Here is Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs and the use of one arm while piloting a helicopter in Iraq, being totally mean horrible awful (let’s just cut to the chase and call her a bitch) to a poor businessman who twisted his ankle in prep school thirty years ago and was forced to depend upon the kindness of strangers (US government taxpayers) to funnel $500 million in contracts, set aside for former service members who were injured during their service, to his company to compensate him for his pain and suffering.

Here is ErickErickErickErickErickson’s RedState defending… the ankle turner:

As a firm believer that the government is our servant not our master few things set me off more than an elected official using the power of their position to bully someone. Yesterday that happened at a hearing on Capitol Hill when Tammy Duckworth (D-Il) unloaded on a private businessman over his VA awarded disability.

The businessman, Braulio Castillo, is the president and CEO of Strong Castle Inc., is the subject of concern by Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. Issa feels that Castillo gamed a particular contracting category, the SBA HUBZone, to strike gold at the IRS. The IRS IG disagrees. I don’t know and really don’t care. These special carve-outs in contracting laws are wrong on every conceivable level, other than creating a feel good moment for the Congress, and one can no more be shocked, surprised, and upset when they are manipulated than one should be shocked, surprised, and upset when you are hit by a car when walking across the freeway. Maybe he gamed the system, maybe he defrauded the system, maybe he played the rules straight. I’m not only agnostic on that, I am completely uninterested in the answer.

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The fact that Duckworth was more unlucky than Castillo and doesn’t like the fact that he doesn’t look sufficiently injured to gain her respect is irrelevant. I wonder how she would treat someone suffering from PTSD?

So let me mend my above description of Duckworth: totally mean horrible awful (let’s just cut to the chase and call her a bitch) unlucky Tammy Duckworth.

Because I wasn’t being dismissive enough…

I’ll also add that, if Castillo didn’t have PTSD before, he’s probably sure to claim it now.

Thanks a lot, Obama Duckworth. Big meanie…