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Published: Thursday, March 21 2013 2:10 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Further proof that the Obama administration is cynically using the sequester as an excuse to inflict the most highly visible cuts on the most sympathetic and deserving programs.

Their goal is to show that is is totally impossible to cut a single dollar of federal spending without dire consequences. Of course that is a huge lie, but may be good politics to build support for their endless growth of government programs. Of course, they ignore any questions about who, how, or when to pay the growth in programs.

There are billions and billions of dollars in worthless spending every year that must be cut, not breaking promises to veterans.

Kaysville, UT

And Illegal Immigrants get Tuition Assistance without so much as a hiccup from the government. Military TA gets cut while ILLEGAL immigrants get TA. how is that in any way fair? Since when do illigal immigrants get more perks than US citizens? what has this country come to?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe if our soldiers claim to be illegals then they'll get more assistance than they would serving this country.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Heard this morning driving in. Congress has restored this Education Benefit for our young Sevicemen and women. The President just needs to sign the bill to make it so. That was good news

Transplanted to Texas
San Angelo, TX

I'll preface my comments here by stating that I am in the military and used tuition assistance to complete both a BS and MA degree, so my comments may come across as a little hypocritical. TA is a retention tool not an entitlement. That means that it is nice and gets people to stay in the military, but it is not a required benefit...it is just something nice that the military does to take care of it's people. Military members have many other ways of getting their schooling paid for including the GI Bill (I know that's not it's purpose and people want to be able to use it to pay for their children's school). The DOD has been told to cut billions of dollars from their budget and the first things that are taken away are the 'nice to haves'...including tuition assistance. It's the same as closing base golf courses or bowling alleys. Great things to have, they keep people signing up again...but they cost money and when there is no money, the 'nice to haves' are dropped.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

The Boston Globe reported the restoration of Tuition Assistance about 8 Hours ago.

Prehaps the Des-News can drop this story and replace it with this update.

Houston, TX

Did you truly think that Military Tuition would be immune from impact when the sequester kicked in? Bahahaha! These sequester cuts are the direct result of our Republican demand in 2011 to shrink the government at any cost, under threat of a default on the nation’s debt! We TeaPublicans ARE getting what we voted for. And I AM darn proud of it! You smell that? Do you smell that? Victory, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of Victory in the morning!

Bountiful, UT

Yes, if government funds are reduced, government spending has to be reduced.

Federal government workers are also about to get a 20%pay cut.

Over 100 air control towers are about to be shut down.

In anticipation of budget cuts, many illegal aliens have been let go.

Food inspections are at risk.

And more to come.

Anytime a person, a family, or a government spends like there is no tomorrow on things they don't really need

The time does come when they can't afford what they do really want and need.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

There is always an objective. I'll need night vision goggles to see what it is.

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