Bully, Bully for Congress(?)
By: Jack Dalton
About a month ago I was watching a news program where a wounded soldier (he lost a leg) was being interviewed. The topic of discussion: the $350.00+ bill he had to pay after being discharged from the hospital where he had been recovering from losing a leg in Iraq. The bill was for the meals he had eaten while in the hospital. $8.10 a day was the going rate for the people recovering from wounds received while fighting USA &Co., Inc.'s war in Iraq. That's how ultra-right, neo-liberal (or neo-cons... depends on how you define them... myself, I bounce back and forth between the two—rightly or wrongly), ideologue chickenhawks pay tribute to those they send into the "Heart of Darkness," for that is what war is.
At least congress regained some semblance of sanity yesterday when it made permanent a stop to wounded military from having to pay for their meals while in the hospital. What really irks me however is the simple fact that paying for meals should never have been an issue in the first place. While I was watching this mess unfold on Cspan I found myself wanting to crawl through the TV. Our leaders in Congress were patting themselves on the back for the great strides that were being taken to show support for the troops. How convoluted and twisted in thought can people be? The fact that this should never have been an issue in the first place seems never to have entered their single brain cell heads!
The really scary thing however is the simple fact that these are the same __________(call them what you want, just fill in the blank) attempting to tell the rest of us what is right, wrong, decent, indecent, moral, immoral, legal and illegal. These are the same people that are trying to convince others that medical marijuana patients are terrorists. They are wrong on both counts. It is well past time to start a "meet-and-greet" to those going in to see military recruiters. Someone needs to tell those kids the truth of what they are walking into. So while Congress pats itself on the back about no more $8.10 a day for meals, the companies that were hired to provide logistical support for the troops can't get them more that 1 ½ liters of water a day (how's that for 110 to 120 degree heat?).