Vote For Change, Vote Coleen Rowley

Local activists blog for congressional candidate Coleen Rowley (D)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Brain Injury Funding Cut

John Kline is quick to point out his military service, and claims to be a friend to veterans. Okay John, tell us what you are going to do about today's news. While recent reports tell us there has been a sharp rise in the number of bombs planted and aimed at our soldiers, and daily attacks have doubled since January, a piece in USA Today informs us that funding for the research and treatment of TBI (traumatic brain injury) caused by these types of explosions has been cut in half.

John wants to stick with the president's plan to "stay the course" (or the new version, "adapt to win"). At what cost, John? The Defense Authorization bill will be outlaying around $400 billion taxpayer dollars. Well, in the grand scheme of things, since you are bound and determined, John, to keep our troops in the middle of a civil war, what's another $7 million to take care of them when they get back, after their brains have literally been slammed around inside their skulls? It's the least you could do.

You all worked real hard to draft an extra special bill for brain-damaged Terri Schiavo. We now know all your hard work was to try to save a brain that was liquefying, but we still have to assume you have a special affection for the little gray cells, eh? I know Terri was just one person, and the guys at IAVA (the real Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) reports that at least 100,000 troops have been affected by TBI, so it is expensive. But, after all these years of borrowing and spending, and more borrowing and spending, well, it's just funny what this Republican ruled Congress decides to get stingy on. I know the pork and earmarks are more important than our soldiers, but it is an election year... c'mon.

Was stem cell research part of the Brain Injury Center's budget, and that's why you won't fully fund it? No matter, other countries will pass us by, so we will be able to have state-of-the-art, life-saving treatment like this at Wal-Mart rates in India or China… well, if you can afford to fly there, but that's pretty tough on minimum wage.

Senate Appropriations Committee spokeswoman, Jenny Manley says, "Honestly, they would have loved to have funded it, but there were just so many priorities." Well, golly gee and jeepers. Almost $9 trillion in debt, and another $7 million will just break the bank.

Never fear, there is a group out there doing what the federal government will not. The great volunteers at Operation Helmet will send our troops upgrade kits for their helmets. These upgrade kits provide our soldiers with the extra protection, comfort, and stability they deserve.

Oh, and John, if you're such a pal to vets, why does the
Disabled American Veterans rate you so poorly? I did, however, notice an increase for '06… wow, it's amazing what an election year will do.
John Kline 2006 rating: 66%
John Kline 2005 rating: 0%
John Kline 2004 rating: 0%
John Kline 2003 rating: 50%