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Monday, October 22, 2007

SCHIP Veto Insults Our Troops (Again)

Here's another example (as if we didn’t have enough already) of phony flagwaving Republicans yelling “Support Our Troops!” while stabbing them in the back.

The SCHIP bill that Bush vetoed — with help from his drones who upheld the veto — contains two provisions for helping the families of soldiers who’ve been critically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. (I got this link from Christopher Radulich in his comment at this post.)

The SCHIP bill would require one year of employment discrimination protection for family members caring for a severely injured soldier. And the permitted work leave for these family members would be extended from three months to six.

One out of five severely wounded soldiers says that a family member has been forced to stay home from work in order to take care of him/her.

Before Congress upheld Bush’s veto last week, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) was urging Congress to override the veto. IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff said: “Any member of Congress who supports the troops should vote to override the President’s veto. If SCHIP fails, so does this protection for families of our most grievously wounded troops. These service members and their families carry the heaviest burdens of this war and they need all the help they can get.”

Our corrupt pathetic chickenhawks in Congress should just come out and say it: They hate the troops, and they hate everything their country stands for. They should leave America — Now! — with their tails tucked between their legs. Buh Bye.

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Blogger Candace said...

And where is our Democratic leadership - they should be HOWLING about this! The Repos sure as hell would be. It's so frustrating to see this happening again and again, and no one at the top is screaming about it.

October 22, 2007 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I am glad that this is brought out about the SCHIP program. Not everyone knows that this bill contains help for the wounded troops.

Tell me how many times have you read about it in the papers? If you or not for the troops, then everyone who voted for this veto is against the troops.

Thanks tom, you have just given me a great ideal for a post. I will help to spread this news about the SCHIP program and who else was involved.

October 22, 2007 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: Our Democratic "leadership"? As useless as ever. Sometimes it seems like they'd rather leave these problems unsolved, just so they can point to them and reap political points from them. They make better soundbites than the Republicans but other than that I don't think there's much difference.

Let's Talk: Yeah, our "liberal" media must have forgotten to mention this story. That would be great if you post on this; word really needs to get out.

October 22, 2007 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

OMGDIPSHITS, Tom! I had not idea that SCHIP also helped the troops! Oh, but I forgot, of *course* the Repos would be against it; they give less than a damn about the troops. In light of Stark's comments earlier, you'd think people would get it. Demoractic "leadership" is more like Democratic wienership these days.

October 22, 2007 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Good post and one that has an angle to it that has not be revealed in the media.

October 22, 2007 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mile High Pixie: Yeah, I can't believe the mainstream "media" never picked up this story. Between phony Republicans and "Democratic wienership" (LOL), the soldiers are just falling through the cracks.

Larry: Thanks. Yeah, the "media" sure dropped the ball on this one.

October 22, 2007 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

hi, WHOC--
I found you via Let's Talk.

the scoundrels are at it again.
I, too, will post something about this. I certainly had no idea that SCHIP had been designed to help the troops and their families.

how can Bush or those who upheld the veto sleep at night or look at themselves in the mirror in the morning?

October 23, 2007 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Two Crows: Thanks for stopping by. Yup, this story got totally buried by the "media." As far as how these people sleep at night, I have no idea.

October 23, 2007 at 6:41 PM  

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