This is a pet peeve of mine: the GOP which wraps itself in the flag, and is oh so concerned about ‘THE TROOPS’ are simply FRAUDS. Defend a defense contractor – of course…but voting on issues that help the common soldier, help their lives and their families- NO. They don’t do it. Democrats need to be shouting their record on protecting our troops.

from RawStory

Vets’ group: 92 percent of ‘D’ or ‘F’ grades on supporting troops go to Republicans
A new report by a leading veterans group has awarded grades to members of Congress based on their support of veterans issues. One party failed miserably.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) gave out 154 D and F grades. 142 of those went to Republicans and 12 to Democrats — meaning that 92 percent of the D and F grades went to members of the GOP.

Of the 94 congressmen that received A or A+ grades, 91 are Democrats and three are Republicans.

The IAVA Congressional Report Card (.pdf) explains that grades were awarded solely on performance and not on party affiliation.

“IAVA Action Fund’s 2010 Congressional Report Card reviews the achievements and failures of the 111th Congress,” the report states. “In the following pages, every member of Congress is graded on his or her leadership on the most critical issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as determined by our national membership. Theese grades are based on their votes and cosponsorship of IAVA Action’s legislative priorities published and delivered to every Congressional office at the start of 2009 and 2010 and regularly reenforced by Congressional testimony and appearances in the media. Thee grades are based entirely on these priorities and are blind to party and ideology.”

This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Oct. 21, 2010.

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