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GOP fights Democratic bill to restore school funding for returning veterans.
Courtesy of The Blotter.
It's like that comic in the other weeks Stranger!
Who the fuck started the whole 'support the troops' bullshit, anyway? Was 'support the war' so trenchant that we had to state the obvious instead?
Support our troops? Duh. Of course we do. Support our war? Duh. No.
Why the hell did it cut off my last paragraph? Was it offensive, or did I (somehow) fuck up?
Well, something like 80% of the troops are conservative Republicans.
Part of me feels bad for them and a little part of me doesn't. They signed up for this. They volunteered. Granted, I don't think many of them realized their ITT Tech degree was going to literally cost them an arm and a leg.
Still, they are getting the short end but our military has that history.
A big part of the reason they "signed up for this" is because of the benefits that supposedly come with signing up. A lot of the troops are poorer kids who aren't so much sold on the fighting, but on the opportunities they wouldn't otherwise get being from the working class.
Only a fool would sign up for military service at this point and not expect to get blown to smithereens.
They knew what they were getting into, and 80% of them voted for the evil asshole that sent them into this hell. AND THEY'RE STILL GOING TO VOTE REPUBLICAN.
I'm appalled by the continued loss of life, but I'll reserve my pity for the countless, innocent civilians whose lives have been destroyed by our troops.
@3, 6 I have a funny feeling that this generation of soldiers isn't going to be so keen on the GOP.
I don't know, Gitai, people have an amazing ability to vote against their own interests (hence, poor rural voters voting for republicans). I would hope that the soldiers don't vote for the people who send them to war, but they always seem to do so.
I'm thinking a lot of people currently in Iraq just may have signed up pre-9/11. I remember sometime in the good old days of 1999 a friend of my husbands was trying to get him to join the reserves, because they pay for school, it's only one weekend a month, and hey, we're never going to be in a war, right? Then, we get GWB, who loves war.
And the Republicans always demonize anyone who doesn't support their war as unsupportive of troops, yet they are the ones who constantly vote to cut benefits, cut care after they return, etc. Remember when Reagan cut funding to the states and a bunch of state hospitals had to close? Yah, many of those people were vets who needed help. The Republicans send you to war that fucks you in the head, then leave you with shit when you get home. Thanks, Patriots!
Actually, the troops resemble America's viewpoints - they are no more conservative than we are - as in not.
You're thinking the officer corps. They are out of touch freaks.
But Red Bushies talk a lot, but are conspicuous in their absence from serving combat units. As in not there. As in no kids or grandkids. As in GOP candidates.
They talk about it - but they always have excuses. Even Mitt Romney's I Have A Big Family Of Boys aren't serving.
Plain and simple.
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