Friday, August 25, 2006

Center For War-Related Brain Injuries Faces Major Budget Cut From Republican-Led Congress

Listen to conservative talk radio or even some Republican politicians, and you'll hear a steady stream of hokum about how Republicans support the troops, and Democrats don't.

The problem is, with the current Republican-led Congress, actions speak louder than words.

USA Today reports that Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury that military scientists describe as a signature wound of the Iraq war.

House and Senate versions of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain $7 million for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center — half of what the center received last fiscal year. (The center had requested $19 million.) The House has already passed its legislation, and the Senate is expected to do so soon.

"Honestly, they would have loved to have funded it, but there were just so many priorities," Jenny Manley, spokeswoman for the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the newspaper. "They didn't have any flexibility in such a tight fiscal year."

Right, because if there's one thing that the current Republican leadership is good for, it's fiscal conservatism. The only reason Republicans don't have flexibility now is because under the Bush Administration's watch, the federal deficit has grown by more than $2 trillion, forcing the administration to ask Congress to raise the debt ceiling four times in five years.

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Jim Mueller, the VFW’s commander in chief, told Army Times that the proposal "clearly indicates that the Congress is out of touch with the realities and consequences of war.”

You either take care of the troops or you do not,” said Mueller, a Vietnam War veteran.

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Is this simply a budget matter?

USA Today reports that the brain injury center has "clashed with the Pentagon in recent months over a program to identify troops who have suffered mild to moderate brain injuries in Iraq from mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs — the most common weapons used by insurgents."

The center urged the Pentagon to screen all troops returning from Iraq in order to treat symptoms and create a database of brain injury victims. But the Pentagon thus far has declined to do the screening.

Is it possible that the budget cut is payback?

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about some educated grown-up debate and lets not attack someone's family who you dont agree with. That is a truly disgusting thing to do.
Signed
A Conservative

8:41 AM  
Blogger ThankMe said...

Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are!

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9:08 AM  
Anonymous opihimoimoi said...

Pathetically SAD...How the Fuck can those Pubs SLEEP?

It confirms their Brain Damage...This refusal to help clearly shows their insensitivity.

12:26 PM  
Blogger ThankMe said...

Oh no! You removed that earlier Anonymous comment! I NEVER remove comments from my blog, no matter how funny they are!

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1:03 PM  
Anonymous liberalism IS treason said...

Probably a lib trying to make the conservatives look bad...

Libs do stuff like that. You know, LIE!

1:11 PM  
Blogger ThankMe said...

You have a point, liberalism IS treason! In fact, I'll bet this dope's post is a big lie, as well!

Thank Me!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

liberalism IS treason said...
Probably a lib trying to make the conservatives look bad...

Libs do stuff like that. You know, LIE!

1:11 PM

You should change the postions of Lib and conservative in your post and you will have an absolutely and factually correct statement. You and Thank Me( which you will for my post) have listened to Lies from your fearless King George and his underlings so long that it is becoming natural.
Facts:
1. King George said he would be a "uniter not a divider", but he really meant for the citizens of the U.S. In reality what he has done is "unite" the world against us and "divided" the world nations into those that love/hate us into about 4 for us and 100 against us. Way to go GWB.
2. Repuks said they are patriotic,but only in boastfull rhetoric. Patriots are those that will enlist in the military to fight a "war on terror" to protect their nation when needed. Since Repuks say Democrats are not patriots then they are not obligated to enlist to show they are a man of their word of being patriotic , but they do anyway out of love for the country and do not stay away out of love for a political party.
Today Rumsfeld said on Tv that there were just over 2 Million in the U.S. military. So out of a population of 300 million that represents a range of .67% - .8% of the total. If repuks believe that aproximately 50% of the U.S. is Repuke that would be 150,000 citizens. If the same % of Repuks that are so gung ho to go to war were to enlist then that would be another 900,000 - 1,200,000 more troops to aid in the "war on terror". Repuks,you are not even coming close. So did you all lie about your patriotism???? I know you are telling youself that it is only a little white lie and nobody has died because of it.
3. If you tell me that a majority of the military are Repuks, then why are the majority of Iraqey Vets that are candidates for political office running as a Democrat? I will say that when I was in the army and was asked who I supported I would have said Nixon. I knew then which side of my bread was buttered and it is no different today. Guys or gals that have never been in the military( which is about 90 - 95% of all Repuks) do not understand this.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

