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On Veterans Day, A Look at the Abysmal Voting Record Republicans Have in Support of our Military

veteransdayThere are millions of conservative Americans in this country who I fully believe have the utmost respect for the brave men and women who’ve served, or are currently serving, in our armed forces.

That being said, the party which they support clearly does not.

Sure, Republicans will talk at great lengths about the endless respect they show for our military and our veterans, but it’s mostly all hollow propaganda.

This is the party whose president lied about the Iraq War, a lie which resulted in over 4,000 men and women being sent to their deaths.  A war which produced exactly zero weapons of mass destruction — the whole premise for going to war to begin with.  Even after 4,000 American soldiers have been killed and absolutely no weapons of mass destruction were found, George W. Bush still refuses to apologize for his lie that took us to war.

I’m sure many of you remember the GOP presidential primary debate when a gay member of the United States Army was booed by conservatives in the crowd — booing that wasn’t condemned by a single candidate — while he was currently serving in Iraq.  These parasites booed a soldier who was currently deployed in Iraq simply because he was gay.  That’s bad enough, but then not one single Republican candidate had the courage to condemn the reprehensible response from the crowd.

Then there’s that time when Republicans killed the Veterans’ Job Corps Act that would have provided assistance for the hundreds of thousands of unemployed veterans in the United States.

We also can’t forget the cross the board cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that will reduce the amount of benefits over 900,000 veterans receive.  Oh, and Republicans are also pushing for another nearly $40 billion in cuts to the program.

Or last year when a GOP Senator blocked a cost-of-living adjustment for veterans.

Heck, Daily Kos has a nice rundown of 7 bills Republicans have fairly recently rejected in Congress:

  • H.R. 466-Wounded Veteran Job Security Act: A bill that would have prevented employers from terminating veterans who were getting treatment for injuries suffered while fighting for our country.
  • H.R. 1168-Veterans Retraining Act: Would have helped veterans find jobs and provide training for them while they sought employment.
  •  H.R. 1171-Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization: Would have helped homeless vets get back on their feet by providing temporary training for employment and programs to help them get off the streets.
  • H.R. 1172: No fancy name, would have just put a section on the VA website of schools currently offering scholarships for veterans.
  • H.R. 1293-Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009: Would have helped those overcoming injuries sustained while fighting for our country improve their living conditions.
  • H.R. 1803-Veterans Business  Center Act: This would have set up centers veterans could have visited that would have helped them better plan our future employment and business opportunities.
  • H.R. 2352-Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act: A combination of other bills killed in Congress by Republicans—that was once again killed by Republicans in Congress.

We can’t ignore the Republican-forced shutdown that almost led to the inability of our government to cover disability and pension payments to veterans and surviving spouses, and also will have to halt GI Bill payments for education expenses.

And let’s not forget about the story detailing several states that are forcing members of the National Guard to sometimes drive hours to register for benefits, simply because they’re homosexuals in a same-sex marriage.  These states aren’t allowing them to simply register at any military base.  Nope.  They’re making them register on federal bases because they believe their state has the right to refuse to register members of our military for benefits if they’re involved in a same-sex relationship.

There’s more, but I’ll just stop at that because I believe my point has been made.

On this day, you’ll undoubtedly hear glowing praise from Republicans about the courageous service our veterans have given to this country and the respect they have for all past and present members of our military.  Sadly, for many Republican politicians, their voting history tells a much different story.

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

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  • Phil the observer

    Sailors and Dogs keep off the lawn….It has not changed since I was serving..1972-1978, Navy and ANG….When you have no more to give, neither do they.

  • BigTBone

    One party spends an insane amount on military “stuff” but fails miserably at giving the vets the means they need to live decently. The above list is a factual representation of how the right will wrap themselves in the flag and put the yellow ribbons on, but abandon these men and women when it comes to providing food, job assistance or social services to them.

    • strayaway

      Under Johnson, privates in 1969 were paid $112/month. The biggest increase in military benefits that I can remember came from Richard Nixon. When Nixon ended the draft, he greatly increase the pay of lower ranking soldiers to attract sufficient numbers of volunteers.

  • hpdonle

    This is nothing new. Anyone remember when the Rethuglicans tried to cut dependent benefits for those that were serving in Afghanistan and Iraq? I think ti was 2004. And Rethuglicans (actually “conservatives”) have always talked a good game but where the rubber meets the road they have always laid out nail strips.

  • strayaway

    I don’t care if Bush ever apologizes. What good would that do? I would like to see him put into prison though for committing fraud that led to the deaths of many Americans. When a President lies, he should be held accountable period.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      so,,,,,,pray tell– how would YOU hold gw bush/cheney accountable? please stay upon this topic and be detailed as2 how YOU WOULD HOLD GW AND COMPANY accountable?

      • strayaway

        I was more or less agreeing with this paragraph in the article, ” This is the party whose president lied about the Iraq War, a lie which resulted in over 4,000 men and women being sent to their deaths. A war which produced exactly zero weapons of mass destruction — the whole premise for going to war to begin with. Even after 4,000 American soldiers have been killed and absolutely no weapons of mass destruction were found, George W. Bush still refuses to apologize for his lie that took us to war.”

