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Response to Raster (Reply #81)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 04:14 PM

84. Yeah, you're eloquently summing up one side of the debate (the side with

 

which I agree in principle). I've heard the current situation referred to as "the poverty draft" and remember Lyndie England (of Abu Ghraib fame) being quotes as having said the only reason she enlisted was that there was nothing other than WalMart jobs for 60 miles around where she grew up.

When 50% of Congress is made up of multi-millionaires, having universal military conscription helps keep the system honest by ensuring their kids can't buy their way out of service and thus Congress may become less willing to sacrifice their own young in the pursuit of imperial hubris.

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