 01:45:01 (edited)
    Demonic Rat Hunter
    And the Lefties wonder why we see them and especially the obama as illegal loving, Muzzy loving America Hating Communists.

    liberals against america liberals against america liberals against america

    Just once why don't you do the right thing lefties.

    liberals against america
  • BlueMax372 2012/03/02 22:29:36
    This is what we get for not fulfilling our obligations to our oaths and removing this cancer from our White House at the outset, when if became apparent that he is, in fact, illegitimate.
  • Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/03/02 19:51:24 (edited)
    Let me think about this....Keeping GITMO detainees happy is more important to the Obama Administration.Then keeping the promise of affordable lifetime medical insurance to American Vets and their dependents.

    Does anybody else see a pattern developing here,like me!
  • snell/G... Stevern... 2012/03/02 20:37:36
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    how do YOU spell s-o-c-i-a-l-i-s t medicine???
  • Marie-Jacqueline 2012/03/02 19:23:35
  • BlueMax372 Marie-J... 2012/03/03 19:06:36
    Please, by all means, supply us the names of the Guantanamo prisoners who have been tried and acquitted.
  • Marie-J... BlueMax372 2012/03/03 20:12:29
    That is true they aren't tried and acquitted.
    It maybe not the cartoon that represents the actual facts of Guantanamo Bay.

    However one point still stands.
    If a foreign nation did that what the U.S. did, to place people outside the law, to strip them of their Human Rights, to even torture them.
    Only by suspecting them, not proven guilty.

    I think all hell would break loose in the U.S. if a foreign nation would do that to Americans
    Placing yourself above national and international law, is a slippery slope; the U.S. hasn't stop sliding on it yet.
    It is a black page for the U.S. and I think history will prove it to be.

    USA international law
  • BlueMax372 Marie-J... 2012/03/03 21:08:50
    Tell me what beheading journalists comes under in international law. Tell me what desecrating the bodies of our troops and civilian advisers constitutes. The detainees at Gitmo are enemy combatants, not covered by any article of the Geneva Convention. They are not members of an organized national military force. Legally, they COULD have been summarily executed once captured on the battlefield. Instead, we imprisoned them in conditions far better than those they "enjoyed" in their home countries and yes, we "tortured" them, subjecting them to no more harsh interrogation techniques than our own troops are subjected to in training. I wish I could acquaint you with all the facts because you do seem to be at least reasonable.
  • Gooky 2012/03/02 17:33:13
    Are there any stinking liberals out there that doubt where their messiah's heart lies?It sure as phuck isn't with our Military or the people of "our" country!
  • snell/G... Gooky 2012/03/02 20:38:33
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    actually 'our' country is NOT (their) country......
  • keeper 2012/03/02 17:28:08
    This is obscene!!! Who the sam hill approved a 3/4 million dollar expenditure?????
  • pumpkin... keeper 2012/03/05 04:38:41
    Well they probably saved money by not building stadium rooms, showers, and a shaved ice stand.
  • keeper pumpkin... 2012/03/05 05:06:18
    They had to keep it under $750,000 or they would have needed senate approval,,,so the price tag came in at $744,000!!!
  • EWH53~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/03/02 17:26:23
    Screw our military and make the terrorists happy.

    Not hard to guess who Zero supports!
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/03/02 16:55:55
    And I thought that was a goofy Rush Limbaugh catch phrase. BHO just made it real.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/03/02 16:55:18
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    I wonder how the gullible that voted for him feel about him now? Cuts for the Military,and seniors,high unemploment,High price of oil.,food,health care. I want to see then defend his dismal record. The price of a gallon Gas on average in 1/20,2009 was $1.78 when oblameBush took over..Unemploment was at 4-1/2%... Step up and defend> ddd
  • pumpkin... jumpboo... 2012/03/05 04:42:04
    Why? The media hardly ever talks bad about him and most of the talking heads are not done criticizing Bush. So unless a full court press, like they gave Bush, slams into him they won't see him as a failure.
  • jumpboo... pumpkin... 2012/03/05 05:27:59
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Sad but true.
  • bob'45 2012/03/02 14:45:43
    The next thing coming down this disgusting road will probably be.....THE GITMO BED and BREAKFAST. If this doesn't anger every American, then nothing will!!! Our military comes first.... PERIOD. Lord help this country, if we get another four years of the present regime.
  • bob'45 bob'45 2012/03/02 15:15:01
  • snell/G... bob'45 2012/03/04 20:41:34
  • snell/G... bob'45 2012/03/04 20:40:06
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    About the best thing to be expected from a scenario like that is 'sunny-side up with a rack of ham' each and every morning - served, and if need be, forcefed to our illustrous guests!
  • bob'45 snell/G... 2012/03/04 20:43:06
    AMEN snell. :-)
  • Chi~Cat 2012/03/02 14:08:10 (edited)
    Saw this on Fox earlier this week...have you seen the before and after shots? Pretty dandy, I would say...what next? Hot tubs, Massueses, manis/pedis, catered 3 squares? What a joke. Spender-in-Chief's little butt boys insist that is for the good of the terrorists' (who want to kill AMERICANS) morale. Morale? I got morale for those wipes...not pretty. What a loser administration this is....they wouldn't hesitate to kill US and behead Westerners, yet this happens and comes out of taxpayers dollars....?! Our military has to pay even more for health care?! "Absurdity beyond comprehension" is the new campaign slogan for the Hater-in-Chief. He MUST GO.

    What next? Re-open the unused Go-Kart track there?
  • Charu ∞... Chi~Cat 2012/03/02 14:49:55
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
  • snell/G... Chi~Cat 2012/03/04 20:43:39 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    could always use the 'detainees' as flat exchange - just wrap one around the rim - and
    they're in business again! LMAO
    flat tire in arabia
  • Chi~Cat snell/G... 2012/03/04 20:50:02 (edited)
    you mean like this? Triangle...feed to their azzhats lol pigs in a blanket pigs in a blanket pigs in a blanket LMFAO!!!!!!!!

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