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  •  Bernie is one of the few (8+ / 0-)

    That have always been.

    But he's in a Congress representing people that are served that like the free wars, especially on trumped up intel, and ignore the issues, occasional words and signs of support with the ever present five minute wave of the flag, of  of those serving them!

    Anything proposed is like everything else, especially in this past decade plus, Unfunded!!

    Most of the, under funded VA budget, is still borrowed monies and those served like it that way so they can use the military community and veterans of as political speak and patriotism? in political arguing, instead of looking in the mirrors at themselves!!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:13:01 AM PST

    •  Bernie has said this should be paid for by funds (12+ / 0-)

      set aside for the war... the fact that Congress has never figured out how to pay for wars is something I think they should debate, don't you?

      •  It'd really be nice (8+ / 0-)

        if they'd figure out how to pay for wars before they start them.

        War beats down, and sows with salt, the hearts and minds of soldiers." Brecht

        by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 09:03:39 AM PST

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        •  I wish Congress would learn that war begets (7+ / 0-)

          financial hardship at best, death and lingering marginal life at worst for those who elect them. Not only that, war begets those god awful, expensive to maintain, and totally unappreciative veterans.

          Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

          by llbear on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 09:25:46 AM PST

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          •  I may be god awful, not really too expensive (4+ / 0-)
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            to maintain, but I'm certainly not unappreciative.

            Maybe not how they'd like me to appreciate what they've done, but from an online dictionary, appreciate

            2.understand something: to understand fully the meaning or significance of a situation
            As do you, bear, I completely appreciate the experience of being a veteran.

            Whenever I consider my heart disease, for example, I recall Agent Orange and being "sprayed and betrayed." And the PTSD. And the deteriorating cervical spine with neurological damage. And the hearing loss and tinnitus.

            I appreciate it all, every waking moment, and more than a few sleeping ones

            War beats down, and sows with salt, the hearts and minds of soldiers." Brecht

            by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 09:56:51 AM PST

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            •  My hope is that future Presidents avoid creating (3+ / 0-)
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              Veterans. My fear is they might using drones operated by hired guns like Blackwater.

              Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

              by llbear on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 04:58:30 PM PST

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      •  Constitutionally, ONLY Congress... (0+ / 0-)

        ... can authorize funding for wars.

        US Constitution, Article I, Section 8 (it's a fairly long section, but vitally important, altho it's by no means the only thing Congress can do)....

        Section. 8.

        The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

        To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

        To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

        To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

        To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

        To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

        To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

        To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

        To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

        To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

        To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

        To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

        To provide and maintain a Navy;

        To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

        To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

        To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

        To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

        To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

        In other words, we should not engage in [legally declared] war unless we can afford it, and the ONLY branch of government that can legally and/or constitutionally declare war is the legislative branch.

        Note:  There is nothing in this, or any other section, of the US Constitution that enables or grants permission for Congress to shirk their duties and/or transfer their war powers and the power of the purse to the Executive branch via AUMFs.  This is what makes the AUMFs unconstitutional and illegal.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 05:28:54 PM PST

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