A grateful nation honors our small-enough-to-fail troops

Fun fact: 1/4 of our homeless population are veterans. On the bright side, Clinton escaped homelessness after sacrificially dodging the draft to serve as Commander in Chief of the Military and leaving the White House “dead broke“, and Bush/Cheney are doing very well too. Indeed, Bush’s sacrificial stint with the National Guard and Cheney’s brave sacrificial willingness to get five draft deferments and send other people to war in his place freed them up to get the kind of lucrative public service work that would eventually ensure that lots of today’s troops would get the work that only they could send them to do–as well as generate plenty of work for prosthesis manufacturers, psychiatrists, family counselors, divorce lawyers, doctors, surgeons, suicide hotline counselors, homeless shelters, funeral home owners, munitions manufacturers and numerous related industries.  And Obama’s VA will presumably soon be able to process euthanasia candidates to help with the caseload.

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  • Marthe Lépine

    I did not read this very carefully, but as I did a thought came to mind. A few weeks ago, a discussion in the comment box brought up the influence of Calvinism on American culture, religions or not. In particular, the equations that purported to show: Wealthy = hard working = blessed by God, and
    Poor = lazy = condemned by God.
    It does provide an easy way out for whoever wants to dismiss the poor. Particularly the part about being lazy.
    So, putting 2 and 2 together, I have been wondering a few things:
    – How come the work done by military people (now veterans) is not being considered as hard work? (Since they are poor, they must be lazy, so being in a war was not hard enough work. If the poor were not so lazy, they would work hard and get themselves out of poverty/homelessness. After all, anyone should be able to at least start their own business…)
    – Conversely, how could serving in the military have made so many men become lazy (if they were not lazy to start with)?
    – How can someone claim that having to pay taxes, and seeing some (not much) of their tax money being used for programs that “help” the poor, claim that it is stealing from those who work hard/are successful to give to those who don’t work hard enough?

    Just food for thought…