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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.
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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."
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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).
Today, as on every Veterans Day, America honored the men and women of the Armed Services. It's surely heartening for our veterans to see the numerous expressions of gratitude on social media, hear the praise of pundits and citizens alike, and generally feel the affection of a grateful nation. It's nice to know you're appreciated.
But once the applause dies down, some stark realities show themselves. The unemployment rate for veterans still remains stubbornly high, and veterans of Gulf War II are still unemployed at a higher rate than the overall civilian population. The story for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 is particularly gruesome: in 2013, 24.3 percent were without jobs.
As Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, I have to read a lot of articles in a wide range of publications in order to keep up on issues affecting those who selflessly defend our rights and freedoms. Just last week I was thumbing through the October 27th issue of Air Force Times when I came across an article by Karen Jowers (kjowersmilitarytimes [dot] com) entitled “Landmark employment law for troops turns 20”.
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.
I guess this is kind of like a political confession of sorts where we all describe out background, then receive our "hugs" in the replies?