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As far as this Administration is concerned, die on the battlefield or come home healthy. One in three returning vets from Iraq has asked for mental health counseling. Thousands are wounded and mained for life. And what does the Bush Adminstration do? Why their budget projections show a cut in veterans health benefits. Of course, they know the figures they're using are bogus. Link below; my emphasis.

"“At least tens of thousands of veterans with non-critical medical issues could suffer delayed or even denied care in coming years to enable President Bush to meet his promise of cutting the deficit in half — if the White House is serious about its proposed budget.
After an increase for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing by leaps and bounds, White House budget documents assume a cutback in 2008 and further cuts thereafter.
In fact, the proposed cuts are so draconian that it seems to some that the White House is simply making them up to make its long-term deficit figures look better. More realistic numbers, however, would raise doubts as to whether Bush can keep his promise to wrestle the deficit under control by the time he leaves office.
''Either the administration is proposing gutting VA health care over the next five years or it is not serious about its own budget,'' said Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas, top Democrat on the panel overseeing the VA's budget. ''If the proposals aren't serious, then that would undermine the administration's argument that they intend to reduce the deficit in half over the next several years.''
In fact, the White House doesn't seem serious about the numbers. It says the long-term budget numbers don't represent actual administration policies. Similar cuts assumed in earlier budgets have been reversed.
''Instead, the president's subsequent budgets have increased funding for all of these programs,'' said White House budget office spokesman Scott Milburn. ''The country can meet the goal of cutting the deficit in half and still invest in key programs for vulnerable Americans, and claims to the contrary aren't supported by the facts of recent budget history.''


Again they tell Americans, don't pay any attention to what we say. We'll put these figures out and tell you we're reducing the deficit. But you all know what liars we are.

Complete story at the link:
http://www.thetranscript.com/headlines/ci_3555270
 

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