If politicians in Washington could stop bickering for a moment, perhaps they’d see all the harm they’re doing to average Americans. Take the latest budget deal, which cut the pensions owed to veterans in order to reduce spending.

Couldn’t Congress and President Obama have found the savings someplace else? The $6 billion in lost pension benefits for military retirees is less than half of what the Pentagon spends in one year, on average, on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a program that is almost a decade behind schedule and plagued by problems with everything from faulty engines to malfunctioning computer displays.

If it’s going to cut anywhere, Congress should cut this program, not the benefits owed to veterans for their years of service.

Larry Montano

Albuquerque, NM