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  •  Ah yes, Prescott Bush. (8+ / 0-)

     Wasn’t he one of the guys that helped finance the Nazis?  By the way, we highly-paid-killers are not, and never were, all that highly paid.  My first military pay was $21 dollars a month during WWII.  The theory of privatization is an approach to the old problem of a certain class getting their hands on tax payer’s money.  Its bad policy and leads to extensive corruption.  It would be great if we did not need a military.  (Read roseeriter’s comment.)  It would be nice if you people would resist, scream to high heaven, and stop sending us killers to fight pointless wars.  It would be wonderful if you people would insist the corruption stop.  You are an American citizen, right?  We don’t really even have an ememy!!!        

    •  Oh, certainly not in WWII! (4+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, walkshills, IreGyre, kurt

      That was back when they had a draft, not to mention that they could never have afforded to mobilize as many men as they did, if they had paid them more than a pittance!

      Kids these days are getting paid MUCH more, and more importantly, they are getting substantial upfront chunks of cash for initial and re-enlistment "bonuses".  Those chunks of cash can mean the downpayment on a first home, a substantial contribution to the costs of a college degree, or an initial investment to start a small business or a sizeable investment account.  Today's enlistment bonus probably exceeds the whole of what you were paid during your entire military career.

      But I'm not contradicting your points about corruption and pointless wars.  I object to having ANYONE die to make investment brokers a profit, which basically covers every war since the War of 1812.  I'm just noting that since Vietnam, the American public has gotten a little wiser to this, and so it costs  the country a hell of a lot more to pay young people to go do the killing and dying.  They used to volunteer out of youthful naivete and love for their country.  Now they do it so that their kids will be able to have a decent home and school, paid for by Uncle Sam.

      And of course, NOT paid for by those who profit from it most, and do their utmost to avoid paying anything in return.

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