Caught My Eye…

Note to readers: Please take a moment today to pray for the folks around Roseburg, Oregon, where a shooting occurred at a local community college.

Also, a U.S. Air Force C-130J transport plane crashed overnight at an air base in eastern Afghanistan, killing six American airmen and 5 civilians, so please pray for these brave people and their families.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both. Since I’m independent, I don’t have to worry about who gets ticked off.

Today I write about MilCon & VA Approps, Obama’s remarks about Oregon shooting, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and much more!

MilCon & VA Approps:

It was disheartening to see the U.S. Senate play games with the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill this week.

Games are played by both Democrats and Republicans. I’ve seen the games up close and personnel over the years. The games are played for nothing more than to score political points so challengers and their supporters can say in campaign ads, “Senator John Doe voted against veterans.”

Yesterday the Senate Democrats became the bad people this time with the headline, “Senate Democrats block VA funding bill.”

For example, that means if someone like Rep. Ryan Zinke challenges Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester in a few years he can use this vote to say Tester does not support veterans. Tester voted no on the bill that needed 60 votes for cloture (to end debate). See the vote HERE.

Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, voted for the bill. His team sent a press release with the heading “Daines Blasts Senate Democrats’ Refusal to Fund the Department of Veterans Affairs.” You can read it HERE.

As for Tester, he spoke about the bill on the senate floor saying:

The current VA funding bill underfunds the VA by almost $1 billion, threatening the care and services that veterans have earned and undermines the sweeping VA reforms that Congress passed a year ago.

You can read Tester’s press release HERE.

According to The Hill, the reason for blocking the bill was part of the Democrats’ push for an agreement that would roll back congressionally-mandated spending caps on both defense and non-defense spending.

Whatever the reason, I’ll call it what many of my fellow veterans will call it: Bull$#!%.

Elected officials always say they support veterans, except when they get orders from their political party not to support them.

Obama’s Remarks:

President Obama spoke about the Oregon mass shooting yesterday afternoon. He was clearly frustrated as we all should be. You can read his remarks HERE.

One part of Obama’s comments stood out to me:

Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.

The Washington Post is reporting today about the shooting in Oregon under this headline:

Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass shootings

Those are incidents where 4 or more people are killed or injured by gunfire. Read the story HERE.

Our country does not have an answer to this. We are, as the President says, accepting it as routine.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

Although most people already understood the reason for the prolonged Benghazi investigation was to take down Hillary Clinton, it was kind of nice to see Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) be honest about it.

I don’t think McCarthy’s elevator goes all the way to the top floor.

McCarthy went on Fox News and said:

Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest probably had the best response, “Leader McCarthy has committed the classic Washington gaffe of saying something that everybody already knows is true.”

I think they should terminate the Benghazi committee and investigation immediately, and Hillary Clinton should not testify (again) in Congress about Benghazi. As for McCarthy being Speaker of the House, the members of the House would have to be idiots to vote for him now.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of likely Republican voters think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should resign and that 22% of GOP voters think he should remain majority leader. Only 40% have a favorable opinion of McConnell.

I’ve watched McConnell from near and far over the years. Long ago I decided that he was worthless as a leader in the Senate. I would much rather see Senator John Thune of South Dakota be the majority leader for the Republicans. He is by far my favorite Republican Senator – we spent some windshield time together many years ago in Montana.

One More Thing:

I don’t hit the snooze button…