The Word - The 1%

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Congress takes for granted American troops' willingness to make greater sacrifices than the rest of society. (5:23)

HOMUNCULOUS.

SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT.

INFORMATION, LIKE ALL AMERICANS,

I HAVE PINNED MY HOPES AND

DREAMS ON THE 12 MEMBERS OF THE

SUPER CONGRESS.

KERRY, MURRAY,-- I DON'T HAVE TO

NAME THEM.

WE ALL GREW UP WITH THE ACTION

FIGURES.

THE ORIGIN STORY OF THE SUPER

CONGRESS IS WELL KNOWN.

IT WAS CREATED LAST SUMMER

BECAUSE OF A FREAK RIFT IN THE

DEBT CEILING CONTINUUM.

THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO RAISE

THE DEBT CEILING.

THE HOUSE REFUSED TO DO THAT

WITHOUT BUDGET CUTS, AND THE

U.S. CAME PERLSLY CLOSE TO

DEFAULTING UNTIL AT THE LAST

MINUTE BOTH SIDES FOUND THE

COURAGE TO COME TOGETHER AND LET

SOMETHING SMN ELSE FIGURE THIS

( BLEEP ) OUT LATER.

THEIR LATER IS OUR NOW.

UNLESS THIS IS A RERUN, IN WHICH

CASE YOU KNOW HOW THIS TURNS OUT

BUT DON'T TELL ME BECAUSE I'M

TIVOING THE END OF AMERICA.

NOW, THE SUPER CONGRESS' DARING

SUBMISSION TO FIND 1.2 PATROL IN

BUDGET CUTS.

AND SO FAR, SHAVE AGREED TO...

JACK JIM?

>> THE SUPER COMMITTEE ON

CAPITOL HILL, IS GRINDING TO A

HALT.

>> I DON'T THINK THE GANG OF--

THE SUPER COMMIT SEGOING TO

SUCCEED.

>> SUPER COMMITTEE VICTIM TO

PARTISAN BICKERING, AND THE

DESIRE FOR NOBODY TO DRINK THEIR

TOUGH MEDICINE.

>> Stephen: AND IF NOBODY

DRINKS THEIR TOUGH MEDICINE BY

LAW IT MUST INSTEAD BE DELIVERED

RECTALLY.

YOU SEE, A FAILURE BY THE SUPER

COMMITTEE TRIGGERS AUTOMATIC

DEEP CUTS TO MILITARY SPENDING.

SENATE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WILL

TRY TO UNTRIG THEY'RE TRIGGER.

BUT OBAMA PROMISES A VETO TO

RETRIGGER THE UNTRIGGERRED

TRIGGER

( LAUGHTER )

TO AVOID THESE CUTS IN DEFENSE,

SOMEONE HAS TO SACRIFICE, AND WE

ALL KNOW WHO THAT SOMEONE SHOULD

BE.

AND THEY ARE THE SUBJECT OF

TONIGHT'S WORD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THE 1%.

FOLKS.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT IT.

THERE IS A TINY MINORITY OF

AMERICANS WHO COULD BE DOING A

LOT MORE FOR OUR NATION, A

MINORITY WHO LIVE A LIFESTYLE

THE 99% COULD NOT IMAGINE.

YOU KNOW WHO I'M TALKING ABOUT.

( LAUGHTER )

I'M TALKING ABOUT MILITARY

VETERANS.

( LAUGHTER )

YOU SEE, ONLY ONE% OF AMERICANS

SERVED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN.

NOW, THANKFULLY, THE SUPER

COMMITTEE IS SERVEING THE

INTEREST OF THE 99% OF US WHO

DIDN'T SERVE.

>> LAWMAKERS ON THE DEBT SUPER

COMMITTEE ARE LOOKING FOR $1.2

PATROL IN SPENDING CUTS.

THEY'VE RECOMMENDED COST-SAVING

CHANGES THIS MILITARY HEALTH

BENEFITS.

>> Stephen: THEY WANT TO

REDUCE MILITARY HEALTH BENEFITS

KNOWN AS TRICARE.

AND THE SUPER CONGRESS RECENTLY

RECEIVED A LETTER SUPPORTING

THOSE CUTS FROM THE BIPARTISAN

LEADERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE

VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEES.

THEY SAY OF THAT TREND, "WE

BELIEVE NO CONSTITUENCY BETTER

UNDERSTANDS THE CHALLENGE

AMERICA FACES AND NO

CONSTITUENCY IS BETTER SUITED TO

AGAIN LEAD BY EXAMPLE BY PUTTING

COUNTRY FIRST."

WITH THIS LETTER, CONGRESS IS

SENDING OUR TROOPS A CLEAR

MESSAGE-- THAT MESSAGE THAT WE

CAN TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT

SERVICE MEMBERS ARE WILLING TO

GIVE UP MORE THAN THE REST OF

US.

NOW I KNOW CERTAINLY WE RICH

PEOPLE CAN'T GIVE THINGS UP.

I'M NOT USED TO IT.

I HAVE NEVER GIVEN UP ANYTHING

IN MY LIFE.

( LAUGHTER )

NOW, FOLKS--

( LAUGHTER )

DON'T GET ME WRONG.

I KNOW OUR TROOPS HAVE GIVEN UP

SO MUCH ALREADY.

10 YEARS, TWO WARS, AND NO ONE

HONORED THEIR SACRIFICE MORE

THAN I.

AND I'LL PROVE IT.

#-R I HONOR YOUR SACRIFICE

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

OKAY.

OKAY, THAT'S ENOUGH.

THAT'S ENOUGH.

THAT'S ENOUGH.

BUT HERE'S THE THING-- ONCE

YOU'RE BACK IN THE STATES, IF

YOU'RE NOT CONTINUING TO

SACRIFICE, WHY SHOULD I CONTINUE

HONORING YOU?

YOU SEE, ON THE OTHER HAND, ON

THE OTHER HAND, VETERANS,

IMAGINE THE PRIDE IN EVERY

PATRIOT'S HEART WHEN YOU LET US

CUT PARTS OF YOUR HEALTH PLAN.

YOU GUYS, IF YOU LET US DO THAT,

YOU GUYS WILL TOTALLY DESERVE

MEDALS FOR THIS.

WELL, NOT METALS.

BRASS IS EXPENSIVE, BUT

DEFINITELY STICKERS.

AND I PROMISE--

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

YOU VETERANS-- YOU VETERANS WILL

NOT BE SACRIFICING ALONE.

THE PLAN ALSO CALLS FOR

SACRIFICE FROM ACTIVE SERVICE

MILITARY.

SO WHILE WE'RE AT IT.

YOU KNOW THE 41,000 TROOPS THE

PRESIDENT IS TAKING OUT OF IRAQ?

THAT'S GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE SO

I SAY LET'S MAKE THEM BUY THEIR

OWN PLANE TICKETS HOME.

AND WHILE-- AND WHILE THESE

DEBT-REDUCING MORE MEASURES MAY SEEM

HARSH, REMEMBER, CONGRESS HAS NO

CHOICE.

>> IF THIS COMMISSION FAILS,

THERE'S A TRIGGER CUTTING

DEFENSE BY $600 BILLION.

>> Stephen: AND CUTTING

DEFENSE SPENDING IS OUT OF THE

QUESTION.

BECAUSE IT IS OUR GIANT MILITARY

MACHINE THAT CREATES OUR

VETERANS, AND IT'S CLEAR THAT

THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WE'RE

WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR OUR

COUNTRY.

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