Seriously, I was at a commuter rail station back when we were placing lots of National Guardsmen and women in them in order to encourage Americans to be afraid all of the time of Terrorists—but go shopping. I got into a conversation with a very nice gentleman who was just back from Iraq. He told me that "we need to reform all of these entitlements." I asked him for a definition of entitlement and he thought about it for a minute and said, "well, they're bad."
"Really?" I asked, "Where did you get this nice uniform?"
"It was issued to me," he answered.
"That's because you earned it and you are entitled to it because you did."
"An entitlement is something you earn?"
"True. you have earned the right to wear that uniform, you are entitled to it and the US Military gives you that entitlement as well as the uniform as an entitlement."
"So what is all this about these other entitlements, these bad entitlements that we cannot afford?"
"They were earned, too. In fact, you are entitled to go into a Veteran's Administration hospital to get checked out any time you feel you need to. That's another entitlement, and it's one they have their eyes on."
"That's just wrong," he said.
"Additionally, you've been paying into the Social Security and Medicare system. If you die in service, Social Security gives your survivors a check. You don't want them to get that?"
"No, I don't think so."
"You get disabled and you're entitled to a Social Security check for disability. You think that is wrong?"
Frankly, I think that the United States Military has become one great big huge "political re-education camp." They get our boys overseas and they start lecturing to them about all of this nonsense and they haven't a clue as to what they're talking about and how, what they're espousing would really look once it hit them. I know it went on in Iraq, because I have spoken to dozens who have returned, spouting exactly the same talking points. I am also smart enough to know who proposed this war in Iraq. For much of the time after the invasion, our men and women were in camps with nothing to do. And I think the political operatives made sure they had a lot of "educational materials."
If Ron Paul were actually elected, here is what would really happen:
We would downsize our military at a level that we have not so done since WW I and that would throw many of these fine men and women out of work in an economy that is not great.
Oh, but Ron Paul's largest supporters are military.
until they realize what he says really means.
This is exactly what happened under Shrub. He told everyone we needed to starve government of the money we needed for social programs. And the end result of that is a country that is having trouble digging its way out of a recession because we didn't have the money for the social support necessary to build back an economy that the bankers ruined.
Oh and we "couldn't afford" to rebuild New Orleans.
But we could afford to pay Halliburton over $1 million weekly to "rebuild Iraq."