Mitt Romney has a military problem. He appears to be clueless on matters relating to foreign policy. More importantly, how can he handle economic budgets when he can’t get the Veteran Affairs budget facts straight?
Now he is Falsely Claiming Pentagon Cuts Will Impact Veterans, and as a Gulf War I veteran … I take issue with Romney’s populist lying in order to get ahead. Besides, I have news for Mitt Romney: Americans are tired of blowing a good chunk of our money on wars and Romney wants to increase our war budget during a slower economy. We need to invest war dollars right here in our Homeland. We are tired of wasting our tax payer dollars on bombs and rebuilding countries we bomb.
Enough is enough with war and we need to slow it down.
By Adam Peck on Sep 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm
In a speech to the American Legion today, Mitt Romney leveled fresh criticism against President Obama, accusing his administration of cutting the benefits of veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and going so far as to call plans to cut the Veterans Affairs Department budget a “crisis.”:
Romney charged that the defense budget cuts would affect services for veterans, including the men and women returning from conflict overseas who need psychological counseling. Romney invoked the rising number of suicides – “This is a crisis,” he declared – as he sharpened his attack on the Obama administration’s proposed spending cuts.
But Romney’s claim — that veterans’ care will be negatively impacted by sequestration — is not grounded in reality. Earlier this month, the White House announced that virtually all of the Veterans Affairs Department budget will be exempt from mandatory cuts if and when sequestration goes into effect in January 2013. The only exception, according to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, would be possible cuts to administrative costs. That means health care, vocational, and education services will remain fully funded while cuts are made elsewhere within the Department of Defense, despite Mitt Romney’s claims to the contrary.
Of course, if Romney were actually concerned about the possibility of losing funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, he probably wouldn’t have embraced Paul Ryan or his budget, which could lead to reductions in veterans’ benefits.