Obama To Honor Iraq Vets With Intimate Dinner - News One
WASHINGTON — Richard Nixon threw a huge gala for former Vietnam POWs. Harry Truman cheered at multiple parades honoring veterans of World War II. Andrew Johnson presided over the pageantry of a two-day review of Union troops at the end of the Civil War.
Now President Barack Obama is honoring the more than 1 million American troops who served in Iraq by welcoming a small cross-section to a formal dinner at the White House on Wednesday night. The dinner for 200 – about half military personnel or veterans and the rest their guests – will include service members from all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
Some are in their 20s; some in their 50s. One served just months in Iraq; one was deployed six times. Some left the military with life-altering wounds; most still serve. A widow will represent the loved ones of the nearly 4,500 Americans who died.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president had invited the Iraq veterans to the East Room dinner “to note the remarkable accomplishments and sacrifice of the men and women” who served in a long and difficult war.
The president, who called the war dumb and rash before it began, has missed no opportunity to celebrate its end, with frequent speeches, visits to troops and promises to ensure favorable treatment for returning veterans. In the process, he is able to underscore that the unpopular war ended on his watch – just as candidate Obama had promised.
Among those invited to Wednesday’s dinner was retired Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first American to be injured in Iraq. Alva, 41, had a leg amputated after stepping on a land mine just hours after the war began. Alva said the dinner was a fitting way for the administration to recognize those who served in Iraq at a time when tens of thousands still are serving in Afghanistan.
“We’ve learned from our mistakes in Vietnam,” said Alva, adding that his father received no recognition when he returned home from serving in Vietnam.
Some service members believe something more expansive is warranted to recognize those who served in Iraq.
Obama to Cut Health Benefits for Active, Retired Military
Pro-troop group says Obama Punishes Military Families with Health Care Costs
Sacramento, Calif. – The nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop advocacy organization, Move America Forward came out strongly against President Obama’s proposed military defense budget, which cuts billions of dollars of military spending, especially at the cost of military families in higher healthcare costs. “We should be honoring and supporting our military families, not punishing them under President Obama’s proposed defense spending cuts.” said Debbie Lee, spokesperson for the group and mother of the first US Navy SEAL to be killed in the war in Iraq. “This budget slashes benefits for our troops and their families, but unionized civilian workers under contract working for the military are protected from the cuts. It’s an outrage that President Obama wants to make our troops suffer the burdens of cuts while protecting others. It’s unfair and completely goes against his popular rhetoric about everyone paying their fair share.” said Debbie Lee. “Our troops and their families already pay more than their fair share; they deserve to be taken care of for the sacrifices these brave men and women make. We demand that President Obama fix this bill so that our troops and their husbands, wives, and children aren’t the ones hurt.” concluded Lee.
Obama cuts military health care benefits, leaves unionized civilians untouched - Human Events
Bill Gertz at the Washington Free Beacon writes of a growing controversy in Congress and the Pentagon over the Obama administration’s latest brainstorm for cutting our defense budget:The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.Military personnel have voiced some understandable concerns about this little scheme, which could “severely impact efforts to recruit and maintain a high-quality all-volunteer military force.”
Obama to cut health-care benefits for troops, but not unionized defense workers - Hot Air
Veterans and troops set to lose health benefits under Obama's budget
Retirees in the military health care program will face increases in their annual costs of up to 345 per cent
Concern is sinking in over the long-term effects of President Barack Obama's proposed budget cuts to military health care spending. Critics say that by taking aim at the military health care program by adding additional fees and increasing required payments, the President is dishonoring troops and hurting the military's recruiting power.
The budget put forth by Mr Obama- which still needs to be approved by Congress before being enacted- would create $487billion in cuts over the next 10 years.
One of the biggest areas of contention is the increases of health care fees that specifically target military retirees by boosting their co-pay charges and deductibles. Some reports cite unidentified administration officials as saying that they hope that the increases would put pressure on the retirees to opt out of their veterans benefits and sign up for the program put in place by President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act which was approved in 2010. 'Would you stay with a car insurance company that raised your premiums by 345 per cent in five years? Probably not,' an unidentified congressional aide told Fox News, hinting that their plan to get veterans to sign up with other insurers would work. The budget suggests that the annual premiums for the military health care program, called Tricare, would be raised by 30 to 78 per cent in the first year and then the individuals would be subjected to an additional 94 to 345 per cent increase.
