Originally posted by Skerrako
Sure, lets cut funding in education so that we have more illiterates, cut medicaid so old people have no choice but to slowly die, cut foodstamps so
that people gradually starve, and cut housing assistance so that people have nowhere to live. BUT lets add $160 Billion dollars to the defense budget
because it's in "our best interests". Its like putting a suit of armor on to defend yourself from pneumonia.
You don't understand the system.
Our nation more or less revolves around the military and the industrial complex that supports it. Its one of the very few industries we have left,
everything else went on an extended vacation to China.
Our education system was originally designed during the Industrial Revolution to provide better workers, it has never been about making people
informed or smart. We minimally fund it and engineer it to provide a minimum education. If people really want to learn anything important, they have
to go to college, preferably overseas at somewhere like Oxford. To go to college though, anywhere, it takes lots of money and student aid barely
covers state run colleges.
Then we provide mismanaged social welfare programs, which forces people to look for work. It also forces people to seek out decent insurance.
Where can someone get a job, money for college, housing and good insurance for the whole family?
The United State Military.
The US Military employs around 1.5 million people. All of them get good money for college through the 9-11 GI Bill. They are all provided housing or a
housing allowance for those who wish to live off base/post. They also have awesome insurance, including $400,000 in life insurance.
But thats not all.
If you sign on now, you can get up to $40,000 for a sign on bonus or pay off all of your student loans.
If that doesn't float your boat. There is the National Guard and the Reserves which employ around 1.5 million people.
Its the same job, but one weekend a month. You still get money for college and great insurance, plus sign on bonuses or student loan repayment. Full
time positions are available as well.
But wait there's more.
In as little as 15 years you can be retired through active duty service and 30 for National Guard and Reserves.*
Once retired, most of the military industries would love to see you continue to work for them.
Some Private Military Contractors start as high $250,000 a year. (KBR cooks around $125,000)
So you see, there is a design plan for the system.
The alternative is the service economy. I don't know about you but I hate Walmart and McDonalds. I sure as heck don't want to work for them. Unless
you know someone who knows someone or ooze charisma, good jobs are hard to find.
For the people worried about being shot or shot at, statistically you are more likely to get shot and killed working at a gas station or fast food
place in a US city. You get shot in those places, you lose your job and your insurance. The military doesn't do that. If you do get disabled they
medically retire you and you're still eligible to draw disability on top of that. If you can manage, they can hook you up with $100,000 microprocessor
controlled prosthetic limbs that allow you to return to duty. We currently have about 50 personnel armed forces wide deployed with them.
So there are reasons why things are done the way they are done.
Its the American Way.
And Hail COBRA!
* Potential side effects can include but are not limited to: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Exposure to Depleted Uranium.
18/12/10 by MikeboydUS because: Edited for Truth!