Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert says that there are 1 percent of Americans that the congressional Super Committee wants to make pay — and it’s not the rich.
The Super Committee has five days left to find a compromise to reduce the nation’s deficit by $1.2 trillion or there will be automatic deep cuts to military spending and Medicare. To prevent those cuts in military spending, some members of Congress are looking at a reduction in benefits for the 1 percent of Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — and the rest of the veterans for that matter.
The leaders of the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees recently sent a letter to the Super Committee volunteering veterans for a cut in their health care programs.
“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,” the letter, signed by both Republicans and Democrats, said.
“And with this letter, Congress is sending our troops a clear message. (Semper F.U),” Colbert observed. “That message, that we can take for granted that servicemembers are willing to give up more than the rest of us.”
Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Nov. 17, 2011.