It is hard to see this story as anything but a publicity stunt by the people who
are actively engaged in heaping false deification upon the military. Never mind
that there millions of people in the USA that need food to a much greater extent
than a couple of soldiers who are probably well fed at taxpayer expense. Military people are not better than ordinary Americans and the job they
do, when they do it, no more important than the jobs of all the other public
servants that protect and serve us. I believe this extends all the way to the
ordinary street sweeper.
The world is a better place when we treat each other with kindness, as
exemplified by the waitress's actions as well as Ellen's.
It's a nice story in and of itself, not a political football.
Well done Ellen!
Your a nice person. That is a phrase I would like to hear. Great complement.
Glad she said it out loud. I'm going start using the phrase more, after the
thank-you. Good timing for Thanksgiving. coming.
One Vote got it right. The Tea Party did shut down the government. They even
said that was what they were going to do in the 2010 elections. They certainly
kept their word. They may have played games with the shut down by trying to
authorize the opening of certain government functions that were causing them
heartburn and affecting them in the polls, but to shut down the government
because they didn't get their way over a piece of legislation that passed
the U.S. Congress, was signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court
is not the appropriate way to overturn a law. The way to overturn a law is to
win seats in Congress/Senate, win the Presidency, and pick Supreme Court
members. If a minority faction with extremist tactics can get their way because
of those tactics, then this is the way the government will function from now on
because who's to say that some other faction of the Democrat party
couldn't do the same thing?
Everyone piling onto One Vote are the ones who are mistaken. The Republicans did
NOT pass "bills to fund all or part of the government, just not
Obamacare." (You must have read that terrible article by Sowell that all my
Tea Party friends were posting on Facebook.) They passed bills to fund the parts
of the government that they were getting the most heat for shutting down--with
the proviso to defund Obamacare. And here's where you're making the
factual error: Obamacare was NOT in need of funding from the current
congress's discretionary budget, because its funding was already
implemented as part of the original legislation three years ago. That's
why, in an ironic turn that will go down in the history books as a humiliation
to the Republicans, on day 1 of the shutdown the government was closed but
Obamacare was open.They weren't just omitting funding for
Obamacare, they were trying to retroactively re-legislate it.The
Republicans tried to create a fourth branch of government that every piece of
legislation would have to pass through to become law: the legislative branch,
the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the Tea Party Tantrum branch.
@ One vote-I am not sure if you mistakenly believe that the Tea
party somehow refused to pass any bills funding the government, but they and the
timid Republicans passed 15 separate bills to fund all or part of the
government, just not Obamacare. Reid and Obama refused to accept any of those
bills, so the Democrats and no one else caused the government shut down.Perhaps you are referring more generally to having military personnel
even serving at all, and somehow blame the Tea Party, or President Bush for our
involvement in the war on terror. Unfortunately, that is a false assumption,
unless you think we should not defend ourselves when attacked by Islamic
terrorists.Meanwhile, I hope you pick up the tab for some of our
military personnel here in Utah, since they are defending you as well as Tea
@onevote, you are evidence that if a lie is told often enough some will begin to
believe it. The House of Representatives funded the government. It was the
Senate and the White House that refused to accept what was passed and so they
effectively "closed" (if that can even be said) the government. I am not
an Ellen fan but kudos to her, as well as the waitress, for stepping up and
doing what the White House refused to do - acknowledge the men and women of the
@one vote,I hope you do more research in where you put your vote than what
you did with your comment!"Why did not the tea party step forward for
the expenses that they intentionally caused?"The tea party or
republicans did not cause the shut down, in fact the republicans put up enough
bills to keep all of government going except the affordable care act. President
Obama and Harry Reid of the senate denied all bills. This was carefully planned
to take place. How else do you account for all the professionally made signs at
all of the national parks, the block aids on the national mall and more
employees on the national mall to keep people out than it took to keep it open?
politics both sides but this one mostly the liberals and the media are to blame.
The expenses part was in regards to the troops not the government...
@one vote,They did not really "cause expenses." They stopped the
government from incurring and paying expenses. Whether that was smart is
Why did not the tea party step forward for the expenses that they intentionally
The waitress deserves special praise as she did it from a relatively
impoverished financial status, and did so seeking no reward, no public
recognition. I salute her.Ms. DeGeneres was very nice to reward the
waitress. But, I would have been more impressed if she did it behind the
scenes, rather than as a media stunt to earn herself publicity. I
would have been even more favorably impressed if Ms. DeGeneres had been quietly
picking up the tab for our troops for the last dozen years. If she has, I thank
her and salute her as well. If not, she is invited to join the thousands of
Americans who do this quietly and anonymously.