We are a few month out from the scandal that rocked the VA. The legislation that would have pumped an additional $30 Billion into the VA to help alleviate the waiting times by veterans seeking treatment from private doctors is stalled in Congress. So what else is new. The administration has also asked for an additional $18 Billion so the VA can hire more doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and lease new facilities to reduce overcrowding.
Of course there are a lot of reasons that this legislation has bogged down. One big reason is that it is an election year, and no one wants to be blamed for its failure. But, on the other side of the coin, no Republican wants the administration to be able to take credit for helping to fix a real problem either. That means, the Republicans in the Senate have tried to introduce “amendments” to the bill that would certainly doom it. For example, they want an amendment to put more sanctions on Iran. Apparently, they don’t believe that Iran is negotiating faithfully. Even if that is true, how does that help our veterans getting the help they need.
Obviously, this is simply a ploy by the Republicans in the Senate to kill a needed bill that will help the millions of veterans who need the help. They just don’t want to come out in an election year and say as much. Once veterans are no longer useful on the battlefield, they become expendable. That has been the case since the country was founded.
The one part of the fight I find completely detestable is the argument that “it needs to be paid for”. Really? We sent millions of our finest young men and women into war, without paying for it, and now we say that those same people who desperately need our help can’t get it unless it is “paid for”. Senator Lindsey Graham is one of the leading critics of this “paid for” mantra.
Okay, how about this for your thought Mr. Graham. The veterans have already paid for the aid they need. They paid for it with their lives, blood, and sanity! They are the real patriots who stood by this country in time of trouble. They are the ones who put everything on the line for their country. How dare any politician who has sat safely in the capital even dream of using the words it must be “paid for” when it comes to veteran benefits?
Using comments like that is nothing more than a slap in the face to every man and women who has served this country! Anyone using those words should resign their seat in the Congress. It is more than shameful.
So, here is a way to “pay for” the aid our brothers and sisters need. Let’s tax all of the money corporations have hidden overseas for the purpose of not paying taxes. With the estimated trillions of dollars these corporations have hidden overseas, we could easily pay for these necessary benefits with a simple 10% tax on all of that money!
But, no, the Republicans won’t bite the hands that feed them. They would rather treat the veterans like second-class citizens who, in their thinking are no better than the so-called 47 per centers. In their minds, veterans who need the help the VA can provide them are merely seeking handouts from “uncle sugar”.
It is time for Congress to stop mistreating our veterans. It is time for them to do their job! I call on every veteran to make it to the polls this November and vote out anyone who is even trying to stop this bill. Our veterans deserve better from our representatives.