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  •  What i find more internsting (0+ / 0-)

    is that assumption that what was said was the military was a waste of time.  What was said is that the military creates a dependent culture which is an overly broad statement, but equally broad is the statement that no one wastes their time in the military.  I am sure I can find one case where one person has wasted their time and prove the statement invalid.  In any case the extreme response indicates more about the myth of the military and the importance of some to believe that myth than any opinion I may have of it.

    The actual context of where 'waste' was used had to do with comparing two individuals, not the value of the organization.  The statement was specifically set up to equate military service and college career, which I will admit might make the military sound like a waste of time because so many think college is a waste of time.

    a person who does not have a job because they wasted their time in the military is considered a more deserving case than someone who does not have a job because they chose the wrong major
    In any case, these two individuals each chose to take advantage of an opportunity to get trained, and that opportunty could result in high level of independence or a high level of dependence on others.  The difference is that conservatives tend to assume that military people are entitled to that dependence, while college students are just left to fend for themselves.  Again, this may indicate that conservative, at least, realize that they are creating a population dependent on the government.  It is not that every military person, or college student, egresses as a continued dependent.  It is that rather than focusing their time on becoming independent, this only military person knew that they can continue to act like a dependent, cry, and congress would fund some training program so this one person could gain the skills they should have gotten during the military.  The college graduate would have to take out additional loans to pay for their wasted four years.

    She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

    by lowt on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:42:13 AM PDT

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    •  Talk to the hand. Your desire to have an (2+ / 0-)
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      existential argument about time and wasting is of no consequence.

      The Military is a job. It is a job in which one signs a contract to serve, and the US Government is supposed to honor that contract and the service, which it often doesn't.

      Your bullshit line about 'more deserving' veterans than other disadvantaged people is just another ploy to pit various groups against each other in a fight over the false notion of reduced resources.

      The first world country has the man power the technology and the innovation and capital to fix it's problems if only it could get the ideological bullshit out of the way and actually get the nut cutting of solving real problems in real time.

      What vets are fighting for are theirs by contract period. Just like when Unions fight for their contractual compensation, when rich bastards try to deny them what is theirs legally and morally.

      So get a clue already.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 02:00:24 PM PDT

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