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Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs Matthew Benedict shares his views on the effect of the Movie American Sniper and on pending legislation to support veterans. His post follows this introduction:
This is the time of year when many are making those New Year’s Resolutions for self-improvement, or to help others. Jason Decker, our NY State Vice Chair has made the commitment, as have I, to do volunteer service with our local branch of the Veterans Administration in order to give something back to those who have paid dearly for our freedoms. In the three plus years I have been doing volunteer service, I have found it to be interesting and rewarding, and always appreciated. Jason has gone the extra distance and made a short video explaining the process that he went through while starting his own volunteer service. You can view the video by following the link here:
The following information has been provided by Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, Matthew Benedict. Matthew works for the Veterans Administration, specifically with the National Cemetery System. This information has been provided in order to assist family and friends when the inevitable happens. We hope it is of benefit.
Burial and Memorial Benefits for Veterans
My family hails from Ireland. My mother's parents emigrated to America from County Mayo; my father's, from County Cork. They came to this country early in the 20th Century, in the third big wave or so of immigrants from their country, and found themselves joining a culture which regarded them as little more than the "servant class."
Little Things Help…
Part of being the Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs for the Modern Whig Party is finding ways for people to help our troops. I get a lot of questions about which organizations people should donate to, and whether an organization is trustworthy or not. One of the first organizations that comes to mind is the United Service Organization (USO).
Book Review – The Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan, professor at Dartmouth College.
We are “paralyzed by plurality.” Prof Wheelan reinforces problem solving “101”, which is also included in our Whig Academy Leadership course.
Top down: 4 to 5 Senate seats to effectively ensure all legislation must meet “muster” of the 4 to 5 centrist votes. ( MWP has said 10 Senators is what we really need!)
His laundry list of ills are as follws:
1. Unsustainable trajectory of entitlement in maintain a proper safety net.
2. Inefficient delivery of health care
3. Crumbling infrastructure
4. Nothing to effect climate change ( he states climate debate is an example of a “faith-based” debate)
5. Stagnation of human capital ( !!!! the reviewers emphasis)
Currently the National Fuel tax is 18.4 cents on gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel. This tax was last raised in 1993, when the taxes accounted for more then 25% of the cost of fuel (not including state taxes). It has never been raised since, nor is it indexed to inflation, which is why our infrastructure is falling apart. Since 1993 the states have had to raise their own fuel taxes and compete with each other just to keep the highway system operational, but the highway system is bankrupt which is why toll roads are increasing and roads are falling apart.
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Why did the GOP win this time, and why will the Dems win next time (and the GOP after that)? Let's just go with short memories and "Hey, let's try the other party we were mad at four, eight, twelve, sixteen...years ago. I'm sure it will be different this time."
Does anyone have a good Q and A you send to candidates? I have a local lady that I would like to send one to.