Monday, March 11, 2013

First Causalities of President Obama's Sequester are America's Service Members


President Obama said he wanted people to "feel the pain," that's why he's refused to cut any of his luxuries or aid to foreign governments and instead set his target on services for the American citizens and benefits for America's service men and women.

Thus far, the suspension of tuition assistance programs has been limited to military personnel in the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army. However, the U.S. Air Force has announced they will be meeting on Monday, March 11 to discuss this issue. 
"Tuition Assistance has been one of multiple educational benefits available to military personnel. In the Army, soldiers can obtain up to $4,500 worth of tuition credits per year.In the current fiscal year, roughly 201,000 soldiers receive tuition assistance worth about $373 million."[1]
The cuts to military TA will impact private non-profit and for-profit colleges especially hard:

"Higher education’s for-profit sector may be hit especially hard as a result of the program suspensions because of the colleges’ vigorous recruitment of members of the armed forces and veterans. For-profit colleges received more than half of the $563-million in Department of Defense tuition assistance paid to active-duty service members in the 2011 fiscal year, said a report last year by the Senate education committee."[2]
President Obama expects the American people to believe the military just can't find any cuts anywhere other than soldiers' benefits:
"The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion."[3] 

1 - http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_22752359/sequestration-cuts-force-army-suspend-tuition-assistance 


2 - http://chronicle.com/blogs/bottomline/sequester-watch-army-and-marines-suspend-tuition-assistance-programs/

3 - http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/03/10/10-companies-profiting-most-from-war/1970997/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Higher education’s for-profit sector may be hit especially hard as a result of the program suspensions because of the colleges’ vigorous recruitment of members of the armed forces and veterans. For-profit colleges received more than half of the $563-million in Department of Defense tuition assistance paid to active-duty service members in the 2011 fiscal year, said a report last year by the Senate education committee."

Maybe that is a benefit. The cost of education, like health care, has been going through the roof in part because the government has been throwing money into those markets and distorting them. Additionally, the education industry has been in the forefront of turning America left.

So maybe some good will come out of this. Starve the leftwing beast, and make education more affordable.