Austin Arceo, writing for the Terre Haute Tribune Star, has a story on 8th District Congressional candidate Brad Ellsworth’s announcement of his proposal for a “Hoosier Military Bill of Rights” for soldiers. The platform includes:
- An increase in armor and protection of solidiers in combat;
- An increase in educational pay and healthcare benefits for soldiers and veterans;
- Incentives to employers to make up the pay gap experienced by National Guard soldiers who leave their job to serve;
- Funding and expanding veterans’ health care services.
He believes these items can be accomplished without a tax increase but rather with a shifting of how we prioritize tax dollars.
Incumbent John Hostettler responded to Ellsworth’s proposal by criticizing California Democrat Nancy Pelosi. That’s a little like responding to terrorist acts of Saudis and Egyptians based in Afghanistan by attacking Iraq. Crazy, I know.