Michele Bachmann retreats from cutting war veterans' benefits

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Bachmann took a beating from veterans' groups.
Maybe it was while she was jetting between Oahu and Maui for "district work" that Michele Bachmann realized cutting war veterans' benefits was a tone-deaf response to the nation's budget deficit. But she got the message, and today she announced she wouldn't put a $4.5 billion squeeze on "our nation's war heroes."

That's not what she said the other day in Honolulu--home of the Pear Harbor memorial.

The Civil Beat was there to hear Bachmann defend herself by saying there were no sacred cows when it came to getting the country out of the red, and that "we need to be willing to start the conversation."

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Bachmann: Losing hearts and minds in the military. Click to enlarge.
Veterans groups have bombarded her office with complaints since she first floated the idea, and their leaders denounced her loudly in the press.

"No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress," said Richard L. Eubank, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"It is unconscionable that while our nation is at war someone would even think of forcing our wounded warriors to sacrifice even more than they already have," said David W. Gorman, executive director of the Disabled American Veterans.

She's also taken a shellacking on the DAV Facebook page.

Today, she backed down.

"The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation's war heroes," she said. "In the months ahead I look forward to working with our Veterans Service Organizations to ensure that we fulfill our commitments to those who sacrificed so much in their brave service for our country."

On to the next target.

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11 comments
Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

Maybe you shouldn't vote for a self-serving demagogue. Just a thought...

NannyCamera
NannyCamera

I think she must look back to the people who sacrifice their own lives in a war just to save her future.

Drew
Drew

While I know the Democrats love to have her around because she makes the Republicans and Tea Party even easier to beat in 2012, can we stop following every stupid thing she says and does?

We need to spend more time on what intelligent leaders we have in office are trying to do, and not on this woman.

ColKurtz
ColKurtz

I know that when I was deep in the shizzit over in 'Nam there's nothing I would have liked better than to see a hot American babe like Michelle Bachmann show up and do a strip tease......dressed like an Indian Princess.......

Jeff
Jeff

Wait.. Wait.. So, she did the right thing?!

That's gotta be a first.

Alec
Alec

Why does she say there are no sacred cows when we know damn well that the wealthy are off limits for sacrifice?

J. DisabledVet.
J. DisabledVet.

Amy, are you a veteran? Because a veteran would care and I am glad someone is looking out for our disabled veterans. What are you doing? Besides wasting space and oxygen?

Hotspur
Hotspur

Sorry, Drew, but I think it is great that City Pages keeps the spotlight on her. I think it is exactly what the 6th District deserves and it keeps us informed of the egregious antics she displays.

Danceswithladders
Danceswithladders

Why should the wealthy be forced to give even more of their assets to fund a bloated federal government? Have you ever worked for someone that wasn't wealthy? I didn't think so.

Hotspur
Hotspur

disabledvet - I am a veteran of the first gulf war. I think Bachmann is a sham representative. She's hardly looking out for disabled vets. I don't think she gives a rat's butt about them. If she was relevant, she'd focus on the needs of the 6th district.

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