Monday, September 25, 2006

Pombo Disrespects Veterans And Then Lies About It

Back on August 30, MoveOn.org and the Defenders of Wildlife held a press conference to publicize the costs of the Iraq War, both in human terms and in tax dollars. The Tracy Press was there to cover the story:
Ed Yoon, campaign manager for press conference organizer and liberal activist group MoveOn.org, accused Pombo of protecting Iraq contractors in four House votes, and he said Pombo took $16,500 in donations from defense contractors who received more than $100 million in Iraq contracts.

Yoon also said Pombo voted to cut benefits for veterans in 2005 — three years after voting to send troops to war in Iraq. The vote set the congressional budget for the United States Government for 2006.

But Pombo campaign manager Carl Fogliani accused MoveOn.org of attacking the congressman over a procedural motion, rather than looking at Pombo’s support of veterans.

Fogliani said the veteran’s budget had increased by 77 percent since 1995, two years after Pombo took office.
Now, that’s not the first time I’ve heard that 77 percent figure trotted out by the Pombo campaign. Richard Pombo’s own website makes the same claim: that the Department of Veterans Affairs budget has increased 77% over the last ten years and that veterans health spending has risen 80% over the same period.

There’s just one problem with that assertion by Richard Pombo’s campaign: According to this House website, ”In 1995, VA treated 2.6 million veterans and their families. In fiscal year 2006, the Department expects to treat more than twice that number – 5.4 million.”

Think about that for a second. The number of veterans has gone up over 100% during the last decade, and the money allotted for their benefits and healthcare during that same period, in a time of war no less, has only risen 77% – 80%. To anybody but Richard Pombo, that’s what would be known as a 20-25% cut in services to our veterans. (So much for this).

Meanwhile, Pombo has routinely voted against legislation that would benefit veterans. The advocacy group Disabled American Veterans has published a scorecard that shows Pombo voted against disabled veterans’ interests in 11 out of 12 votes from 2000 to 2006, giving him a ghastly rating of 8% support for veterans’ health issues.

In May of 2005, Richard Pombo voted against H.R. 2528, a $53 million amendment to increase funding for veterans’ health care including a program to provide improved prosthetics to vets who had lost limbs. That amendment lost by just one vote.

At the same time, the Republican House leadership which Pombo supports stripped out an amendment to the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act that would have expanded the TRICARE coverage provided to Reservists, who constitute 40% of our forces in Iraq. To this very day, TRICARE coverage begins 90 days before mobilization and ends 180 days after deactivation. After that, our reservist vets are hard out of luck.

And with that kind of a voting record on veterans’ benefits, Richard Pombo, who never served a day in his life, has the audacity to stand before you and me and say:
“The men and women of our armed services have performed exceptionally in Iraq, and I will continue to support them as they complete their mission.”

5 Comments:

Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo Babaloo!

Rocky here. Good to see yer still dealin, and yer deals is gettin better and better all duh time. I never did figger out if yer a goil blotter or a boy blotter butt you shure is a Wonder Blotter. Dat is, you help build strong blotters 12 ways.

And you is punchin ButtaPombO almost as strong as Duh Fightin One was at his peak, so cummin from Rocky, take dat as an after-dinner compli-mint.

Anyways, me and Adrian and Paulie gotta leave later today fer Philly to resume our filmin, and to tell you duh truth, Rocky feel bad he didn't get a chance to do much blottin nor even nuttin in terms of cummin up wit a New Deal fer your educashun and enlitenment. Duh time wuz jest too short fer Rocky, you know what I mean?

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Anyways, Rocky wanna wish all youse blotters Good Luck and to know dat Rocky is wit youse all duh way. Gettin back into shape and filmin my new movie is gonna keep me busy til showtime, butt I will try and drop in wunce in a wile to say Yo Yo Yo.

Rocky out. Mr $.02 appears to be tapped out. Apollos probably down and out. Meanwhile, Pretty Goil seems to have dropped out, and we got a over and out from Nick. Even Duh Spy seems to be out, of his mind anyways. Fortune-ately, Mr VPO, Babaloo, and duh Chick Named Delta seems to be holdin down duh fort, or at least ass-aulting duh Fort dey call ButtaPombO. Keep up duh good woik.

7:32 AM, September 25, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

This is nothing new my friends, Pombo has taken ear marked money to the tune of $169 million for base closures. Instead of using that money to keep hospitals open, on those bases or open new facilities for Iraq war wounded. Even Pombo's campaign manager Carl Fogliani has made sly remarks about the military reserves. Calling them Captain Crunch military reservists about their having fanatsies about wearing uniforms. This has been going on for about four years. Pombo and his staff are an inslut to the Republicans party. He needs to be defeated. The simple fact that Pombo has never been in the military should be enough for the people to vote him out. He should be made to apoligize to all who have served our country.

Vote Mc Nerney


Tom Benigno

7:53 AM, September 25, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo Mr BeanO!

Rocky here. You is a good man, and you also have Rockys respect and admiralation.

Rocky out. Good to see Mr BeanO is still in, and fightin hard. We is all countin on you to rally all duh Republicans you can to throw out duh crook dey call ButtaPombO.

9:24 AM, September 25, 2006  
Blogger Matt said...

Think about that for a second. The number of veterans has gone up over 100% during the last decade, and the money allotted for their benefits and healthcare during that same period, in a time of war no less, has only risen 77% – 80%. To anybody but Richard Pombo, that’s what would be known as a 20-25% cut in services to our veterans.

Meanwhile, Pombo has routinely voted against legislation that would benefit veterans. The advocacy group Disabled American Veterans has published a scorecard that shows Pombo voted against disabled veterans’ interests in 11 out of 12 votes from 2000 to 2006, giving him a ghastly rating of 8% support for veterans’ health issues.

In May of 2005, Richard Pombo voted against H.R. 2528, a $53 million amendment to increase funding for veterans’ health care including a program to provide improved prosthetics to vets who had lost limbs. That amendment lost by just one vote.

At the same time, the Republican House leadership which Pombo supports stripped out an amendment to the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act that would have expanded the TRICARE coverage provided to Reservists, who constitute 40% of our forces in Iraq. To this very day, TRICARE coverage begins 90 days before mobilization and ends 180 days after deactivation. After that, our reservist vets are hard out of luck.

And with that kind of a voting record on veterans’ benefits, Richard Pombo, who never served a day in his life, has the audacity to stand before you and me and say:
“The men and women of our armed services have performed exceptionally in Iraq, and I will continue to support them as they complete their mission.”

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3:15 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Tillman L. Jeffrey said...

I'm a disabled Vietnam War veteran. I wish Mr. Pombo cared as much about me and my fellow veterans as he does Chevron, Indian gaming interests, and big agriculture. What really annoys me is how Mr. Pombo lies about his voting record and never gets called on it. He sure as Hell isn't getting vote tomorrow- or ever!

6:33 PM, November 06, 2006  

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