Letters to the Editor: Oct. 14, 2013

Senators seem to have forgotten the veterans

A well researched article by Mississippi veteran Fred Lucas recently laid bare, an ugly story of corrupt, chaotic conditions in our Sonny Montgomery Veteran’s Hospital, at Jackson.

This, of course, didn’t happen overnight. Career politicians have allowed it to build up.

We have two senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, in good position to quickly start cleaning up that mess, but I have an idea, that neither will take much interest. Although both were tall on the rhetoric of how fully they supported “Our Brave Troops” while they were on foreign “killing fields,” their attitude seems to have changed, especially within the last two years, when both voted against the Veteran’s Jobs Act Bill last year, as being too expensive, although the cost was $1 billion spread over 10 years. But, just earlier they had both voted to borrow hundreds of billions to continue the tax breaks given by Junior Bush to his wealthy friends and had also voted to continue subsidizing Big Oil with billions, annually.

Today, in support of the veteran, who is back home but in need of help, they both seem to be “missing in action.” But, not really, they are very busy collecting, “Thirty Pieces of Silver” from Big Oil, and other corporations to which they have become obligated.

Toward the veteran, today, their attitude is more like, “To heck with the veteran, we don’t need him anymore.” At least, not until the “chicken-hawks” on the Potomac instigate another conflict.

Lamar Wray

Eupora

  • FrereJocques

    Why are you surprised? Has it not become obvious to you after lo this past decade that Repugnicants care not a whit about poor people? If it isn’t, then you’re not looking. They are in love with Big Business, and they dote on them. Whatever BB wants, BB gets. And the “rewards” that come with it. After all, poor people can’t line the pockets of crooks–er, Congressmen, and shysters–er, Senators, with millions in pocket change, in overseas bank accounts, and guarantees of a cushy job if and when they are turned out of office (or the more likely chance they voluntarily retire).

    What absolutely astounds me is the gullibility of the electorate, who are mesmerized by the rhetoric of “reduced taxes” and “smaller government”, without realizing that SOME taxes and SOME Government are necessary for the functioning of the country. Oh, and the Repugnicants are all FOR Big Government when it comes to the functions THEY are interested in. Like the war on women.

    • Pragmatic

      Yep, just take 100 pieces of silver from all of the working class so that the “poor” can continue down the path they have lived for 3 generations. Bring on the entitlement programs. Forget that we are all guaranteed equal opportunities, not equal outcomes.Should the veterans who have served be taken care of? Yes. Should the throngs of those who chose not to get educated be taken care of? NO.
      You point out how congressmen will have cushy jobs once they “retire” or fail to get re-elected yet you fail to mention that members of both parties have these jobs lined up. Both parties accept “blood money” from special interest groups. The Democraps should worry about the “beam” in their eye before pointing out the “mote” in their opponents.

      • FrereJocques

        “Yep, just take 100 pieces of silver from all of the working
        class so that the “poor” can continue down the path they have lived
        for 3 generations. Bring on the entitlement programs.”

        They’re really good at taking 100 pieces of silver from the
        working class. Not nearly so much (proportionately) from the millionaires and
        billionaires. Entitlement programs, in case you don’t understand, are programs
        that people have paid into IN ADVANCE with the explicit promise that that money
        will be available to them when they have earned it and/or when they need it. No
        one gave you veto authority on this.

        “Forget that we are all guaranteed equal opportunities, not
        equal outcomes.”

        And many people don’t even get the equal opportunities any
        more, because the deck is now stacked against them, thanks to high-paid
        lobbyists and crooked politicians.

        “Should the veterans who have served be taken care of? Yes.
        Should the throngs of those who chose not to get educated be taken care of? NO.”

        A fine “straw man” argument. Education is indeed a necessity
        for many lines of work. A college or university degree is not required for many
        more. A better case to be made is against public support of those who are able
        to work, but are unwilling.

        “You point out how congressmen will have cushy jobs once they
        “retire” or fail to get re-elected yet you fail to mention that
        members of both parties have these jobs lined up. Both parties accept
        “blood money” from special interest groups. The Democraps should
        worry about the “beam” in their eye before pointing out the
        “mote” in their opponents.”

        You make a valid point that members of both parties (the “Democraps”,
        and the “Repugnicants” as well) are guilty of this behavior. It is probable
        that no laws or regulations will ever stop this; the only thing that could is
        honesty and integrity on the part of the politician. Wait….did I just say
        that?? In that case, nothing will ever stop it.

  • 1941641

    I don’t know much about Cochran but Wicker is overly obligated to the Extremist Religious Righters that operate from the “Dark Side” of Tupelo, MS. He is their political puppet. He may be on his way out come next election cycle! Lets all hope so!

  • Guest Person

    Thank you for your letter and comments Mr. Wray and I hope you and others remember this when election time comes around. Please do not get distracted by the rethoric and games that tend to influence our elections and ask the important questions we need answers to from our elected officials. We need to get past the big goverment labels and demmand “EFFECTIVE” goverment. We should not let our politicains talk about taxes without any context or making us think that the problems are from black girls having babies.