There is a more subtle lie that is being told by the Repuks. Just as John Dean has said in "Worse than Watergate", this Administration is Worse than the Nixon Administration. Nixon usurped the power of the Presidency by illegal means to spy on the DNC, to spy on the American people, to try and control the anti-war effort, to control the media, and to control anyone who dissented against our government. Nixon had a cadre of liers in his administration who were just as power hungry and who were more interested in the power rather than in doing what was right and obeying the constitution. Many of the people on his staff that did one of the worse things against our democracy( except for what this current administration is doing) are still pissed off that they got caught. A few have made amends with their conscience.
Now comes the Bush administration that have studied the mistakes of the Nixon group and plotted a plan to do the same thing but more sinister using the cloak of a "war on terror". You know it is a bogus war when you look at the "no real effort to protect us in America". No real effort to capture OBL, to protect our borders, protect our ports,protect our entire transportation system, protect our electric grid, protect our water supply, protect our food distribution system, provide the best education system ever in the world ( in fact send us spiraling backwards), protect our environment and just generally take care of business in America. This Repuke administration is using the cloak of a "war on terror" to grab all of the power than can with what they think is legal means through the NSA spying program, telephone tapping policy, reading e-mail policy and your un-patriotic rhetoric policy if anyone dissents. Accomplishing everything they can by bogus legal means that Nixon did not get away with illegally. So now they can spy on anybody and everybody with no oversight from the Congress and the American people( the sheepey right wing is just convinced that Bushey is Christian - Popey Cock and Bullshit) . All the while this rape is going on, this repuke administration are throwing our tax dollars down rat hole after rat hole to break our bank so that the upper money brokers along with upper Busheys can get all of the power they want and screw the rest of America. I say if you support this current usurping of the Executive Branch and the total disrespect of our constitution, then you are the un-American, un-patriotic resident of the U.S. GWB and his side-kick( the real president) Dickey Chaney wanted on the Presidental Pedestal to consolidate power only and not to reside in the office for the benefit of all Americans nor because they loved our constitution.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous a mccain supporter said...

the know-nothing levinites claim that the JABBS post is probably a lie. They have no proof to back that up. The article itself is well attributed, and easy enough to fact-check.

but cults don't allow anything to permeate their brains that goes against their basic belief system.

the levinite cult believes liberals lie. they believe the media is controlled by liberals. thus, any JABBS post that is attributed to the media by default must be a lie.

they have no interest in defending the republican-led congress' actions. they have no answers. all they can do is throw crap on the wall -- claim the author is a liar, or worse, turn to juvenile name-calling and personal attacks. they have learned well from mark levin, a master of unbridled anger, free of the constraints of things like "facts" or "context."

the levinites will continue to lash out, because that is all they are capable of doing when they read things that don't fit their radical fringe right-wing beliefs.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous liberalism IS treason said...

mccain supporter...the name says it all...a braindead moron...

And thank you whoop for proving my name-sake so well...

2:53 AM  
Anonymous liberalism IS treason said...

BTW whoop...what kind of crack are you smoking?!?

2:56 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

liberalism IS treason said...
BTW whoop...what kind of crack are you smoking?!?

To your disappointment I do not drink any type of alcohol, nor smoke, nor use any tppe of illegal drug. I only drink water or tea ( not even coffee).

So you are an execellent example of what my post talked about. You repuks can not post any facts about the Iraq War that goes to contributing to an honest debate. You can do nothing but spew nonsensical statements, repuke spin, and resort to elementary school yard name calling.

I realize you are frustrated with you having voted for the worst President ever in the White House and are having to live with it everyday knowing he is causing the world to see that repuks are not interested in making the world better; but, instead taking control of it. You also can not face up to the fact that this administration planned so poorly the invasion of Iraq( the only thing they planned very well was the lies used for justification for going into Iraq). You also can not face up to the fact that so many other countries know all these facts and it causes you to lose sleep over it which in turn causes you to lose what thinking ability you may have had. I hope you grow up soon.

11:55 PM  

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