Ok, I just need to vent
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For those of you who don't know, I'm staying with my folks in Illinois while my husband is deployed in Iraq. My parents are oxymoronic in their political beliefs. Staunch bible believing Christians who go to Church regularly (my Mom is headed to Greece on a missions trip tomorrow) who are basically pro-life and pro-military, they are at the same time liberal (my Dad verges on Socialist) Democrats with an unhealthy dose of BDS.
Makes for interesting times and usually I just keep my mouth shut. But their reaction to tonight's story on Bush going to Walter Reed was almost more than I could handle.
Bush talks about the problems and accepts the blame for his Administration's failing here. My Mom's reaction was that of course it's his Admin's fault, after all, "he ordered the closing".
I had to just go back in my room and close the door. It's no good telling them that the committee that made the BRAC recommendations was bi-partisan, or that the Congress that voted on it did so in a bi-partisan manner. It's no good to say that the main reason that Walter Reed is closing is because it would cost MORE to repair and upgrade it than to add on to Bethesda. It's really no good to tell them that if their boy Billy had given A DAMN about the military and properly funded it during his terms that Walter Reed would not BE in this condition today.
No, no, it's sooooooo much easier to pretend that it was a perfect facility until 2000 and that it's ALL Bush's fault that things are this way.
So, are they going to work on their Democrat buddies in Congress to fund the changes at Walter Reed? Somehow I don't think so. Hell, we can't even get funding for the BRAC projects that those Dems voted on last year. Heh, at the moment, we can't even get funding FOR MY HUSBAND and the men who are IN Iraq without them putting in all kinds of strings and loading the bill with enough pork to feed a small country.
Okay, that's gotten it mostly out of my system. I still can't go back out there right now though. Crap like that makes me just furious, especially when it comes from people who I otherwise consider intelligent.
Oy. Thanks for listening.
(And be prepared, there's likely to be more posts like this over the next few months!) ;)
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