“Government revenue comes from the private, productive sector. The military is a totally unproductive sector. Yet the republicans choose to cut benefits to the productive sector and retain or increase benefits to the unproductive military. This policy well certainly appeal to the military, a large number of whom have conservative leanings. At the end of the working day, a hamburger flipper or a well paid auto worker has something to show for the day. Hamburgers are eaten, an automobile is built. What do we see at the end of the military working day? Do the republicans cultivate the military as potential force to overthrow the government?”
cgriffin1977 on Oct 15, 2013 at 12:08:16
“And American assets are protected by these hamburger flippers.”
“1. What percentage of armed forces members are carrying rifles in a combat zone?
2. Have you checked miliary pay scales and retirement benefits.
3. Does your comprehensive health care cost more than $500/year? Not if you're active or retired military.
4. Most of the sixty thousand names on the Viet Nam memerial were draftees.
5. Is doing laundry or mess cooking on a carrier life ;threatening?
6. You didn't answer the questions i.e., enlist out of patriotism or for the pay/benenfits?
7. What percentage of active military are in the service because they could not get a job in the taxpayer world?”
pitmanlaw on Oct 26, 2012 at 21:51:26
“1. Everyone in a combat zone is issued a rifle, including the cooks and clerks and we all pulled guard duty with live ammo.
2. What seems like a reasonable or even a good salary for a job that may get you killed. For those of us that were only in for one enlistment (3 years), there are no retirement benefits.
3. Who spends 20 years in the US Military just so he can save on insurance premiums after retirement.
4. Those draftees bled just like anyone else and they were my brothers in arms. For them, their one retirement benefit is a headsone in Arlington.
5. Every US Navy ship is a floating explosion waiting to happen. The Enterprise operating off the coast of Vietnam nearly sank when a rocket detonated on the deck. 27 killed. None were carrying a rifle in combat.
6. I enlisted because my grandfather served in WW1, my father went ashore on Normandy, and I felt bound to duty. I enlisted in 1967 at a time when 200 men per week were dying.
General Colin Powell and I know the honor of military service. We both understand the honor that President Obama brings to America
7. I cannot speak for the others.”
“There are two possible reasons for joining the military. Here they are:
1. A powerful sense of patriotism, a desire to protect the USA from enemies.
2. A job that pays well, has generous benefits and excellent job security.
Which of those two is the most likely motivator?”
sdshantasi on Oct 26, 2012 at 11:49:16
“Both great reasons, but I would never join an organization that had such a strict contract that I couldn't leave my job without being court martialed. Or get pregnant, etc., etc. This woman should have known better.”
pitmanlaw on Oct 26, 2012 at 11:38:53
“Generous benefits??? you get free camo clothing and shoes, a free rifle, and the opportunity to be sent anywhere in the world without notice where you may face hostile people who want to kill you. As for job security.....60,000 men listed on the Vietnam memorial wall, would disagree.”
telorvehccio on Oct 26, 2012 at 11:33:27
“it doesn't matter... along with the priveledges and prestige of being an officer, there are stringent rules of conduct - THAT THEY ARE ALL AWARE OF - to follow or you're out. period. that's it. no special exceptions.”
“By googling "federal outlays vs federal revenue chart" you can easily see why we have a national debt and a huge budget. One chart runs from 1965 to 2010. It is quite clear that the biggest budget deficits occured during the adminstrations of Reagan and GW Bush. The only time revenue exceeded outlay was during the last part of the Clinton administration. When outlays exceed revenue, the difference is made up by borrowing. That's the national debt.
The current problem can be attributed to eight years of the Bush admiinistration. Taxes were cut concurrently with involvement in an unjustified war,, whose costs ran about one billion dollars per day.
At preent, the economic collapse began during the last two years of the Bush adminstration. Huge unemployment reduced revenues, since people who are unempl;oyed pay no taxes. Since outlays are mandatory, the budget deficit grows.
The argument that spending is out of control is nonsense. Federal outlays have increased since 1965 in close agreement with inflation, about 3.2% per year.
It is unlikely that any conservative will look for the truth. Too much work for them. They will sustitute lies, deceits, spin, slander, etc...but they will never do the work necessary to understand the problem.”
cskirk on May 20, 2012 at 13:39:26
“try running your chart through today and your entire analysis goes out the window. Nice try though”
“Sounds good to me....one less federal welfare case supported by the taxpayers. Like so many others, not good enough to work in the private, productive, and taxpaying sector, he found a good paying job supported by the tax payers. Welcome to the real world, Stein. Now go find a job.”
“The Santorums may be better off, dealing with their daughter's problem. That's just one family. There are thousands and thousands of families and individuals who would be better off without Rick Santorum.”