        My only disagreement was that instead getting off with an meaningless apology, lying Presidents who make Americans suffer and die should be imprisoned period. Fraud is a crime.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        fraud is not a crime if U run things,,,,, sadly

      • Charles Acord

        Then Obama should be in prison for his lies to the American people about health care, and now many Americans will suffer.

      • strayaway

        I wouldn’t be adverse to that but while rooming those two liars in the same cell is a pleasant daydream, it just isn’t going to happen. It would be more productive to focus energy on ridding Washington of liars and supporters of liars in 2014 on election day.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        sounds like Bernie sanders and Elizabeth warren will be all alone in congress

      • strayaway

        If I could have Amash, Paul, Lee, and Cruz, you get to pick two more Democrats. Alan Grayson would be on my short list. Maybe we could find ten good people not very beholden to corporate wealth to preserve Congress (meant as joke). See Genesis 18: 20-32.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        I initially like grayson; now hes too far gone. as the MOODY BLUES said ; “its a question of balance”
        ……………..now: sarah palin I still wanna go down on and ” drill baby drill”!!!

      • regressive rightwing trash

        hey shitbag chuckles: when the ACA is layered all over America and loved by most ( C’ept regressive crybaby white trash on the FOX “news” scum channel) how will U respond? answer— U will NOT as U will be crying about Benghazi or the NSA or Kenya or jeeeeeesus saves

      • Matthew Reece

        They should be tried for crimes against humanity, with the death penalty available following conviction.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        NO!!! they should be lightly dusted in powdered sugar and given a lot of their fave liquor; when completely temulent then they should be taped up & laid next to a pissed off fire ant pile

      • surfjac

        Torture. End of discussion.
        It is illegal AND we’ve signed international agreements regarding it. We’ve arrested, tried, convicted and put to death torturers. Now what?, do we make reparations to the families of those put to death or imprisoned for torture?
        mrs. pelosi had lost all of my support because she took impeachment off the table denying Americans their constitutional right of checks and balances.

      • Charles Acord

        No one ever died from water-boarding, but Obama kills them with drones, ask what is worse.

      • strayaway

        What has the US come to if we are torturing people? Naomi Wolf points out, that as far as she knows, that every country that tortures foreigners eventually tortures its own people.

      • surfjac

        Actually, torture is because it serves no purpose. I wish we didn’t have to use drones and I can’t defend cowards who stand behind women and children when they are being attacked. I would like to see the drone strikes ended but as someone else pointed out, a criminal terrorist group used planes once as cruise missiles. It is going to take a courageous President to end the violence/drone strikes, and as soon as he does, he’ll be demonized as an appeaser. Which do you want?

      • regressive rightwing trash

        he kills Taliban/al Qaeda scum. when he does; FOX “news” cries as that’s all they do as they are mortified KNOWING Hillary 2016-2024 will send the regressive white trash repubs into history with the whigs

    • Dick Zaverl

      Along with Hillary Clinton’s lies about Benghazi ?

      • strayaway

        “What difference, at this point, does it make?” This is about Republicans not spending enough money on the veterans of the Bush/Obama wars. The first four or five of those spending bills sound like a good idea from their titles and brief descriptions.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        hey DIIIICK— what PROOF ( other than ur crying and the twisted spin at FOX “news”) do U have???

      • Charles Acord

        The only twisted spin is on NBC, MSNBC, at least fox offers both sides.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        FOX news is the worst. I wont dignify your oligophrenial statement with anything else

      • Stephen Barlow

        DIDN’T KNOW dropping acid was your religious ritual.

    • Charles Acord

      What about Obama lying about his health care bill , millions of people are losing their health care and doctors. He is the biggest liar since Clinton and Nixon. He should be impeached for his fraud to the American people.

      • strayaway

        That was a Hillary Clinton quote regarding events in Benghazi. However, I do think that veterans deserve our thanks, respect, and necessary support; which are all within the delegated authority of Congress to provide. The last thing or two in the list sounded like make work programs for bureaucrats though from their titles.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Thank for being a FLAMING hypocrits Mr. Boehner and Friends!!!

    • Charles Acord

      If you want hypocrits look at Obama, Reed, Pelosi, Durbin and the rest of the left wing nuts.

      • Stephen Barlow

        How so?

  • regressive rightwing trash

    vote tea party republican,,,,,,, the comedy is supreme!

    • Stephen Barlow

      Is that the BullSh*t Taco with Sour Cream and tomato chips?

      GOP policy has ALWAYS been:

      TAX THE POOR and KILL THEIR KIDS!

  • MiMg

    For the uninformed vote, this might be “new” info, but for those of us who follow politics closely, it’s TYPICALY Repub behavior, they CUT EVERY program that HELPS people: Unemployment Veterans Benefits, Disability, Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, College Grants, YOU NAME IT – Repubs CUT it!