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Obama Shamefully Uses Veterans as Pawns on Veteran’s Day

President Obama, as most president’s are expected to do, had a ceremony honoring America’s Military Veteran’s for Veteran’s Day on Monday. (I am not sure why he chose Monday November 7, 2011 as Veteran’s Day is actually on November 11, 2011. Perhaps he was busy that day.)

It is a known fact that many on the left are not exactly fans of America’s Military. But on Veteran’s Day, it is customary to put aside one’s political feelings about war and military and honor those who give so much for their country. And to his credit, Obama did just that.

He said:

I’m also proud to be joined by some of America’s leading veterans service organizations — the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — as well as members of Congress who have historically been extraordinarily supportive of our veterans.  And we’re here today to try to take some steps to better serve today’s veterans in a rough economy.

Over the past decade, nearly 3 million servicemembers have transitioned back to civilian life, joining the millions who have served through the decades.  And as we end the war in Iraq and we wind down the war in Afghanistan, over a million more will join them over the next five years.  Just think about the skills these veterans have acquired, often at a very young age.  Think about the leadership that they’ve learned, the cutting-edge technologies that they’ve mastered, their ability to adapt to changing and unpredictable circumstances you just can’t get from a classroom.  Think about how many have led others to life -and-death missions by the time they’re 25 or 26 years old.

This is exactly the kind of leadership and responsibility that every American business should be competing to attract.  This is the kind of talent we need to compete for the jobs and industries of the future.  These are the kinds of Americans that every company should want to hire.

And the jobless statistics facing our Veterans is appalling. The unemployment rate for Veterans is about 12%, or 3% above the national average. These are skilled men and women who have done more in their short time on this earth and many will in a lifetime. They are independent and well versed in dealing with challenging situations. Any employeer would be fortunate to place a Veteran on their payroll.

It is not often that I find myself in agreement with this president, but I totally agree with his praise and assessment as to the value of Veterans in the workforce.

But in the back of my mind, there was this tiny voice saying “Wait for it. Wait for it!”

And then he had to go and spoil the moment and turn the Veteran’s well deserved moment in the spotlight into a political tool for his reelection. If I were part of the assembled group of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and American Legion members, I would have had a hard time not walking out.

Obama continued:

Nearly two months ago, I sent Congress the American Jobs Act.  It was the only jobs plan independent economists said would boost our economy and put Americans back to work right now, and it was full of the kinds of ideas that have historically been supported by both parties. It was paid for.

Unfortunately, we have not yet seen progress in Congress.  Senate Republicans have so far chosen to block these bills and these proposals.  Since then, they’ve also blocked a jobs bill that would keep teachers in the classroom and first responders on the street, and blocked a jobs bill last week that would have put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work rebuilding America.

And suddenly, the speech turned to Obama and his political games. Yes, there is a spoonful of sugar for a number of special interests mixed in with a whole lot of government spending. And the biggest impact on jobs that this bill addresses are the public sector, union jobs. And like everything that this president pushes for through legislation, the carrots are very small and the sticks are nuclear!

Rather than address the issues that are killing businesses such as over-regulation and uncertainty with ObamaCare and taxes, this president’s plan is to fund union jobs for a year, or just long enough to bring down unemployment until the 2012 election. And, shamefully, he is not above using children, the elderly and now Veterans, to advance his election causes. This is perhaps the only area of this administration that is transparent.

It appears that the Senate is taking a piecemeal approach to the president’s jobs bill and tossing out a lot of the bad, and keeping some of the good aspects.

That is a good thing! Veterans deserve a break. And as the administration has plans to draw down troops before the election, thousands of additional veterans will be in need of jobs when they get back home. Giving potential employers tax breaks while keeping a boot on the neck of private businesses will prove to be a worthless gesture. Businesses are not able to hire workers until the economy begins to recover. Obama is living a pipe dream if he thinks tax breaks alone will entice businesses to hire. Is people are not buying, they simply do not need employees, no matter how much incentive they receive.

And there are strings attached to the incentives. These too will negate the effectiveness of the incentives.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

13 Responses to “Obama Shamefully Uses Veterans as Pawns on Veteran’s Day”

  1. bladeskater00 says:

    This is nothing new for Obama–Obama's whole existence is shameful!

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks for posting this one! Always enjoy visiting your site!!

    Common Cents

  3. dave says:

    Unfortunately he's pretty far from being unique in whoring out vets for political gain. With regards to the date however, you might want to point out that it wasn't the official Veterans Day ceremony.


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