It was encouraging to see the Obama administration make it easier for veterans affected by Agent Orange to receive disability payments. This is a worthwhile move, and it reinforces the fact that this administration is committed to doing right by those who wear the uniform.It was far less encouraging when Alan Simpson decided it was a good time to start mouthing off again.
The system that automatically awards disability benefits to some veterans because of concerns about Agent Orange seems contrary to efforts to control federal spending, the Republican co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission said Tuesday.
Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson’s comments came a day after The Associated Press reported that diabetes has become the most frequently compensated ailment among Vietnam veterans, even though decades of research has failed to find more than a possible link between the defoliant Agent Orange and diabetes.
“The irony (is) that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess,” said Simpson, an Army veteran who was once chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.Oh, I’m sorry, are our veterans’ illnesses inconvenient for you, Alan Simpson?
Yup. So are healthy, happy elderly folk. In fact, Mr. Simpson seems to believe that the 98% of us who aren’t filthy stinking rich should just get off his lawn. It’s rather difficult to believe that a former vet could be so callous towards his fellow vets, but then again, he served less than two years in Germany in peacetime, so it would seem he’s never had to experience any actual medical issues from his service to his country. Perhaps that’s why he can so breezily demand that men who have already sacrificed too much sacrifice their health care as well.
It’s hard to capture in words just what a rancid piece of leper donkey dick this man is. Put it this way: one gets the sense that Stalin might back away from him after the above comments, muttering in awe, “Dude, that’s harsh.”
Dear Mr. President: it’s well past time to fire his ass.
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Sep 02 2010