Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Johnny Got His Gun

From the speech:

In this time of testing, our troops can know: The American people are behind you. Next week, our nation has an opportunity to make sure that support is felt by every soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine at every outpost across the world. This Fourth of July, I ask you to find a way to thank the men and women defending our freedom -- by flying the flag, sending a letter to our troops in the field, or helping the military family down the street. The Department of Defense has set up a website -- You can go there to learn about private efforts in your own community. At this time when we celebrate our freedom, let us stand with the men and women who defend us all.

Flag flying? Check.
Yellow ribbon magnet on the SUV? Check
Providing troops with the body protection they need? Um….maybe not.

Armor issued despite warnings

The Marine Corps issued to nearly 10,000 troops body armor that military ballistic experts had urged the Marines to reject after tests revealed life-threatening flaws in the vests, an eight-month investigation by Marine Corps Times has found.

Take care of the veterans once they come home? Uh-oh.

Bush Budget Raises Prescription Prices For Many Veterans

Pres Bush's budget would more than double co-payment charged to many veterans for prescription drugs, and would require some to pay new fee of $250 a year to use government health care; administration officials say those proposals are in $2.5 trillion budget Bush will unveil on Feb 7 in effort to cut deficit; fierce debate is expected on Capitol Hill, where Democrats have already pledged to oppose any Bush administration effort to stint on veterans' benefits; government has no immediate estimate of how many veterans would be affected if user fee and co-payment proposals are adopted; veterans' groups, which quickly attacked proposals, claim hundreds of thousands of people would end up paying more, and that many would be affected by both changes; overall, Bush is seeking 2.7 percent increase in Dept of Veterans Affairs discretionary spending, which is subject to annual appropriation by Congress, to $33.4 billion; remainder of $70.8 billion for agency is for entitlements which are authorized under prior laws

But you just keep flying that flag. No sacrifice is too great.


Anonymous Murray said...

Dee, you know you're not supposed to look behind the curtain.

8:41 AM  
Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Dubya must've gotten a warm, fuzzy feeling when he looked out on the streets od Everytown, USA and saw the flags flying on the Fourth of July. My message got through!, he must have thought. They are following my instructions, and flying the flag because I told them too. Because they support me.

Little did he realize that flying your flag on the FIFTH of July was a secret, silent, unannounced protest against the Bush administration and its failed policies. And my, how loudly that message rang out! I mean, did you see how many flags were flying on the Fifth?

12:17 AM  

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