I had the amusement and bemusement of being on a Romney campaign phone “town hall” the evening of July 3rd, around 7 PM about veterans’ affairs. I guess since my husband is a veteran, we were on the robocall list. Knowing how badly another call went for the Romney campaign, I couldn’t resist participating. Two former Secretaries of the VA were, Nicholson and Principi (both serving under President George W. Bush. The others were Mansfield (acting) and Lt.General Peake) were on the call and some campaign functionary named Josh. I was unsurprised how they tried to blame Obama for the problems *they* created, with un-needed wars that had no planning for dealing with such numbers of wounded (hmmm, there was no planning of any sort so why be surprised about this particular lack, eh?) and with their eternal attempts to balance the budget on the backs of everyone but the rich. The current backlog of cases didn’t just magically appear nor did the lack of services suddenly arise. It’s a shame when supposedly honorable people have to lie and do it so badly. It does show a lack of respect and an assumption of stupidity or ignorance.
It was also pretty funny to hear one of them (can’t remember which one) declare that the election will be a “knife fight” with those people from Chicago. I did enter the queue to ask a question, unfortunately it was rather obvious that they were intensely screening the caller’s questions. I would have asked: Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Veterans, Romney and a little background”