Instead of prepping readers and viewers for what's coming, The Times and other media scoundrels suppress what they most need to know and how to fight back. The worst of times awaits.
A Final Comment
Planned cuts are supposed to include domestic and military ones. Don't be fooled. America's war machine will be generously funded annually.
Military spending cuts will be for administration, inefficiencies, weapons Pentagon officials don't want in lieu of others they won't sacrifice and new ones planned, force reductions on least important overseas bases, and veterans benefits most of all.
Retirees will pay higher healthcare premiums and co-pays. Overall benefits will be cut.
Naked Capitalism explained more in an article headlined "Stealth Target of Defense Spending Cuts: America's Highly Effective Socialized Medicine Provider, the VA System, and Military Benefits Generally."
Covert efforts plan "gut(ting) military benefits by privatizing them." Doing so rarely (if ever) deliver(s on promised) better performance and/or lower costs."
As part of America's military budget, it's "an egregious (scheme) for looting."
Wall Street and Pentagon spenders do it best. Trillions of dollars disappear in black hole pillaging. Contractors steal taxpayers blind. It's part of their business model.
Pentagon waste is replete with thousand dollar wrenches and toilet seats. They're pocket change. They reflect much greater scams. Billions are stolen. Over time they become trillions.
At the same time, neoliberal harshness transformed America's military from one taking care of its own to a new version preparing vets to fend for themselves.
Privatizers dream of running healthcare and pensions. Goldmine profits await. Under false claims about choice, military programs are eroded to benefit profiteers.
"On the healthcare side, this is simply an excuse for the medical industrial complex to get its blood suckers into the huge military budgets."
Limitless amounts await to be plundered. Profiteers will benefit hugely at the expense of vets. What used to be guaranteed is disappearing. Even wounded and disabled ones increasingly are on their own.
Promises were made and broken. Deficit scaremongering is being used to rape federal programs. Whatever government can do, business does better is claimed. Truth is turned on its head. Kids sent to war theaters are spurned when they return.