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Throw the Rascals Out?

LibertyValence Wrote: Oct 29, 2013 2:51 AM
Besides term limits and repealing the 17th Amendment, there has to be an elimination of entitlements for elected officials. These entitlements only encourage the political lifestyle. Pay them whatever you want while they are in office, but make them pay for parking on their way home. No pension, no tax breaks, nada.
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Women in Combat Spells Trouble

LibertyValence Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 8:24 AM
I do agree really, but trying to be objective. I spent 25 years as an Army infantryman. I don't care who is helping me fight or carry the load, I care who is not. I do not support women in infantry units for all the reasons stated. Men have lost their lives protecting their buddies forever. I do know that the authority, no matter how distateful it is, has made the decision. Standards must be gender neutral for this to have any chance of success because it will filter out those who cannot carry the load or perform the required tasks - men and women alike. We can deal w the decision makers during elections as long as we do not get distracted by bright and shiny things.
Am I alone or is Dempsey another example of why our strategic military leadership has not finished or won at war lately?
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Women in Combat Spells Trouble

LibertyValence Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 2:58 AM
Your point is well taken.But remember when you force others to play at your level, they get better . If women are required to perform at a certain level to succeed, they will perform at that level or not succeed unless they get a free pass on the standards.
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Women in Combat Spells Trouble

LibertyValence Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 1:57 AM
I too am concerned w another unilateral decision without debate. But on this particular issue, my concern on this decision is standards of performance will not be relevant to the requirements, but only to ensure inclusion. If a man or a woman can meet the standards, great. As far as men and women in combat together, its been going on for millenia as well as the sex asociated with it. Soldiers will learn do deal with it. Our Soldiers are the strength of our army. It is not their senior leadership who have not given us victory or evan a clean finish in quite some time.
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