Richard Burr's shameful politics

You've seen the coverage of Richard Burr's ridiculous attacks on veterans groups, taking them to task because they haven't jumped the gun and called for the head of the Veterans Administration to resign. Jumping the gun is a familiar habit of Senator Burr's. Remember when he told his wife to grab money from the ATM after participating in Congressional hearings on the economic meltdown years ago? That earned him the name Bank Run Burr.

North Carolina's voters must like having such a douche bag for a Senator because it makes them feel smart. But here's hoping that motivation wears off in 2016. Because there's nothing more disgusting than a chickenhawk frat boy calling out honorable veterans over politics.

Responding to Burr’s attacks on its motives, the VFW added, “Senator, this is clearly one of the most dishonorable and grossly inappropriate acts that we’ve witnessed in more than forty years of involvement with the veteran community and breaches the standards of the United States Senate. Your allegations are ugly and mean-spirited in every sense of the words and are profoundly wrong, both logically and morally. Quite frankly Senator, you should be ashamed.”

One of the more striking aspects of Burr’s offensive is that it was entirely unprovoked. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America have expressed ample criticism of the VA scandal, but because they hadn’t called for the resignation from Shinseki – himself a retired four-star general – the North Carolina Republican decided he was justified in publicly questioning their commitment to veterans’ issues.

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Ouch

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America hit back hard. “For years, the V.F.W. has come to Congress with hat in hand, and for years we’ve heard the same old story,” the heads of the veterans group wrote to Mr. Burr. “You can be assured, Senator, that you’ve done a superb job in showing us the error in our ways. You can also be assured that in the future, we will spend a substantial percentage of our time seeking to inform our members and our constituents of the repeated failure to act by our elected officials.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/27/3890720/morning-memo-as-senate-budget.html?sp=/99/102/105/135...

Burr attacks Russian Vets by mistake?

North Carolina's voters must like having such a douche bag for a Senator because it makes them feel smart. But here's hoping that motivation wears off in 2016. Because there's nothing more disgusting than a chickenhawk frat boy calling out honorable veterans over politics.*James

No doubt the Senator was confuse when He went to the ATM machine again and it slipped him a receipt that said " Vets of Foreign Wars include Russians too"

A few thoughts on this

Did some intern write Burr's open letter? What seasoned politician would attack veterans on Memorial Day weekend? What did Burr hope to gain by his open letter? And he's the Ranking Member on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee?

I called Burr's Washington office yesterday, and fired for effect with full battery on the poor schmuck who was answering the phone. I'm tempted to go by his Asheville office in person today, and ask when Burr will issue an apology.

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