Thursday, February 09, 2006

REAL Support for the Troops...

The next time some foaming-at-the-mouth right winger starts babbling about "liberals hurting our troops", remind them that about these nifty little facts:

Soldiers die as vital equipment money is taken by Halliburton

Halliburton charges millions to move empty trucks

--and steals food money from soldiers


Base pay for a private: $15,480 after one year
Base pay for a corporal: $19,980 after three years
Base pay for commissioned officers: $26,200
Base pay for a movie usher: $14,144,


Base pay for private security personnel in Iraq: $130,000 to $390,000


Base pay for Cheney from Halliburton: $150,000 (deferred compensation) + tax deferments from 433,333 Halliburton stock options (worth over $25 million at the time of this writing)

Base pay for Cheney from taxpayers: $208,100 + $10,000 for expenses


Base pay for Halliburton corporation from YOU:$4,000


$1.3 billion/month -- 1/3 of Iraq costs -- pays contractors

To offset his trillion-dollar tax cuts for the richest .01 percent in the country, Bush cut veterans' medical care by $844 million in 2003, and has implemented policies to continue slashing it by an eye-popping $9.7 billion over the next 10 years. Oh, and, he still hasn't shown up for a single soldier's funeral.

Now, HERE's some real LIBERAL-style support for our troops:

Newspaper Story on Soldier Forced to Pay for Body Armor Sparks Fundraising
(Editor & Publisher Staff)

It may have been a case of financial insult added to injury. Now an article in the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette has sparked a fundraising appeal on a popular political blog.

The newspaper reported today that a local man, 1st Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, had recently paid a bill for $700 for lost body armor he used in Iraq -- which was purportedly pulled off his body after he suffered severe wounds in a roadside bombing one year ago. The last time he saw the body armor "he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered," the article explained.

Rebrook, 25, left the Army for good because of his injuries. Apparently there was no record that the body armor had been stripped from him in battle, he said. He "scrounged up the cash from his Army buddies and returned home to Charleston last Friday," the Gazette related.

His mother, Beckie Drumheler, "said she was saddened -- and angry -- when she learned that the Army discharged her son with a $700 bill. Soldiers who serve their country, those who put their lives on the line, deserve better, she said. 'It's outrageous, ridiculous and unconscionable,' Drumheler said. 'I wanted to stand on a street corner and yell through a megaphone about this.'"

Rebrook, who graduated with honors from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., spent more than four years on active duty. He served six months in Iraq, according to the newspaper. The story, by reporter Eric Eyre, does not include confirmation or comment from the military.

When John Aravosis, creator of the Americablog site, read this story, he immediately put up an appeal for funds at his site, at: http://americablog.blogspot.com/

"We liberal folk may disagree with the Bush administration over the reasons for going to war and over how they're fighting this war," he declared, "but one thing you'd expect no disagreement over would be the treatment of our soldiers. They fight for their country and they deserve some respect in return. And that means not charging them for their body armor because someone blew them up on the battlefield."

Aravosis later reported receiving $4400 in donations from 187 people in the first two hours.

Clap, clap. Bravo, Mr. Aravosis. And you've also always done a helluva job with your website too.

Quote of the Day:"...the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
- Mark Twain

5 comments:

Pieter said...

While I agree servicemen (myself included) should receive a fairly drastic pay increase, I think it's deceptive to only consider a GI's base pay. You're leaving out the fact that ALL food and housing are paid for, you receive a hefty reimbursement if you choose to live off base, medical and dental benefits are paid for, personal travel is often free or reduced cost (especially if you're in my branch, the AF), having little or no need for a car (especially as low-level enlisted) you don't have to pay for gas, insurance, or car payments, many places offer military discounts, etc, etc.

Billy D said...
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ggreen29 said...

You guys are so funny. Halliburton ARE supporting the troops.

And why is Halliburton there? Because of dear VP Gore's RIGO (Reinventing Government for those of you that are young, dumb, and full of...), that moved some of the logistical parts of the military to the Reserves and contracted the rest to private companies.

According to http://www.townhall.com/columnists/richlowry/rl20030918.shtml
"Al Gore's reinventing-government panel even singled out Halliburton for praise for its military logistics work."

So next time you see a Halliburton employee, say with full sincerity, "Thanks for supporting the troops."

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New American Patriot said...

pieter:

Point taken. Thanks for that; I wasn't aware of it.