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After getting hammered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has withdrawn her proposal to cut more than $4.5 billion in benefits for disabled veterans. “The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes,” Bachmann wrote after removing the benefit cuts from her proposal. Why the change of heart? Bachmann’s spokeswoman, Becky Rogness, said Bachmann’s office didn’t study how a cap on VA health spending would affect local VA centers.

I’m not going to harp on the fact that the Congresswoman even considered this idea, but instead just thank her for her quick response to the concerns of our country’s veterans. Thank you Rep. Bachmann.

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Vfw Will Defeat Bachmann Plan

↳ Posted on January 31st, 2011 by Ben Spera

Maybe Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has forgotten that America is still neck deep into two wars. I can only assume, since she is pushing to cut the Department of Veterans Affairs budget by $4.5 billion dollars – all while still even more injured service members are on their way home from Iraq and Afghanistan. This department is responsible for providing American veterans with healthcare related to injuries sustained during military service, along with other Veteran’s benefits. With these two ongoing wars we are only going to see more disabled Veterans returning home, and more resources will be needed to take care of these heroes. The Veterans of Foreign Wars came out immediately rebuking her plan, and calling her out on her vapidly arbitrary plan. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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The Pythagorean Cup

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Pythagoras_cupThis ancient invention was developed to prevent the user from becoming to intoxicated. If the cup is filled to generously it would spill the contents all over the user, forcing him/her to consume alcohol more modestly.

This isn’t anything groundbreaking but it’s interesting. Human ingenuity hard at work, even thousands of years ago.

Source: Wikipedia


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