Congressman Lane Evans (D-IL), the senior Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, today issued a lengthy statement in advance of The Chimperor's State of the
Union Empire address tonight.
In that statement, he takes the Baby Doc Maladministration severely to task for its absolutely appalling record on veterans' issues:
It is disgraceful that year after year veterans, hats in hand, must beg for an adequate budget from the White House and GOP-controlled Congress.And that's just scratching the surface. Read his entire statement and then all of you oxymoronically-self-described Republican veterans out there (and that includes you, Chickenshit Charlie), tell me where he is wrong!
The President’s budget requests have not kept pace with health care demand, as evidenced in part by continuing unacceptably long waiting times for thousands of veterans to receive a medical appointment.
The President denied access to more than 260,000 veterans who sought VA care in fiscal year 2005 and upwards of a half million in the last two years, solely as a cost-cutting measure.
The President’s pattern and practice of shortchanging veterans led to a fiscal year 2005 VA health care shortfall of $1.5 billion and fiscal year 2006 budget shortfall of $1.97 billion. After months of repeated warnings by Democrats and veterans’ advocates that the VA faced a dangerous funding shortfall, the Administration during the summer of 2005 begrudgingly acknowledged that these warnings were accurate and that it lacked the funds to adequately meet the health care needs of our veterans.
Tell me, Republican veterans, why you continue, in total denial of your own self-interests and those of your brothers-in-arms, to blindly, foolishly and stupidly support an administration that is systematcally dismantling all of the protections that you and me and our fellow veterans have been promised in exchange for putting our lives on the line for our country?
Tell me why you continue to suck up to this amoral flock of arrogant Chickenhawks, this effete corps of impudent snobs, this contemptuous pack of haughty assholes who hate the military, hate veterans, hate you, and who seem to enjoy, to relish victimizing your fellow veterans?
Just tell me.