Frankly, I don’t give a crap what you do with your life. What I don’t want is to be responsible for your own personal decisions, or for you to milk some government system for yet another freebie. Just a few weeks ago, when it was announced that transgendered individuals were to be allowed to serve in the military, I posted my displeasure with this decision on social media. Is it because I don’t like transgendered individuals? No. Again, I frankly don’t care what you do with your life as long as you don’t ask me to pay for it or require that I condone it. Knock yourself out.
My opposition to transgendered members of the military surrounded one thing: The likelihood that taxpayers would get hooked for their reassignment surgeries. Despite being vilified by people as “transphobic,” I continued to say that with that policy change, this would eventually come down the pike. I was called a fearmonger and that I was simply spreading fear based upon something that wasn’t going to happen.
Welp lefties, how do you like your crow? My vindication has arrived.
Not only was my concern validated, but it was part of Biden’s original executive order authorizing transgendered persons in the military.
From the Washington Examiner:
Tucked inside Biden’s Jan. 25 transgender order, “Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform,” is a clause that repeals an Obama-era policy that prohibited federally funded reassignment surgery. This was followed up by memos from both Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough specifically stating that surgery is now an added benefit.
These surgeries sometimes cost more than $200,000 apiece and at times, exclude these members of the military from any active duty assignments for years at a time. In other words, if someone were to sign up for the military and apply for reassignment surgery, they could never have to serve a day of service, receive their benefits, and retire “honorably.” It appears this benefit also covers retired members of the military.
Currently not covered by Tricare? Breast augmentation, vaginal rejuvenation, or penile enlargement. Not that I want to pay for any of that either, just as I am opposed to the military paying for gastric bypass and other cosmetic surgeries. There is absolutely nothing medically necessary about gender reassignment surgery. Not a darn thing. It isn’t that I think you shouldn’t have the right to do anything to your body you wish, just that we shouldn’t be using military service as a means to lure more people looking for a handout.
Mark my words, in the near future there will be various online guides about how to enlist to get your surgery without ever actually having to serve. Of course, the narrative about “who cares who wants to enlist, as long as they want to defend the country” will soon evaporate, and it will be considered “transphobia” to even question it. As the country continues its nosedive into bizarro world, where everyone is perpetually offended by everything, expect things like this to continue.