Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Bass Gets C+ on Veterans' Issues

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan group, has produced a scorecard on legislation affecting veterans.
To calculate the Ratings, IAVA reviewed all legislation voted on in the Congress since September 11, 2001. For each piece of legislation that affected troops, veterans or military families, IAVA took a position either in support of, or in opposition to its passage. The letter grades were derived, using the scales below, from the percentage of times that each legislator's vote matched the official IAVA stance.
The result? Charlie Bass, like many in his party, may talk a good game about supporting veterans, but when it comes to the actual legislation, he doesn't do such a good job, receiving a C+.


Blogger blogtruth said...

The VFW and other veterans’ groups I have heard of endorse Charlie Bass. My father was in the VFW after WWII and my older brother still is after two hellish tours in Vietnam. I know them and I trust them. Their newsletter explains why they support Charlie Bass.

Following the link you provide, I find that Senator John McCain is given a D by this group you brag about, and Congressman Sam Johnson was given a D+. Everyone knows about McCain, but go look at what Johnson sacrificed for this country (he makes McCain's heroism look like a walk in the park) and then decide if you care what some group headed by a guy who works with the Democrats to give radio address, etc has to say.

Sorry Blue Granite, tell the truth!!

11:37 PM  
Blogger MissLaura said...

This is a non-partisan measure looking at over 300 bills over 5 years. It suggests that past service is, unfortunately, not a guarantee of current support. Individuals may have varying experiences and opinions - this is a statistical measure.

12:18 AM  
Blogger blogtruth said...

Sorry MissLaura,

I still think this fails the Blogtruth test.

Within the same time window you claim is reviewed here, the NH VFW named Bass the Citizen of the Year. The head of the group you cite is a Democratic operative who was recently asked to give the national Dem radio address. The VFW is truly nonpartisan (both John Kerry and John McCain are members) and I think I will take their word for it.

Bass always works hard for servicemen and women when they return.

I am sure most thinking people won't believe that Senator McCain is bad for veterans either.

1:04 AM  
Blogger MissLaura said...

You feel free to look at subjective judgments, and I'll look at the cumulative record of votes. I'll certainly consider another scorecard that takes actual votes into account, of course - do let me know about any.

1:10 AM  
Blogger yankeedoodler said...

Both the Bass website and the Union Leader expressly state that Bass was endorsed by representatives from veterans groups, not the actual groups.

That may not be the blogtruth, but it's the truth.

And as long as Bass' idea of using the National Guard means sticking them in the middle of a civil war in Iraq instead of guarding the nation, I won't be too impressed with his idea of supporting the troops.

11:40 AM  

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