NY Times Thinks Military Pensions Are Welfare Benefits


The dictionary defines “welfare” as “Financial or other aid provided, especially by the government, to people in need.” And according to Roget’s Thesaurus, the synonyms for “welfare” include “public assistance, public works, social aid, unemployment benefits, child welfare, federal aid, poverty program, Social Security, the dole”.
I have a question for FOTM readers who work for a non-government entity and has paid into its retirement system:

“Do you think of your pension as WELFARE?”

No?
I have news for the retired and serving members of the United States Military:
The New York Times thinks your pension is WELFARE.
This is what the Times‘ reporters James Dao and Mary Williams wrote in “Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts,” September 18, 2011:

As Washington looks to squeeze savings from once-sacrosanct entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, another big social welfare system is growing as rapidly, but with far less scrutiny: the health and pension benefits of military retirees.

Military pensions and health care for active and retired troops now cost the government about $100 billion a year, representing an expanding portion of both the Pentagon budget — about $700 billion a year, including war costs — and the national debt, which together finance the programs.

Nice to know that the New York Times thinks your military pension is synonymous with “public assistance” and the dole”!
~Eowyn

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Anonymous

Those lazy, freeloading military veterans and retirees who don’t do anything useful like vote Democrat for their money… lousy “racist” deadbeats! (Of course, it’s not fair that the heroes at SIEU and ACORN who voted fifteen times in ’08 and beat up TEA Partiers– not to mention Al Gore and Michael Moore– have to work for a living, for the NYT’s left/liberal audience.)

Dave
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Dave

That’s okay.
I think the NYT is birdcage liner.
And its other use is fuel for my pair of nifty Weber charcoal chimneys.
-Dave

DCG
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DCG

Whatever…no one reads this crap.

Robert Hebert
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Robert Hebert

I’m a retired Marine, drawing welfare according to NYT, but when the insurection occurs and it will, I will teach liberals what I learn in my 21 yrs. in the Corps. It will make Hitler look like a choir boy. No mercy. Keep your powder dry. We are coming.

Joan
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Hey, I like Dave’s comment, that the NYT is a bird cage liner! Fabulous! IDIOTS AND MORE IDIOTS!

Bill
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Bill

Military “pensions” paid by the VA for non-retirees ARE welfare.