Wally filling in for Rebecca tonight. That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The So-Called Presidential Debate" from this morning. I don't know how he does it. There are times when Cedric and I really can't be funny -- especially when we're outraged. But Isaiah does it. I love his comics.
Today we attended a House Veterans Affairs Committee and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing. That's Kat, Ava, C.I. and me. And guess what? That's four.
Four was also the number of Committee members that bothered to attend. Two Committees and only four showed up. (Senators John Boozman and Mark Begich, US House Rep Mike Michaud and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller.) (Richard Lugar was there briefly to introduce the American Legion. Senator Lugar doesn't serve on the Veterans Affairs Committee. He is Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.)
Rather telling and, honestly, insulting to the American Legion.
Among the points made in the hearing?
Chair Jeff Miller noted that there were serious leadership issues at the VA. He did not name Eric Shinseki but that's where it goes, he's the top dog there. And the VA is really a mess.
On the positive, Miller highlighted something that was helping veterans. The American Legion (which gave testimony at the hearing) had partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to find big businesses and small businesses looking for workers.
Go to this American Legion webpage to find out about job fairs including if there's one in your area.
They are still doing the job fairs, obviously, there's huge unemployment among today's young veterans. Miller noted that they had not yet had one in his home town but that he had just attended one with US House Rep Allen West and been really impressed.
An issue that some may see as minor was brought up by US House Rep Michael Michaud. I don't see it as minor.
He reminded everyone of how there was uproar in the summer over the fact that the American athletes at the Olympics were wearing outfits that Americans didn't make.
Did you know our army wears uniforms that are not 100% American made?
I did not know that. That was one of many issues he raised. And I agree with him.
Think about the hundreds of thousands of uniforms the military buys each year. That money should be going to support American businesses.
I don't think it's a minor point at all.
Now here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"