Normally, I'm a big fan of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. However, after reading this post at This Ain't Hell and a similar one at Washington Monthly, I have to raise my voice in opposition to this plan of her's to cut $4.5 billion from the Veteran's Administration by capping increased in health-care spending.
As far as I'm concerned, benefits for veterans should be off-limits to politicians for federal budget cuts. This is non-negotiable. These people have volunteered to serve this nation, many times asked to be away from their families, and have put their lives on the line for the defense of this nation. Our government made a promise to them for their service and that is one promise that should never be broken.
Hell, if we're going to cut benefits, let's cut those of politicians, who have gold-plated health and retirement benefits. I don't think the founders intended these temporary public servants to go to Washington and enrich themselves off the public teet, especially on the backs of our veterans.
Here's Bachmann's office phone. (202.225.2331) Give her a call and tell her "no" to cutting veteran's benefits.
Oh, and we shouldn't be cutting aid to our allies like Israel either, Sen. Rand Paul.