Aside from the fact that the President said when he took office he wouldn’t issue signing statements with his signature to bills, he did after he signed the defense bill last night. And he complained that Congress wouldn’t let him and Panetta jack up health costs on veterans – you know Congress helped Obama keep his pledge to not balance the budget on the backs of veterans. But here’s the part of the statement;
Additionally, the Department has endeavored to constrain manpower costs by recommending prudent cost sharing reforms in its health care programs. By failing to allow some of these cost savings measures, the Congress may force reductions in the overall size of our military forces.
So basically, he’s pitting veterans against current members of the military services, and complaining because Congress won’t let him fund the Defense Department out of the pockets of veterans. Remember how they took the $700 million surplus out of our Tricare fund to spend on their defense programs? That was just a preview. That’s not “constraining manpower costs” that’s theft of services. Telling us on the one hand that he’s not going to balance the budget on our backs, raising the costs of our benefits to us, and raiding the surplus that we built. And, oh, yeah, telling us how much of a better system is at the VA. Even though we have to pull teeth to get into the VA system.