Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

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Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It Costs Too Much to Help Veterans

That's the line being taken by Sen. Tom Coburn (Thug-Oklahoma):
The senator holding up consideration of an omnibus veterans’ health bill doesn’t hate veterans and their families, but he does hate the idea of creating new benefits without paying for them, his spokesman says.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is using Senate rules to block a vote on S 1963, a major veterans bill, unless he has the chance to offer amendments to pay for the new benefits it creates, especially stipends, health benefits, counseling and other programs aimed at family caregivers of seriously wounded combat veterans.

Coburn spokesman John Hart said the senator has questions about the new benefit, wondering why, if it is such a good thing for families, it is limited to helping only those of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. But the main objection is cost.
Does anyone know the last time the budget hawks of the GOP were in favor of canceling a weapons procurement (other than maybe Coburn, who did go against most in his party by favoring the cancellation of the F-22).

Beyond that, this is just pure evil masquerading as a budget hawk. We asked those men and women to go in harm's way for us and to then deny them help because "it would cost too much" is just niggardly. Funding care for veterans should be an extremely high priority for any legislator with an operating soul, something which Coburn evidently is lacking.

(H/T)

5 comments:

Marc said...

Their logic is simple:

Support our OOPS! - Yes.

Support our TROOPS! - No.

Validation Word: smsilies (read: s&m silies - most of the GOP).

Bridget Magnus said...

On an only sort of related note, Any thoughts about what's going on at Fort Hood in Killeen today?

Phil said...

Those who don't want to bear the costs of caring for wounded soldiers shouldn't be so damned anxious to send them into combat.

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

Bridget, no, no thoughts. I have the luxury of being able to wait until most of the facts are known, and so I think I shall.

Cujo359 said...

Using money to destroy things and kill people who have something we want == necessary for defense.

Using money to help people == fiscal irresponsibility.

There are infinite funds for the former, nearly none for the latter.