Now, here’s the thing, I understand that we’ve got this huge debt and we are essentially bankrupt by any sane standard. I also understand that money doesn’t grow on trees — it grows in computers at the Federal Reserve. But, from where I’m sitting, I think there is another way to save a buck that doesn’t involve kicking a war hero — a war hero whose accomplishment has been cashed in on by politicians and Hollywood — out into the cold.
Here’s my idea. Give this man his benefits. A congressman only has to work part time in his cushy job for five years before he’s eligible for a partial pension. A military man has to work twenty. The politician accomplishes nothing, risks nothing, does nothing, possesses no skills or abilities, and is rewarded handsomely for being such a profound zero. The service member risks everything, achieves what nobody else could, has talents nobody else has and is rewarded meagerly for being such a profound asset. Moreover, the average Senator is wealthy before he ever takes office. The average Marine is a broke teenager when he joins the military. Take away the politician’s undeserved and unearned loot and give it to the people who deserve it and earn it.
But I’ll go a step further. The guy buying a bag of Chex Mix with his EBT card, and the guy withdrawing his government cheese from a liquor store ATM, and the guy in the tax funded housing unit didn’t earn it either. Nor does he deserve it. Nor does it make sense to reward non-contributing adults more than we reward men in uniform. End the welfare state. That’ll free up a little more for the SEAL and his brothers in arms. And the rest can go back to the paychecks it came from.
It’s far more profitable to be a parasite than a patriot. That’s a dynamic we may want to change if we ever want to save this country.