Skip to comments.Our Lefty Military
Posted on 06/16/2011 6:56:24 PM PDT by thesistine
Our Lefty Military By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: June 15, 2011 As we search for paths out of Americas economic crisis, many suggest business as a paradigm for cutting costs. According to my back-of-the-envelope math, top C.E.O.s earn as much as $1 a second around the clock, partly by cutting medical benefits for employees. So they must be paragons of efficiency, right? Actually, Im not so sure. The business sector is dazzlingly productive, but it also periodically blows up our financial system. Yet if we seek another model, one that emphasizes universal health care and educational opportunity, one that seeks to curb income inequality, we dont have to turn to Sweden. Rather, look to the United States military.
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I don’t think this argument will be very popular here...
This appears to be either the article or a similar one to what Mark Levin talked about on his show tonight.
Predictably, Kristof doesn’t ask a critical question: would the miltary model work so well if nearly everyone it were a conscript? Also, Kristof also ignores the fact that the military cannot (and is not intended to) support itself financially. We need a vibrant private sector so we can afford an effective military.
You still have to pay for educational benefits and what little the armed forces chip in is taxed and everything will be controlled by a government official.
A military community without accountability is called a welfare state. An uncontrolled Military system is called a dictatorship...Take your choice schmucky.
Here’s the difference.
You EARN those benefits, they aren’t just given to you!
B U M P for intelligence
Odd way to start, posting a thread.
Yep, the military is truly socialist. I remember Wes Clark taking out his wallet every payday and giving his money to the Enlisted Soldiers just to make things fair.
He mentions the transition to VA care. He needs to do a quick google search on issues with the VA. Hell, even the VA is more concerned with pc:
I always find that people that think the VA is so wonderful do not nor would not use the VA.
I experienced the VA with a wounded warrior about 2 yrs. ago. I wanted to cry when I left it was horrible!
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Yeah, and the military will be happy to enlist everyone from the dregs of society, ‘cause all they want is a few meals a day.
The military works because its ranks include those who are willing to fight and die for their country, or those who are willing to support that effort.
You just can’t take that model of training the willing, to recruiting the unwilling to try to fend for themselves.
I’m glad that this asshat realizes that our military is exlemplary, but certainly not for the reasons that he postulates!
Kudos to the Boise VA Center.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
He’s ignoring several things: there is structure in the military for a reason which is self-evident and promotions are based on merit...if you’re a dirtbag, you get thrown out or don’t get promoted, etc, so color, race, creed is not the end all be all (isnt that in contrast to what libs think?); and like GatorGirl pointed out, the benefits are earned....while libs think they should just be given because they are a “right”; which brings me to another point, servicemembers give up their civil rights, a fact he also ignores. But he’s probably ok with all giving up rights if it’s for the common good anyway. I swear it’s like arguing with a stop sign when it comes to liberals.
The husband doesn’t use VA. He got tired of being treated like he was lying about his head nearly being blown off and lost patience, so he uses tricare. I know there are wounded troops who weren’t medically retired that don’t have a choice though. :( Prayers for your son!!
Military service doesn't produce anything it's the only branch of government that truly protects the American people. No other office of government can honestly say that. We gave up so much for this wonderful nation and people so that everyone can enjoy freedom.
Remember, the Military defends democracy, it doesn't practice it.
The greatest gift we can give our children is they will never have to be in a position to risk their lives to protect this nation.
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