Ed Team

A lab rat for $30 a month

Filed By Ed Team | June 29, 2008 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Department of Veterans Affairs, drug testing, Nels Ackerson, Steve Buyer

"Congress stood idly by while our government experimented on the men and women who've fought for our country and our freedom. It's an absolute outrage. The brave Hoosiers returning to the Fourth District look to their Congressman for leadership and protection. Steve Buyer has been in office for 16 years and claims to have veterans' interests at heart, but he didn't exercise the oversight available to him."

-- Indiana's Fourth District Congressional candidate Nels Ackerson calling for an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs' practice of testing dangerous experimental drugs on war veterans in exchange for small cash payments. Ackerson's opponent, Congressman Steve Buyer, the ranking Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, did nothing to oppose the experimental testing.

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I have known Nels Ackerson for over twenty years, and he would be an absolutely wonderful Congressperson. Not only would he be a huge improvement over Buyer, who has often been an embarrassing buffoon, but he would be very good on issues that the GLBTQ community cares about--he's a civil libertarian who "gets" what equality and equal rights are all about. I encourage anyone with time or money to help him in what has to be an uphill battle in this overwhelmingly Republican district.