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24 October 2006

Walking The Walk

Daily Kos reports some interesting findings. The nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America took a look at more than 300 legislative votes in the last five years which affected American troops and veterans. The proposals included veterans' benefits, healthcare, medical research dedicated towards injured soldiers, and so on. Based on these votes, IAVA calculated which congressmen and senators had a history of supporting the troops, and which didn't. The results were then graded on a curve.

You can see the full results of the report here. But it's the Senate results that are the most shocking. Every Senate Republican, without fail, scores a "C" or lower. And every Senate Democrat, without fail, scores a "B-" or higher.

It appears that Senate Republicans support the troops the way abusive husbands love their wives.

Comments on "Walking The Walk"


Blogger jasdye said ... (10/24/2006 05:57:00 PM) : 

w/o actually assessing the data, i'm 1) not surprised (neglectful parents that Republicans are); 2) ashamed at the response of necessity that our government's shown. or, rather, hidden.


Blogger Marty said ... (10/26/2006 03:54:00 PM) : 

Hey Wasp,

Yes I know about this. Very revealing. I thought I had posted this information on my blog, but I went back and checked. I didn't. I included it in the Newsletter I edit for our state Chapter of Military Families Speak Out.

My congressman got an A. He also voted against the torture bill. I let him know how appreciative I am.

Thanks for posting this. IAVA is working tirelessly on issues that affect our troops and veterans. They deserve all the support we can give them.

I'm reading a Paul Krugmann book right now and am planning to post a quote from it on my blog tonight. It's about the Bush Administration saying one thing, yet doing another.


Blogger Marty said ... (10/26/2006 04:00:00 PM) : 

Oh, and make sure to Tell Congress to Support Wounded Troops


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