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June 29, 2010

EVEN A BILL ON HOMELESS VETERANS.... Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) bill on homeless veterans seems like the kind of legislation that should be approved rather easily. But in this Senate, nothing's easy.

As the senator's office explained, her Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Act would "expand assistance for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children and would increase funding and extend federal grant programs to address the unique challenges faced by these veterans."

It was approved in committee with bipartisan support, and Murray brought it to the floor this morning, seeking unanimous consent. She didn't get it -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected on behalf of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who apparently was concerned about funding.

With an estimated 107,000 homeless veterans, this is pretty low, even for Republicans.

In a statement, Jim Manley, a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said, "Republicans have their priorities backwards -- according to them, it's OK to give tax breaks to CEOs who send American jobs overseas, but not to help out-of-work Americans and homeless veterans. As we've seen time and again, Republicans just want to protect special interests instead of working with Democrats to stand up for the middle class and get our economy back on track."

For her part, Murray vowed to "continue fighting," and urged Senate Republicans "to end their obstruction and allow homeless women veterans across the country to get the support they have earned."

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Well, see, *women* can't really be true veterans. They don't have that killer instinct, which means they can't really be patriots.

Plus, they don't have penises.

So they should stay out in the streets and starve. Unless, of course, they are pregnant, in which case they should be denied the option of an abortion, taken care of in the cheapest way possible until giving birth, and then thrown back out on the street.

Republican "care" in a nutshell.

Posted by: Ian on June 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

There are millions of cheap affordable vacant homes the republicans have created for these folks. They should be thankful to the GOP for making home ownership affordable. They were trained to fight hard for our freedom, we fed and clothed them and provided a roof over their heads, so what more do they want? They are now free to find a job and buy themselves an affordable home.

Posted by: flyonthewall on June 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sure they cynically assume that homeless women with children aren't likely to be active politically, or even vote.

Posted by: Alex Kirby on June 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

Easy! Pay for the lazy homeless veterans out of the military budget.

Also, pay for everything else out of it.

Posted by: chrenson on June 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

That statement by Democrats - looks pretty spot-on and tough to me. This constant refrain, they don't speak up/ don't have balls etc. is an exaggeration. A lot of the trouble is structural/procedural flaws in Congress. Now if Dems really want to be tough, they can tackle that head on ...

Posted by: Neil B on June 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

I don't think the homeless can vote, can they? Don't they have to have a physical address to register?

Posted by: Sarah Barracuda on June 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

Why do Republicans hate America and its veterans?

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on June 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't this what they call class warfare?

Posted by: kitsune on June 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

"Why do Republicans hate America and its veterans?"

Posted by: Lifelong Dem

Because America and Veterans are too expensive and their needs require too high of taxes.

Posted by: Lance on June 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

With an estimated 107,000 homeless veterans, this is pretty low, even for Republicans.

Hmmm, seems to me the Republicans are always wailing and rending their garments over how it's the dirty liberal hippies who don't "support the troops." So a soldier goes over to fight for his/her country in a pointless "war," then when they return they're tossed out like yesterday's garbage onto the streets. Sounds about right for the modern GOP.

This is the same thing they do with poor unwed mothers, though: fight like hell to ensure the "child" is born (whether she wants it or not), then when it is, fight like hell to ensure that the now-living child gets absolutely no help whatsoever -- financial, educational or otherwise -- from the government to achieve anything in life.

These people are beneath contempt.

Posted by: electrolite on June 29, 2010 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Senate Republicans are dicks.

Posted by: David Bailey on June 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

For her part, Murray vowed to "continue fighting," and urged Senate Republicans "to end their obstruction and allow homeless women veterans across the country to get the support they have earned

Hemingway's Brett tells Jake they could have had a damned good time together , Jake replies "Isn’t it pretty to think so ?" In the same spirit if a republican is found that is also sort of an American ... Isn’t it pretty to think so !

I'm sure they cynically assume that homeless women with children aren't likely to be active politically, or even vote.
Posted by: Alex Kirby
Or as a Theda Skocpol from the TPM earlier this week pointed out , Republicans may or may not care about unemployed people , most of whom will not vote for them anyway , but Republican leaders know what they are doing strategically: slow-walking economic growth until they get back into office .

Tom Smothers sang songs hoping to irritate his brother . This was because he felt that Dickie had been , unaccountably , favored by their mother .
Americans may frequently wail about one thing or another . Republicans and their allies are bewailing a smaller set of complaints in a tidier vein . The certainty that the facts are terribly prejudiced , and therefore unreliable are as gospel to the neo theo wonders . Facts then are a small matter of presentation away from the sticky , clingy nettles , bridling against sweet right wing fantasies . From amongst the facts , the statistics provided by police or insurance tables , for instance , immigrant neighborhoods are measurably safer than white ones becomes a partisan faction led by librulz . Pick a right wing shibboleth and play , find a fact , presented as a cruel jest against the honor of the fantasy constructions of trickle down , flat tax , etc , until you get tired of the exercise . A white tornado of cool cleansing presentation is waiting for every stake in the heart of right wing narrative .

