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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Republicans like to pretend that they’re more supportive of vets than Democrats are
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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Most Republican politicians seem to think that their stirring rhetoric and vigorous flag-waving will suffice to convince some voters that theirs is the more patriotic of the two political parties.

And, to a certain extent, they’re cynical attitude probably is right.

But the reality is something else, especially when it comes to support for our military veterans.

Consider, for example, the bogus claim made recently by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican running for the U.S. Senate. He said the other day that Senate Democrats have blocked action on legislation that would provide certain benefits for veterans.

But, as Steve Benen explains HERE, the truth is quite the opposite:

In reality, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats took action several months ago, when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) helped put together a package of expanded VA health care access, tuition assistance, and job training, all of which enjoyed the support of the major veterans’ groups…


 


Senate Republicans, citing the deficit and extraneous concerns, not only opposed the bill, they wouldn’t even allow the Senate to vote on it.


 


What did Senate Republicans offer as an alternative to help veterans? Nothing. There was no GOP alternative to the Democratic proposal.


 


Fortunately, following recent VA revelations, Congress has expressed renewed interest in veterans’ issues, and last week, Sanders struck a deal with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on a bipartisan compromise.


 


But Cassidy’s complaints are based on fiction and there’s no reason he couldn’t have brushed up on the basics before launching this ridiculous criticism.  Whether the confused congressman is prepared to admit it or not, it was “only after news broke” than senators from Cassidy’s own party were willing to take action – and whether the bipartisan plan can overcome a GOP filibuster is not yet clear.


 


 

 

 

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