Saturday, March 05, 2005

Lying to Military Personnel

I was going to write about how president from Connecticut violated the Ten Commandments, based upon this item, (hat tip: Think Progress) from that radically liberal source, Defensetech.com:
Last month, the Bush administration announced that, in the Pentagon's 2006 budget, there would a big bump in the so-called "death benefit" for military families. If a soldier was killed in war, administration officials promised, his loved ones would get a $100,000 lump sum -- up from just $12,420 -- plus an extra $150,000 in life insurance payouts. It seemed like a great idea. Everybody cheered.

But then, something curious happened. Or rather, didn't happen. The Pentagon never included the money for a bigger death benefit in its budget. So now, the Army has gone to Congress, asking for an extra $348 million to keep the administration's word.
It has been a while since I have actually read the Ten Commandments.  At first, I though maybe I could go over to the local courthouse, and read them on the statue there.  But no, those dratted activist judges ordered that the statue be removed.  So, I had to endure the hardship of looking them up on the Internet.  I learned something.  It turns out that lying is not a violation of the Ten Commandments, unless one is bearing false witness against one's neighbor.

Why is it that the political benefit of making a promise always seems to be greater than the political damage from breaking a promise?