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.