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  • BKnight3
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    Originally posted by III Corps View Post
    Pretty much all of them.
    This is true.

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  • wolfhnd
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    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
    TriCare charges a premium like any other insurance company to a majority of its users, and when you hit 65 TriCare converts to MediCare. I don't see that in your pie chart.
    The pie chart was only to illustrate how differently an accountant sees military spending from the public. The vast majority of Americans want their veterans taken care of but at the same time want military spending cut. That is unless the useless base that needs cut is in their state or their brother in law works in the defence industry. Your assertion that the government doesn't represent the interest of those who are represented runs up against the realities of divided self interest.

    If we see veterans as just another special interest group any attempt to help them will be hindered. If on the other hand the majority of Americans really wanted to help veterans then institutions like the V.A. would get reformed. The problem always seems to be that people want things but don't want to pay for them.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
    The military budget is pretty thin in reality and many people think it goes mostly to operations and equipment. The truth is that people are a huge part of the cost.

    Personnel Costs May Overwhelm Department of Defense Budget



    http://mercatus.org/publication/pers...defense-budget

    Considering the nature of the job benefits remain unreasonably low but that is not how accountants see it. What accountants see is a disportionate amount of the budget going to individuals no longer part of the "mission". Accountants also don't deal with the "politics". Everyone has their fingers in the Defence budget from Senators to Drug Companies.

    We live in a society where getting what you can within the legal boundaries is admired. Little consideration is given to moral or ethical standards and regulation is seen as graft. While we don't need more laws and regulations we could use a bit of ethical peer pressure in society in general. Next time the company or agency you work for does something unethical leak it to the press. Unfortunately the current White house has one of the worst records in history when it comes to whistleblowers.
    TriCare charges a premium like any other insurance company to a majority of its users, and when you hit 65 TriCare converts to MediCare. I don't see that in your pie chart.

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  • Mountain Man
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    I don't know.

    The simple answer is to insist that our government representatives do their jobs properly, but we all know what a joke that concept is.

    The Declaration of Independence requires us to revolt if our government stops serving us properly, and I understand more than ever now why that was put in that document, because governments evolve to become self-serving, not public serving.

    however, the government made contracts with its service men and women, and those contracts will be honored if only because the government itself insists that we honor our obligations to it, and they therefore will follow the same rules we have to.

    The last thing this government can afford to do is break faith with those who defend it.

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  • wolfhnd
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    The question I have for you Mountain Man is how can we deal with issues inside the V.A. when there is a mountain of other similar problems to deal with.

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  • III Corps
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    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
    ...What kind of a drug company charges a vet $1000 per dose of medication?...
    Pretty much all of them.

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  • wolfhnd
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    The military budget is pretty thin in reality and many people think it goes mostly to operations and equipment. The truth is that people are a huge part of the cost.

    Personnel Costs May Overwhelm Department of Defense Budget



    http://mercatus.org/publication/pers...defense-budget

    Considering the nature of the job benefits remain unreasonably low but that is not how accountants see it. What accountants see is a disportionate amount of the budget going to individuals no longer part of the "mission". Accountants also don't deal with the "politics". Everyone has their fingers in the Defence budget from Senators to Drug Companies.

    We live in a society where getting what you can within the legal boundaries is admired. Little consideration is given to moral or ethical standards and regulation is seen as graft. While we don't need more laws and regulations we could use a bit of ethical peer pressure in society in general. Next time the company or agency you work for does something unethical leak it to the press. Unfortunately the current White house has one of the worst records in history when it comes to whistleblowers.

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  • Mountain Man
    started a topic VA THreatens To Close Hospitals

    VA THreatens To Close Hospitals

    Looking for more money again, even though they haven't fixed the problems that continue to deny timely care to vets.

    WASHINGTON The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current budget year, VA officials warned Monday.
    The VA told Congress that it needs to cover shortfalls caused by an increased demand by veterans for health care, including costly treatments for hepatitis C. The agency also is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other steps to close a funding gap for the budget year that ends Sept. 30.
    The VA said it wants authority to use up to $3 billion from the new Veterans Choice program to close the budget gap, with as much as $500 million going to treat hepatitis C. A single pill for the liver-wasting viral infection can cost up to $1,000.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015...sbox2_fnsalute

    What kind of a drug company charges a vet $1000 per dose of medication? Drug companies subsidize drugs to poor nations all of time. How about a little charity at home for a change?

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