Thursday, March 12, 2009
Shinseki Shuns Vets
There I was at work today, having just read on my iPhone that I had miffed my friend William, all freaked out because I couldn't get to a computer to correct my offense (all blogs, and most other interesting sites are blocked by our filtering software), when I read about the Obama administration's proposal to stab our military in the heart.
I'm pretty sure the blood rushed to my eyes at that point. As reported by CNN, "Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance." I thought, "it's a good thing I CAN'T actually post something right now because I'm so mad it would probably come out incoherent." But, I'm still mad.
What an idiotic, insulting, demeaning, heartless, ignorant, callous, divisive, stupider-than-a-rock thing to suggest.
So let me get this straight. We can afford earmarks for Pasteurization of Shell Eggs, gang tattoo removal, lobster research, copper wire theft prevention efforts; we can afford to bail out AIG, GM, Citigroup, bad mortgages, FDIC, and anybody else that wants to stand in line for a handout, but our veterans don't deserve MEDICAL CARE FOR SERVICE RELATED INJURIES unless they pay for it with their own private insurance? Are you freakin' kidding me?!
"Charging for service-related injuries would violate "a sacred trust," Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis said. Davis said the move would risk private health care for veterans and their families by potentially maxing out benefits paying for costly war injury treatments."
No kidding! And of course the next step is that no insurance provider would actually cover a soldier because, well, he would then be high risk. Oh wait, then he'd have to rely on the socialistic Obamacare. I get it. Not to mention that recruitment for those brave men and women who protect his sorry ass would plummet.
Well, as Ed points out: "Obama said he wanted to bring bipartisanship to Washington, and he may succeed here — by annoying both Democrats and Republicans." Both Democrats and Republicans are displeased with The Messiah on this one. Democratic Senator Patty Murray said the proposal would be "dead in the water" if the proposal ever reached Congress. Eleven veterans groups have already submitted a pre-emptive letter against the proposal.
Note to Team Obama: if you wanted to find ANY issue that would tick the public off more, THIS would be it. Don't mess with our military. Don't mess with our soldiers, don't mess with our vets. You jerk.