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skippy the bush kangaroo



Saturday, July 26, 2003

no benefit in pissing off the vets

as readers of this space may remember, skippy has a good friend who is a veteran with some health problems. this friends spends a lot of time at the veterans' hospital in westwood, california, usually waiting to see a doctor. so this friend has a lot of time to talk to his fellow veterans.

and, as we have reported, there is a rising feeling of anger among the veterans towards awol and the repubbblicans for cutting back on benefits and health services to our men and women in uniform. skippy's friend tells the story of the blind man who has to ride a bus from bakersfield to westwood (an almost 100 mile trip), because all the vet medical facilities inbetween have been shut down.

and now, knight ridder newspapers report the same thing:

normally republican, many retired veterans are mad that bush and the republican-controlled congress are blocking remedies to two problems with health and pension benefits. they say they feel particularly betrayed by bush, who appealed to them in his 2000 campaign, and who vowed on the eve of his inauguration that "promises made to our veterans will be promises kept."

"he pats us on the back with his speeches and stabs us in the back with his actions," said charles a. carter of shawnee, okla., a retired navy senior chief petty officer. "i will vote non-republican in a heart beat if it continues as is."

"i feel betrayed," said raymond c. oden jr., a retired air force chief master sergeant now living in abilene, texas.

many veterans say they will not vote for bush or any republican in 2004 and are considering voting for a democrat for the first time. others say they will sit out the election, angry with bush and republicans but unwilling to support democrats, whom they say are no better at keeping promises to veterans. some say they will still support bush and his party despite their ire.


aside from the dishonorable weaseling of ignoring the men and women who faithfully served this country, awol risks losing a usually-large voting block in 2004.

not to mention even more bad karma.
posted by skippy at 8:59 PM |

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