Thursday, May 29, 2008

Supporting veterans

As noted in the post below, the Cramer flyer touts his support for veterans.
Cramer supports giving back to our veterans by allowing Idahoans to donate their money for veteran support services through a volunteer check-box on Idaho tax returns.
Boy, that's some support. He's willing to allow another box to be added to the Idaho tax forms. Huge. Way to give back to vets.

Update: Cramer left a comment on the previous post that shed a bit of light on this issue. So, instead of criticising Cramer for lukewarm support, I'll redirect that criticism at Veritas Advisers. I guess they think that touting the check box will impress voters. Perhaps as you can tell from the above paragraph, I think it does the opposite.

Based on Cramer's comment, I can't tell if he really supports veterans, or if his agreement with the checkoff box was more in the lines of, "Why not allow the check off, it ain't hurting anything."


Clayton said...

I'm not sure why this is so difficult. Yes, we owe a debt of both gratitude and assistance to our veterans. They have gone off to do a demanding job that gets some of them killed, some of them maimed, and many of them suffering from long term emotional difficulties. And to make it even worse, a lot of people are treating them like monsters for having done what our nation (including most Democrats at the time) thought was the right thing to do.

If this checkoff box was the only thing that the federal and state governments were doing, I would be very upset. But this was just one little example of where Senator Corder would not support even a small, completely free method of simplifying Idaho taxpayers helping with this cause. Maybe he didn't think it through. Maybe he was trying to show his independence from other Republicans. I don't know. But when it doesn't cost the state anything to assist veterans, and you don't do it, it looks downright weird.

Alan said...
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Alan said...

Agreed. It looks weird. And BTW, I'm no Corder fan.

I would to hear more about your connections to IACI. You mentioned that they told you to quit telling them so much.

Did someone from IACI recruit you to run? Did anyone?

Clayton said...

No one recruited me. I decided to run because I was upset about Corder's sponsorship of a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's employment discrimination law. And his lukewarm support of gun rights didn't help him, either.