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VFW Will Defeat Bachmann Plan

January 31st, 2011 . by TexasFred

VFW Will Defeat Bachmann Plan

“No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress.”

January 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2011 — America’s oldest and largest major combat veterans’ organization announced it will do everything within its power to defeat a plan introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to cut $4.5 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress,” said Richard L. Eubank, the national commander of the 2.1 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries.

On her website, the three-term congresswoman lists more than $400 billion in suggestions to cut federal spending. The VA suggestion would cap increases to VA healthcare spending, and reduce disability compensation to account for Social Security Disability Insurance payments — in other words, an offset. She says her plan is intended to generate discussion.

“The only discussion the VFW wants is to tell the congresswoman that her plan is totally out of step with America’s commitment to our veterans,” said Eubank, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Eugene, Ore.

“There are certain things you do not do when our nation is at war, and at the top of that list is not caring for our wounded and disabled servicemen and women when they return home,” he said. “I want the congresswoman to join us in a tour of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Poly Trauma Center the next time she’s in her home district to witness firsthand the great work the VA does every day to heal their wounds and ease their pain. Then I want her to look those disabled veterans in the eye and tell them their service and sacrifice is too expensive for the nation to bear.

“The day this nation can’t afford to take care of her veterans is the day this nation should quit creating them,” said Eubank.

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VFW Will Defeat Bachmann Plan

There are some things in this world that need to held as sacrosanct. Our troops, and their care after their duty has been done, after they come home, is one of the most important issues America faces.

Michele Bachmann – Obviously NOT a Veteran

I know we need to cut the budget. I know that the deficit needs to be brought under control, but do we do so on the backs of the American soldier?

Our troops, on far too many occasions, give this nation ALL they have to give, their lives. So, we give them a military burial, with honors, and on Memorial Day we honor their sacrifice. I think that is a wonderful observance, we should never forget our fallen heroes.

But what about those that have made great sacrifice on the field of battle, and lived?

What about those brave troops that have lost an arm? Both arms? A leg, or, in many cases, BOTH legs? What about the troops that have lost their vision? Or have been maimed and burned? Scared for life and in need of care that they just aren’t able to provide for themselves?

What about those that suffer unseen wounds? Mental damage, PTSD, nightmares, sheer terror at the sound of a loud POP, Gulf War illness, radiation sickness from exposure to depleted uranium? What do we do about them?

Michele Bachmann can generate all the discussion she wants with this little faux pas, but all she has done, in MY opinion, is show the American people that she’s not nearly as smart as we may have thought her to be. I had great respect for Bachmann until I saw this piece. No more.

Anyone that wants to discuss taking away money from our Veterans is not worth the time it takes to tell them to go STRAIGHT TO HELL! And that is exactly where Bachmann can go as far as I am concerned.

Do any of you remember this?

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned� after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

Obama to Bill Combat Wounded for Medical Care

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President Is Likely to Discuss Gun Control Soon

January 30th, 2011 . by TexasFred
President Is Likely to Discuss Gun Control Soon

WASHINGTON — Administration officials say that President Obama, largely silent about gun control since the Tucson shooting carnage, will address the issue soon, potentially reopening a long-dormant debate on one of the nation’s most politically volatile issues.

The officials did not indicate what measures, if any, Mr. Obama might support; with Republicans in control of the House and many Democrats fearful of the gun lobby’s power, any legislation faces long odds for passage. Among the skeptics is the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada.

Still, Mr. Obama has come under increased pressure to speak out from gun-control advocates, including urban Democrats in Congress and liberal activists and editorial writers. They would like him to at least support a bill that would restore an expired federal ban on the sort of high-capacity ammunition magazine that was used in the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson that killed six people and injured 13, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona.

The advocates, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, were critical after Mr. Obama did not propose any measures in his State of the Union address Tuesday night to address gun violence. In interviews since, senior White House advisers have said without specifics that Mr. Obama would address the issue in coming weeks, though just how has not been decided.

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Gun control is about to be a hot topic again I fear.

It seems that every time a mentally deficient person goes off on a tangent and kills any number of people, we, the America gun owner, are once again forced to defend ourselves and our love affair with firearms.

On the other side of the globe, the world is at war, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Venezuela is on the verge of erupting. We have horrendous violence all along our border with Mexico and because a psycho goes nuts in Arizona, the American president and Dems in Congress want us ALL disarmed.

Before you read this post, take a look at these headlines from the Sunday news.

• More Egyptian Forces Move In as Curfew Passes
Egypt turmoil rattles Middle East stock markets
Fighter jets swoop over Cairo in show of force
Civilians watch over neighborhoods in Egypt chaos
Egypt’s uprising unites society in rage
Leading Tunisian Islamist returns from exile
Over 99 pct in Southern Sudan vote for secession
Sudanese police clash with students in Khartoum
3 killed in clashes in Somalia’s capital

Nearly all of my friends, family, readers and associates are gun owners and users. We all hear a lot of horror stories about guns and how they are going to be taken away from Americans.

So, ask yourself this; Just how much can the ~Gun Grabbers~ really do?

