Sunday, October 06, 2013

Shutdown: The 'phony!!! patriotism?' Surrounding Public Visits to War Memorials

You do realize it's the Law, some 143yrs. old, that prevents visitors!!

Stop the phony so called patriotism, especially any brother and sister veterans caught up in, flag waving or flags in breast pockets or pinned above breasts, and caring about the Veterans that have served the Country, especially in the wars unpaid for and not fully funding your responsibility, for decades and especially this past one plus now, the Veterans Administration. Especially during these wars and long after, as you also ignore the issues of those who serve! A refresher on the ignoring, PTS for decades, Agent Orange for decades, Gulf War Syndrome for decades, Burn Pits of the present wars, to name but only a few that now finally are trying to be addressed by the present Executive branch and all it's Cabinet, don't believe me visit the Agencies Sites.

Not to mention those that clean up after visitors and keeping the Memorials looking spotless at all times, are furloughed under a lock down by the House of Representatives refusing to vote on the Budget bill before it! Law Enforcement who protect and guard against vandalism are depleted or working for free!!

This is Not an issue! As to our wars and veterans of the Issue is the country has yet to pay for these recent wars of choice, after cheering the abandoning of the missions why we sent our military into that region, and once again refuses to Sacrifice as to the results of those wars, a decade plus added to the decades and wars of previously and it's responsibility the Veterans Administration which a certain political party still seeks to privatize for corporate profit!!

143-year-old law has Washington treading gingerly during shutdown
Oct. 2, 2013 - Administration officials now live in fear of a 19th-century law that could get them fired, penalized or even imprisoned if they make the wrong choices while the government is shut down.


In shutting down the government, most memos cite the law as the reason. The Government Accountability Office says employees who violate the Antideficiency Act may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension and even "fines, imprisonment, or both." read more>>>

All Executive branches have to follow the Laws, like everyone else, and in this case that which they are charged by what that branch does. The Executive Branch has the Government agencies under it's charge in the Cabinet of, the Congress is supposed to fully fund the needs of, the House budget bill is seeking a $6.2billion cut in the already grossly under funded with two more wars VA budget, as well as oversee that funding in each agency.

Antideficiency Act Background
The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal employees from making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or fund in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or fund unless authorized by law. 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a)(1)(A). involving the government in any obligation to pay money before funds have been appropriated for that purpose, unless otherwise allowed by law. 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a)(1)(B). accepting voluntary services for the United States, or employing personal services not authorized by law, except in cases of emergency involving the safety of human life or the protection of property. 31 U.S.C. § 1342. making obligations or expenditures in excess of an apportionment or reapportionment, or in excess of the amount permitted by agency regulations. 31 U.S.C. § 1517(a).

Federal employees who violate the Antideficiency Act are subject to two types of sanctions: administrative and penal. Employees may be subject to appropriate administrative discipline including, when circumstances warrant, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office. In addition, employees may also be subject to fines, imprisonment, or both.

Reporting Requirements

Democracy: The budget bill has already come to consensus by the Executive branch and Senate along with the Majority of the Country, the House refuses to vote on that consensus reached and is seeking a $6.2billion cut in the VA budget!! As to the ACA the Congress and Executive Branch not only came to the consensus, along with a majority of the country, funding and all, but in fighting back that great majority the Supreme court also ruled it's Constitutional, thus it's now the law of the land, Exclamation Point!!

Veterans Administration Regional Offices facing shutdown starting this week as monies budgeted run out.

Speaker Boehner 4 Oct. 2013: "I think the American people expect if we’re going to raise the amount of money we can borrow, we ought to do something about our spending problem."

Really?? Where was that when you were rubber stamping spending bush wants Before 9/11 and then after with the two wars and no bid contracts on the credit card and off the books, still not paid for, and this 'tea party' members, and not yet within the republican party, now were all for that and calling the rest 'unpatriotic', 'enemy sympathizers' and oh so much more!!

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) spoke out against $6.2 billion in cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs budget . Cuts would include programs like medical and prosthetic research for wounded Veterans, national Veterans cemeteries, the Veterans appeals board and resources to reduce the claims backlog.

$6.2 billion in cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs budget in the Tepublican Budget the House won't even bring up for a vote, while neither of these recent wars has been paid for yet!

America's Free War's and No Sacrifice, of the present generations by those served and passing costs onto the next while ignoring or giving lip service on the issues of the veterans' from, DeJa-Vu all over again, and again, and.....!!

"If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

This is a republican budget bill, not what the Executive Branch wants nor the Democrats in the House and Senate, but they passed it in the Senate and the President says he'll sign it and yet the Speaker refuses to bring it to a vote, their bill, in the House!!

As they stick flags in their breast pockets or pin to upper breasts and do photo ops with WWII veterans like they really really care and are oh so patriotic!!

Rachel Maddow: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before 9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway. How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free? Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013

Veterans Say House GOP's Piecemeal Approach Is Not Enough

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