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Thursday, September 27, 2007

"We support the troops!" - HYPOCRITES


Walk the talk ... don't just talk the talk. But, ya know, politicians are really good at talking the talk -- especially Republicans. "We support the troops!" That's what so many of them say. And I'm gonna include regular folks too.

But how are we really supporting our troops?
  • During consideration of the 2004 budget resolution, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) offered an amendment to provide an additional $1 billion for programs benefiting veterans. The added funds would have been used to boost medical and prosthetics research, speed the processing of veterans benefits, fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of veterans hospitals, and ensure that veterans receive a proper burial. Currently 6.5 million veterans are enrolled in the veterans' affairs (VA) health care system and that number will likely grow as U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq begin to qualify for veterans benefits. Progressives support Dorgan's amendment because many U.S. soldiers are unable to afford quality health care. Forty-seven Democrats voted in support of Dorgan's amendment but the measure failed to attract a majority of Senators and was narrowly defeated by a 49-51 margin.
  • Our soldiers are not provided with adequate body armor and armored vehicles.
  • We have a Stop Loss Policy in place since 2002. The ongoing Stop Loss Policy pertains to soldiers in the National Guard and Army Reserve. This policy allows the Pentagon to keep soldiers whose enlistment is due to expire in order to maintain troop strength and unit integrity. In other words, if you signed up only for a year, the military can keep you in Iraq if they need you -- for several years. What part of indentured servitude don't you understand?
  • And what about giving our troops some time off? Stressful, dangerous work needs time off, right? Otherwise one might experience some serious side effects. Nope. Last week the Republican "We Support the Troops" Senators voted that ... no, no, the troops don't need time off. Here's how the vote went:
    Grouped by Home State
    Alabama:Sessions (R-AL), NayShelby (R-AL), Nay
    Alaska:Murkowski (R-AK), NayStevens (R-AK), Nay
    Arizona:Kyl (R-AZ), NayMcCain (R-AZ), Nay
    Arkansas:Lincoln (D-AR), YeaPryor (D-AR), Yea
    California:Boxer (D-CA), YeaFeinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Colorado:Allard (R-CO), NaySalazar (D-CO), Yea
    Connecticut:Dodd (D-CT), YeaLieberman (ID-CT), Nay
    Delaware:Biden (D-DE), YeaCarper (D-DE), Yea
    Florida:Martinez (R-FL), NayNelson (D-FL), Yea
    Georgia:Chambliss (R-GA), NayIsakson (R-GA), Nay
    Hawaii:Akaka (D-HI), YeaInouye (D-HI), Yea
    Idaho:Craig (R-ID), NayCrapo (R-ID), Nay
    Illinois:Durbin (D-IL), YeaObama (D-IL), Yea
    Indiana:Bayh (D-IN), YeaLugar (R-IN), Nay
    Iowa:Grassley (R-IA), NayHarkin (D-IA), Yea
    Kansas:Brownback (R-KS), Not VotingRoberts (R-KS), Nay
    Kentucky:Bunning (R-KY), NayMcConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Louisiana:Landrieu (D-LA), YeaVitter (R-LA), Not Voting
    Maine:Collins (R-ME), YeaSnowe (R-ME), Yea
    Maryland:Cardin (D-MD), YeaMikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Massachusetts:Kennedy (D-MA), YeaKerry (D-MA), Yea
    Michigan:Levin (D-MI), YeaStabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Minnesota:Coleman (R-MN), YeaKlobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Mississippi:Cochran (R-MS), NayLott (R-MS), Nay
    Missouri:Bond (R-MO), NayMcCaskill (D-MO), Yea
    Montana:Baucus (D-MT), YeaTester (D-MT), Yea
    Nebraska:Hagel (R-NE), YeaNelson (D-NE), Yea
    Nevada:Ensign (R-NV), NayReid (D-NV), Yea
    New Hampshire:Gregg (R-NH), NaySununu (R-NH), Yea
    New Jersey:Lautenberg (D-NJ), YeaMenendez (D-NJ), Yea
    New Mexico:Bingaman (D-NM), YeaDomenici (R-NM), Nay
    New York:Clinton (D-NY), YeaSchumer (D-NY), Yea
    North Carolina:Burr (R-NC), NayDole (R-NC), Nay
    North Dakota:Conrad (D-ND), YeaDorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Ohio:Brown (D-OH), YeaVoinovich (R-OH), Nay
    Oklahoma:Coburn (R-OK), NayInhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Oregon:Smith (R-OR), YeaWyden (D-OR), Yea
    Pennsylvania:Casey (D-PA), YeaSpecter (R-PA), Nay
    Rhode Island:Reed (D-RI), YeaWhitehouse (D-RI), Yea
    South Carolina:DeMint (R-SC), NayGraham (R-SC), Nay
    South Dakota:Johnson (D-SD), Not VotingThune (R-SD), Nay
    Tennessee:Alexander (R-TN), NayCorker (R-TN), Nay
    Texas:Cornyn (R-TX), NayHutchison (R-TX), Nay
    Utah:Bennett (R-UT), NayHatch (R-UT), Nay
    Vermont:Leahy (D-VT), YeaSanders (I-VT), Yea
    Virginia:Warner (R-VA), YeaWebb (D-VA), Yea
    Washington:Cantwell (D-WA), YeaMurray (D-WA), Yea
    West Virginia:Byrd (D-WV), YeaRockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Wisconsin:Feingold (D-WI), YeaKohl (D-WI), Yea
    Wyoming:Barrasso (R-WY), NayEnzi (R-WY), Nay

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