Posted: 11/08/07 12:54
by Dave Mindeman
I don't normally listen much to AM 1500 KSTP TalkRadio, but they are the station that carries the Vikings, so last Sunday I had the car radio tuned in. And, when I was running errands this week, 1500 was still on the dial.
Last night, the Dave Thompson show starting talking about general topics and they picked up a news story that indicated that nearly 1 in 4 people in homeless shelters on any given day are veterans. A rather sad commentary on how well our veterans are taking care of by the system. And Dave Thompson indicated his displeasure with this report; however, he also decided to give his opinion on why this might be. He proceeded, without anything to back it up of course, to say that the large numbers of veterans who are homeless got that way because of the "non-support" from "certain" elements of this country. According to Thompson, anti-war sentiment was one of the reasons these men or women were on the street. He even had a World War II vet call in and agree with his hypothesis.
I grumbled in the car a lot but a few minutes later I was home and went about my usual routine. The next morning I was out on a couple of other errands and another KSTP host, Bob Davis, had picked up on the same story about homeless veterans. His first reaction was, "Well, we have to do whatever it takes to fix this." And I thought, finally, a rational thought. But, he couldn't leave it at that...no, sir. He went to on to expound how, although that was his first reaction, furthur thought brought him to the conclusion that it "simply wasn't true". He wasn't buying it....it wasn't possible. He ranted about how "homeless" people would lie about being veterans, that the VA would have records that could be verified, and that this report was simply just another lie to discredit our fighting men and women.
Same topic...two different right wing nutjobs....two different idiotic conclusions. And they completely missed the real point.
Veterans Day is approaching and we have a problem here. Veterans should never be homeless....they should never lack healthcare... they should never have to fight to get back their jobs. We have a government who gives a lot of lip service to supporting our troops, yet in every tangilble way, they fail them. Billions of dollars are spent every month to keep a war going that has no end game we know of. Our troops protect an Iraqi government that has shown little incentive to find any solutions. Why stop the flow of US dollars by standing on their own?
But in the meantime, our soldiers perform their duties in heroic fashion. I don't know of a single anti-war activist who blames the military personnel for any of this. Our beef is with the chief!
And if it would take an income tax surcharge to get these homeless veterans off the streets -- I'd pay it with pleasure. We really have to do whatever it takes to fix this.... we owe it to these brave souls.
Maybe KSTP could lead the way?????