Smarting Up the Military
Posted by David Keelan on Friday, December 1, 2006
Remember the post that Steeler hater David Wissing posted on his blog about John Kerry? “Poor John Kerry” It is essentially about the introduction Larry King gave to Kerry before he appeared on Larry King’s show. This says it all.
KING: Senator John Kerry — his first prime time interview since he botched his Iraq joke and since a new poll ranks him America’s least popular leader.
To add injury to insult a recent poll shows John Kerry’s likability has plummeted.
Congressman Charlie Rangel seems to agree with John Kerry’s “joke”.
“No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. … If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.”
Charlie is suggesting that no one in their right mind would want to defend the freedoms of the United States. He is suggesting they are poor, uneducated, and have no other opportunities. Hmmm.
The Heritage Foundation has a study out on this topic that Mssrs. Kerry and Rangel should sit down and read.
- Recruits tend to be better educated than the public at large. At least 90 percent of enlistees have a high-school diploma, while the national high-school graduation rate is 75 percent. In addition, the mean reading level of 2004 recruits is a full grade level higher than that of the comparable youth population.
- Recruits from wealthy families are actually overrepresented in today’s military. The only income group whose participation in the military is declining is the poor. The percentage of recruits from the poorest American neighborhoods (with one-fifth of the U.S. population) declined from 18 percent in 1999 to 14.6 percent in 2003, 14.1 percent in 2004 and 13.7 percent in 2005.
Not that reading this report will make any difference to Charlie Rangel. When asked about the report and if it made any difference to his arguement he said, “Of course not”. Talk about “inconvenient truths”. This guy is about to become one of the most powerful people in the world – as another blogger is fond of saying, Oy.
This was inspired by Cindy V’s post of last week and Rebecca Hagelin’s recent article which you can read atTown Hall here.