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Now Get Those Damned Vets Off My Lawn


Shorter Alan Simpson:  “I can’t believe these veterans.   First, they risk their lives, often to fight idiotic wars cooked up by reactionary policymakers such as myself (you know, people who actually deserve taxpayer-funded health care and cushy pensions), then they expect us to pay them health benefits.   I wish these damned freeloaders would stop sucking my tits.”

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  • DrDick

    Have we no guillotines? This actually makes “Let them eat cake,” sound charitable and humane.

  • Jamie

    So, can we all admit now that Simpson’s general assholishness is considered a feature by the administration? This is straight-up good cop/bad cop. When a New Way Forward is announced in calm, confident tones, Obama can claim to be splitting the baby just the way a nice Broder moderate would like to see.

  • Dave

    Yeah, whatever. Fuck the troops.

  • RepubAnon

    Kipling said it best in one of the Barracks Room Ballads (Tommy):

    “You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
    We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!”

  • Margarita

    Simpson on Vietnam vets: “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”

    Another irony is that the Vietnam war did not, in fact, save the U.S. (hint: we lost) and indeed gave a massive kick-start to the continuing fiscal mess that more or less started precisely then and for that very reason.

    But, you know, other than that …

  • The problem is that he is right in some respects.

    The amount of fraud going on at the VA is legendary. When a 59 year old 400 lb heavy drinking ex-marine comes in and claims agent orange exposure caused his diabetes, half the time they don’t even check if he served in Vietnam. The same thing is going on with vets coming back from Iraq and will likely continue indefinitely so long as the socialist side of the US military provides free healthcare to those injured in combat, people are going to game the system. A PTSD discharge with benefits can be worth 30-40k a year if you pull it off, people are being caught though.

    • Barbara

      I have represented vets before the VA for over 20 years, and I say this is nonsense. The VA is a stickler about every detail, and takes the vet’s word for nothing. This is one of the reasons it can take 10 -20 years – yes, that long – to make a final decision on a case. That’s the shame of the system, not the few claims that get granted that perhaps should not.

  • Ed

    Fraud is always a possibility. People are human. As it happens, my father, a World War II veteran, had until recently never taken advantage of his VA benefits until his retiree private medical benefits were cut. If he had not been able to produce original documents proving his service, he would have been denied all VA benefits. So apparently the VA isn’t especially careless in all cases.

    But Simpson isn’t talking about fraud, really. He’s just obsessed with the idea that someone apart from himself might be sucking on the Federal teat, as he might put it.

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