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If You ‘Can’t Afford’ to Take Care of Veterans, DON’T Go to War

http://offthegridblog.ora.tv/2014/02/28/if-you-cant-afford-to-take-care-of-veterans-dont-go-to-war/

Posted on Jesse Ventura

“How is it that we can afford to allow 1 in 4 major corporations not to pay federal income taxes, but we can’t afford to help our veterans?” – Senator Bernie Sanders 

I hope someone gives Senator Sanders the answer to that question because I would also like to know why our government continues to send our men and women into harm’s way and then refuses to hold up to their end of the bargain.

Bernie Sanders is the Independent Senator of Vermont who tried to pass S. 1982 this week — a bill for improved care for veterans. This bill would have given much needed care for veterans: education, job training and improved health care.

Yesterday afternoon, Sanders motioned to advance the bill (which means move it from the Senate to Congress and then to the President’s desk) and he won by a vote of 56-41, but then Republicans invoked a rule that requires 60 votes to proceed. The bill never made it out of the Senate.

So who should you be mad at? My good friend Angus King, the Independent from Maine, voted in favor of the bill. Every Democrat voted in favor of the bill. Only two Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Sadly, the bill only needed three more Republicans to vote yes for it to go to Congress.

This legislation was backed by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and virtually every other veterans’ and military service organization in the country.

Senator Sanders is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, so believe me when I say this Independent had the veterans’ best interests in mind.

When the American Legion heard about the decision, their spokesperson commented: “I don’t know how anyone who voted ‘no’ today can look a veteran in the eye and justify that vote.”

What this decision tells me is that our country is still run by ChickenHawks. They were chicken when it was their time to go to war, but they’re hawks now – sending everyone but their children to fight, die, or come back mentally or physically wounded.

If I were president, I would try drafting all those ChickenHawk legislators who dodged the draft the first time. When the shoe is on the other foot, you bet they’d vote differently. I wrote about this in my book “Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me!” in homage to “War Is A Racket” by Major General Smedley Butler:

Every elected federal official must pre-designate an individual in their immediate family who has to begin Military Service — the moment that official casts an affirmative vote toward going to war.  This could be a grandchild, a niece or nephew, but someone.  It doesn’t mean they necessarily go the to the war zone.  What it does mean is that they and their family experience some personal discomfort because of this decision. Going to war “should” bring difficulty, especially to those who are the orchestrators or the authorizers.  Right now, it’s far too easy for them to go on TV with their bleeding hearts and give standing ovations to our service personnel.  War should not be laissez-faire.  If you’re not willing to send someone from your family, how can you be so willing to send someone else’s?  To continue, click here

 

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 O'Reilly: We don't owe homeless vets anything .

 

 

 

 

 

 Homeless Vets vs. Bill O'Reilly

 

 

 

 

 

 HOMELESS VETERANS ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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