The fund provides for a one-time payment of $15,000 to Filipino veterans living in the United States who have become naturalized US citizens and $9,000 to those living in the Philippines. It is estimated that about 12,000 veterans live in the Philippines and 6,000 are in the US.Now it's debatable whether or not we should have paid the Filipino veterans. But we decided not to pay them in 1946, and most of them are dead. Why pay the rest in 2009 in the middle of an economic crisis, as part of a supposed stimulus package? It's because this was a personal pet project of Senator Inouye, who inserted it into the bill, along with a billion other pet projects of various Democrats. What's next? Are there slavery reparations in that bill? Payments to native Americans? What about back taxes to Britain from when we were a colony? Is there anything Democrats don't want the government to spend money on? -- well, except for defense of course.
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