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A Breastless Story About Breasts!

There are women who in the interests of beauty or desirability or whatever, seek out doctors to enlarge their breasts, but what about women who have large breasts that society deems to be too large? Jessica Andersson, a Swedish woman was injured in a car accident that resulted in her receiving disability payments, but she had the payments ended due to claims it was her large breasts, not the aftermath of the accident that were responsible for pain and discomfort that she experiences. She has been suffering from pain in the neck and shoulders, but government bureaucrats believe that pain is coming from having breasts that are too large for a woman.

A doctor told government officials if the woman had breast reduction all would be well. The good doctor wants to reduce pressure on the woman’s body and what better way than to make those large breasts a bit smaller.

At points, in modern life, one can only wonder what government bureaucrats do with their time in the office. How many hours went into discussing the Andersson breasts or talking with doctors about the Andersson breasts? Oh well, this is one story that leaves me breastless.

Bush Tries To Impede Reform Of Military Disabilty Plans

Most Americans are unaware of the Bush administration fiasco regarding awarding disability payments to those wounded in action. Prior to the Democrats gaining control of Congress, the Veterans Administration and the Defense Department had unusual methods of evaluating disability ratings. In many cases, wounded officers received higher disability ratings than those given enlisted men. Early this year, Democratic legislators began a complete overhaul of the disability rating system in order to ensure fairness and consistency. Suddenly, just as House and Senate conferees were ready to finalize a bill, the president demanded they halt and allow the VA to make their own revisions. He also wanted VA and Defense Department revisions not subject to review by Congress.

As one lawmaker said in reacting to the Bush request: “This late in the process, it is hard to say why the Bush administration would suddenly be coming up with a new plan unless their purpose was to delay legislation.” Right wing pundits enjoy casting Democrats as failing to “support the troops” but have never uttered a word of complaint about Bush administration failures to have a fair system of evaluating those wounded in combat. Nor have they praised Democratic legislators for stepping in and devising a fair system of evaluation. Exactly, who is “supporting the troops?”