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Obama Suggests Romney Wouldn't Take Proper Care of Veterans
weeklystandard.com ^ | July 17, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 07/17/2012 11:55:55 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

In campaign remarks this afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, President Obama made a national security case for a strong economy and suggested that his opponent, Mitt Romney, won't take proper care of veterans if he's elected president.

"I'm looking around this country, and I know from our history, from world history, that no nation has always been stronger than its economy," Obama said. "That's an issue of our national defense. And, so, because of our outstanding men and women in uniform we know that we've got the greatest military on earth, but we also have to have the best economy on earth to support those troops. And that means let's start investing, rebuilding roads, and rebuilding bridges, and laying broadband lines in rural communities. Let's rebuild schools that are overcrowded and give them state of the art science labs. And let's rebuild our ports and runways. That's what America is about--is rebuilding. We've got thousands of construction workers out there that are ready to get to work. Let's put them to work. That will be good for our economy, and over the long term will be good for our strength."

Then, the president of the United States segued into attacking his opponent, Romney:

"That's the difference between myself and my opponent: As long as I'm commander in chief we're going to make sure that our veterans are properly cared for," Obama said, suggesting that Romney, if he becomes president, won't take proper care of veterans.

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1 posted on 07/17/2012 11:56:03 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

From the guy that wants to jack up my TRICARE 1000%.


2 posted on 07/17/2012 11:58:30 AM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Listenhillary suggests your child or your dog would NOT be safe left alone with Barack Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm


3 posted on 07/17/2012 11:58:30 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Seriously?


4 posted on 07/17/2012 11:58:47 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (GHWB gave us Souter. W gave us Roberts. Can we risk Jeb in the White House?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
zero is delusional. no two ways about it
5 posted on 07/17/2012 11:59:30 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only time the democrats admire veterans is when they can be cast as victims. They hate veterans without injuries, who are proud of their handiwork.
If a vet seems pathetic, or will dance like a monkey on a stick begging for a cornicopia of benefits without end, the dems love them.


6 posted on 07/17/2012 12:00:08 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Next it will be “Romney may be a martian”


7 posted on 07/17/2012 12:00:54 PM PDT by Principled (It's not enthusiasm for Romney, it's grim determination to remove Hussein)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yeah, just ask the Oath Keepers.


8 posted on 07/17/2012 12:01:39 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

9 posted on 07/17/2012 12:01:39 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Bruce Kurtz
They accuse the other side of what they are guilty of. Romney needs to be more aggressive with a campaign media strategy or he will lose to the propaganda lies.
10 posted on 07/17/2012 12:02:17 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If you have no record to run on use fear,page five democrat hand book.


11 posted on 07/17/2012 12:02:23 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I suspect a poll would show that the vast majority of veterans don’t think Obama cares at all about veterans.


12 posted on 07/17/2012 12:03:17 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Bruce Kurtz

What is the deal with Tricare? ANy details?


13 posted on 07/17/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: All

I guess he doesn’t realize that soldiers pay taxes, too. So when he raises taxes to get funds to build build roads, the soldier’s tax will increase like the rest of us.


14 posted on 07/17/2012 12:05:59 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To kin and former friends: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They are indeed desperate.
When you have no accomplishments on which to hang your hat, then the only thing you can do is sling mud and innuendo, in the hopes that some of it will stick.
You cannot get to heaven by pointing out the other guy’s sins..............


15 posted on 07/17/2012 12:05:59 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You know, it sort of sounds like he’ll have our military repairing roads, digging ditches?


16 posted on 07/17/2012 12:07:41 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Principled

Romney may be a Romulan...................

17 posted on 07/17/2012 12:08:33 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

WTF is he basing that statement on?


18 posted on 07/17/2012 12:08:51 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think it is about time the Veterans took care of Obama.


19 posted on 07/17/2012 12:08:51 PM PDT by DonkeyBonker (Is it November yet?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“That’s what America is about—is rebuilding.”

Another “stimulus package” before the election? Massive government deficit spending?


20 posted on 07/17/2012 12:09:14 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: opentalk

“Romney needs to be more aggressive with a campaign media strategy or he will lose to the propaganda lies.”

