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Greatest Generation the Most Entitled

Robert97 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 12:39 PM
I saw an article about the benefits of the Civilian Conservation Corps (which was not quite free). Besides planting trees, making parks, etc., the CCC trained the young men in military style discipline. The article pointed out that CCC workers were thus much easier to mold into real military when WW2 started.
emikan Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 4:26 PM
Another American Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 3:10 PM
Tell me you and Elizabeth are not suggesting more spending programs, I better get back to work, millions of people depend on it. Jeez. Scary.
Joseph64 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:55 PM
Getting people with little or no education off the streets so they can't commit crimes and give them an education that they can use when their term of service is up is not a bad thing. Switzerland still does it and has among the lowest crime and unemployment rates in Europe.
Tacitus X Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 3:05 PM
What we need is a professional military, not overgrown boy scouts or government drone gardeners. Excuse me for suspecting that those trees could have been planted better and cheaper by a private nursery firm with workers holding down real jobs that pay taxes rather than drain revenue.
Elisabeth26 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 1:33 PM
The draft also created young people who knew how to care for themselves, how to budget money, how to work. CCC or draft -- I believe each citizen owes its country something of himself (neutral gender). It is a great way to start life -- with tools to live it. Paramilitary training is about self-responsibility, acknowledging legitimate authority, and performing as trained. It is not about being slothful, ignorant and disrespectful excuses for human beings mooching from the publicly financed teat.
Tacitus X Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 3:10 PM
The draft is a form of involuntary servitude (slavery). Everyone who works a productive job is contributing to the country. Individuals in a free society don't exist to serve the government - government exists to serve individuals.
Joseph64 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:53 PM
So what do you do when the people outnumber the available jobs? The British used to have what they called "National Service" that got a lot of the unemployed/unemployable off the streets and put them into the armed forces where they couldn't get into too much trouble. It's what we need here, too.

One thing nearly everybody agrees upon is that the "sequester" is a silly sideshow to the real challenge facing America: unsustainable spending on entitlements. Ironies abound. Democrats, with large support from young people, tend to believe that we must build on the legacy bequeathed to us by the New Deal and the Great Society. Republicans, who marshaled considerable support from older voters in their so-far losing battle against Obamacare, argue that we need to start fresh.

Perhaps it's time for both sides to consider an underappreciated fact of American life: The system we are trying to perpetuate was created for the...