Trump to Spend $30 Million on Veterans Day Military Parade Despite Increase in Number of Homeless Vets
In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to treat veterans “with dignity, and with the respect they deserve.”
Now, outrage is growing over President Donald Trump’s insistence the U.S. Armed Forces, which are currently engaged in operations around the world, hold a military parade in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day.Â And many are calling for the unallocated funds that will be spent on the vanity project â€“ estimates from the Pentagon are in the $30 million range â€“ to be invested in America’s 40,000 homeless veterans instead.
The Pentagon, however â€“ following its Commander-in-Chief’s orders â€“ is marching ahead with plans for the military parade. Trump’s parade, according to CNN national security reporter Ryan Browne, now “will include period uniforms,” along with “airplanes but no tanks.” The tanks, as many have noted, wouldÂ damage roads.
A Pentagon memo “says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans from the Revolutionary War to today with an emphasis on the price of freedom,'” CNN notes.
That memo, below, also states the parade will “highlight the evolution of women Veterans from separate formations in World War II to today’s integrated formations.”
Parade details for Nov. 11. Will have uniforms. Some planes. Maybe old planes. Tanks are banned. pic.twitter.com/W7xyhLYo9Y
â€” Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) March 9, 2018
It’s unclear if President Trump has approved the U.S. Military’s plans.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, underÂ President Barack Obama, from 2010 to January of 2016, there was a 56% decrease in the number of homeless vets. In January of 2017, the number for the first time in seven years increased, by 1.5%, toÂ 40,056.Â
Despite the increase, the Trump administration in late 2017 tried to slash fundingÂ for homeless vets, until advocates noticed and stirred up enough support to get the decision reversed.
Many on social media are saying are calling to use the $30 million to help homeless veterans instead:
Our military is not a toy to prance around in Trumpâ€™s honor. What makes America Great is we are a beacon of freedom around the world, not a dystopian dictatorship. Rather than waste millions on the useless Military Parade take care of the 40,000 homeless veterans #SaturdayMorning
â€” â™»ï¸ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 10, 2018
– Trump’s Military Parade Costs: $30 Million
– Number of Homeless Veterans: 39,471
– Cost per meal for the Homeless: $1.93
$30 Million / 39,471 vets = $760.05 per vet
$760.05 / $1.93 = 393 meals per vet
Trump’s parade could feed all of America’s Homeless Vets 393 meals ea.
â€” Ed Krassenstein ðŸ’Ž (@EdKrassen) March 7, 2018
â€” Jose Enriquez (@972_834) March 10, 2018
Meanwhile, there are homeless and/or untreated veterans. There are military families who struggle to survive financially one day to the next and require public assistance. There are vets who face years of red tape to access care theyâ€™ve earned.
But letâ€™s have a vanity parade.
â€” Erin Altman (@AltmanErin) March 9, 2018
Itâ€™s ironic the #PARADE memo goes out the same day as a gunman suffering from PTSD ends w 4 dead. Maybe they should pour the millions into Veterans who are suffering mentally, physically & homeless instead of having a parade for trumps ego
Our Veterans deserve more than a parade
â€” Jlacaria (@Lacariarunner) March 10, 2018
Trump is having a parade. Trump spends millions every time he goes golfing. Trump is spending millions on all the investigations into his actions. There are thousands of homeless veterans who could be helped. Men and women who sacrificed their lives for a fucking parade. WTF
â€” Wayne Davies (@DaviesWayWorks) March 10, 2018
Youâ€™re self serving parade is going to cost 30mill yes?
-How many homeless vets could you help,
-How many people with PTSD could you help
-How many lives could you save
Instead you will puff out your chest and steal as much valor from them as possible https://t.co/BYdLSpMZZ1
â€” Old Salty Chief, OSC (SW) USN Ret (@old_osc) March 10, 2018
If you don’t speak up and block this parade you are just as guilty.We have 40,000 homeless Vets in this country. @senrobportman @RepSteveChabot Ohio is not going to forget your silence. @RichCordray @AftabPureval @OHDems @SenSherrodBrown @BettySutton @KathleenClyde @DNC https://t.co/eu8xN1nCD2
â€” Molly #NeverAgain (@Plantflowes) March 10, 2018
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/Flickr
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Virginia School Districts Furious After Youngkin Flip Flops on Promise to Allow Local Boards to Decide Mask Mandates
For months Virginia’s incoming Republican governor has been promising he would neither mandate masks in schools nor ban school districts from requiring them.
“Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will not outlaw local COVID-19 mandates when he takes office in January,” reported the far right wing website Daily Wire back in November.
Local ABC affiliate 8 News, also in November reported, “Youngkin won’t try to block local mask, vaccine mandates like other Republican governors.”
Glenn Youngkin was sworn into office on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Business Insider reports that on Saturday, after Youngkin was sworn into office, he “signed an executive action that banned schools from requiring that students wear masks to stem the spread of COVID-19, instead allowing parents to decide when their children wear masks during the school day.”
Youngkin’s first act as governor was to sign eleven executive orders. Among them: effectively banning any mask mandates in schools across the state, by allowing parents to opt-out for any reason or no reason.
In other words: flip-flopping on his promise.
Youngkin is using his Lt. Governor to threaten angry school districts. Fox News’ John Roberts:
Virginia Lt. Gov. @WinsomeSears says @GlennYoungkin may withold state education money from school districts that defy his Executive Order making masking optional. So far, Fairfax, Arlington and Richmond have said their mask mandates will stay in place.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) January 17, 2022
Pundit and political analyst Bill Scher:
For all people saying Youngkin is just doing what he said he would do by banning local school mask mandates … nope!
— Bill Scher (@billscher) January 17, 2022
Youngkin made a big deal over the weekend claiming schools have to “listen to parents” and if they oppose his mask ban they aren’t listening to parents.
Exclusive: Governor Youngkin on Arlington school system saying it will require masks, despite Youngkin’s order stating that schools can’t do that. He threatened to use state resources to force schools to comply – but we still don’t know what that means exactly. @WTOP https://t.co/5Lijz9kbgd pic.twitter.com/SnC4dcCIar
— Nick Iannelli (@NickWTOP) January 16, 2022
Gov. Youngkin is the one not listening.
Top Democrats Renew Call to End Anti-Gay Blood Ban as Red Cross Announces First-Ever National Shortage Crisis
Last week the Red Cross issued its first-ever warning of a blood shortage so dire it is calling it a “national crisis.” In response 22 top Democratic Senators signed a letter urging the FDA to once and for all end the ban on men who have sex with men donating blood.
The nearly four-decade old ban was instituted during the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. In 2015 the FDA reduced the complete and total ban to one where gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men could donate blood if they had abstained from sexual activity for one year. In 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic raged, threatening blood shortages, the FDA moved to a three-month prohibition.
“If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed,” warns the Red Cross, citing a 34 percent drop in supply, CBS News reports.
“Any policy that continues to categorically single out the LGBTQ+ community is discriminatory and wrong,” the group of 22 top Democrats, led by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), say in their letter. “Given advances in blood screening and safety technology, a time-based policy for gay and bisexual men is not scientifically sound, continues to effectively exclude an entire group of people, and does not meet the urgent demands of the moment.”
Watch: Fox News’ Peter Doocy Admits There Are Republicans ‘That Don’t Agree With Voting Rights’
“As you talked about a year ago and working with Republicans, now [President Biden] is talking about Republicans that don’t agree with voting rights,” Doocy complained, “he’s describing them as George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis. What happened to the guy who, when he was elected said: ‘To make progress me must stop treating our opponents as our enemy’?”
Doocy was referring to President Joe Biden’s widely praised speech in support of voting rights earlier this week, referencing civil rights icons and their infamous white supremacist and segregationist opponents.
“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” Biden asked, to the anger of many conservatives. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”
Psaki as usual was prepared to respond – suggesting Doocy was not “speaking on the level.”
“I think everybody listening to that speech, who’s speaking on the level, as my mother would say, would note that he was not comparing them as humans. He was comparing the choice to those figures in history and where they’re going to position themselves, if they as it – as they determine whether they’re going to support the fundamental right to vote or not.”
Fox News’ Peter Doocy admits there are “Republicans that don’t agree with voting rights.”pic.twitter.com/Bmhr5zZvuh
— David Badash (@davidbadash) January 14, 2022
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