By Mike Baker
Associated Press Writer / August 31, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C.—The system that automatically awards disability benefits to some veterans because of concerns about Agent Orange seems contrary to efforts to control federal spending, the Republican co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit commission said Tuesday.
Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson's comments came a day after The Associated Press reported that diabetes has become the most frequently compensated ailment among Vietnam veterans, even though decades of research has failed to find more than a possible link between the defoliant Agent Orange and diabetes.
"The irony (is) that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess," said Simpson, an Army veteran who was once chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Umm - no Mr. Simpson. You are dead fucking wrong. It wasn't Vietnam Veterans who got this country into "this fiscal mess" we're in. It was assholes like you, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and 12 out of 14 years of Republican rule of Congress and the Executive branch. And I'll even go so far as to hang a good portion of that mantle of blame around the necks of quite a few cowardly Democrats too just to spread the blame around.
Costly, unpaid for tax cuts that went primarily to the wealthiest of Americans at a time that we were embroiled in two ill-advised wars on two separate fronts followed by an economic collapse brought on by the greed and hubris of the Wall Street thugs and bankers is what got us into "this fiscal mess." For you or anyone else to propose that we burden American Veterans in need of medical care to clean up the shit pile mess left behind by politicians, greedy corporations, and Wall Street con men, by cutting the very benefits they fought and bled for, is one of the most sickeningly offensive things I've heard in a very long time and it infuriates me beyond description.
If Alan Simpson were standing here in front of me right now, I'd tell him to go fuck himself with Dick Cheney's cold, withered, liver-spot covered penis. No -- really I would.