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    JayRaye, deep info, Words In Action

    It's interesting to note that the "revolving-door" policy hasn't applied much to Congress. The ratio between military/Congress has really ebbed in recent years.

    Just an observation.

    "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

    by markthshark on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 04:05:07 PM PDT

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    •  Not sure what to make of that. (2+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, markthshark

      It could cut both ways.  We don't want "revolving door" military in Congress.  On the other hand, we do want principled ex-military, because frequently they're the only ones with the guts to call bullshit on the Military-Industrial Complex, and to actually work to take it down.

      •  I was just making an observation... (1+ / 0-)
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        divineorder

        not a judgment.

        If I was to make a judgment I'd probably agree with you. We need a firsthand perspective on military matters in Congress. But not all military perspectives. What we need is the perspective of actual participants in the fighting, the "grunts" if you will -- as opposed to members of the military hierarchy -- the generals and such. The latter would bring to Congress already-established relationships with the corporate world, i.e., the MIC you spoke of.

        I doubt we have much to worry about the latter much. Although there have been exceptions to the rule, if history is any indication, the higher-ups in the Military presumably consider holding congressional office as a couple steps down in status from where they're at when they retire from the military.

        Besides, why go to Congress when you could go for a kush, consulting job at a big defense contractor -- or -- a senior level policy head or a high-level agency/cabinet position in Washington?

        "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

        by markthshark on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 06:49:11 PM PDT

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