Republicans “support our troops” only when it’s politically convenient (corrected)

The NY Times reports that Senate Republicans blocked a Veterans Job Corps bill yesterday:

“Veterans won’t be getting a new, billion-dollar jobs program, not from this Senate. Republicans on Wednesday afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Jeff Sessions of Alabama raised a point of order — he said the bill violated a cap on spending agreed to by Congress last year. The bill’s sponsor, Patty Murray of Washington, said that shouldn’t matter, since the bill’s cost was fully offset by new revenues.

“[...] It would be easier to admire the Republicans’ late-breaking fiscal scrupulosity if their motives — denying the Obama administration any kind of victory this year, whatever the cost to jobless vets — weren’t so transparent. It’s probably useful to remind Republicans like John McCain (a “nay” on the jobs bill) that wounded, jobless and homeless veterans aren’t a fact of nature. They’re a product of the wars that Congress members voted for, the war debt they piled on, and the economy they helped ruin.”

Here is the Roll Call link:

  • Of the 58 Yeas, only 2 5 were Republican
  • Of the 40 Nays, all were Republican

***Correction*** there were five Republicans who voted for this bill: Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Olympia Snowe (Maine). – via Mother Jones ***

The greatest myth that was ever created by the media is that John McCain, “maverick” and former POW, supports our enlisted men and women.

And then this happened:

Senate Republican leaders fled their weekly press conference after delivering prepared remarks Wednesday without taking a single question from reporters eagerly seeking their thoughts on their presidential nominee’s newly unearthed remarks dismissing nearly half of American voters.

— Republican Leaders Flee Questions About Romney’s 47 Percent Comments | TPMDC

If you vote Republican, please refrain from thinking you’re patriotic or that you support our troops — that would be a lie. And if you’re in the military, or have a friend or family member in the military, take a good hard look at which party was trying to pass this bill.

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