Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Obama is Commander in Chief in title only - He has no idea what it means!

It's unbelievable to think that he wants the veterans to pay for injuries incurred while fighting for this Country! He has no respect for all the men and women in our armed services who are put in harms way as a direct result of the order that a President has given. He must have no idea what being Commander in Chief means, because if he does, then he is showing a complete lack of respect for the men and women he is commanding. Maybe he should go through basic training so he can get a clue. He might even learn what Patriotism is.

by Ed Morrissey
from Hot Air
March 17, 2009

Obama during the Presidential campaign:

We’ll fully fund VA health care. No more delays. We’ll pass on-time budgets. No more means testing. It’s time to allow every veteran into the VA system.

Now under Obama's Administration:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. …

Let’s see. The same administration that has given tens of billions of dollars to GM, Citigroup, AIG, and a host of other banks and manufacturers wants men and women injured in service to their country to pay for the medical care that arises from these injuries? In what universe does Shinseki and the Obama administration live, anyway?

And people used to complain that Bush didn’t care enough about veteran care - even though he increased the VA budget by 56% from 2001 to 2008. Bush never offered the notion that the nation should shirk its duty to those who gave their health for the defense of America, especially not in the same week in which his administration signed a record omnibus bill with 8,000 pork items in it. In fact, I don’t think any administration has ever signaled such a policy, mostly because previous administrations weren’t dumb enough to try it, let alone crass enough to consider it an area to save a little cash.

Flashback video: Obama on “sacred trust”
March 17, 2009
by Ed Morrissey

Our friend Jim Geraghty reminds us that all of Barack Obama’s pledges come with expiration dates — all of them. Wounded veterans have now discovered this in a most unpleasant way. Barack Obama wants to shove off the cost of medical care for injuries and illnesses sustained in combat in order to find $560 million in fresh revenue streams. This amounts to just over half of what Obama just gave Hamas in Gaza to rebuild after their disastrous war with Israel this winter, and about 1/300th of what the government gave AIG in a bailout.

Obama sang a much different tune during the campaign. In June 2008, Obama appeared at a Sioux Falls pancake breakfast to lambaste the Bush administration and John McCain for opposing Jim Webb’s GI Bill. During that speech, given from a rostrum with the slogan “A Sacred Trust — Support Our Veterans”, Obama had this to say about caring for our wounded once back at home:

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