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Yesterday's release of a draft report from the co-chairs of the Deficit Reduction Commission was met with nearly universal thumb's down. So it will come as no surprise to learn that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) made a beeline to the nearest T.V. studio to defend it.

And what was Conrad's reasoning?

“There is no way doing it that’s not controversial and difficult. But you know today is Veterans’ Day. You think of what they sacrificed for this country. If some of us have to sacrifice a political career to get this country back on track then so be it. It has to be done."

And one of the recommendations in the report?

Establish co-pays in the VA medical system and change the co-pays and deductibles for military retirees that remain in that system.

And nothing says remember the sacrifices made by our military men and women more than telling them they'll have to start paying for their VA care!

But I'm sure Conrad had a flag pin on his lapel when he said it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 09:40 AM PST.

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