Posted by: FRP on June 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

If the Dems can't make hay with this, then they are truly pathetic.

I know Howard Dean would be all over this.

Posted by: bdop4 on June 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

And so it goes.
The warmongers who beat the drum to send these men & women to war did not give a hoot about funding and deficits when they sent them in to harm's way. Remember, they were sent without the equipment needed to protect themselves.

Now that we once again need to take care of our veterans and, in part, pay them for the sacrifices they made, the same Republican senators who could not be bothered to plan the financing of the invasions, wars and occupations suddenly are concerned about the budget.

Revoltingly sad.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on June 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans love active duty soldiers (as long as they don't request up-to-date equipment, that is). Veterans are useless to man and beast and a drain on national/whoreporate purse. Probably cowards, too, 'cause how come they survived, else? They wanna live on the street, let them; just not in our neighbourhood.

Posted by: exlibra on June 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

Does anybody remember the woman who came to one of Coburn's town hall meetings in tears over her husband who was severely brain damaged from an accident I believe? he needed around the clock care. Coburn's answer was some nonsense about neighbors helping each other out though they claimed his office would look into it. Does anybody in Oklahoma (the three or so who read this blog) know what happened to her?

Coburn lives back in the late 1800's thought wise, I don't think he's as evil as some of the GOP but he can tolerate a lot of pain for others in the interest of his deficit obsessions.

Posted by: Kathryn on June 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP's message to veterans: "Gosh, we'd love to help you folks out, but what with the cost of the Iraq war now over $700 billion, we just don't have the money to do so. Now be a good little soldier and fade away."

Posted by: josef on June 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans love active duty soldiers (as long as they don't request up-to-date equipment, that is). Posted by: exlibra

Oh, they love up-to-date equipment, as long as it's built in their state or district. Most of those systems are uper-expensive, out-dated, Cold War holdovers, but at least they pump money to the big donors from the MIC. And they look great at air shows.

But otherwise the average grunt/jarhead/squid/wing-wiper is just cannon fodder for their wars of choice.

Posted by: 2Manchu on June 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Fact is, those soldiers were supposed to die for our freedoms! It's not the tax-payers' fault that they didn't do their duty. So why should we have to pay for them? Weren't they brave and righteous enough?

Posted by: chrenson on June 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Fact is, those soldiers were supposed to die for our freedoms!

Ha, that pretty much nails it. It is, of course, now an inconvenient problem for the GOBP that many soldiers had the effrontery to actually survive, and now require that the government hold up its end of the bargain. That wasn't part of the Plan.

Posted by: electrolite on June 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

The most disturbing thing to me is we now live in a country where these sociopaths can willingly and openly do these things, acting against the welfare of our country and it people in order to benefit themselves and those who have bought them .Yet not only do they suffer no consequences for their criminal acts but are e repeatedly reelected, which says as much about the intelligence,character and integrity of the general population of our country as it does about the slimebags.

Posted by: grandpajohn on June 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

It's becoming a litany of horrid stands taken by Republicans. No relief for the unemployed. No interventions for homeless veterans. No stimulus programs to help the states, and no relief to states for Medicaid, Medicare. Then, the not so nuanced and not so veiled references--also known as dog whistles--as Republicans admit their unhappiness with the advancement of civil rights. The grilling on Thurgood Marshall at Elena Kagan's hearing clearly exemplified their racist views.
****Americans: Don't vote against your economic interest by voting Republican. Wake up and smell their lousy coffee.
John Boehner thinks it is perfectly fine if you work until your are 70. Oh, really??? While they hope to repeal your health care?
American workers--are you listening?
Republicans do not support the interests of working Americans.
Republicans supported the Bush tax cuts that ruined the economy as it is today.
Now they want no funds for the poor, the unemployed, the homeless, or for the sick--as you saw them fight against health care for Americans.

Posted by: Party of No Means Nothing for Working Families on June 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

@Alex and @Sarah: It no longer really matters if homeless veterans can vote. The Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited corporate funding of elections means we no longer have a voice. With all that money they can fool enough of us to vote against our own best interests.

Posted by: Kim Randolph on June 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

I spent another night shift last week with a dying VN vet. Death from end stage liver disease is slow and uncomfortable. The former medic had spent the intervening decades self medicating PTSD with alcohol.

Over the years I've taken care of homeless vets too. As a home care nurse sometimes. You set up your visits at a specific park bench on specific days and times.

There are a lot of ways I'd like to teach McConnell and Coburn some reality. The kindest would be a forced embed with nurses caring for vets.

Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about the voters who keep returning them to office.

Talk about war crimes.

Posted by: Ginny in CO on June 29, 2010 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

Homeless people can vote and are organized to vote around the country!
This is a good bill and thanks to Senator Murray for pressing on!
How can we support it!

Posted by: deb holman on June 30, 2010 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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