Sunday, September 30, 2012

Webb on Romney

Virginia Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat not running for re-election, has made it clear that he has some reservations about some of President Obama's policies and legislative plans.  Last week, though, Webb had some harsh words for Mitt Romney's comments on 47% of the population being dependent on the government.  Webb is a veteran and outspoken on veterans benefits.  You can read the full story on Politico, "Webb drops the hammer on Romney," by Charles Mahtesian, 9/27/2012.  Here is an excerpt:

Those young Marines that I led have grown older now. They’ve lived lives of courage, both in combat and after their return, where many of them were derided by their own peers for having served. That was a long time ago. They are not bitter. They know what they did. But in receiving veterans’ benefits, they are not takers. They were givers, in the ultimate sense of that word. There is a saying among war veterans:  “All gave some, some gave all.”  This is not a culture of dependency. It is a part of a long tradition that gave this country its freedom and independence. They paid, some with their lives, some through wounds and disabilities, some through their emotional scars, some through the lost opportunities and delayed entry into civilian careers which had already begun for many of their peers who did not serve. 

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