The U.S. government is NOT going to do any such thing, they may TRY, Obama may give orders, but they do NOT have the power to take our guns. I mean MAN POWER. No matter what laws that may be passed, no matter the wishes of the liberal left and the bleeding heart gun grabbers, I believe we’re pretty safe.

The BATF, and the U.S. government can’t get their act together enough to stop guns from going OUT of, or coming IN TO, the USA. The full military might of America has yet to pacify Iraq and Afghanistan.

So, other than run their heads, look stupid and scare simple-minded people, just how much do the gun grabbers really think they can do against a determined force of American gun owners? Just what exactly, can they actually accomplish?

How many gun owners are there in the United States of America?

Most estimates range between 39% and 50% of US households having at least one gun (that’s about 43-55 million households). The estimates for the number of privately owned guns range from 190 million to 300 million. Removed those that skew the stats for their own purposes the best estimates are about 45% or 52 million of American households owning 260 million guns). SOURCE

Approximately half of the homes in America are gun owners according to that little statistic. I am guessing that this is a conservative estimate.

Given the fact that many of those households are at least *2 person homes*, and assuming that they are quite likely to have more than one gun per household, I would say again, that these are very conservative figures.

Suppose the current Attorney General were to issue an edict ordering ALL Americans to turn in their guns? Suppose Obama was able to find a way to force our lawmakers into reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban? Suppose Obama decide to enter a period of Totalitarianism and take full control of the citizens of this nation via executive order?

Who is going to enforce his edicts? The BATF?? The FBI?? Maybe the Army or the National Guard? Maybe State, County/Parish or Local police??

I wouldn’t put it past the FBI or BATF to try, they are nothing more than Federal automatons anyway. They will blindly follow the orders of Obama and sacrifice themselves in the process.

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GOP senator favors cutting US aid to Israel

January 29th, 2011 . by TexasFred

GOP senator favors cutting US aid to Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tea party-backed Republican Sen. Rand Paul favors cutting U.S. aid to Israel as part of a deficit-driven effort to slash government spending by $500 billion this year, drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans who argue the U.S. must be unwavering in its support for the longtime Mideast ally.

The freshman Kentucky lawmaker unveiled his budget proposal this week that would make significant cuts in education, housing and energy while reducing money for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by $16 billion. Paul’s plan also would cut some $20 billion in overseas aid, and he said he wants to eliminate the $3 billion the United States provides to Israel annually in foreign military assistance.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans agree with Senator Paul – our current fiscal crisis makes it impossible to continue the spending policies of the past,” Paul spokesman Gary Howard said in a statement responding to the criticism. “We simply cannot afford to give money away, even to our allies, with so much debt mounting on a daily basis.”

The latest economic forecast puts the deficit at a record $1.5 trillion.

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I posted a little bit of this on yesterdays post, (History is Repeating Itself in Islamic Nations) and the more I read, the more thought I put into it, the more angry I got. I have a deep sense of right and wrong, and I have always felt that RON Paul was mostly wrong and that RAND Paul had wrong down to a science.

I am going to say this and I don’t give a DAMN who gets offended, be it supporters of The TEA Party, The GOP, Sarah Palin, fellow bloggers, Facebook friends, it makes me NO difference WHO likes, or doesn’t like my personal opinion and assessment of Rand Paul.



I will stand with Israel, and ANYONE with a lick of sense should too.

Yes, there are MANY areas of our budget that need to be cut. Foreign Aid is one of the 1st areas that should be looked at for total elimination. We are sending untold BILLIONS of dollars to nations that HATE the USA. We are subsidizing nations, and people that want to see us dead and buried. WE are underwriting the actions of radical Islam with every dollar that is sent to Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and God only knows where else.

We are not subsidizing Israel while they allow scum of the earth Muslim terrorists to *hole up* and train in covert camps. Israel is doing everything in it’s power to rid the earth of these scum.

WE would be well advised to stand shoulder to shoulder WITH the Israelis, helping them in ANY WAY we possibly can. You see, like it or not, if Israel goes down, WE go down, and vice versa. And that my friends, is the ultimate goal of radical Islam and it’s minions, the utter and complete destruction of Israel and the United States of America.

Apparently MORONS like Rand Paul don’t have any understanding in the ways of the world.

Paul explained his position in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, saying he respects Israel as a Democratic nation but feared funding an arms race in the Mideast. His proposal drew a swift response from Republicans and Democrats.

“We share Senator Paul’s commitment to restraining the growth of federal spending, but we reject his misguided proposal to end U.S. assistance to our ally Israel,” said Matthew Brooks, executive director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, in a statement Thursday. The organization counts several former senior Bush administration officials on its board of directors.

Rep. Nita Lowey of the New York, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said the United States cannot renege on its commitment to the only Democratic nation in a dangerous region.

As much as I believe that Rand Paul is a MORON, I have to give the Devil his due, Paul has done something that I didn’t believe could be done, he united the Dems and GOP on an issue. That is one hell of an accomplishment, I have to say.

Read a comment made by one of the most intelligent folks to ever comment on The TexasFred Blog, my friend and blogging colleague, BobF, in Comment #11 HERE;

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