This looks like 2008 allover again, with Obama in control of the media and the media hammering his opponent every news cycle.

Romney had better gear up soon or the memes will bury his voice.


21 posted on 07/17/2012 12:11:12 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Free ThinkerNY

22 posted on 07/17/2012 12:11:47 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (will do graphics for food...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s one of the things I think Romney would do a good job of.

Obama is clearly off his meds, his rocker and completely out of reality.


23 posted on 07/17/2012 12:13:38 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
let's start investing, rebuilding roads, and rebuilding bridges, and laying broadband lines in rural communities. Let's rebuild schools that are overcrowded and give them state of the art science labs. And let's rebuild our ports and runways.

Start? What the hell happened to all that stimulus money? Why not cut back on these wasteful programs and use it to rebuild bridges and schools:

1: The U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S. AID) spent $30 million to spur mango production and sales in Pakistan—and failed utterly.

2: The Air Force spent $14 million to switch three radar stations to wind power; poor planning forced cancellation of one turbine and consideration of the same for the other two.

3: The Federal Aviation Administration devoted $6 million to subsidize air service at small, underused airports.

4: A federal grant for $765,828 went to bring an International House of Pancakes franchise to Washington, D.C.

5: Although the “Bridge to Nowhere” never got built, Uncle Sam still shelled out $15.3 million in project costs, including a 14-minute promotional video, on top of $50 million already absorbed by the Knik Arm Bridge.

6: The Office of Personnel Management sent $120 million to dead federal employees.

7: The Department of Transportation spent $529.689 to create the fourth visitor center around the 54 mile Talimena Scenic Drive between Oklahoma and Arkansas.

8: A check for $113,277 was cut to help the International Center for the History of Electronic Games to preserve “historic” video games.

9: Washington gave almost $18 million in foreign aid to China —money effectively borrowed from China.

10: The Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided a $484,000 grant to build a “Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers” restaurant in Texas.

Of course there are many more examples but why and how this money is allocated and spent is a sin. And the stimulus money? I'm sure that is being funneled back in Obama's campaign war chest via the unions and Soros organizations while our spineless representatives are too afraid to stop it.

24 posted on 07/17/2012 12:13:57 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Under Obama they’ve cut funding and benefits for vets, especially disabled ones. If this is proper care, then I hope Romney WON’T give them what Obama believes is proper care.


25 posted on 07/17/2012 12:16:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Bruce Kurtz

From the ‘guy’ who has presided over the largest American death toll in Afghanistan during his tenure than had been racked up in the previous entire time we had been there.


26 posted on 07/17/2012 12:16:43 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: frankenMonkey
...and one more from the archives...

27 posted on 07/17/2012 12:18:28 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (will do graphics for food...)
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To: cableguymn

He’s not talking to people who read and think, he’s feeding propaganda to his base and giving talking heads talking points, giving MSM the memes to chant.

Naturally it all seems strange to those of us who read, study, and understand things, but we’ll get hammered with bits and pieces of this rant anytime we look at MSM output.


28 posted on 07/17/2012 12:19:47 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Strategy: Accuse the enemy of doing what you, yourself, intend to do, or have done. (Soviet Union: Big Book of Nasty)


29 posted on 07/17/2012 12:19:47 PM PDT by madison10
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To: DBrow

I’ll leave looking at MSM output to you.. to me.. it’s looks much like the back side of a squating dog.

No reason to look at that ;)

But your right. He’s feeding his base.


30 posted on 07/17/2012 12:22:08 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Zero is on the offense. Mitt best start sharpening up if he’s going to win this.


31 posted on 07/17/2012 12:22:20 PM PDT by A-B-O
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He's an infant trapped in a woman's body.
32 posted on 07/17/2012 12:22:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: paul51
zero is delusional. no two ways about it

No, Obama is being shrewd.

He knows that Romney has already declared a soft-glove approach to campaigning against him, so Obama is taking advantage of this niavete while he can by smearing Romney with the most specious arguments that he can make, of the "when did you stop beating your wife" kind.

