Bush to Veterans: "I got mine, my pals got theirs -- you can go piss up a rope for yours."

Funds for Health Care of Veterans $1 Billion Short:
2005 Deficit Angers Senate Republicans, Advocacy Groups

By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 24, 2005; A29

The Bush administration, already accused by veterans groups of seeking inadequate funds for health care next year, acknowledged yesterday that it is short $1 billion for covering current needs at the Department of Veterans Affairs this year.

The disclosure of the shortfall angered Senate Republicans who have been voting down Democratic proposals to boost VA programs at significant political cost. Their votes have brought the wrath of the American Legion, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other organizations down on the GOP."

It's a good thing the ranch in Crawford was a stage set -- land bought in 1999, house built in 2000, just for photo ops to make it appear he was a rancher -- to everyone except people who shook his hand and noticed how soft his hand was, more a video game-player's hand than a rancher's -- because what a sight it would be -- thousands of maimed combat veterans with no VA benefits crawling toward the ranch, weapons strapped to their crutches and the backs of their wheelchairs, blood in their eyes.

But Monkey Boy will be in an urban compound, one where even rockets can't hit, and never realize what a curious thing it is that so many Americans -- Americans who love their country enough to have joined the military -- despise him and want to see harm come to him.

And the rest of us? We'll watch it on the evening news.


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