FACT: In the United States, a veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes.
FACT: Today, one in four veterans is unemployed.
FACT: The total number of employable, but unemployed veterans now stands in excess of 700,000.
FACT: On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked the vote on the Veterans Jobs Corps bill that would have infused $1 billion over the next five years to help veterans find jobs in their communities.
FACT: Arkansas Republican Senator John Boozman was one of the leading authors of the Veterans bill.
FACT: Boozman serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
FACT: Yesterday, Boozman voted against allowing that bill to come to a vote on the Senate floor. He did so along with three other Republican senators who authored the bill.
The question is why.
The answer is clear.
It’s called partisan politics and the Romney Effect.
There were no downsides to the Veterans Jobs Corps bill. As a primary author of the legislation, Boozman and others knew that. So why in the world would they vote against a bill that would put veterans, whose 10.2 percent unemployment rate stands well above that of the general civilian population?
It’s like sending our veterans to war all over again.
All potential good aside, Boozman joins dozens of other Republican candidates this week doing everything they can to be anything but Republicans.
The Romney Effect has Republican candidates scrambling to hide from their identity, at least for the next several weeks.
Republican candidates in key swing states such as Wisconsin, Massachussetts, Ohio, Virgina and Nevada now claim no association with Romney after he willingly acknowledged his dismissal of 47 percent of the American population.
“I think there is a broad and growing feeling now that this thing is slipping out of Romney’s hands.” ~ conservative columnist Peggy Noonan
“That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot anybody wants to be in.” ~ Massachussetts Sen. Scott Brown, who now trails his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren.
“I just don’t view the world the way he (Romney) does.” ~ Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.
Who is Sen. John Boozman? All veterans should remember.
He’s the politician who solicited your vote, then turned his back on you.