Committment to Veterans
Fellow Republicans warned House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay more than a year ago that the government would come up short — by at least $750 million — for veterans' health care. The leaders' response: Fire the messengers.It would appear that DeLay doesn't like to spend money for veterans. I guess they are all just supposed to die over there or come back healthy, huh Tom? Or is the issue that veteran spending leaves less for you to steal? And isn't it cute the way the Bush juggernaut keeps stepping on anyone who 'makes them look bad' by telling the truth about the way the bully-club is running our country?
Smith was rebuked by several Republicans for sounding the spending alarm, and House leaders yanked his chairmanship in January. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., lost his chairmanship of the VA health subcommittee, and Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., is no longer on the committee. They too had signed the letters to Hastert, R-Ill., and DeLay, R-Texas.
Last week, the Bush administration raised to $1.2 billion the amount it says is needed. Two days later, however, White House Budget Director Joshua Bolten told the House Budget Committee that the VA for the past three years has gotten more money than it needs for medical care.
About $250 million of the shortfall can be attributed to soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, the VA said. The agency had predicted 23,000 of those war veterans would need its services. The department now puts the number at 103,000.
Notice folks, the VA is predicting 103 Thousand beds will be needed for our Middle East Crusade veterans. Now that sounds to me like the White House is plannng to keep our guys there for a long time - like until they are all crippled and bed ridden. Either that or to draft all your kids and send them to get crippled. Take your pick.