John Boehner commemorated Veterans Day with a speech. “Saying ‘thank you’ is important,” the Speaker said, “but there’s always more that we the people can do for those whose sacrifices preserved the heritage of freedom.” He spoke these words six short weeks after Republicans on the Hill blocked a proposed Veterans Jobs Corps.
But then, they’ve blocked every jobs plan proposed in the last two years. And every time they do, veterans are among the millions who who pay the price. Yet Boehner spoke solemnly today, and with a straight face, about repaying them for their service. “We can work to make sure they can find work,” Boehner said.
The Speaker also promised to “look out for the families of the fallen” and “be every bit the patriots our founders were,” even as he reiterated his demands for cuts to Social Security and Medicare and re-asserted his opposition to tax increases for the wealthiest Americans.