Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bush Shafts Veterans Again

Once again W has discovered a new way to cut costs by screwing over veterans. First it was deducting disability payments from military pensions
Now its cutting the healthcare benefits they were promised when they signed up.

"WASHINGTON - At least tens of thousands of veterans with non-critical medical issues could suffer delayed or even denied care in coming years to enable President Bush to meet his promise of cutting the deficit in half - if the White House is serious about its proposed budget.

After an increase for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing by leaps and bounds, White House budget documents assume a cutback in 2008 and further cuts thereafter."


The first article was the point I completely gave up on Bush. When he was first seeking election he courted Veterans heavily. This is what he calls gratitude? Thanks but no thanks. At least when soldiers are in the field they know exactly who their friends are. None of this "Hi stick with me so I can stab you in the back when its convenient" crap. To quote Teddy Roosevelt,
"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."

Oh and to those who believe that none should speak ill of the president I leave you with another Teddy Roosevelt quote:

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."