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Sarah Palin Rips Obama, Praises Allen West on Tricare

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called out President Barack Obamas plan to boost health-care premiums for active-duty and retired military personnel. On her Facebook page, Palin approvingly cited U.S. Rep. Allen Wests opposition to Obamas plan to reform Tricare.

Every American should be alarmed at Barack Obamas priorities, which are illustrated starkly and astonishingly in his cuts to national defense," Palin wrote. Those of us with family members in the military, especially, cannot help but be shocked and disappointed by the commander in chiefs decision to cut our troops and the benefits they have earned. Its amazing when you consider all the government waste and the fact that the compensation and benefits of politicians (including the president) only increase, never decrease.

Palin went on to praise a recent statement from West opposing Obama.

Congressman West is right, Palin continued. This is despicable. Instead of reforming our insolvent entitlement programs (which the presidents own debt commission recommended) and instead of taking a cleaver to all the waste, fraud, and abuse of our tax dollars perpetrated and perpetuated by the crony capitalism of the permanent political class in D.C., this administration makes our brave men and women in uniform bear the brunt of our deficit woes. Its shameful. The presidents actions are shameful!

For all his talk about slashing troops in the name of making the military more efficient, I believe Barack Obama will find these numbers will fall on their own. I predict our troops will cut their own numbers by not voluntarily enlisting at the levels weve previously seen or by getting out of the service as quickly as possible because of their commander in chiefs lack of support and lack of a clear mission for them, continued Palin. After watching the administration tsk-tsking the conditions our brave men and women in uniform fight through every day and listening to the apologizing for our troops actions in war zones, I stand amazed and impressed at our military personnel's loyalty to the office of the commander in chief. I understand and am thankful for that loyalty. They deserve better.

Palin closed by weighing in on Obama getting involved in the recent controversy involving Rush Limbaugh.

They watch the presidents complacency as the media seem to forget our fallen by choosing to give more ink and airtime to a phone call the president makes to praise a 30-year-old college students courage in publicly speaking about her birth-control desires than theyve given to any of our recent soldiers ultimate courage and sacrifice on battlefields far from home, Palin concluded. Has he made as great an effort to personally encourage the families of the fallen? His priorities are skewed. For our courageous men and women in uniform and for the security of our nation, November cant come soon enough.

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