Monday, September 15, 2008

Stealing From Veterans

Privatization of federal programs is not the same thing as supporting a free market.

Using our tax dollars to prop-up private corporations is not the same as supporting the free market.

Turning-over federal benefits to be managed by private corporations is not the same as supporting a free market.

Yes, the wrong-wing, political extremists draped in the Christus and extolling the benefits of privatization would have you believe these things.

In reality, the current American president and vice-president, and their extremist friends have no real interest in a free market, or a reduced federal budget. They only want to re-write the laws so that they can create monopolies and funnel tax dollars away from those who need it and into the pockets of those who do not.

The area in which this has been most sinful is the Veterans Administration, where entire branches of that once-successful program have been privatized and the rules re-written so that veterans in need of benefits cannot get those benefits, and the money intended for programs is sitting in the pockets of private companies hell-bent on refusing benefits to those they are hired to help.

Our nation is failing, and government policies written in the name of Reaganomics are the cause.

How the VA Abandons Our Vets
By Joshua Kors
August 27, 2008
The Nation

Sgt. Juan Jimenez had one of the most dangerous jobs in Iraq, ushering top Administration officials through the war-torn streets of Baghdad. He returned home with two Purple Hearts and shrapnel lodged in his right arm. Today he is gravely ill.

What Jimenez didn't realize is that before he could receive benefits for his wounds, he'd have to prove that those wounds came from war. Three and a half years later, the sergeant is still making his case. The Department of Veterans Affairs isn't convinced. And it won't give him his benefits until it is. Continue reading "How the VA Abandons Our Vets" at The Nation

Veterans are suffering without the benefits they need.

And the so-called conservatives are laughing any lying all the way to the bank.




1 comment:

O'Reilly said...

Privatization, especially privatization with no-bid contracts, no government oversight, or cost-plus terms run directly counter to the principle of The Common Good.

One very fundamental principle of government is that it is not used to enrich the few at the expense of the many.

It is a sad day that they things need to be said, and need to be corrected. Bush has destroyed so many of our institutions and John McBush 44 shows no signs of recognizing it.

Please Vote Democratic this year. We need time to get this country back on the right track.