Taylor picks wrong opponent! From Asheville Citizen Times

I thought you all might want to see this!

Taylor picked the right fight — with the wrong opponent
published April 30, 2006 12:15 am

One point Rep. Charles Taylor has made for his opposition to a White House request for $5 million for the nearly 1,700-acres site in remote western Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed into the ground deserves to be noted.

Taylor, as chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Interior Department, has blocked millions in funding for the proposed memorial for the last two years and has expressed opposition to funding it when it comes up again before his committee May 3.

Our Great GOP Goverment at Work! THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!

This is a report summary from the GAO. This kind of treatment is nothing but absurd. Have Bush & Taylor got a secret money makeing operation we dont know about?

Military Pay: Hundreds of Battle-Injured GWOT Soldiers Have Struggled to Resolve Military Debts, GAO-06-494, April 27, 2006 Highlights-PDFPDF As part of the Committee on Government Reform's continuing focus on pay and financial issues affecting Army soldiers deployed in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), the requesters were concerned that battle-injured soldiers were not only battling the broken military pay system, but faced blemishes on their credit reports and pursuit by collection agencies from referrals of their Army debts. GAO was asked to determine (1) the extent of debt of separated battle-injured soldiers and deceased Army soldiers who served in the GWOT, (2) the impact of DOD debt collection action on separated battle-injured and deceased soldiers and their families, and (3) ways that Congress could make the process for collecting these debts more soldier friendly. Pay problems rooted in the complex, cumbersome processes used to pay Army soldiers from their initial mobilization through active duty deployment to demobilization have generated military debts. As of September 30, 2005, nearly 1,300 separated Army GWOT soldiers who were injured or killed during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan had incurred over $1.5 million in military debt, including almost 900 battle-injured soldiers with debts of $1.2 million and about 400 soldiers who died in combat with debts of $300,000. As a policy, DOD does not pursue collection of debts of soldiers who were killed in combat. However, hundreds of battle-injured soldiers experienced collection action on their debts. The extent of these debts may be greater due to incomplete reporting. GAO's case studies of 19 battle-injured soldiers showed that collection action on military debts resulted in significant hardships to these soldiers and their families. For example, 16 of the 19 soldiers were unable to pay their basic household expenses; 4 soldiers were unable to obtain loans to purchase a car or house or meet other needs; and 8 soldiers' debts were offset against their income tax refunds. In addition, 16 of the 19 case study soldiers had their debts reported to credit bureaus and 9 soldiers were contacted by private collection agencies. Due to concerns about soldier indebtedness resulting from pay-related problems during deployments, Congress recently gave the Service Secretaries authority to cancel some GWOT soldier debts. Because of restrictions in the law, debts of injured soldiers who separated at different times can be treated differently. For example, soldiers who separated more than 1 year ago are not eligible for debt relief and soldiers who paid their debts are not eligible for refunds. Further, because this authority expires in December 2007, injured soldiers and their families could face bad credit reports, visits from collection agents, and tax refund offsets in the future.

 

I wonder what Charles Taylor's reply would be!

This is from House Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Lane Evans-D.

VA Data Show Twice as Many Veterans Waiting for Health Care Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data show that the number of new veterans enrolled in the department’s health care system and waiting for their first clinic appointment to be scheduled has doubled in the year. As of April 2005, 15,211 veterans were waiting. This month, the number has ballooned to 30,475. Over the course of two years, the number of new enrollees waiting has increased by over 400 percent. “These numbers are simply unacceptable,” stated Representative Mike Michaud (D-ME), the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Excuse me Mr. Chernoff, But I thought we had something called Homeland Security!

I mean ,after all, we have been told they have Back up system after back up system, security cameras and more federial police!

Story here... http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2006/04/28/data_storage_firm_apologizes_for_loss_of_ra... Story below: --------------- Data storage firm apologizes for loss of railroad data tapes Information on as many as 17,000 workers at risk By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff | April 28, 2006 Iron Mountain Inc., a Boston data-storage firm, apologized yesterday for losing personal data, including Social Security numbers, for thousands of Long Island Rail Road employees.

This was e-mailed to me.I only post it as general info.

By Charlie Daniels wwwcharliedaniels.com Mexican Standoff I don't know how everybody else feels about it, but to me I think Hispanic people in this country, legally or illegally, made a huge public relations mistake with their recent demonstrations. I don't blame anybody in the world for wanting to come to the United States of America, as it is a truly wonderful place. But when the first thing you do when you set foot on American soil illegally...that is flat out wrong and I don't care how many lala land left heads come out of the woodwork and start trying to give me sensitivity lessons.

Veterans & Others! I want you to remember this on Tuesday!

Most of you know I don’t much believe in the protest movement, especially while you have Troops in the field. But, There is one protest I am very active in. The one that involves how the Great Republican establishment and Department of Veteran Affairs have treated the best America had to offer. I am writing this because I want YOU, my fellow voters, mad and angry when you go to the polls on Tuesday. I want this burned into your mind, And I want you to let others know about it! This is my friend JR’s Story. It is a true story, a factual story which I asked permission to write although I am withholding by request my friends name.

Useless little piggies

I couldn't figure out how to add all this in a comment, so I apologize for having to make this another post. This is in response to Screwy's question about Chuck Taylor's effectiveness in earmarking House appropriations funds.

If you start diving into the House appropriations committee earmark miasma, it's going to make you sick and disgusted. Truly. And you're also going to find that the @$$holes cover their tracks prettty darn well. Though I haven't found a good central database of all earmarks by Congressman, I did find one site that looks promising. It shows that in 2004, North Carolina ranked DEAD LAST among all states in earmarked appropriations. In 2005, NC had moved up to 47th.

I personally think the whole earmark business sucks and that our so-called conservative House members are hypocrites of the highest order for slopping at the public trough and then trying to brag about it. That said, for anyone to claim Chuckie Taylor is especially effective at anything besides embarrassing North Carolina seems to be little more than wishful thinking. It looks like our entire Congressional delegation pretty much sucks at bringing home the bacon.

Take a look at the attachment for a first hand look at the trough.

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