Target: U.S. Representative Paul Ryan
Goal: Retract budget plan that cuts veteran pensions
U.S. Representative Paul Ryan has just unveiled his new budget plan, which intends to save money by reducing pensions for veterans. To be clear, his plan for saving the federal government a relatively marginal sum of money ($6 billion over 10 years) is to take that money away from the people who have risked their lives and limbs for the sake of their country. These pensions are not just handouts, they are the money promised to and earned by those who have served their time in the military.
Not only do veterans deserve their full pensions and much more for their sacrifice, they are almost undeniably those most in need of their pensions, as many of them have enormous medical bills to pay for. To think that there isn’t anything else in the entire federal budget we could cut to save $6 billion over ten years is simply ludicrous. The military actually lost more than that while at war with Iraq, as in they completely misplaced it, and they did so in a much shorter time span than this 10 year plan.
In a government with a yearly revenue in the trillions, it is unconscionable to suggest that our military veterans don’t deserve the money they’ve already been promised. We now have charities trying to pay for veteran rehabilitation because our government refuses to take care of the very people who protect us with their own lives. Paul Ryan should apologize for ever saying such a thing, and he must retract any budget proposal with a plan like this.
Dear Representative Ryan,
The people who risk their lives and limbs to protect our nation and the government you work for deserve a lot more than just a pension, and for you to propose that their pensions should be cut is no different than shooting yourself in the foot. Who is going to stand up for your federal authority if you take away every incentive to defend it?
Many veterans return home in dire need of physical or mental rehabilitation, and in this country those things come at a great cost, a cost that most soldiers cannot afford on their own. Veterans have begun to rely on charities to pay their medical bills, bills they only have because of what they did to serve their country. You claimed that your budget proposal would “do the right thing,” but you couldn’t be more wrong. Please apologize and retract your budget proposal immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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