Dear Senator Obama: What You HAVE And What You Want?...Well, It Ain't Gonna Happen
By haystack Posted in 2008 | Obamafiles — Comments (6) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I couldn't help but laugh out loud at the title of THIS piece at Army Times. Apparently, the would-be Commander in chief wants to make kissy face with the Military now...in hopes they might trust him somehow if he gives them some candy. Mind you, there won't be much OF it because he wants to give as much of it as he can to lesser-deserving Americans...but he hopes a few limp carrots on an over-bent stick might just be enough to buy their love after all:
Obama said he hopes the military community will see him as “a guy looking out for us and not someone trying to score cheap political points.”
Military members and their families deserve better pay and benefits, he said, and although money might be hard to find for a generous increase, he supports increasing basic pay to keep up with inflation and private-sector salaries, and he believes housing allowances need to be increased so young service members and their families can afford adequate places to live.
He also wants to spend more to improve veterans’ health care and reduce the wait for a disability claim to be processed.
“I don’t know a higher priority than making sure that the men and women who are putting themselves in harm’s way, day in and day out, are getting decent pay and decent benefits — so that when they return home as veterans, they don’t have to wait six months to get benefits that they’ve earned, that they’re not winding up homeless on the streets, that they’re being screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, that if a spouse is widowed, the benefits are sufficiently generous,” he said. “These are just basic requirements of a grateful nation.”
Obama said he did not want to be more specific because he did not want to make promises he might not be able to keep. “I think we can do a much better job than we’re doing right now,” he said. But, he added, “I want to be honest: We are going to be in a tight budget situation. We’re not going to be able to do everything all at once.”
A promise of a cost of living raise isn't "trying to score cheap political points?” Hunh...and he knows of "no higher priority" yet he's gangbusters on a lot of OTHER priorities...none of which we can actually afford...? Ah, well, who cares about those nasty little details anyway? There's lies to be told, promises to be made and broken, and fat ladies to make faint in the audience.
Tight budget situation, indeed, Obama. By the time you rape the rest of us in new and expanded taxes and give it all back to "Fathers" and "Health Care" and "Global Poverty"...what will these Soldiers see? Bupkus.
A one or two percent raise in salary? Give me a freaking break. Trust starts with believing in the cause YOUR Soldiers are fighting for...not telling them they'll be made to surrender and forfeit the field because you promised your MoveOn and Code Pink friends you'd withdraw if they gave you that $2300.00 check.
Nice try though Barry...nice try.