Massachusetts School Serves “KKK” Chicken Tenders
METHUEN, Mass. — School officials in a Massachusetts town are apologizing for sending home a lunch menu that listed KKK Chicken Tenders as an option.**********
About 6,500 students in four Methuen (muh-THOO’-in) schools went home with new menus Tuesday, a day after the original one mistakenly listed chicken seemingly in the style of the Ku Klux Klan.
Superintendent Judith Scannell tells The Eagle-Tribune the menu was supposed to list KK Chicken Tenders, with the KK standing for a creatively spelled “Krispy, Krunchy,” but an employee mistakenly hit the “K” key one too many times.
Scannell apologized if anyone was offended. The food service director got one complaint.
A student pointed out to WCVB-TV that it there would’ve been no issue if officials just spelled the words correctly, with the letter C.
Georgetown co-ed: Please pay for us to have sex … We’re going broke buying birth control - Hot Air
At a hearing of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee yesterday, a single witness — Georgetown law student and “reproductive rights activist” Sandra Fluke — told sympathetic policy-makers that the administration’s so-called contraception mandate should stand … because her peers are going broke buying birth control.
“Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception),” Fluke reported.Craig Bannister at CNSNews.com did the math — and discovered that these co-eds, assuming they’re using the cheapest possible contraception, must be having unprotected sex about three times a day every day to incur that kind of expense. What Fluke is arguing, then, is that her fellow law students have a right to consequence-free sex whenever, wherever. Why, exactly, especially if it costs other people something? When I can’t pay for something, I do without it. Fortunately, in the case of contraception, women can make lifestyle choices that render it unnecessary.
It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint in law school, according to her calculations.
“Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told the hearing.
WOW!Registering Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to Vote in Minnesota
Socialist presidential candidate in France wants a 75% income tax rate on the evil rich.
Here’s an example of the self-proclaimed most transparent administration in history.
Looks like “hope” and “change” are making a comeback.
Do you remember the window factory where workers staged a sit-in three years ago? Looks like that’s another green energy company having to fire workers.
According to the Government Accountability Agency's 2012 annual report, nearly every department of the Executive Branch has room for improvement on government waste.
A tax break for mustache?
How’s this for a government outrage: $750,000 of taxpayer money … for a new soccer field … in Guantanamo Bay.
Exposé of elected leader creating firestorm - WND
Local publisher's plan to delay project circumvented
Word that a devastating exposé on Barack Obama’s Kenyan colleague, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, written by a former top aide might be published before elections this year is rocking the East African nation.
Nairobi’s Daily Nation newspaper published a report over the weekend that berated WND senior writer and author Jerome Corsi, who is working with the book’s author, Odinga critic Miguna Miguna.
Mr. Corsi is the author of the scurrilous right-wing treatise, ‘The Obama Nation’,” the Daily Nation report trumpeted. “He has made a career of feeding American racist and right-wing propaganda about President Barrack Obama and his Kenyan links.”
WND recently reported that Miguna handed over to Corsi an 800-page manuscript of his book. It was scheduled to be published in Kenya this year until Miguna was told by his publisher that it would be delayed until 2013, after Odinga stands for election this year. Corsi said the delay appeared to be “government censorship.”
The links between Obama and Odinga stretch back years. Obama, a fellow Luo tribe member, campaigned for Odinga in 2006 while Obama still was a U.S. senator.
Obama helped Odinga into office in Kenya after the 2007 election, even though Odinga lost, in a power-sharing agreement to stop deadly rioting by Odinga’s followers.
Hundreds of Christians were killed in the attacks on rioting Muslim crowds. Corsi, who was deported from Kenya in 2008 while investigating Obama’s Kenyan roots, said he believes that Odinga worries his chances of being elected president are harmed if the book is published before the vote.