Romney's a felon because a document has his name on it. Romney is a tax cheat because he has a foreign account and won't release his tax forms.

The question is when will Romney wake up and start fighting Obama in-kind.

-PJ

33 posted on 07/17/2012 12:24:15 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: madison10

Yep, he’s been doing that since day one.


34 posted on 07/17/2012 12:24:45 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And Obama has?


35 posted on 07/17/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: MrChips

Tri-Care hasn’t had an increase in co-pays since 1994. Naturally, the Dims are anxious to jack up fees as the first step towards eliminating the program, and pushing all military retirees into Obamacare.

And DoD (predictably) is playing along; the Pentagon has released dire warnings about the escalating cost of health care. In fact, just yesterday, the Defense Department predicted that its health care bill will pass $90 billion a year by the end of this decade—despite a planned reduction of more than 100,000 troops from the active duty force.

When I joined the military in the early 80s, we were promised free, on-base healthcare for the rest of our lives, if we stayed in for at least 20 years. By the time I retired a decade ago, that promise was long-gone.

And here’s another dirty little secret: the reason we have Tri-Care is because Bill Clinton cut military healthcare to the bone in the 1990s, promising illusory “savings” by pushing retirees (and many dependents) off-base under Tri-Care. If we had properly funded military healthcare, the cost would be much lower. As a former Air Force surgeon general observed a few years back, the expenditure for an appendectomy at a military hospital was $300—roughly the cost of the surgical pack. The rest of the expenses (doctor’s salaries, facilities) was paid through other accounts and in many cases, the outlay was minimal, compared to civilian facilities. According to the USAF surgeon general, Tri-Case costs for an appendectomy, at an off-base hosptial, is about $7,000.

I’ve been told on several occasions that military retirees shouldn’t complain about the hike in Tri-Care fees, given the 16-year gap since the last increase. My response? The average military retiree leaves service as an E-6 (Technical Sergeant in the Air Force; Petty Officer First Class in the Navy, Staff Sergeant in the Army). Their average “take home” pension (after taxes and other deductions is $1,600 a month. That isn’t much compared to the average state or federal civil service retiree, and if you retire in a high-cost-of-living area, your miitary pension might pay your mortgage and that’s about it. So, many retirees can’t afford dramatic increases in Tri-Care fees. It’s just one more insult to those who spent their careers defending this country.

One final note: under current plans, retirees who left the service in the senior grades would actually pay more. Another example of Barack Obama punishing success and achievement.


36 posted on 07/17/2012 12:28:46 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He sounds like a freakin’ idiot. Who is writing this stuff for him?


37 posted on 07/17/2012 12:31:01 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ExNewsExSpook

We should take care of our military, period! I am not in the military, but I sympathize. Obamacare will cause me to lose the affordable catastrophic insurance that I have.


38 posted on 07/17/2012 12:33:24 PM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: DesertRhino

Democrats would rather see full body bags than acknowledge the sacrifices of current servicemen and women, our veterans.


39 posted on 07/17/2012 12:40:08 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama made a national security case for a strong economy and suggested that his opponent, Mitt Romney, won't take proper care of veterans if he's elected president.

This coming from the man who said that "active military should pay for their own health care"! The nerve of that clown...

Regards,
GtG

40 posted on 07/17/2012 12:40:55 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anyone notice how, at this point, his lovely wife Mooshy has all but left her anti-obesity campaign behind and has instead
bifurcated herself and her image,into a “let’s care for the Veterans” spokesperson?


41 posted on 07/17/2012 12:41:49 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Free ThinkerNY; ConorMacNessa; mylife; SandRat; Grampa Dave; ASA Vet
Hmmmm.....telegraphing his own intentions and reassigning them to his opponent?

This may have something to do with the $500 billion cut to the military over the next ten years that was divulged on Friday. The VA may well be high on the list along with the shipyards and military contractors.
42 posted on 07/17/2012 12:43:35 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (One out of three ain't good enough, Make November work.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Meanwhile, Romney sits quietly in a darkened closet, with his thumb up his backside.

