Sack cartoon: Veterans' ungrateful nation

  • Article by: Steve Sack , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 7:06 PM
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jarlmnApr. 3, 13 7:35 PM

But, but ... I thought Sack *hates* guns ... especially those with "high-capacity clips" like those he's depicted in this cartoon. Sure, sure Steve, make like you respect soldiers, but then blithely seek to deny them their constitutional right to bear arms as civilians. As a Veteran, I'm decidedly not buying your sanctimonious "support out troops" posturing. I suppose it's only OK for our soldiers to die or get wounded to protect ONLY your freedom to be a "freedom of speech" left-wing cartoonist? The *rest* of the Bill Of Rights can go hang, right?

elmore1Apr. 3, 1310:35 PM

Sack, great cartoon! I hope that the Vets send a letter to the President asking him to lead development of a balanced budget to fund important things like this.

wa0tdaApr. 4, 13 5:30 AM

Another excellent cartoon - right on the money, as Congress proves again that getting into wars is easy and paying the price by honoring commitments never is.

kleindropperApr. 4, 13 6:48 AM

The government can't even take care of our veterans and yet they took over the entire hospital system?

trudgeApr. 4, 1311:45 AM

Thank you veterans. You deserve better.

tooty123Apr. 4, 1311:48 AM

We have had over 10 years of fighting in two wars. Because of the lack of a draft, most people's lives have not had any effect on them. It's somebody else! Pay for the soldiers who went to protect our "freedom!" It is unconscionable that we don't fulfill our commitments to soldiers when they come home from protecting our "freedom!"

hobie2Apr. 6, 13 1:07 PM

First, the Department of Defense runs the military, then turns the vets over to Department of Health and Human Services when the DOD is done with them... If the DOD still had them and handled them like they do their other duties, there would be fat private contracts galore taking care of them... Second, the GOP right wants to get rid of the Department of HHS - and since the VA is major part of its on-budget cost, that means the VA with it... Third, Reagan said many times that welfare took 20% of the Federal budget, and he ran on stopping Federal welfare - and many Americans were with him on cutting Federal welfare. But few looked to see that almost all welfare was paid for by state and county funds - and when you looked at the Federal budget at the time, 21% of it went to the VA. There was no other expenditure paid by the Federal government to people that could be called "welfare", other than VA, that was close to 20%. The modern GOP since Reagan has called VA spending "welfare"... Fourth - Last budget, $1 out of every $10 of the US operating budget was spent on the VA - making all Military and Homeland Defense spending 70% (seventy percent) of the US operating budget (Note: "Operating budget" is not the 2007 created "spending budget", a deceptive device which includes all money distributed -"spent"- by the government, including all off-budget money given to the government to distribute. "Operating budget" is all money spent but not paid for by others, so the "operating budget" does not include Social Security funds paid for by wage earners and their employers, nor the HHS housing, development, and student loan funds paid back to the government and re-loaned each biennium.)

hobie2Apr. 6, 13 1:13 PM

The US gives roughly $1 of every $10 collected in non-FICA revenue to the VA. $ 130 billion out of $ 1.5 trillion.

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