(Editor’s note: This letter is a response to letters sent in reaction to Mr. Saiz’s letter, “Republicans are anti-veteran,” Reader Input, Sept. 26).
First of all, gentlemen, thank you for your service to our country. I, too, served our country honorably for three years and nine months, and managed to obtain my B.A. degree in part because of the assistance of the G.I. Bill.
To Mr. Pete McKay, congratulations on starting your own business. I hope that all the people you hired were veterans. I certainly don’t find our president (Obama) to be a “milquetoast.” A better term would be “valiant” or “daring.”
The Veterans Job Corps Act failed because the Republicans used a “budgetary point of order.” Five Republicans did join the Democrats, however 60 votes were needed to override the point of order and only 58 were obtained. A three-fifths majority was needed to overcome the procedural objection.
Mr. Easton, you are correct when you say the cost would have been $1 billion, however, that was over five years — $200 million per year — pocket change in Washington.
Some of these people are the same ones who would readily add $5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade by making the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans permanent.
The “Tea-Publicans” in the Senate were the worst. Some of them took part in drafting this bipartisan jobs bill for our veterans; then voted against the very bill they helped to draft.
The Veterans of America organization expressed its outrage at the outcome. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, also supported the bill.
Conservative Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma explained his vote by arguing that making progress on the nation’s debt was the best way to help the veterans. “We ought to do nothing now that makes the problem worse for our kids and grandkids” is what he said.
Again, I ask why shaft our veterans? Is it because veterans are part of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent?
It will be our veterans returning home who will pay for this “Tea-Publican” paranoiac, deranged game they are playing. It would have been great legislation for those who give the most.
Ed Saiz, Auburn