I was really angry when both of Tennessee’s Senators refused to vote for the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012. I thought it was yet another classic case where our Republican representatives showed themselves to be blinded by ideology. It was more important that they give Democrats a fail right before the election then helping people who have served our country. Despite mouthing all of their BS about supporting the troops, it was party before people, once again. So as I often do when I’m pissed off, I sent both senators an e-mail.
Sen. Corker’s response is below and it’s just too good not to share:
Like you, I understand how difficult it can be for our service members to find employment following their service to our country. While there have been several bills introduced in Congress with the goal of increasing employment of veterans, I believe that the best way to help them is to get our economy back on track. I could not support S. 3457, the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, because it duplicated existing programs, would have led to increased deficit spending, and failed to address the fundamental problems and offer solutions that will grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans. Furthermore, this bill violated the Constitution because any bill that includes a revenue provision must originate in the House of Representatives and as a result, this bill could never have become law.
We need to embrace tax reform that eliminates loopholes, permanently lowers individual and corporate rates, and broadens the base. We need to address reforms to Medicare and Social Security that are meaningful and ensure solvency. We also need to grow all forms of domestic energy production, and peel back unnecessary federal regulations that are hurting job creation.
I want to close by recognizing the tremendous service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. They are patriots, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude for their work to protect and provide security for our country. I believe that our service members, retirees and veterans should receive every benefit that America has promised them, and that we should ensure that their legacy is honored and protected.
Oh, so in other words, tax cuts and deregulation. Same as it ever was.
Y’all have any new ideas over there, maybe? Anything? No? Didn’t think so. But nice little bit of pandering at the end there. Hey, veterans, welcome home from Afghanistan. Now, you have our utmost respect and gratitude but as for those jobs, well, you’ll just have to wait for the magic fairy dust of tax cuts and deregulation to work their miracle. I know, we’ve been saying this for 30 years but … it’s coming! We promise!
What a fucking idiot. And this is the “moderate Republican” that we’re supposed to be so fired up about? Please.
The only thing that makes me angrier is knowing there is nobody on the Democratic side to vote for. Mark Clayton is a Tea Party stooge, and our state Dems were too lame to keep our nomination from being hijacked or to deal with it once it happened.
I just can’t believe it.