POLITICAL: The poor treatment of the troops

Saturday, July 21, 2012





Bad press, including major mockery of the play by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 billion annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.

“Look, it’s an all volunteer force,” Obama complained. “Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn’t compute.”

“I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country,” Obama continued “I wasn’t asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I’d have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation’s deficit..I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans.”

Please pass this on to every one including every vet and their families whom you know. How in the world did a person with this Mindset become our leader?

REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT….”Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?”

If he thinks he will ever get another vote from an Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard service member or veteran of a military service he ought to think it over.. If you or a family member is or has served their country please pass this to them.

Please pass this to everyone. I’m guessing that, other than the 20-25 percent hardcore liberals in the US, citizens will agree that this is just another example why this is the worst president in American history. Remind everyone over and over how this man thinks, while he bows to the Saudi Arabian king…

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Now, I heard this at the time. I didn’t follow all the nuances. 

But, to a certain extent he’s right, and to a certain extent he’s so wrong it’s “funny” as in “funny peculiar”.

Since I’m always accused of “politician bashing” and BHO44 obsession, let’s start with what he got right:

(1) It is an “all volunteer” force. There are a few caveats I’d put on that:

(1a) Ever heard of “stop loss”? A form of involuntary servitude.

(1b) Ever listen to a National Guard commercial? It doesn’t says: “you’ll go one of the sand boxes frequently”. It says “protect your neighbors”; only if they speak Farsi.

(1c) Ever hear a recruiter’s spiel? You’d admire used car salesmen for honesty.

(2) “… know and accepted risks.”

(2a) Did they know the policies when they signed up and made it part of their long term plan that: the politicians would shrink the force, make the “mission” look like Viet Nam had clarity, and have the Pentagon Perfumed Princes agree with every stupid idea that a politician thinks up.

(2b) Did they know that: “We, The Sheeple” would be encourage to forget what was going on?

(2c) Did they understand that they’d be used as “political chips” in a national political calculus and an international game of “stupid Uncle Sam”?

(3) “Whine ..”

(3a) When “Wounded Warriors” runs commercials to say “Joe Vet needs a dribble vest cause the shell scrambled his brains and the VA won’t pay for it”, I go <synonym for the act of procreation in real time> nuts! I pay a lot of taxes. (Trust me a lot. Overt and hidden. That’s upsetting.) To hear them begging because the Gooferment can’t fulfill ONE of its real core missions — VA CARE — just sends me to the moon.

(3b) From the “Bonus Army” of WW1 surprised by McArthur, to the WW2 GI Bill that got “sliced down”, to the recall of the Korean War, to the national disgrace of the “Viet Nam, Republic of” vet’s treatment, the “nation”, if there is such a thing, cavalierly “renegotiates” it’s commitment to Vets whenever it’s convenient and it can fly under the radar. If the Gooferment was an insurance company, the “Customers” would have deserted eons ago.

(3c) “We, The Sheeple” really don’t hear what the ranks think. It’s an Article 13 to critique the chain of command. About all they can do is vote with their feet. I’d wager without the threat of sanction, we would really get an earful.

You know I don’t think I have to do the “cons”.

Other than to say, it all stinks!

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Karen B for spanning me for something that really twisty my shorts. If I wore shorts!]

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