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When the heroes of Benghazi finished their mission, the State Department, run by Hillary Clinton at the time, told them they had to foot the bill for their own plane fare home from Germany, according to former congressman and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz.
Chaffetz appeared on Fox News on Tuesday night to talk to Sean Hannity about Barack Obama’s comments regarding “wild conspiracy theories — like those surrounding Benghazi.”
At the 4-minute mark, Chaffetz declared that Clinton’s State Department abandoned the Benghazi heroes. “You know what happened when they actually got home? Those people saved dozens of American lives. When they got home you know what the State Department — Hillary Clinton’s State Department did? They took away their security clearance so they couldn’t get a job. It’s unbelievable.
“That’s how they treated these guys. When they were there in Germany. They didn’t send them home. They didn’t offer them plane tickets. They just told them they were released. They had to pay for their own plane tickets to get home.”
If these allegations by Chaffetz are true, it begs an obvious question: Why in the world were American heroes treated so shabbily when the government thinks nothing of draining taxpayer resources for illegal aliens and giving luxury perks for politicians? Thankfully, President Donald Trump is doing something about the ridiculous spending.
In January, he announced his plan to end the over $33 billion dollars in aid that the U.S. has been providing Pakistan since 2002.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
And there’s more — in September last year the Washington Examiner reported that illegal immigration cost American taxpayers $116 billion dollars a year. “The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the most authoritative report on the issue yet,” read the report.
“And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion.”
Axios listed a few taxpayer funded perks that our elected representatives get at our expense.
It costs taxpayers more than $3.5 million dollars a year for members of the House and Senate for travel and to staff their offices, as they see fit, according to Axios. Members of Congress also don’t work a full year for their salary. “The House has averaged 138 legislative days each year since 2001, and the Senate 162.”
They get subsidies for their health care under Obamacare; “they receive a federal subsidy amounting to 72% of their premiums.”
Pensions aren’t shabby either. “Depending on age and length of service, members can receive a lifelong pension of 80% — which, given today’s congressional salary of $174,000, equals out to $139,200 in annual taxpayer-funded retirement benefits.”
They also receive free airport parking, and among other things. “Our nation’s legislators get a slew of lifetime benefits even after leaving office, including a taxpayer-funded gym at the Capitol, access to the House and Senate floors, parking in House lots, and the ability to dine in the House and Senate dining rooms.”
Finally, as we have the national argument over whether or not former Obama administration officials should lose their security clearance, why would American heroes have their security clearances revoked? As government workers draw salaries 80 percent higher than that of the American worker, why would we deny the ability of these heroes to find work after their service?
Why — with all the money bleeding out of our federal government — would service members, and heroes at that, have to pay for their own plane tickets home after serving their country?
It’s not just the money. Those heroes are making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Not just for you and me, but for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, and all the other characters who gave stand down orders in Benghazi when Americans were in danger and needed help.
Our Benghazi heroes deserved better.