Obama’s Health Care Speech Angers Vet

by Ryan on September 10, 2009

in Politics,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

Imagine if you put your heart and soul into your job.  Say it’s an important job that takes you away from your family, friends, and loved ones one weekend a month and a few weeks a year.  Say, also, that this very important job took you away from your family for over a year, putting you in severe danger.  Then, say your boss told an audience of millions that what you do inconveniently sucks money away from one of his irresponsible pet projects.  How would that make you feel?

After the President’s speech last night I got an impassioned call from my brother, a Sergeant First Class in the Rhode Island National Guard who’s served in the military under four Presidents (Bush, Clinton, W. Bush and Obama), through many deployments, including a year in Iraq around the time when the low-grade civil war was about to explode. What bothered him was when his new boss, President Barack Obama, said this:

First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future [I'm calling B.S. on that one!!!]. Period…. Part of the reason I faced a trillion dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House is because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for – from the Iraq War to tax breaks for the wealthy. I will not make that same mistake with health care.

Uh oh! Someone call the wah-mbulance!  Would like some cheese with your whine, Mr. President?  What a wuss.

Then Obama continued later on:

Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years – less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.

What bothered my brother was that it seemed in the context of this speech that his sacrifice and those of his friends and comrades-in-arms were turned into a budgetary item that is apparently inconvenient to Obama’s long-term grand designs for the nation.  That the President mentioned the inconvenience of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars to his “social justice” agenda without acknowledging the troops or their sacrifices like every other President does out of respect, really struck an unpleasant chord and reinforced Obama’s feelings about the military.  What about 9/11?  I guess the reason we’re in Afghanistan doesn’t resonate with President Obama too much does it?  Those in the military have every right to complain when they feel disrespected because let’s face it we absolutely need them, they do a superb job keeping us safe, and sacrifice things Obama and most of us could never fully appreciate.

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