Benefit Cuts: Arts of Magnification, Minimization, and Intimidation

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:16 pm

Seems like the enemies of Social Security and Medicare will pull out every trick they know to achieve their goal. Today an otherwise astute economist told a reporter that disabled Vets had to take a cut in their benefits just “like everyone else”, in a scold, as if they were asking for special consideration. They said that they had already made sacrifices for their country and gave the answer that it is unfair to change the terms of the contract after you have already finished your side of the deal. She was firm, and insisted that there would be no carve outs for special groups. Did she miss the Gene Sperling memo?

 

GRITtv: Women In The Military Can’t Have PTSD?

By: Monday May 26, 2008 5:07 pm

Women still face a military attitude that up to now has been “Because women aren’t allowed in combat, they can’t have PTSD. It must be depression or women’s issues like PMS.” This Memorial Day it’s worth noting that the US military is a whole lot keener to deploy women than it is to look after them when they’ve done their service. We discuss veterans’ issues in a GRITtv roundtable.

GRITtv: Iraq Vets Against The War

By: Monday May 26, 2008 1:06 pm

As we remember the service members who have given their lives in all American wars, we discuss what supporting the troops really means.

GRITtv: Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths? Here’s Why

By: Wednesday May 21, 2008 5:00 pm

As the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs was holding a hearing on veterans’ healthcare, we sat down with Iraq vet Kris Goldsmith of Long Island who chose to take his own life rather than be “stop-lossed.” Kris puts a face on the latest, horrific, government statistic, namely, that deaths from suicide may exceed combat deaths among soldiers who’ve served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Watch this interview sitting down, then get up and DO SOMETHING.

SUPPORT FIREDOGLAKE
Follow Firedoglake
TODAY’S TOP POSTS
CSM Ads advertisement
Advertisement
Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, August 30, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
Chat with John Dean about his new book.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Imagine: Living In A Socialist USA
Chat with Pau LeBlanc, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith about their new book. Hosted by Deena Stryker

GET UPDATES

Sign up to receive Firedoglake's headlines by email: