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  •  This concept goes to the heart of (3+ / 0-)
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    SUPPORT THE TROOPS. We need to walk the walk not just talk the talk.

    •  Boy, this troubles me (0+ / 0-)

      I believe that the US Government when it contracts with each enlistee has a simple contract that needs to enforced.  It is should be the government's obligation to provide for that soldier / veteran's health care without charge for the rest of his/her life.

      Veterans are costly creatures to create and maintain.  The Government should refrain from wanting to create Veterans.  Harnessed with a 500 billion dollar debt, future administrations will think twice before resorting to war.

      The one missing link is that Veterans have not had fair access to the legal system.  With newly enacted legislation that link may now be in place.

      Your proposal shifts the burden to the backs of the very people who serve.  

      Attn: James Nicholson is still Sec. of VA. There is no excuse for that. Thankyouverymuch

      by llbear on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 06:29:17 PM PDT

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      •  I think this is the same concept as (0+ / 0-)

        savings bonds in WWII. How does this shift the burden on the vets? I don't quite understand your point. Though I understand your concern.

        •  Who will buy those bonds? (0+ / 0-)

          It won't be major bond purchasers.  It will be the same good people who send their children off to serve their country.

          $500 billion is a bundle - and those who have wanted this war and profited from it should be taxed to pay for the effects of it.

          Attn: James Nicholson is still Sec. of VA. There is no excuse for that. Thankyouverymuch

          by llbear on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 06:44:34 PM PDT

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          •  Here is Brent replying to make it clear. (0+ / 0-)

            I am posting on his behalf. This should make it clear.

            It is a voluntarily assumed burden by patriotic
            Americans who support the vets and buy the
            bonds.  The vets don't pay anything, they
            benefit from the bond, it's the people who
            support the vets that buy the bond.....

            Those who buy the bond, BTW, make a little
            interest like a Savings Bond...and the cost to
            the government is minuscule compared to
            paying for these programs and services
            through government spending, usually paid
            for with tax increases, because with gov't
            spending without the bond, the government
            pays the principle and the interest......

            I've discussed this on the Air Americans, their
            prime time show, on Ed Shuttz when Tony
            Trupiano was guest hosting, on Tony's show,
            on INN television, and today on a nice show
            in Minnesota It's A Village and the reaction
            I get is electric......and this all came to me
            from word of mouth, I didn't solicit these
            appearances.......

            It's a mouthful for people to swallow who
            aren't keyed into this, but once they get it,
            they get it big.....

            Brent Budowsky

            •  The problems arise (0+ / 0-)

              when no one buys the bonds.  It's a cyclical thing. Right now, bond sales will do pretty well.  You might even get pension funds investing.

              When the wheel slowly turns back to indifference - it always does - where will we be then?

              God knows the VA needs the money. I hope you are right if this goes forward.  I know you've put lots into it. But, I'm afraid I'm right.

              Attn: James Nicholson is still Sec. of VA. There is no excuse for that. Thankyouverymuch

              by llbear on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 09:44:01 PM PDT

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          •  IIbear is right but the people who profited from (0+ / 0-)

            this abomination like Cheney and his Halliburton stock and W and his inheritance from Poppy's Carlyle Group's blood money are not going to support these troop once they try to build their civilian. And if the rest of us don't do something like this then 35 years down the road it'll be like now where a lot of the men wounded 35 years ago are either dead from too few services or living in somewhat degraded conditions after a needlessly difficult life.

            FOX NEWS viewers: Ignorant before watching, stupid after watching.

            by OHdog on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 08:16:40 PM PDT

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