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Mr. BROUN of Georgia. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of veterans and military personnel in America. As one who believes in the Constitution under the original intent of the writers of that document and one who believes that most of what we do here in this House and in this Congress is unconstitutional, according to that original intent, supporting our veterans and our military personnel is absolutely critical for the national security of America.
We are not doing what we are supposed to do for our veterans. We have broken promises over and over again. The veterans are not getting the benefits that they have been promised; and I think that is immoral and verges on criminal, because we have broken as a Federal Government the promises that we have made to the veterans and military personnel in America. We need to fulfill those promises. We need to do what we have said we would do for them, and that is to take care of them, to take care of their spouses. We need to do so for their lifetime.
On the other hand, what we are doing here is we are going further and further down the road away from the Constitution and the original intent. We are stealing our grandchildren's future by spending more and more money that we don't have.
It is right and good and proper for us to spend money on national defense and supporting our veterans. It is right and good and proper to spend money on military personnel, on the national defense, on homeland security. It is not right and proper for us to continue spending our grandchildren's future.
The American people are going to have to stand up and say no to this robbing their future. They are going to have to contact their Members of Congress and say no to cap-and-trade, no to bailing out Big Business, no to doing all the things that we are doing over and over again here in this Congress. It is up to the American people to stand up and say no.
I say yes to veterans, yes to the military, yes to strong national defense,
yes to good policies for the veterans, and no to this steamroll to socialism.
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