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You're not wrong. It's ironic that I'm posting this on the start of a Memorial Day weekend.
Originally posted by donwhite
reply to post by Justin Oldham
I am convinced that conditions here are not nearly so bad as to be conducive to popular revolt. Anything less that a widespread and nearly simultaneous revolt is doomed to failure. 1000s of local SWAT teams are as heavily armed and are similarly trained as are the Army and USMC Special Ops. The one thing that could bring it on - not this year - is a price of gasoline TOO high for 85% of the people to pay. I suggest $6 in today’s prices. I’m surprised the candidates are not talking about those high prices. I guess it is because THEY HAVE NO SOLUTION. You don’t raise an issue you cannot sensibly address.
Originally posted by realshanti
I hope I am not violating any ATS rules by posing this question? if so I apologize - if anyone has some feedback on my question but do not feel comfortable posting - you can U2U me....
" . . radicals who grab the headlines in the next decade are among us right now. Some are soldiers. Others are just hard working tax payers who are being oppressed.
You'll get no argument from me on that point. those of us who advocate for smaller government would have a lot less ammunition to work with if we did get more of what we're supposed to be paying for.
LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of trucks converged on London on Tuesday driven by road hauliers demanding help over rocketing fuel prices. They say fuel bills have risen by almost half in a year. They launched the protest as members of PM Brown's Labour Party, fearful after dismal electoral results, called for a rethink of plans for fuel and road tax increases.
Diesel fuel is now around 130 pence a liter - more than double the price in the United States. Britain levies the highest fuel duty in Europe with nearly 65 per cent of the pump price of petrol due to tax.
The next President, whoever they are, does have a chance to prevent a great deal of the radicalization we're talking about in this thread. based on my experience as a civil servant, I don't think you're wrong about the 30% figure, when it comes to bureaucratic wastage.
It's likely that the next President will introduce new veteran's benefits in their first 100 days. Democrats and Republicans alike would be highly incentivized to do this.
Today happens to be the 64th anniversary of the D-Day landings. I had a chance to do a five minute spot on a radio show to contrast the differences in American society. 1940's vs. today. I mentioned so of the points you've mentioned here. Just thought I would pass that little bit of serendipity along. Each time wo do reneg on our veterans, we radicalized a few, and we pay for it later.
You make a good point. Veterans fall through the cracks all the time. Those who are less wealthy and less educated don't tend to get the treatment they deserve. The VA system is notorious for being "adversarial." Don can say more to this than I can.
Do have have any contact with Iraq war vets? I'm just curious to know. As long as we are on this subject, it might be good to hear from Iraq war vets on ATS.
We are fortunate to be having a slow news week. It could be like this until the end of July. I'm glad we're having this discussion before the elections heat up again.
It costs more to treat our wonded than we realize. I had a chance to talk with a vet from Iraq recently, and he was bitter. Not about the war, but about his treatment by GOVERNMENT officials after returning home.