Cutting Through The Crap

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sometimes Things Make Sense



I've said many times that (along with pretty much everything else about support of Romney by anyone not a wealthy white male Christian) it's puzzling that any veteran or military person could vote for Mitt Romney. Unless you like the idea of endless and unpaid-for wars, and cutting funding for vets. Somewhat surprisingly, it seems a lot of military people get it:

Based on reporting from the Center for Responsive Politics, including September fundraising, Obama has received $678,611 from military donors, far more than Romney's total of $398,450. As it turns out, Romney figure also narrowly trails Ron Paul's $399,274 in contributions from the military. 
It's worth clarifying that "military donors" include contributions from members of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, National Guard, Coast Guard, Department of Defense, National Defense University, Defense Acquisition University, and Americans in NATO. The most campaign donations have come from the Department of Defense itself, which heavily favors Obama over Romney. 
... "Military personnel overwhelmingly support Obama over Romney despite the pending cuts to defense. That could be because Obama has kept his promise to bring the wars to an end and because to Mitt Romney, the troops aren't anything more than an item on a laundry list."
Along those same lines, I was sent an article a while back, about Larry Pressler, Vietnam vet, former Republican senator, and his endorsement of Barack Obama. He said, in part:

As a Vietnam vet, one of the reasons I support President Obama is because he has consistently shown he understands that our commitment to our servicemen and women may begin when they put on their uniform, but that it must never end. 
This decision is not easy for any lifelong Republican. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat, because the Republican Party was drifting toward a dangerous path that put extreme party ideology above national interest. Mitt Romney heads a party remaining on that dangerous path, proving the emptiness of their praise as they abandon our service members, veterans and military families along the way. 
What really set me off was Romney's reference to 47% of Americans to be written off -- including any veteran collecting disability like myself, as a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) veteran...

Per usual, in the final debate The Rominee shifted positions once again, on everything he'd said up to that point, including suddenly being all in favor of negotiations with Iran, setting a deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and being, like, all in favor of peace. Peace. All things to all people. So who the hell knows anymore what Mitt Romney thinks about anything? Not Mitt, that's for sure. On the other hand, we do know what President Obama has been doing for vets, and what more he'd have done had Rs not blocked it.

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