***** ******* Road
San Diego, CA 92127-1360
July 27, 2011
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Re: Proposed Military Pay Freeze
Dear President Obama:
The following letter is in regard to recent news reports that the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is proposing a three-year freeze on military pay and housing allowance, and an increase in out-of-pocket medical costs in order to cut the federal budget deficit.
I am also writing in response to a proposal to privatize military retirement. As an active duty member with 9 years in the service, I find it reprehensible that all this time I have spent away from my family--my husband and daughter on deployments (6 total, one year-long IA) will be for just the possibility--not the guarantee--of retirement.
I understand that we are in troubled times and that there are cuts that need to be made, but these troubled times were created because of corporate greed. Outsourcing has led to American jobs being cut, which has had a terrible trickle down effect on our livelihood as Americans. Do we really want to leave our retirement up to these same fat cats that have contributed to the demise of our economy?
How many of us are going to trust our retirement on the Stock Market? The military is not a corporation, so why are corporate retirements plans in store for us?
GSE2 (SW/AW) Eva Alvarado
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(I hope it wasn't too rude. I also went to my congressman, representative, their housemaid, and the presidential puppy. Just kidding about the housemaid. She has no time for that level of shennanigans)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
What is going on with this country? At times I feel so helpless, like there is so little I can do to turn stuff around. And then I realize that despite my lack of millions, my bluecollar job, and my anonymity to the powers that be, I still possess the same thing they do--one single vote. And until I can wield that power to vote, I will vent my frustrations to the government in a series of letters to the President (or Congressmen/women). Some I may send, some I may just write because they are seriously ticking me off. This is the first one (oh, and I sure as heck sent it):