“There is a factor applicable to all vessels. It is called the righting moment. In the interest of simplicity, a sail boat carries weight in the keel. When the boat leans to one side, say from the force of the wind on the sail, the weight of the ballast in the keel provides a countering force called the righting moment. The further the boat leans (heels), the greater the righting moment. But there is a point at which the force causing the boat to heel exceeds the righting moment. At that point, the boat capsizes. The same logic is applicable to any vessel, sail or power, large or small. The tragedy of July 4th resulted from exceeding the righting moment of the boat. By having a large number of people well above the ballast, probably on the flying bridge, the righting moment was reduced. Wind or a large wake could have induced a heel angle but the most likely cause was operator incompetence. By making a turn at speed, the boat will heel. If the righting moment was exceeded for that angle of heel, the boat will capsize. Twenty seven people on a 34' powerboat, a large number on the flying bridge, meant the righting moment was dramatically reduced.”
“Interesting......our armed forces, well paid, well benefited, well beond the military compensation of any other nation in the world, are supported excluively by the productive, working, private sector Americans. Could the Obama administration move toward cutting a little fat from this totally unproductive drain on the economy have hit a nerve? And what percentage of the US military is in the service out of pure patriotism? They couldn't have joined up for the pay and benefits, could they? They couldn't have joined up because they had nothing to offer to the productive, taxpaying sector, could they?”
“The likelihood of anything like the truth coming out of any law enforcement agent is remote. For those who challenge this statement, checkout Serpico, a former NYPD police officer. He was different. He was foolish enough to believe in practcing the oath he took when he became a police officer. Those convictions were not accepted by his brother officers, who attempted to kill him”
cnrventures on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:25:01
“I agree and with DOJ and Holder as an example they will never tell the truth or just I don't remember”
“The AOL writer who covers female celbreties needs to expand his/her vocabulary. Stunning, revealing, shocking, a lot of skin, suggests to me that the writer is probably a male who must masturbate furiously after writing his blurb. Can AOL not find more interesting topics? Or is this an attempt to satisfy prurient needs while avoiding the expense of purchasing one or more of the readily available pornographic magazines?”
dickn2000b on Sep 25, 2011 at 17:09:04
“Or it could be a lesbian who masturbates furiously after writing her blurb.”
“Human beings have been screwing for at least 3,000,000 years. Most screwing was done without the support of Viagra, sexy underwear, mirrors, perfume, etc...It must still be an interesting topic and probably gains more readership than a discussion of particle physics.”
EmCeePee on Jun 24, 2011 at 13:38:17
“Not too sure if its been 3 million years for humans--but, our ancestors and our cousins (apes, chimps, orangs) obviously were sexual animals. Still are. Can't stop 'em. And such variety. Oh my!”
“To believe that the behavior of these brats is excusable, because it's just teen age euphoria is a gross error of judgement.. Are you telling me that they are unaware that vandalizing cars, damaging property, trespassing, etc, is unacceptable behavior? Take away or damage their I-Pad, their Walkman and get a dose of outraged indignation. Dunkowski's action is commendable. It may even introduce an element missing in their character, responsibility.”
hemorrhage on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:41:50
“I make no excuse for their behavior and am not suggesting they be allowed to get away with it. What I am stating is I don't think firing bullets at teenagers for tipping over garbage cans and even vandalizing property is a sane reaction. If you took away their Ipad, would it be a sane reaction for one of them to shoot you? Why does everything have to escalate to life and death? Over property?”
“My sympathy is extended to Mr. Dunikowski. Just guessing, but the loss of any of those teens would be an asset to society. I am curious as to the ethnicity of the teens. Any suggestions?”
binarystar on Jul 18, 2011 at 16:26:04
“How come I get the feeling that if you knew these kids were white you wouldn't think it was so awesome that a grown man went in his house and got a rifle and began indiscriminately shooting at them from a window?”
hemorrhage on Jun 22, 2011 at 13:18:16
“and yes, I see my spelling error”
hemorrhage on Jun 22, 2011 at 13:17:48
“A discgusting question, but I'll answer because I think that will blow up your racial theories: its a very white neighborhood. So please, what does that tell you?”
“One special charcteristic is the inability to get a job in the taxpaying private sector.”
Jess H on May 10, 2011 at 01:22:24
“really? because I am married to a 12 year college educated army veteran still serving who would have made more money out of the army than in...also many many civilian jobs in that so called tax paying private sector give preference to military vets and people who serve too. So joining doesn't mean they only did it for a job, thats absurd.Most people myself included being that I am also a vet, this was way before the tanked economy btw...join for the experiences,educational benefits, and sometimes they feel it's their civic duty to serve their country.”
“Delighted to see Rick out there in front. Whatta guy! He's what this country needs as a leader. Yessir, republicans need to get behind him. No doubt in my mind at all. My hopes and prayers float heavenward for Rick to be our candidate i”
Greg Petty on May 8, 2011 at 00:53:42
“He is crazier than anyone running"His slogan should be"A troubled Man for Troubled Times"”
LMPE on May 8, 2011 at 00:46:56
“Ricky doesn't like the thought of anyone, um, getting behind him.”