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3/3/19 12:12 A

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I occasionally check in here to see what things I strongly disagree, just because. Well, it's been awhile because I've been battling an illness - so, any who.

Neither those who come from the bottom fifth of earners in the U.S, nor those in the top 20% of earners contribute their " fair share" to the enlisted in our service. Broken down, it looks like this:

20% - Up to $38,244 19% enlisted come from here
40% - 38,245 to $48,530 21% enlisted come from here
60% - 48,531 to $61,403 21.5 enlisted come from here
80% - 61,404 to 81,912 21.5 enlisted come from here
100% - 81,912 and above 17% enlisted come from here

Amazingly close to the national distribution of wage earners. So yes, the majority come from the middle class because 60% of wage earners are IN the middle classes

With few exceptions, Congress has set the minimum standard Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) for enlistment at the 50th percentile. All high school juniors take this test, not just the underprivileged middle class. So the 50th percentile equals 49% scores lower and 49% scores higher on this National test.

50th percentile on the SAT is 1485 of all those who took the test (smart kids wanting to go to college).

50th percentile on the ACT is 21

While 50th percentile on either college entrance exam would not see anyone NOT a high performing athlete, or child of a wealthy alum,admitted to most D1 schools, most Community/Junior colleges would accept these scores. After that, it's perform, baby

If a high school graduate wouldn't/couldn't qualify for financial aid, a 4 year enlistment qualifies the person 80-100% of fees and tuition to public schools, plus $500 per semester for books plus 100% of the average apartment rental cost in the town where the college is located. Dang, wouldn't have to live with mom & dad!

I think four years of service to your country is a fair trade

As for all those reasons Republicans want war, they apply to Democrats as well.

This conservative Republican doesn't want war, nor do any of the conservative Republicans I personally know. Why? Because we fit the profile for the "middle class". We don't want our kids to volunteer for the military.

Oops, my oldest did. After 4 years, we (he + mom + dad) made sure he got to go to school at a D1 state university.

Now, we've set up a savings program for each of our grandchildren.

Almost forgot. Veterans are all considered "in state" for tuition. That da.., da.., da,.. darn Republican Congress added that to the GI Bill.

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3/23/15 11:26 A

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Some of them want war because it makes them money, and costs them nothing. Our entirely volunteer military is overwhelmingly made up of young people from less-than-privileged backgrounds. Not the poorest of the poor, but the vast middle class of young people who graduate from high school qualifying for little to no financial aid, but who know they want a college education. Their children and the children of their ultra-wealthy cohorts will never have to serve on the front lines.

Some of them want war because they think it creates heroes. They get wrapped up in the pageantry of celebrating American soldiers and ignore the very real price those young people pay.

Some of them want war because Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, and they will do anything, including spending American lives needlessly to prove it was undeserved.

Some of them want to bring on the end times. Seriously. They want to see the world end in their lifetimes.

Some of them simply want to bully the rest of the world.

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3/22/15 6:25 P

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4every - I'm afraid you're correct. The right wants war because it makes them $$?? Because it reinforces their macho image? Because God was so warlike in the Old Testament? Why???

It could also be because they oppose Obama, but weren't they that way before him?

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3/10/15 4:02 P

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When 47 Republican Senators sign on to a letter that basically warns a foreign government that the American government's word can't be trusted and that the President's word has a "shelf life" you can no longer call those Senators "the fringe element of the Republican party!"

This is Republican's way to stall progress in the US's treaty talks so that they can how the world how weak Obama is.

THE GOP DOESN'T WANT PEACE!



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3/10/15 3:32 P

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I get a deep pain in my gut when I read stuff about the fringe of the Republican party. My brain says "This can't be real", but it is!?! This, and the growing revelations of Black hatred. Oh God, help us (and I'm an Athiest!)

Another "woe is me" is ISIL. I agree with other nations who won't give them recognition by using the name they've chosen for their world dominence. Call them DASH instead -- a nothing name.

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I'm so angry I can't even think straight.
www.theatlantic.com/international/ar
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Interesting who DIDN'T sign the letter:
•Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Corker is the sponsor of a bill that would increase sanctions on Iran only if Congress rejects a final agreement with Iran;
•Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a Washington veteran. His spokesman said the senator had expressed his view by agreeing to co-sponsor the Corker bill;
•Dan Coats of Indiana, whose office declined to comment;
•Susan Collins of Maine, a leading moderate Republican;
•Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who also sometimes bucks her party;
•Thad Cochran of Mississippi; and
•Jeff Flake of Arizona, whose office told me Flake also supports Corker's bill because he thinks the Senate ought to have a say in any deal but considered the letter "unnecessary."
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What a fuster-cluck!

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