What a waste of time and money. If Romney isn’t up for the fight, he should have never applied for the damn job.

I can’t stand Romney, but I hate Obama’s guts. Romney is driving me crazy with his sheep in sheep’s clothing act.

If Romney truly wants to win, he needs to get on the offensive and he needs to do it NOW.

112 days until this goofy game is over....


43 posted on 07/17/2012 12:43:41 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama is a squirmy worm...


44 posted on 07/17/2012 12:49:02 PM PDT by FrankR (You are enslaved to the extent of charity that you receive!)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
Keep in touch.

NSG a long time ago.
45 posted on 07/17/2012 12:53:40 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (One out of three ain't good enough, Make November work.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yet Obama already cut veterans’ benefits.


46 posted on 07/17/2012 12:56:42 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: supremedoctrine
Anyone notice how, at this point, his lovely wife Mooshy has all but left her anti-obesity campaign behind and has instead bifurcated herself and her image,into a “let’s care for the Veterans” spokesperson?

It is pretty hard to haul around that Sumo Wrestler body and, with a straight face, tell everyone how they need to stop eating so much.

Even with the Communist Dem's there is only so much before even they can tell the lies are not working and that the emperor has no clothes.

47 posted on 07/17/2012 12:57:44 PM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: Free ThinkerNY
CONCERNED VETERANS OF AMERICA

http://concernedveteransforamerica.org/2012/07/03/1095/

No one would ever believe that the current administration wants to increase U.S. military veterans medical fees after hearing President Obama say on Memorial Day during a thoughtful speech at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., “Let’s resolve to take care of our veterans as well as they’ve taken care of us – not just talk, but actions. Not just in the first five years after a war, but the first five decades.”

Based upon President Obama’s own words, this Memorial Day message exemplifies a hypocritical and misleading statement. It clearly implies our veterans are going to be cared for under this administration. His feel good statement on such a symbolic day of remembrance, dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, is insulting to surviving veterans who trust our Commander in Chief has their best interests at heart.

Here is the evidence that demonstrates the contrary: Earlier this year, Pentagon budget officials came under fire for their efforts to hike medical insurance (Tricare) fees on U.S. military veterans. Fortunately, Congressional committees in the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate blocked those fee increases while considering defense appropriations bills.

However, if you thought that debate was over, the Obama administration hasn’t given up in their efforts to demand more from our veterans’ wallets. From the Washington Free Beacon:

The Obama administration on Friday threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill in part because it does not include higher health care fees for members of the military.

“The Administration is disappointed that the Congress did not incorporate the requested

TRICARE fee initiatives into either the appropriation or authorization legislation,” the White House wrote in an official policy statement expressing opposition to the bill, which the House approved in May.

President Obama’s most recent budget proposal includes billions of dollars in higher fees for members of TRICARE, the military health care system, and is part of the administration’s plan to cut nearly $500 billion from the Pentagon’s budget.

There’s no question the explosion of federal spending over the last decade is completely unsustainable. What’s alarming is that the Obama administration thinks it’s appropriate to demand that veterans pay more for their care, while ignoring the much larger programs that are driving the growth in federal spending.

48 posted on 07/17/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama you are an IDIOT.
You have been President for over 3 years and our veterans have NOT been getting the care they need. Then on top YOU want to charge them more for their insurance......
Do you really think that we all are as dumb as Joe Biden?


49 posted on 07/17/2012 1:49:25 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: MrChips

Tricare (AKA Scare Care, No Care, Who Cares) is a health care plan I got when I retired over 16 years ago. I have Tricare Prime which I pay about $250 per year. They want to increase it to over $2000 per year. The problem is I don’t know what they Pay. I have Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the primary, then Tricare Prime and Tricare. I never get a statement from Tricare Prime or Tricare as to how much they pay. My wife on the other hand gets statements from Tricare where they pay $.79 or $1.98 on a $125 medical bill. A lot of medical facilities do not accept Tricare because a) they pay pennies on the dollar, or b) they take months to pay. Maybe some other vets out there have had better dealings with Tricare than I had.


50 posted on 07/17/2012 2:40:16 PM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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