Thursday, March 02, 2006

Check, please

Shortly after President Bush's State of the Union speech, I speculated on whether there was any clear intent to support the troops after they returned from Iraq. It appears the answer was not slow in coming. Here is a story from the AP: Veterans May Face Health Care Cuts in 2008.

WASHINGTON - At least tens of thousands of veterans with non-critical medical issues could suffer delayed or even denied care in coming years to enable President Bush to meet his promise of cutting the deficit in half — if the White House is serious about its proposed budget.

After an increase for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing by leaps and bounds, White House budget documents assume a cutback in 2008 and further cuts thereafter.

In fact, the proposed cuts are so draconian that it seems to some that the White House is simply making them up to make its long-term deficit figures look better. More realistic numbers, however, would raise doubts as to whether Bush can keep his promise to wrestle the deficit under control by the time he leaves office.

Tax cuts, anybody?


At 7:32 PM, Blogger -epm said...

Sheesh, vets... whiners. :(

This administration transcends party and respectable political ideologies and as risen (or sunk) to a level of abject social wickedness and dishonor. I don't expect everyone to jump on the Democratic party wagon, but for the life of me, I can't understand how anyone of integrity can stand behind this administration and it congressional enablers


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