You want to talk about “diminishing the service of the Greatest Generation”, Governor Brewer?

04 Jun 2010 06:29 pm
Posted by: Donna

Brewer really wants to go there? Per Brewer’s campaign website:

“My father, Wilford Drinkwine, moved our family before I was born from Minnesota to Nevada to work at the Hawthorne Ammunition Depot in Western Nevada at the outset of World War II. He passed away when I was 11 years old. His death came after a long and painful battle with lung disease, contracted following years of exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxic fumes while working as a civil servant at the base.

“I loved my father and was proud to hear him tell me that he was doing his part to help fight the Nazis in Germany. It’s a similar story that I have heard from countless people from my parent’s generation — from women who worked in the factories to other family friends I met growing up near the depot. My father and mother instilled in me an understanding that many of those defenders of freedom who lost their lives in World War II never set foot on the battlefield.

“Even in the end, when my dad struggled for breath, he never regretted serving his country, helping free Europe from Hitler’s grip. I have proudly recounted his story in many places for many years. My father’s patriotism and sacrifice needs no embellishment.”

Brewer is right that her parents were from the generation that fought WW2 and made sacrifices on the homefront. They rationed gas, tires, nylon, and a host of other materials. They planted victory gardens. To pay for the war the rich were taxed and everyone else bought war bonds. When the war was over the Greatest Generation rebuilt Europe and Japan. At home they put in place the GI bill and VA loans that gave millions of war veterans an entree into a comfortable middle class life. That paved the way for Medicare and other social safety net programs that kept a lot of people out of poverty.

Geez, they sound like a bunch of progressives.

Sadly, Wilford Drinkwine didn’t survive to enjoy the well-deserved rewards of his service. As for his daughter, her birth pre-dated the Baby Boom era by a couple of years but it puts her at the perfect age to be among the cohort that brought us the political era of Ronald Reagan, greed is good, and deficits don’t matter. Jan Brewer was Arizona campaign chair for George W. Bush’s reelection. The man who post 9-11 didn’t say to Americans, “Let’s conserve energy and develop alternatives to get us independent from foreign oil”. He told Americans to go shopping.

During her legislative career, Jan Brewer honored the sacrifices and the vision of the Greatest Generation by voting for and ushering through tax cut after tax cut to rich Arizonans and big corporations, while the funding for our schools dropped to the bottom in the nation. As Secretary of State she cut 100,000 voters off the rolls for spurious reasons. As Accidental Governor, she tried to cut 40,000 children off health care, along with 310,000 adults. I wonder if Brewer has ever contemplated what if would have been like for her family if her father didn’t have “socialized” government health care available to him when he was dying of cancer. Has she ever imagined her family trying to pay those exorbitant medical expenses?

Governor Brewer, before you talk about anyone diminishing the service of the Greatest Generation, I’d suggest you take a look in the mirror.

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Susan on June 4, 2010 7:11 pm

    Great piece. I have never been so infuriated by a politician as I have by the lying nasty idiot Jan Brewer. I will never forget the first time I met her. She opened her mouth, began to speak and my immediate thought was, “is she drunk, or is she REALLY THAT STUPID?”. This was before she accidentally became governor and made the state a laughingstock. She was just an embarrassingly dumb secretary of state at the time.

    I do wonder who is running her. Must be evil incarnate.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on June 7, 2010 2:40 pm

    Aaaah, Jan (Sure, you can drive if you want to Russell) Brewer. A fine graduate of the Jane Hull “Yes it
    Can Roll Uphill” College.

    My father’s patriotism and sacrifice needs no embellishment.”

    summa cum laude

  3. Comment by Alan Scott on June 13, 2010 9:55 am

    Donna,

    ” When the war was over the Greatest Generation rebuilt Europe and Japan. At home they put in place the GI bill and VA loans that gave millions of war veterans an entree into a comfortable middle class life. That paved the way for Medicare and other social safety net programs that kept a lot of people out of poverty. ”

    Quite dishonest, the way you took the Sacrifices Governor Brewer’s parents’ generation made to defeat fascism and extrapolated it to include Medicare and other entitlement programs that are going bankrupt and will bankrupt our country.

    Governor Brewer is courageous in taking on difficult issues while being smeared by the ignorant .

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