If there’s one thing the entire country, Left, Right, Center, Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Libertarian, whomever, can agree on, it’s that if you’re going to send young men and women into hostile environments where they could easily wind-up dead or permanently disabled, you owe those young men and women a debt of gratitude, and they should not be treated like political footballs. But apparently, that universal truth is not known to every one in the Republican party. Hot on the heels of killing a Veterans Jobs Act that would have helped train and find jobs for our returning Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, word broke yesterday that an anonymous Republican Senator has chosen to use the annual, bi-partisan bill to give disabled veterans a cost of living benefit increase to do just that; politicize something that should just be accepted practice.
The depths to which the government-hating Republican party have sunk to are despicable, to put it mildly.
As I wrote in a previous piece, the act of a Republican lawmaker standing in the way of assistance to veterans is particularly galling. When George W. Bush, a Republican, asked Congress twice to go to war during his Presidency, Republicans in Congress couldn’t wait to approve the resolutions to start pounding the drums of war. After all, Defense is their pet industry, and anything they can do to prop it up is fine by them. Or rather, anything they can do to line the pockets of Defense contractors, they’re all for. Because clearly, they’ve turned the corner on combat, and soldiers, young men and women who in many cases are fresh out of High School with very few options in front of them for advanced education without military service, are now simply tools of the trade. Once they’re use as physical assets on the ground is up, Republicans appear ready to put them out to pasture and let them fend for themselves.
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