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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Supporting The Troops With Style, And Nothing Else



As we mourn the deaths of the 2,000 soldiers who gave their lives for a war sold on a lie, consider the following:
A strong military? This president likes to dress the part. But he rewards corporate defense contractors while stripping servicemen and women of financial support. He sent armed forces into Iraq without armored vests or vehicles. He hid flag-draped caskets from public view. He slowed federal support for wounded veterans by cutting staff members at the Veterans Benefit Administration, the office that handles service personnel's claims. Two years ago, he tried to cut combat pay from $225 to $150 a month and to trim the family separation allowance from $250 to $100. Perhaps most callously, Bush threatened to veto a plan to double the $6,000 payment to relatives of soldiers killed in action.
Freedom's on the march. Indeed.

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