By Mencken’s Ghost
Dec. 5, 2011
Dec. 5, 2011, will live in baloney. Today,
Wurstmacher Donald Trump was a guest on Wurstmacher Sean Hannity’s radio show.
sausage makers began by taking their populist pap about trade with China and
putting it through a meat grinder. By the time they were done, the end product
had no resemblance to the truth. No doubt, though, it tasted good to their
diehard fans in the jingoistic wing of the Republican Party, just as President
Obama’s economics baloney tastes good to his loyal supporters in the Marxist
wing of the Democrat Party.
went from bad to wurst, er,
worse. The two began talking about
Veterans’ benefits. Trump made the
claim that families of severely wounded soldiers “don’t get anything.” Hannity
agreed. Trump then said it twice
more, and Hannity agreed twice more.
Trump went on
to say that the United States
should have taken Iraqi oil and used the proceeds to give a million dollars
apiece to the families of American soldiers who were killed or severely wounded
He didn’t say anything about innocent Iraqis who were wounded or killed in the
crossfire of a war that many Iraqis didn’t want. Nor did he mention the tens
of thousands of Christians who have left the country due to persecution by
comments were in keeping with the lyrics in Hannity’s new theme song: “We’ll
put a boot in your ass / It’s the American way.”
artillery officer would like to put the barrel of a 105mm howitzer in the ass
of Hannity, who never served in the military. On second thought, make that a
155mm howitzer. One high explosive shell and five bags of powder should be
sufficient to dislodge Hannity’s head from his red-white-and-blue ass.
At least Trump
graduated with distinction from a military school, although he somehow avoided
the draft and never served on active duty. Maybe he was too busy inheriting
his daddy’s real estate business.
With a combination of eight years active and reserve duty, plus another four years of ROTC training, I’m not exactly ignorant about the military or veterans’ benefits, especially with my Dad being buried in a Veterans cemetery. Granted, my service was a long time ago, during the era when the USA sent men to die over fictitious dominoes instead of fictitious WMD. Not only did the dominoes not fall, but Vietnam has shifted in the direction of a market economy. And the WMD are now being developed by Iran in the power vacuum created by the USA’s overthrow of the Sunni regime in Iraq.
But in the event that veterans’ benefits
have changed since my time in the service, I decided to do some research to
verify that the jingoistic duo of Trump
and Hannity had indeed spouted baloney.
Indeed they had.
Disabled veterans can receive over $3,100
per month in tax-exempt disability payments. The
payments increase if they have a spouse, children, or dependent parents. And
they increase even more for serious (and tragic) disabilities, such as an
Survivor’s benefits are given to the
dependents of military personnel killed while on active duty. The benefits include a tax-exempt payment of
$100,000, monthly compensation for a spouse and dependent children, education
benefits for dependent children, a temporary housing allowance, legal
assistance, tax forgiveness for the families of those who died in a combat
zone, and homeowner’s assistance.
Whether or not these benefits are enough, they sure aren’t nothing. And they are sure a lot better than what an immigrant family from India gets if the father of the family is shot in the face in his convenience store by a robber at 1:00 AM, after he had been at work for 15 hours. Other than a passing mention in the news, there is no media concern about the family getting nothing, certainly not from jingoistic wurstmachers like Trump and Hannity.
_______________Mencken’s Ghost is the nom de plume of an Arizona writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.