Monday, August 11, 2008

Vets not being allowed to register to vote?

Crazy, you say? Not in Bush's America.

Please read this NY Times piece.


On May 5, the department led by James B. Peake issued a directive that bans nonpartisan voter registration drives at federally financed nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and shelters for homeless veterans.

The department offers two reasons to justify its decision. First, it claims that voter registration drives are disruptive to the care of its patients.

Bills that would require the department to repeal the ban have been filed in both houses of Congress. They need to be signed into law no later than Oct. 1, so that veterans in V.A. care don’t miss their states’ deadlines to register to vote in the fall elections.

But federal legislation shouldn’t be needed for the Department of Veterans Affairs to lift the ban on voter registration drives by state and local election officials and nonpartisan groups.

I'll say.

Not that I am one to go with conspiracies and the like, but could it be that the vets all over the country have seen enough of Bush and would probably register to vote and then vote to NOT carry that on this century with JJ McSame?
Nah, that couldn't be it. Right? Or Reich?


Tom Harper said...

"Disruptive to the care of veterans." Riiight.

If it was a drive for a righwing cause or candidate, they'd probably yank those vets off their catheters and drag them over to the registration table and make them sign.

Mike V. said...

like I have said before; there was a time when I would have read a story like this and would have considered it immediately impossible to believe.
not anymore..

SheaNC said...

I read that soldiers are contributing to Obama over McCain by a ratio of 6:1. They want outta there, I'll bet.

Ricardo said...

none of it makes any sense but when has this administration ever operated logically. This disgusts me.

LA said...

A friend of mine recently retired from one of the VA hospitals. She was disgusted by how much the current administration chipped away at medical benefits for vets. It's unconscionable.