Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Veterans

The people who engineered our invasion of Iraq are full of jingoistic slogans and buzz words. “Patriotism,” “Support our troops,” anyone who disagrees with the war “hates America,” etc. Spouting off simple-minded slogans is the easy part. It’s much more difficult to provide our troops and veterans with the health care and other benefits they’re entitled to.

VA hospitals are overburdened beyond capacity. More than 10,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan; some of them have waited months to get the help they need.

When a soldier is killed in action, do you know how much the surviving family members get? $12,000. Whoa!!! Don’t spend it all in one place. Some members of Congress want to raise this benefit to $100,000, but how likely is that? We need that money for the war in Iraq – not to mention more tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Veterans’ groups are concerned that funding for veterans’ programs could be frozen, or even reduced.

I don’t want to be reduced to rightwing sloganeering, but if there’s anyone who “hates America” it’s the lawmakers – of either party – who refuse to provide the necessary funding for veterans’ benefits. We can spend hundreds of billions to invade Iraq (and Iran and Syria might be in our crosshairs) but we don’t have enough money for veterans’ health care? Where’s the outrage on the Right? Have any of the Patriotism-spewing Chicken Hawks been pontificating about this?

The former chairman of the House Veterans Committee, Chris Smith (R-NJ) was a strong advocate for veterans; and that might be why he’s no longer the chairman. According to a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, “It's our contention that in the eyes of the leadership he did too good a job. He was clearly pushed out. It's unprecedented.”

His replacement has said that “funds are finite” and that future cuts might be “inevitable.”

In a related story, the Army expects to maintain its current troop level of 120,000 in Iraq for at least two more years. And Army officials are trying to extend the current 24-month limit that a reservist can be assigned to active duty.


7 Comments:

Blogger Deacon Hoover said...

Blah blah blah yet another anti american, liberal socialist gay nazi that hates america.

January 27, 2005 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

If there's something specific you disagree with, say it. Otherwise, go do your vomiting somewhere else.

January 27, 2005 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Leonidas said...

Veterans do deserve the best care possible. I find it really amazing that liberals such as yourself blame the lackof care for the Veterans on the Republicans. During clinton's 8 years he slashed the military budget more than any president in history. He is the reason for the lack of care for the Veterans and the fact that we don't have the size army we should.

The fact that clinton decided to cut the military and spend money on non-working social programs proves that he didn't care about our Veterans. He gave grants to programs such as the following; The study of the size of a persons finger/hand and how it relates to that persons sexual preference, Money to develop schools for homosexuals/transvesties and trans sexuals, these and many more assinie progams. This money should have and could have gone to our Veterans.

The reaason we don't have enough troops right now and why we have to keep our current troops in Iraq for so long is because CLINTON CUT THE MILITARY BUDGET. We are finally seeing the destruction that he caused.

January 27, 2005 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Bowman said...

dude, seriously.. back up your Clinton bashing with some facts.

Deacon, I see you have arisen again you child molester. ;-)

January 27, 2005 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really smart and well written post -- of course, the wars are fought on the backs of veterans, many of whom come home and wonder what happened to them, and why their efforts are forgotten. these individuals were never valued in the first place.

I'm amazed at the rhetoric of some of the other commenters, but not surprised; it shows how scary and lacking in compassion our country is becoming.

aaron
aaronzimmerman.net

January 28, 2005 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, "Deacon" and those others are the ones with the constant jingoistic posts about "support our troops". Now you have the sense to say"support them when they come home as well" and they're calling you names?
What a bunch of hypocrites....

Elizabeth

January 28, 2005 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, very sucky. My friend's 50-something, Vietnam veteran father is currently serving in Iraq. Mustn't raise a stink about that. It wouldn't be patriotic.

-Charone
http://screwyou.thezeroboss.com

January 28, 2005 at 3:06 PM  

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