Thursday, November 10, 2005

A Sad Veteran's Day Tribute

Why do the Republicans seem intent on shooting themselves in the foot? I can't say I really mind. But it is mind-boggling. This is the latest affront. And it's directed at a group that has made many sacrifices for our country. I'm talking about our military veterans.

It seems that Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind), the new House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, (Tom DeLay appointed him) announced Tuesday that the groups would no longer have the opportunity to make legislative recommendations at joint House-Senate hearings. The following comes from The Hill.

“We think it’s an absolutely abhorrent idea. These things were initiated somewhere around 1950, and they represent a crowning moment for our grassroots membership,” said Dennis Cullinan, national legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Buyer is replacing the joint hearings with a February series in which veterans groups would outline their budget priorities just as the White House finishes sending its budget request to Congress. In the past, that series of budget hearings has been held in March, after lobbyists for veterans groups have fully examined the president’s request.

The lobbyists dismissed Buyer’s explanation that the earlier hearings would allow their groups greater influence on the VA’s annual budget. The chairman, the lobbyists charge, is seeking to avoid the public-relations headache of having disappointed veterans groups repeatedly blasting the White House budget.

“Some people don’t want to be criticized for being deficient,” said Richard Fuller, legislative director for Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). “What they want to do is get rid of these [joint] legislative presentations because they have become, unfortunately now in the climate on Capitol Hill, very partisan.”

So let's understand this. The Republicans wanted this war, and now they're giving the
vets the cold shoulder. And earlier this year, Veteran's Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson conceded the department was already $1 billion short for 2005.

The Republicans love to talk how much they love the troops. But what they really love is the Defense Industry. They would happily reduce benefits for the soldiers, and jack up defense budgets. And meanwhile more and more guys come home terribly maimed from this insane war.


Blogger SFChick74 said...

I just noticed the ads at the top of the blog and one is for "Republican Singles". For some reason, that struck me as funny.

7:24 PM, November 10, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Wow you're right. I never noticed that before. I'm not sure we should be making it easy for Republicans to meet, fall in love and reproduce...Phil, what are you thinking?

9:00 PM, November 10, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Hey, maybe two republican singles will make one activist democrat, kids rebel don't they?

11:15 PM, November 10, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said... doesn't work that way. The kids follow exactly the path that the parents lay out for them

That's why it's such a sin to have gay marriage. Because gay marriages will produce only gay children, just like straight marriages produce only straight children.

Right, Steff81?


4:34 AM, November 11, 2005  

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