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Cutting Off Funding

There hasn’t been a single Department of Defense funding request that hasn’t been approved by Congress during the Shrubbery’s residency and yet the Department of Defense doesn’t have the money to pay it’s electric bills or to repair equipment that has been damaged.

Given the way they have repeatedly tried to cut benefits, I’m sorry to say that Lurch’s post, Abusing Veterans, that provides links the recent Washington Post series, doesn’t surprise me in the least. This didn’t just happen, these people have been ignoring the people and infrastructure since they came into office.

As Scout highlights, they hire people like Michael J. Wagner, until recently Chairman of the Military Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation, who was working on his own private Phoenix Foundation while accepting a government paycheck. These people don’t care about the “vulgar peasants” who fight wars.

On All Things Considered Mara Liasson did a report on the John McCain campaign, McCain Back to Square One: South Carolina, and during a gathering at Spartanburg a woman got up and essentially accused Congressional Democrats of wanting to cut off the troops’ paychecks while they were fighting in Iraq. It isn’t the Democrats who are asking people to pay for the body armor that was cut off during their evacuation from the battlefield, or to pay for their meals in the hospital, or to repay allowances that weren’t stopped when they were evacuated state-side, or who failed to pay the National Guard and Reservists in war zones for months, that was the Republans in charge of this disaster. That’s how the Republans support the troops.

Everyone needs to understand that these people have no problem forgiving KBR for billions in overcharges, but a corporal who lost limbs is supposed to come up with thousands that the government claims it overpaid him while he was in the hospital. In case you are wondering, they don’t pay interest when they underpay you.

The only reason this administration can’t have an escalation of 20,000 people and follow the rules that Jack Murtha is proposing is because they have mismanaged the Department of Defense since they came into office. While you go to “war with the army you have”, if you are competent you immediately begin building the army you need.

[Updated to extract an “ic” for an “ic”. If you listen, McCain has the same pronunciation problem as the Shrubbery.]

2 comments

1 Karen { 02.21.07 at 12:09 pm }

That’s why I think they ought to mis-pronounced the RePupli-cants! These folks are despicable and low and down-dirty horrid to pretend they stand up for our Troops when they have abused and undercut all their benefits. And pretending they *misunderstimated* the number of wounded for five years running isn’t an excuse either!

2 Bryan { 02.21.07 at 12:42 pm }

They have had years to fix this mess, and they aren’t even trying. They keep looking for the “quick fix” and don’t even consider the long term.