As a federal employee, I have no such privileges and am restricted by rules of ethics that would prevent me from personally benefiting from government travel or receiving unearned military privileges.
The problem is, why would a group vote to eliminate their own benefits? It's like a company's employees deciding amongst themselves what their pay and benefits should be; then the only way correct a problem is to fire some of the employees and expect them to come up with a better solution. It shouldn't be left up to the Congress to make those decisions. It should be the responsibility of the public.
If we can have public referenda routinely at the state and local government levels, why not at the National level? A National referendum would more appropriately take the decision away from the beneficiaries and put it in the hands of their employers: the American people.
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