Wednesday, March 01, 2006

You Break 'Em, You Fix 'Em -- Unless You're a Bushist Fascist Pseudo-Conservative

OK, it's the middle of the work week, I don't have time to do justice to the whole subject now, but I wanted highlight a particularly repulsive op-ed in the New York Times today by a little lady with a big fat axe to grind.

Oh, I forgot, you can't get there from here--here's the little intro to silly Sally Satel's piece: it's really so stupid it's not even worth reading--but it's certainly worth ridiculing.

Silly Sally's silly take: "For Some, the War Won't End: More rigor in diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder will conserve resources for veterans who are truly deserving."

"Truly deserving"? What, like Bubble Boy?

Dickensian deserving? As in, "Please sir, can I have some more"?

"Rigor"? As in--anyone who admits to PTSD symptoms must be a pussy?

Oh, goodie. Silly Sally's got her spin on all those troops who suffer yet are undeserving.

Yes, we have the deserving poor and the undeserving poor, the deserving wounded, and the undeserving wounded--because, why would we want to pay for the damage we've caused?

I've written several times previously on the Bushist administration's penchant for exposing troops to conditions that engender PTSD, and then trying to change the rules so as not to have to actually pay for the treatment of PTSD that their splendid little war caused: see here "First We Maim Your Minds, Then We Dump You: It's Hard Work," with links to prior posts.

Their first attack on Veterans' benefits didn't succeed.

But--they're at it again.



sybil said...

my brain is paralyzed in the gap between "unfuckingbelievable" and, to quote and old jew, "New??"

We've still got VietNam and GulfWar vets who's condition isn't aknowledged. Well, I guess that's why they're ready to set policy now, because they've got so much experience of how f' damaging war is to soldiers and other living things, and need to lock that door NOW.

too many mixed metaphors, brain melt-down at the callous duplicity. Lest we hadn't gotten it clear, wethepeople exist to be harvested by The Patriarchy. We're simply products helping to shape the GDP, through the babies we make and the lives that are sacrificed. Starts to make ancient sacrifice rituals look modest, quaintly personal, in comparison. Seethe, seethe, against the driving of the Right.

Neil Shakespeare said...

Yes, I'm surprised those non-rigorous undeserving wounded even managed to survive. The plan was that they would die, which reduces VA costs enormously!

Lizzy said...

And did you hear that the government is not even helping to fund the new hospital in San Antonio. All private donations, for the wounded who need special surgery and on going treatment.

Pigs is right.

I am out west right now so when I get home I will find the link.

No Blood for Hubris said...


unfinished journey said...

Am old enough to have watched the Vietnam build up, and lost 3 family members to that *%**% war. It seems that we learn all the wrong things from wars - how to dehumanize the enemy even further, keep the media from reporting the facts, and instill fear into the population so that the wars can continue.

Oh, and how to make billions in corporate profit. Can never forget that! General/President Eisenhower was right when he warned of building a large mitilarized government.

There is only one way to stop wars - carefully read the income tax code, crack that code, and then pay your real taxes. The law is not always what everyone wants you to believe. Taxes are real and legal, so don't fall for the numerous scams that the IRS lists on it's site. Knowledge is Power.