Republicans Couldn’t Care Less About Our Military

Republicans Military Benefits

White House Photo: Pete Souza

Conservatives have in recent days shrilly insisted that Republicans are not going to cut off the military from paychecks in the event of a government shutdown, that they already have a measure in place to protect military paychecks in the event of a government shutdown.

Don’t believe them.

The measure right-wingers are referring to is a “companion measure” to the wish list of House GOP’ers, with the aim to, as noted by firstread.nbcnews.com, ”. . . politically inoculate themselves against the political fallout from a shutdown.”  The House did pass a bill funding the military, and the Senate will likely vote to pass it as well.  However, the bill is nothing but a House GOP ploy to keep from looking like the demons they are should the House shut down the government due to Democrats’ refusal to delay Obamacare for a year and fully repeal the ACA’s tax on medical devices (and assorted other untenable demands).  Republicans are banking on the Stockholm Syndrome kicking in, expecting gratitude from its hostages in exchange for granting the most basic of life’s requirements.  

The greatest myth in modern-day politics ever is that Republicans care about our military.  Take, for instance, Ted Cruz’ recent threat:  “If Harry Reid kills the bill in the Senate, the House should hold its ground, and should begin passing smaller continuing resolutions, one department at a time . . . It should start with a continuing resolution focused on the military . . . Send it over, see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military.”

Not only are Republicans – particularly the extreme, unyielding, self-serving faction of tea-swilling Republicans – willing to shut down our government to get their way, they’re more than willing to play Russian roulette, with a fully loaded weapon, with the lives of our soldiers.

President Obama, on the other hand, has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to the military:  He’s increased the size of the Army and Marine corps; created a military families advisory board, designed to reduce the burden on soldiers’ spouses and families; made military deployments predictable for troops and families, eliminating changes to deployment schedules after they leave home; ended “stop loss,” the practice of forcing soldiers to continue to serve beyond their military commitment; and provided for better equipment for our troops; and approved a 1.7% increase in military pay in 2013.

In contrast, last year the GOP voted against or rejected multiple bills designed to help our nation’s veterans, including the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act, the Veterans Retraining Act, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization.

julie-driscoll-175President Obama supports our troops with economic and life-improving policies; Republicans view our soldiers as nothing more than valuable commodities in the politically ideological gamesmanship they’re determined to win by any means necessary.  It speaks volumes that playing with our troops’ lives is what they choose as leverage; after all, they know that Democrats, the true patriots and supporters of our soldiers, will not act in a way that will undermine our soldiers’ lives and economic health.

Julie Driscoll
Smoking Hot Politics

Monday, 30 September 2013

Comments

  1. Richard La France says

    What in the hell is this Clipon person talking about? It makes no sense. What democratic base of imperialists and Zionists in southern CA are you talking about? As far as we liberals are concerned, a bi-racial couple who are open about their relationship is not peddling. Liberals aren’t concerned with other people’s choices in relationships or marriage. And, despite whatever it is you’re talking about regarding the 101 million impoverished Americans who never went to war, we “liberals” are quite openly concerned for their existence and are daily protesting the neglect that has been put upon them by uncaring politicians. And if you’re going to put down veterans as it appears you are, then fuck you. I’m a veteran and I’m receiving no more special care than the 101 million impoverished Americans to whom you refer.

    This very day I admitted to my friends that I am now officially ashamed to be an American. We’ve been demonized by a heartless group that call themselves “The Tea Party” and they are doing all in their power to debase and dehumanize this nation. But that’s not why I’ve admitted I’m ashamed to be an American. I’m ashamed because not a goddam soul in power in this country, not in any single agency, is doing anything to stop the heinous crimes this party of fools and their childish pranks have committed and continue to commit with every passing day.

    I’m sick of the negative blurbs about liberals when it’s clear we are the only ones left who give a goddam about this country. Not Congress, not the Senate, the FBI, the CIA, the Military CIC, none of them are doing a thing to stem the flow of destructive terror coming from the party that would burn our Constitution on the White House Lawn if they could get their hands on the original.

    Ted Cruz is all full of himself, truly believing he’s going to be our next President. Who in the fuck wants somebody who deliberately shut down our government, costing taxpayers $24 Billion, as President? Who would vote for a man who read nursery rhymes to his child to stay awake during his filibuster that was intended to obstruct, delay and whatever other deliberate damage he had in mind? This man whose father convinced him at an early age that he was anointed by God and would bring the end times…you get the drift?

    There’s not a single person in this country with the balls to stand up against these poor excuses for human flesh except for Bernie Sanders. And, guess what! He’s an Independent! It takes somebody in the middle of the road to see the traffic in both directions. There is less than a handful of Democrats shouting these spoiled, pretend religious, obnoxious bastards into silence. Does this mean there is general approval across the board? What hope does their inaction against the Tea Party give the rest of us? And still, people who are all for those loud-mouthed shit-for-brains people continue to wreak havoc on this nation haven’t the slightest notion that they are going to leave you here to sink while they swim after the ship that has all the money in it. They don’t care for any of you any more than they care for the rest of us.

    So, take your criticism of liberals and pound it up your ass. You’re a sucker for stupidity and the Tea Party is the stupidest idea that ever happened in the world.

  2. Clipon says

    I guess your democratic base of imperialists and Zionists in southern CA is so large you don’t need any real progressives. Just trot out the race articles and the guilty liberals will cough right up. Oh, and I love the way you peddle yourselves as the bi-racial couple–good advertising. I bet those liberals just drool over you and you play it for everything it’s worth.

  3. Clipon says

    Oh boy, another editorial from the democratic imperialist base worried about our boys in uniform. And t o hell with the 101 million impoverished Americans who never went to war probably. Beating the war drums from the Left. Your contributors grow more disgusting by the hour. I’m not making any donations to you folks this year.

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