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Telling it like it is

April 8, 2011
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Miss Heather at Newyorkshitty.com spots and posts a very, well, direct bumper sticker in Williamsburg:

No doubt a dramatic way to make your point, but make it it does.

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  1. April 9, 2011 2:01 pm

    As we’ve said before, we try to stay away from politics here, largely so Al doesn’t have to feel bad when I point out how he’s wrong, but also because everyone gets enough of all that nonsense elsewhere. But, since you brought it up.

    I applaud snide put downs of the coddled rich, or upper middle class as the case may be, as much as the next self loathing member of the coddled upper middle class. But here’s the thing, it’s that very war that is part of the reason why fewer kids will get to go to college. Operation Ambivalent Freedom, or whatever we called the invasion of Iraq has done nothing for American freedoms and more than a little do push us into our current financial distress. The estimated costs of our involvement in Iraq is closing in on a trillion dollars and among the programs looking at significant cuts in our current budget battle is the Pell Grant program, which provides money for lower income people to go to college.

    This guy’s son’s service should be respected and he should be treated well, very well, but the greater mission he was involved with in terms of allowing other kids go to college, well, I’m just saying.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      April 9, 2011 2:18 pm

      First, I didn’t say that I agreed or disagreed with the bumper sticker. It’s a bumper sticker.

      Second, is it your position that soldiers get to choose the wars in which they fight?

      Third, assuming that you believe the United States should have a military, are you in favor of reinstating the draft?

      • April 9, 2011 3:16 pm

        First: Not a lot on the HEG gets by without some sort of crack, so I don’t feel I stretched too far assuming that posting without comment implied some sort of endorsement. Of course, in the absence of anything specific a misinterpretation on my part is entirely possible, though second and third seem to imply that I may not be far off.

        Second: Yes, they should get to choose what wars they want to serve in. Me, I’d go serve in whatever war it was where Henry V led “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers”. That would be pretty cool.

        Third: It’s unfortunate, but yes, we do need a military. And while I don’t support a draft there is something to be said for it. The military would be made of a much greater cross section of society. It would probably be a good thing for the coddled rich to have to rub elbows with their economic lessers, to see that just because Daddy (or Mommy) succeeded it does not mean that you’re anything special.

        Fourth: The military is a powerful vehicle for helping the poor leave their economic starting point, as well it should, but the military should not be the only government path for the economically disadvantaged to pursue their ambitions. Education assistance might be another good one, and spending well north of a trillion dollars on wars over the last ten years, in addition to our routine enormous defense expenditures, crowds a few other things out.

        Fifth: You did title the post: Telling it Like it Is.

        • Fat Al permalink*
          April 9, 2011 3:37 pm

          Blah blah blah. This is why we skip big picture politics here.

          Let’s go Yanks.

          • April 9, 2011 3:42 pm

            Exactly, it’s what I said in the first sentence of my first comment. Glad we can agree.

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