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Friday, August 15, 2003

 

Dean Condemns Bush Administration Decision To Cut Soldiers' Pay http://blog.deanforamerica.com/archives/001054.html

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, August 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean is on message:

DES MOINES, IA--Dean attacked President Bush's misplaced priorities today and the continued disconnect between the Bush Administration's rhetoric and reality.

"I am becoming more and more concerned by the poor choices this Administration is making. As the President meets today with Marines at Miramar Air Station in San Diego, I encourage him to explain why his Administration will discontinue current levels of funding for imminent danger pay and family separation allowances to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let‚s be clear. Virtually every priority faced by our nation is placed behind this President‚s obsession with tax cuts for those who need them least. As a result, we are now facing a ludicrous situation in which Vice President Cheney will reap a $116,000 per year tax windfall, and yet our soldiers--on extended deployments and tragically dying every day--are facing pay cuts of $225 a month. This Administration's priorities are simply out of sync with the American people's."


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