Saturday, May 3, 2008

Inhofe Plays Bait-and-Switch With Vets

Our friends at Think Progress have nailed former Tulsa mayor and current Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe for his flip-flop on aid to veterans.

Here's the complete posting from Think Progress, a comment that points to the shallowness of the Republican commitment to America's war heroes.

On Tuesday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) quietly withdrew his support from Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) 21st Century GI Bill, and signed onto a competing proposal by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC). Today, an Iraq war vet from Oklahoma, Miranda Norman, slammed Inhofe for leaving veterans behind:

Senator Inhofe is undermining America’s heroes, as they reach for the American dream. It’s insulting and a slap in the face. Not only has Senator Inhofe turned his back on legislation backed by every veterans’ group, but he signed on to a sham bill, because he thinks veterans are fools who won’t be able to tell the difference.

McCain’s proposal reserves its most generous benefits for those who signed up to serve before 9/11 or those who remain healthy enough — and uninjured — to serve for 12 years. VoteVets has more on why the McCain-Graham bill should be “flat out rejected."


Tulsan said...

Quite a little patriot, he is.

BigAssBelle said...

it is outrageous that the party most responsible for banging the drums of war is the same party that refuses to take care of those who sacrifice in this disaster in iraq.

it makes me believe that those bodies ~ the men and women who sign up to serve ~ are just expendable to them, like tissues or toilet paper, just another (usually poor) body chewed up by the war machine and of no real account.

how else to explain the public shrieking about patriotism! and flag pins! and great and wonderful america! while stabbing those who serve in the back?