By Kevin Fobbs / 22 December 2013
In what has to be one of the cruelest Christmas season gestures that America’s veteran families could ever expect, U.S. Senate Democrats traded veterans service for illegal immigrant payday. This is exactly what Democrats did when they sided with giving Illegal aliens continued access to welfare payments over giving veterans cost of living benefits to the tune of $6.2 billion dollars.
This was done over the clear protests of many veteran groups as well as Republican Senators like Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions who strongly objected to the immoral veteran benefits cuts, according to Fox News. The fact that this so-called budget remedy was even suggested in the joint agreement arrived at by Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, defies commonsense.
How could either of the two legislative leaders even come to the conclusion that veteran benefits, especially those of wounded and disabled veterans, should even be on the table for negotiation is more than an oversight. According to Fox News, Sessions was disappointed and wanted a “legislative fix,” that would have provided a more balanced approach to the alleged budget deal.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ignored the repair to the affront to America’s veterans and continued to allow the provision of improper and illegal tax credits to go to illegal aliens. The fact that these criminals on U.S. soil are receiving, according to the Internal Revenue Service watchdog, an estimated $4.2 billion annually in refundable credits, or $40 billion plus over a ten year period, is itself criminal.
To add insult to injury, the veterans who have returned back home after service have seen the Obama administration Veteran’s Affairs Department substantially increase their waiting time to receive the benefits returning veterans are legally entitled to. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, veterans have seen the wait time for justified benefits balloon to 273 days, and even as long as 327 days.
It gets dramatically worse. For, American veterans who had to wait to receive benefits for longer than a year, have seen their ranks swell from 11,000 in Obama’s first year as president in 2009 to 245,000 in December of 2012, suggests the Center for Investigative Reporting.
So where is the hue and cry for the nation’s heroes that placed their lives on the line to protect the lives and freedoms of Americans? Certainly there is no hue and cry coming from the White House. Instead there have been complaints by Obama about how unfair it has been to allow illegal aliens to have to be subjected to America’s laws about being a citizen before they can take advantage of college education, welfare benefits, voting, driver’s licenses, etc. ; privileges Americans have and enjoy.
So this Christmas season there is no feel good spirit in the homes of millions of American veterans that have yet again seen their sacrifice and service reduced to insulting and compassionless treatment by senate Democrats and a president who sees nothing wrong in shafting heroes at home or leaving them defenseless on the field of battle abroad or in Benghazi.
Some Merry Christmas, indeed!