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It's Time to Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door

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  • I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans!
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  • I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.
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  • Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson
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David Culver, Evergreene Digest

Just who does this sadistic, uncaring, ignoramus Alan Simpson think he is? I can tell you right now, the guy’s starting to get on my nerves, to put it charitably.

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I know he’s a former GOP senator from Wyoming, co-chairman of Obama's deficit commission, and an Army veteran who was once chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.  But who does he think he is? 

His contention that “veterans are not helping to save the country from debt” is an unwarranted slap in the face to veterans, questioning as it does our right to be returned to wholeness.  It’s sadistic, unmerciful, ungrateful, and wrong-headed in its implications.

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It may interest this uncaring ignoramus to know:

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1.    that this nation has never even remotely come anywhere close to paying veterans fully for their service; (To suggest, therefore, that we’re part of the budgetary problem is beyond the pale.)
2.    that veterans have already bled several times for their country, psychologically, spiritually, physically, and are, therefore, under no obligation to give more; (The bills we’ve presented to this country for our service and care are fair and payable on demand.)
3.    that if a balanced budget (a ludicrous concept for a government anyway) is that important to him and his colleagues of twisted logic, then I suggest he propose to balance it, not on the backs of veterans (or social security recipients) but on the backs of a fairly taxed bloodthirsty oligarchy and their corporate friends in the arms business who are the only ones who have profited from the carnage Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, Retired, calls “a racket.”

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There was a time not so long ago in this country when talking about veterans and their affairs in such a derogatory, ignorant manner would mean the immediate end of a person’s political career and, sometimes, an invitation to a private tar and feather party. (Mr. Simpson doesn’t know how lucky he really is. The very vets he dishonors with his vulgarity and stupidity were once in situations where they could shoot back!) That he is still in a position of power after making such incredulously stupid and insensitive remarks is a sad commentary on how far we’ve come in tolerating the public’s ever-increasing negative view of, and responsibility for, veterans and is a sad reflection of what President Obama’s opinion of veterans really is.

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I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans! He’s already called social security recipients (I and a lot of my fellow veterans are SS recipients, too) suckers on cows’ teats, and now he’s blaming vets for part of the deficit problem. How much more negative behavior will he have to demonstrate before our public officials gets fed up with him?

I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.

After all, this is a country of, by, and for the people, not the uncaring ignoramuses!

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Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange, David Dayen, FireDogLake

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  • Maybe if Simpson and the ruling class weren’t so damned bloodthirsty, we wouldn’t have choices like this to make.
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson.
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Building a Nation of Know-Nothings

It’s not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.

Timothy Egan, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Marsha Aronson

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Having shed much of his dignity, core convictions and reputation for straight talk, Senator John McCain won his primary on Tuesday against the flat-earth wing of his party. Now McCain can go search for his lost character, which was last on display late in his 2008 campaign for president.

Remember the moment: a woman with matted hair and a shaky voice rose to express her doubts about Barack Obama. “I have read about him,” she said, “and he’s not — he’s an Arab.”

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McCain was quick to knock down the lie. “No, ma’am,” he said, “he’s a decent family man, a citizen.”

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What Did FDR Really Do for America?

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All those Tea Party people who want austerity, to eliminate Social Security, medicare, unemployment benefits, etc., and who think that all sort of jobs are out there and that unemployed Americans laid off in near record numbers are lazy and undeserving leeches, need a history lesson.

Steven D, Booman Tribune

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Sometimes its worth taking a moment to remember what America was like the day before FDR's inauguration in 1933. All those Tea Party people who want austerity, to eliminate Social Security, medicare, unemployment benefits, etc., and who think that all sort of jobs are out there and that unemployed Americans laid off in near record numbers are lazy and undeserving leeches, need a history lesson.

And guess what? David Glenn Cox is here to give it to them:

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Let's look at Roosevelt's predecessor, Herbert Hoover. Hoover was strongly against any direct aid to the poor, fearing that the poor would become demoralized. The Republican Congress, likewise, was against any national scheme to aid the poor. The United States was the only industrial power with no system of social security. No system of national unemployment. No minimum wage law, no national labor laws of any kind. No aid for the elderly or the disabled. Looking back at that America it is like looking into almost medieval proportions. [...]

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Before the New Deal, the elderly were the poorest demographic in the country. When you got too old to work, you lived on your savings, and if you didn't have savings you starved or lived on charity or with your children. America was mainly rural then with most people living on farms, so those elderly worked until the day they died. Healthcare existed only for the rich and hospitals were a cash affair except for the "charity ward". If you were sick or injured you went home and you either got better or you died. There was no public health service. Hypothermia was the second leading cause of death for the elderly and pneumonia was the first. In Detroit in 1932 two people an hour died of starvation; in Toledo unemployment was at 70%.

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What FDR Gave Us, David Glenn Cox, OpEdNews.com
Both of my parents lived through the Great Depression. My father was born in 1920, and my mother was born in 1926. My father was raised in a small industrial town, my mother in inner city Chicago. Those of you familiar with Chicago's waterfront might be surprised to learn that children once played in the empty shell of what now is the Museum of Science and Industry. It was dilapidated, hollow, crime was rampant in the area, vegetable gardens were guarded with shotguns, and in a strange dichotomy whole families would sleep on the beaches of Lake Michigan on summer nights to escape the Summer heat.

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Understanding Conservatism

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Call it an insurrection if you want, but it's not the GOP who is besieged. It's the entire federal government (and, therefore, the country) that is under assault. The post-war consensus was never agreed to by conservatives. And they're coming to try to uproot eighty years of legislating history. That they won't succeed doesn't mean that we want to witness them try.

BooMan, Booman Tribune

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski


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E.J. Dionne says that the Republicans are experiencing an 'insurrection.' At least metaphorically, maybe they are. Most people are understandably viewing this as a kind cyclical right-wing reaction to both a Democratic president (who happens to be black) and a severe economic downturn, but Dionne makes an important additional point.

The agitation among Republicans is not surprising, given the trauma of the final years of George W. Bush's presidency. After heavy losses in 2006 and 2008, it was natural that GOP loyalists would seek a new direction.

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Primaries Show GOP Extremism, E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection. Democrats are not. This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties -- not some grand revolt against "the establishment" or "incumbents" -- explains the year's primary results, including Tuesday's jarring outcomes in Florida and Alaska.

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