From RCP, some might consider this, irony? The man who himself, failed to keep faith with veterans, repeatedly, is now lecturing the nation on honesty? My take below the fold but I must tell you I have mixed emotions on this. Tell me where I am wrong.
There actually is a double irony here. Brokaw is talking to Blumy about “jobs”. Stop laughing please. The conversation took place on MSNBC on the Morning Joe.
I only have this short clip so I don’t know if Brokaw challenged him. If he didn’t he should have, given Blumy’s history. But … and this is where I will likely get whacked by “youse guys” … Blumenthal is right. Our soldiers, to America’s credit, return as heroes. And as long as they are in uniform, they get thank yous and pats on the back. But don’t we indeed offer our men and women of the armed forces consideration when they return?
That, I believe, must take place in the private sector, but in the public sector as well. We do indeed pay, at least in part, for college either before or after service. But the stories of problems in the VA Health system are legion. Not because of the Docs and Nurses, but because of bureaucracy. Take a moment to listen to the whole thing, and try to stifle the chuckles and concentrate on the message.
Unlike the Senator with me, I have always been honest about him. He was always at homecomings for all of Connecticut’s soldiers and I truly believe he cares. So if we have a veterans advocate in the Senate, shouldn’t that be encouraged?
Just so you know, yes, I did chuckle at the irony.