YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor June 23, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Washington’s cuts unfairly target military
Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk coming out of Washington about reducing the national debt, cutting spending and balancing the budget. But it seems that the only way our elected officials know how to balance spending is on the backs of those that fight to keep us free, the women and men of the national military.
The fact is there are places that we waste money that have not been addressed, and Congress continues to fund these areas of pork-belly spending year after year. This past year alone, Congress spent our hard earned tax dollars on a robotic squirrel, $325,000, to see how a rattlesnake would react to its wagging tail; $350,000 to help golfers improve their golf scores; $142,000 for free bus rides to the Super Bowl; and, $939,000 to see if male fruit flies preferred younger or older female fruit flies. This list could go on and on until we reach the billions of dollars, and we haven’t mentioned the cost of talking urinal cakes, dancing rabbits for the IPhone and bridges to nowhere, all paid for with your tax dollars.
And while we are wasting money on what can only be called the unimaginable, we are telling 26 Mississippi Air National Guard airmen at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport that as of Sept. 30 of this year, they will no longer have a job or a career.
I have talked to some of these airmen and they are taking it in stride and making plans for the loss of a career and an income by putting their homes on the market. These airmen cannot go out and find comparable careers. They have chosen to serve something greater than themselves by serving in the Air Guard of Mississippi and yet their service is worth less than a fruit fly.
I have talked to my senators and my representatives to include the representatives from Gulfport and while they all have an explanation as to why these cuts are being made., none of them address why talking urinal cakes take priority over our service members.
We want the careers of these 26 men and women, Americans, Mississippians and service members to be made a priority. Please call your congressmen and tell him to save the jobs of these 26 Mississippi Air National Guard airmen at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport. I would love to hear from you. If you called please let me know by dropping me an email at benefieldje2@yahoo.com and just say, “I helped.”
Jimmy Benefield
Tippah County