As a Marine widow for a decade, and technically in a similar military pay classification as Foley’s father-in-law (except with two young daughters I was able to benefit from the earned-income tax credit) I take exception to Foley’s wild reaching theory that we should all be outraged. To the contrary, I understand perfectly well what Romney was trying to say to his supporters, and the fact is, Romney was absolutely right. The people to which he was referring probably don’t care about taxes. Why should they, if they aren’t paying any?
Unfortunately for Foley and his class-warfare rhetoric, most senior citizens and retired military are not in the subset mentioned by Romney. But we recognize Foley’s straw man, and aren’t impressed at the fancy words trying to loop us into the lie. For example, we are well aware of the Democrats’ multiple attempts over decades to disenfranchise the largely conservative military vote. We are well aware that Democrats want to raise our Tricare health insurance premiums almost 300 percent, forcing us to come over to Obamacare (that was after Obama tried to suggest our combat vets, widows and orphans should pay for their own medical insurance).
And we are all too aware that if Obama is re-elected, the U.S. Defense budget will be decimated to a point from which it may not return, all at a time when our families have repeatedly sacrificed, the Middle East is in flames, terrorist flags fly above our U.S. embassies and Obama busies himself not with Daily Security Briefings but schmoozing with rap stars and late night comedy buffoons.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s Fact Sheet #95, Obama has overseen cuts or delays in “more than 50 major weapons programs at a value of more than $300 billion. The Administration told the military to cut almost $600 billion more over the next 15 years.” Even more alarming, U.S. forces are facing “sequestration,” an immediate result of Obama’s intentional plan to undermine our defense, a sector he openly promised he would cut. Under this Obama policy, our defense budget is forecast to be cut almost 41 percent in the next decade, while massive public entitlement programs would only be cut 12 to 14 percent.
So thanks, Mr. Foley, for giving it the old college try. We military families, FYI, almost always consider ourselves Americans first, not part of some special interest group the Democrats think they can sway with straw men and inflammatory language. These cuts will affect us. They might even cause the deaths of those we love. It’s not rhetoric or politics for us, you see. It’s real.
Laura Armstrong Acworth