An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.I support John Hanger for Pennsylvania Governor. http://www.hangerforgovernor.com/
Here is a good 4th of July blog post by John Hanger on our American struggle for good governance and individual civic responsible liberty. "This year’s 4th of July celebration also brings us the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of our awful Civil War. The Union victory over the Confederacy that was sealed with the repulsion of Pickett’s desperate charge on July 3rd, 1863, echoes down through the last century and a half. It affirmed that the United States would indeed be committed to delivering on the promise of liberty for everyone.
The ultimate defeat of the southern rebellion settled some fundamental questions about the endurance of the experiment in self-governance that was and still is the United States of America – will we be bound by the rule of law and the process of politics, or will we settle disputes with violence? Are the blessings of liberty available to all, or only to privileged classes?" http://www.hangerforgovernor.com/thinking_abo...
At the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict. And those costs are rising rapidly.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said such expenses should remind the nation about war’s long-lasting financial toll.
“When we decide to go to war, we have to consciously be also thinking about the cost,” said Murray (D-Wash.), adding that her WWII-veteran father’s disability benefits helped feed their family.
Alan Simpson, a former Republican senator and veteran who co-chaired President Barack Obama’s deficit committee in 2010, said government leaders working to limit the national debt should make sure that survivors of veterans need the money they are receiving.