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CARTER: S.C.’s DeMint tells veterans they don’t deserve job help

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina needs to get out more often.

He doesn’t think the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces do anything special that sets them apart from the rest of us.  He reasons that signaling them out for extra help getting jobs after their service wouldn’t be fair to the rest of us.

So the same senator who would endorse tax breaks to giant corporations in a heartbeat cast the lone vote Thursday against a bill giving employers tax breaks for hiring military veterans. The bill also provides job counseling, training and placement assistance, with a focus on vets who’ve been unemployed for long periods.

Giving the vets a break, DeMint says, would amount to “pandering” to a particular segment of the population. “I cannot support this tax credit because I do not believe the government should privilege one American over another when it comes to work,” the Associated Press reported him saying.

Fortunately, 94 of his fellow senators saw things differently and voted in favor.

Yes, DeMint indeed needs to get our more. Not saying he should take a trip to Kandahar to go on a patrol with a Marine Recon platoon. A visit to the VA hospital in Charleston would provide sufficient enlightenment.

What he would see is what I saw in my trips there in 2010: Young men trying hard to stand tall while slowly walking the corridors with the help of canes and prosthetic legs. He’d see others confined to wheelchairs showing age beyond their years as they wait in the pharmacy line looking at the walls with what the old-timers at the VA call “the thousand-yard stare.”

A quick history lesson for the Palmetto State senator: We’ve deployed and redeployed the same active military and Nation Guard and reserve units time and again to fight the two wars we’ve been engaged in since 9/11. That’s time in which the men and women in these units were not gaining experience in civilian jobs or climbing any type of ladders to workplace success in their hometowns. They were, however, subduing our enemies and helping to keep another catastrophic terrorist attack form occurring.

While the nation’s population as a whole has experienced 9 percent and 10 percent unemployment in recent years, the men and women returning from the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan have endured a jobless rate of 12 percent or more.

Now, with today being Veterans Day, DeMint rejects the notion that the nation’s collective “Thank You For Your Service” should include helping our vets get back to work here at home.

Scour the biography section of DeMint’s Senate website. You won’t find any evidence the 61-year-old lawmaker ever served his country in uniform. Like former Vice President Dick Cheney, he probably had other priorities (self-preservation, perhaps?) when the nation sent young men his age to fight in Vietnam 40 some years ago.

He calls himself a “traditional values” guy.

My guess is he probably shouldn’t try to sell that line to the folks manning the bar over at the local VFW.


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  1. I believe Mr. Ted Carter has obviously not understood the stand that Senator Jim DeMint is taking on Veterans and their deserving a job. It has surely got to be a complete misinterpretation of his message or the author of this article is surely an Obama Democrat. I tend to believe the latter, because Sen. DeMint does, indeed, have a values committment to our whole nation!!! Right now he is going around the country so-to-speak to fully seek to find answers to some of our nation’s problems by helping his fellow Republicans know who has the character and the know-how to help get this country back in order.

    No, Senator DeMint was completely misquoted in this article. I KNOW he has different opinions and values on the above-mentioned issue. Just be thankful for such an outstanding Senator to possible lead our country back on the right foot!!!

    In Christ Jesus,
    Nellie Austin

  2. Nellie,
    You are blind to reality! Your support of a senator who holds so little respect for the men and women fighting for his free speech shows your real colors. They aren’t red, white and blue. Just sayin…..
    N. Bremal

  3. Look- the guy’s a known racist from S.C. His constituants are white and the local military is mostly black folks. Who do you think he’s gonna support. Duh

  4. Perhaps if Mr. Carter would stifle his indignation for a moment (as well as quit attempting to impress his readers with tales of visiting wounded veterans…way to assume the moral high ground there, slick) he would actually engage in some thoughtful journalism. As I understand it, Sen. DeMint maintains that this tax credit will not measurably help veterans with finding employment. Indeed, he is quoted elsewhere as saying “I’m thankful for their sacrifices to protect equal opportunities and freedom…but we don’t pay them back for their service and sacrifice with false promises of programs that have proven not to work.” Wouldn’t the man responsible for writing about financial concerns and economic development (according to the MBJ website) have at least some curiosity as to DeMint’s claims? Shouldn’t the senator’s full reasoning be aired and critiqued? Or would that be too much like journalism for Mr. Carter, who obviously prefers emotionally driven prose to facts and analysis? Additionally I must ask, why does this belong on a Mississippi-centric publication’s website? While Mr. Carter’s emotion-driven invective has been on full display in other missives, he has previously at least made some (rather feeble) attempts to tie things back in to the Magnolia State. This time…not so much.

    In summary, in 513 words Mr. Carter has managed to show that he is not intellectually curious enough to challenge the senator on the the factual basis of his opinion, but is completely comfortable with attempting to use emotionally-charged language and implied moral/patriotic superiority in order to smear what amounts to a principled stand (whether or not you agree with said principles) against spending. Bravo good sir, bravo! You’ve obviously put that dirty DeMint in his place!

  5. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is clearly playing the partisan game. He feels the need to make his point — so he is the lone dissenting vote on a bill that give tax incentives to employers for hiring vets. That’s not just making your point, Sen. DeMint, it’s a slap in the face to every one who has ever served in the miliary at any time, in peace or war or “conflict” as some would call these life-and-death skirmishes with countries we invade. I can only assume that DeMint never volunteered to serve his country in uniform, potentially placing his life at risk for the protection of our country. Probably not. He’s willing to reap the benefits lavished on Senators — improbable retirement and health care plans, well-care programs. Why he probably gets to have his gym membership paid for with our tax dollars. As a former member of the US Army Signal Corps stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA, I did my tour of the SE. And of the Army. I think I have a lot more credibility as to who is deserving of what than does Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).

  6. Sounds like DEMINT IS WORRYING BECAUSE he knows he is gonna be needing a job here soon.

  7. no he need to be in jail

  8. throw him under the bus,and roll back and forth break him all up dont kill him c how he like suffering like our service men and women

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