The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing today. Supposedly on longterm issues.
Lot of talk about the debt ceiling.
I don't do well with scare tactics. In fact, you try to play that card with me and you'll find out I'll go stone-faced quicker than anything and be unlikely to believe you in the future.
Between Paul Reickhoff's Chicken Little Pose and a bunch of other nonsense, I had to wonder does the "US" stand for "United Soldiers"?
I thought we were in a damn democracy not a junta.
Patty Murray Chairs the Commitee and she said at one point that "there is no question that we need to make smart decisions to tighten our belts and reduce our nation's debt and deficit, but no matter what fiscal crisis we face, no matter how divided we may be over approaches to cutting our debt and deficit, no matter how heated the rhetoric in Washington, D.C. gets, we must remember that we cannot balance our budget at the expense of the healthcare and benefits our veterans have earned. Their sacrifices have been too great. They have done everything that has been asked of them. They have been separated from their families through repeat deployments. They have sacrificed life and limb in combat and they have done all of this selflessly and with honor to our country and the commitment we have to them is non-negotiable."
You know what I say?
I say Barack didn't meet with a group of seniors concerned about Social Security. He did meet with soldiers.
Now I'm sorry people have been sent off to illegal wars.
And I'm the first one to say that if you were promised something, the government better deliver.
But I feel that way regarding all Americans.
And I'm getting damn sick of these 'defenders' of veterans who aren't defending Social Security or Medicare.
And let me make this real damn clear, if Barack's allowed to gut the safety net, I'll be calling for cuts to veterans. If the Congress backs his plan, then everybody better damn well learn to share.
We're supposed to all be created equal.
I understand Senator Patty Murray's the Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. I also understand she's a US Senator who was voted into office to represent the people of Washington state who include a large number of seniors. So I do think she should have been sounding the alarms and calling out the moves to gut Social Security.
I'm getting real damn tired of my democracy, my country, being spat on and turned into a military junta.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"