Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina exceeded even my low expectations for him by his vote against tax incentives for companies that hire veterans. He said it was a principled stand because to give those incentives was not fair. We all know how fair everything must be. I guess it is fair to ask people to risk their lives, to face the possibility of life-long injuries for serving their country but to suggest we should show our appreciation of that in a material sense-- that's not fair?
DeMint has been one of the spokesmen for the Tea Party bunch. Since they claim to be the real patriots, I hope they are paying attention to his vote when he runs again. Or maybe he plans to retire and get a lobbyist position. The Koch brothers might appreciate what he did.
I don't generally write about holidays in my blogs but Veterans Day seems like a good time to not just talk about appreciating our veterans but to put our voice behind real benefits to show our appreciation. Americans have always done that after all our wars; and if that is favoritism, then great.
I like the idea of showing some favortism to those who sacrificed to serve-- some giving the ultimate sacrifice; but keep in mind when they sign up, they don't know what they will be asked to do. Some have joined because they want an education or can't get a job in the private sector in these times; but a lot did it because they wanted to serve their country. They are a special group and we ought to materially show our appreciation for what they have done. Fortunately most Republican Senators agreed.
When you hear of a member of Congress talking about cutting veteran benefits to lower our deficit, write down their name and remember it when you vote the next time.
Those who gave so much, who are coming back to a country with even less jobs than when they left it, they deserve our thanks and a lot more than yellow ribbons. How about material benefits!