Betsy, your question was, “With all the publicity telling us about the need to take care of our military people returning with PTSD, armless or legless, why would your congressperson vote against this bill?” You said you were speaking of the most recent Continuing Appropriations Bill. The answer to your question is simple. It’s time to stop playing games and face economic music. I dare not speak for Tom McClintock, but my guess is he is hard put to vote “no” on a bill that is said to help our vets.
If you have followed the budgetary shell game you would know that there has been no federal budget since 2009. Simply said, that’s illegal. Instead, politicians avoid being held accountable for their flagrant spending by playing fiscal roulette. When the wheel stops, they avoid facing the reality that we have to curb spending by using budgetary gimmicks like calling decreases in spending cuts, continuing resolutions, stimulus packages and sequesters. Oh, and the granddaddy of them all, quantitative easing. For cover they drag out causes celeb such as fire, EMS, police, schools, and now veterans have been added in an attempt to intimidate those who want to stop the game playing and face carnage.
How dare anyone vote against these services? Every time we avoid dealing with this problem the consequences get worse to the point where anything we do will be extremely painful for all of us. Did you hear how Cyprus is handling this problem? (There is speculation Italy is next.) As it was reported in our media this morning, “They are tapping into banks to help solve the problem.” The fact is that they are going into the bank accounts of every man, woman, child, business, retirement accounts and summarily extracting between 6 and 10 percent. No discussion, no bargaining, pleading. What’s that, did I hear you say that could never happen here?