Who “supports the troops?”
Let’s get right to the point. There are some members of the United States Senate who have done both of the following:
Vote Number 1: On July 21, 2009, some members of the U.S. Senate voted to spend $1.75 Billion buying more F-22 aircraft, an extremely expensive and useless weapon. A billion dollars will build the government just three, and the cost just begins there. At the time of the vote, the Washington Post revealed that the F-22 manages to fly just 1.7 hours on average before suffering a critical failure, and requires 34 hours of maintenance for every hour it flies. At the time of the vote, it had never hit its contracted reliability goals. It could not be flown reliably in the rain. It couldn’t even communicate with other planes. Three years after the vote, the F-22′s system for delivering oxygen to pilots still doesn’t work as well people said it should ten years ago; pilots are losing consciousness in the air. And the purpose of this expensive mis-built plane? To defeat the hypothetical next-generation aircraft of the Soviet Union, a country that no longer exists and that never actually deployed such an aircraft. What has been deployed is a whole lot of cash to support the congressional campaigns of sympathetic legislators.
Vote Number 2: On September 19 2012, some members of the U.S. Senate voted against the creation of a veterans job corps. The veterans job corps would have employed the people who are coming out of the military and being dumped into an absolutely dismal job market that has no capacity to hire them. The veterans jobs corps would not have been a welfare program but a jobs program, hiring veterans for jobs that don’t just deliver a paycheck but help the country through law enforcement, firefighting, historic preservation, resource management and conservation work.
The following are the members of the U.S. Senate who voted in favor of billions of dollars in contracts with giant military corporations for a useless F-22 fighter jet that didn’t work and which the country didn’t need, then voted against jobs for veterans doing useful work for America:
Senator Richard Burr (Republican-NC)
Senator Saxby Chambliss (Republican-GA)
Senator Thad Cochran (Republican-MS)
Senator John Cornyn (Republican-TX)
Senator Mike Crapo (Republican-ID)
Senator Charles Grassley (Republican-IA)
Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-UT)
Senator Kay Hutchison (Republican-TX)
Senator Johnny Isakson (Republican-GA)
Senator Mike Johanns (Republican-NE)
Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican-KY)
Senator Pat Roberts (Republican-KS)
Senator John Thune (Republican-SD)
Senator David Vitter (Republican-LA)
Senator Roger Wicker (Republican-MS)
They voted to spend money on useless military contracts that lined big corporations’ pockets. They voted against money for useful jobs for veterans. Now you know where their priorities lie.