Yesterday Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced proposed cuts to the military that would shrink it to the smallest since before WWII.
Rob Mellon, Democrat running for Illinois 18th CD immediately blasted out a press release denouncing the cuts, with some caveats.
Meanwhile, back at the 17th CD—crickets.
No press release, but the last thing on Cheri Bustos’ facebook was a status about how excited she was that Illinois was chosen by Obama to be one of the sites for his new, amazing taxpayer funded Digital Manufacturing Institute and she was headed to the White House to share in the joy. Or something. From what I can tell, this amazing new taxpayer funded boondoggle is in Chicago, which isn’t part of Cheri’s district—as far as I know, so I’m not sure how this will
benefit her constituents. But whatever—not my problem, man.
No press release from Schilling on these military cuts either, but his last facebook status was yet another plea for The Faithful to open their wallets for Bobby so that Bustos won’t be able to sell “out the district to the highest bidder”, whatever that means, but I’m sure The Faithful have heard the dog whistle.
I get why Bustos is hesitant to denounce Hagel—she would alienate her Democrat base who believes every single tax dollar should be spent on social justice and social programs rather than national defense. But the veterans, who she claims to “fight” for probably wouldn’t be all that enthralled with Obama’s cuts. In this way she is like Phil Hare who only supported the military AFTER they quit so he could lavish government $$$$ on them.
But I really don’t understand why Schilling hasn’t been as robust in his denunciation of this abomination as the Democrat Mellon, unless he is afraid of making a bad move, alienating the Democrat wing of the GOP, and would just rather wait for The Flawless.
Rob Mellon is what Bobby Schilling used to be.