Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely says budget cuts that trim the benefits of military retirees are "atrocious," especially considering the vast waste of money in Washington.
"It is atrocious, and somebody told me yesterday, it's like we're living in the Twilight Zone in Washington, D.C. What is wrong with these people?" Vallely told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"With all the billions of dollars of waste in the government . . . All the agencies that are just burning money like mad . . . I mean, this is a travesty of justice," he said Wednesday.
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Vallely was critical of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who were instrumental in putting together the bipartisan budget deal that passed the House last week.
"What is Paul Ryan doing? Patty Murray? [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid? The vast majority of them have never served in the military, do not understand what military families go through," he said.
"I mean, someone's got to finally stand up and put this down. This is just terrible."
The cuts may see military personnel losing up to a full percentage point from their cost-of-living raises when they retire. That would mean a more than 20 percent reduction in retiree pensions over 20 years.
Vallely, chairman of Stand Up America and a Fox News military analyst, says lawmakers should concentrate on cutting from the "billions of dollars of waste throughout all of the other government agencies."
"They won't address most of those. Again, they must be in the Twilight Zone. I can't figure out any other reason. It has no logic to it," Vallely said.
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