Our Veterans Deserve Better!

WASHINGTON - Dozens of veterans from southcentral Pennsylvania donned their caps and headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby their congressmen for more ample health care and retirement benefits.

Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, was one of the four representatives and two senators who met with the supportive crowd to discuss the Veterans of Foreign Wars defense and legislative goals for 2006.

For Lonnie Frampton, of VFW Post 477 in Carlisle, and many of his fellow vets, the central issue is convincing the government to pick up more of their health care tab.

Frampton, 69, wants to end federal deductions of veterans' retirement benefits to pay for VA medical treatment.

Dems Demand More!

Dems Demand More!

Lawmakers demand more wartime funds for vets’ health careBy Rick MazeTimes staff writerOn the eve of a House committee’s passage of a $72.4 billion wartime supplemental funding bill, about 90 members of Congress are demanding that money be included to cover veterans’ health care costs.In a March 6 letter organized by Reps. John T. Salazar, D-Colo., and Lane Evans, D-Ill., lawmakers ask for a minimum of $630 million to be added to the supplemental for veterans programs, including $250 million for mental health services, $200 million for direct medical care, $110 million for prosthetics, $15 million for vocational rehabilitation and $55 million to increase the number of people processing disability claims.

Clyde Michael Morgans Vets Group!

You ask & ye shall Receive!! The Veterans Group Clyde Michael Morgan Associates with is Vets for Peace. Now, I dont know how old you are but these people are the very same rejects from the 60's & 70's who went to Canada, Sweeden & other countries and were associated with Jane Fonda and her F.T.A. Movement! Our troops in the feild do not need to be seeing & hearing this kinda crap and any veteran would know so. If you need to protest ,protest something else like Bush! I even respect anybodys right to burn my American Flag as long as they do it proper! 1st, Wrap themself up in it, 2. Soak in gas &3. Flick their bic while wearing it! Here is their agenda. Just like the 60's again and if you have a relative overseas you gonna let them spit on em?

Wilson Wingers Duck Bush

Singing the praises of Abraham Lincoln and Ronnie Raygun, the GOPers in Wilson had a coming out event last night. You wouldn't know from this story that their party happens to control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Can't blame them, really. Bush and Rove are a toxic stench that pervades the entire Republican Party: no competence, no integrity, and no interest in the common good.

Often citing Ronald Reagan or Abraham Lincoln, the candidates for state legislature, the judiciary and county offices stressed their qualifications for the positions.

I wish I had been there . . . it would have been like being on the Andy Griffith show:

David Godwin, candidate for sheriff, said Sheriff Wayne Gay has been in office too long. He said after 24 years of service, it's time for some new blood. He told the crowd he would go after all levels of crime with vigor — from dog theft to murder.

Mr. Mike Does Right

The Charlotte Observer yesterday wrote a story that raised my estimation of Mike Easley a few notches. He's taking on the Feds to preserve public land for the common good. It's a smart, competent move that we should support all the way.

Easley seeks shield for roadless areas

Gov. Mike Easley petitioned federal officials Thursday to protect nearly 174,000 acres of roadless areas in the state's national forests.

Dole and the NRSC Stoop Even Lower

Pam Spaulding from Pam's House Blend has a great find. The NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Campaign) which boasts my Senator, Elizabeth Dole, as its leader has a new web site to smear Rep. Harold Ford from Tennessee. Pam has pictures from the 'Big Pimpin' web site, and you have to see it to believe it. This news follows my post about a campaign to intimidate money out of unsuspecting voters. Just how low will she go?

Bush: Toxic Waste in Washington

It's pretty bad when a sitting president can't even get his party loyalists to back him. However, when he's attempting to sell the country down the hole, we won't call them names or belittle them for finally doing something that might just be in the country's best interest.

An article in The Washington Post has this to say:

The bipartisan uprising in Congress in the face of a veto threat represented a singular defeat for Bush, who when it came to national security grew accustomed during his first five years in office to leading as he chose and having loyal lawmakers fall in line. Now, with his poll numbers in a political ditch, the port debacle has contributed to a perception of weakness that has liberated Republicans who once would never have dared cross Bush.

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