Does that seem harsh?
We've got two wars going on and this man with the American Legion wanted to tell jokes. Did he think he'd been brought on The Tonight Show?
And for the record, I don't agree that we put the military ahead of everyone else. A statement to that effect was made repeatedly during the hearing. (In the snapshot, C.I. quotes one example of it being made.)
Really, the military must come before everything.
Get it through your damn head, the most important part of a country's population isn't the veterans. It's never the aging veterans.
The most important group to a country? The newborn. They will be future generations. You either protect them or they die. If they die, your country may die with it.
Now maybe that's not an Anglo view, but it seems pretty common sense to me.
And I'm getting tired of the Congress and their attitude that they can break promises with the American people but promises to veterans are off limits.
And grasp I'm an outsider looking in.
I should never need Social Security or Medicare. My trust fund kicked in a few years back. I now have my own money and I should never have to worry about money in my life.
So this isn't, "Where's my Social Security!!!" This is about what's fair and fair is Americans being treated equally. It may be time for certain members of Congress to read the part about "all men being created equal" and "the pursuit of happiness."
So there are proposed post office closings.
Because Bully Boy Bush and Congress rammed through this ridiculous thing where the US Post Office has to put millions into retirement funds. For people retiring? No. Future retirees. No other federal agency is having to do that. The whole point is to destroy the post office and turn it into a commercial industry. But first, they need to shave off a day. And so they claim that the post office is losing money and people aren't sending things in the snail mail anymore and all these other lies.
US House Rep Jerry McNerney brought up that closing 37,000 post offices across the country is being floated. One's in California (McNerney is from California), in a vet's home.
Fang Wong, on behalf of the American Legion, said they had no official position at this time. But he tossed to Mike Helm who does work for the post office.
He said the post office was for over 1,000 veterans and that they were from all eras and wars. He noted that if the post office closes, these veterans -- including disabled I would imagine -- would have to cross over railroad tracks, a state highway, etc. And the big 'saving' from closing this one post office?
$1,000. (US House Rep Dr. Phil Roe would note that if that's the issue, he'd be willing to write a $1,000 check to keep the post office open himself.)
So this is just nonsense and, as Mike Helm pointed out, if they want to close a post office why not start with one in DC.
Now here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"