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Let’s Draft Our Kids

Yes, you read that right. That's the title of Mr. Thomas Ricks Op-Ed in today's New York Times

Mr. Ricks has thought it out very carefully how he would like the government to employ our conscripted labor for the greater good.Here's a tidbit:

"The pool of cheap labor available to the federal government would broadly lower its current personnel costs and its pension obligations — especially if the law told federal managers to use the civilian service as much as possible, and wherever plausible. The government could also make this cheap labor available to states and cities. Imagine how many local parks could be cleaned and how much could be saved if a few hundred New York City school custodians were 19, energetic and making $15,000 plus room and board, instead of 50, tired and making $106,329, the top base salary for the city’s public school custodians, before overtime."


I personally think Mr. Ricks has too much time on his hands--or is getting financially subsidized for such claptrap. It takes a strong stomach to read it all. Worse, there is no comments function to response. Or an email option to Mr. Ricks that I can find. I guess the New York Times has made up our minds for us!

One crucial observation Mr. Ricks misses. Military members, conscripted or not, have their personal liberties restricted if not all together removed during service. "Ours is not to question why, ours is to do or die". in not just poetical license, it is a hard fact of military service. You are obligated to render unto Caesar 24/7--whoever and whatever political flavor of that particular Caesar is at the moment.

One more proposal from Mr.Ricks to ponder:

"And libertarians who object to a draft could opt out. Those who declined to help Uncle Sam would in return pledge to ask nothing from him — no Medicare, no subsidized college loans and no mortgage guarantees. Those who want minimal government can have it."

Oh please, don't tease us Mr. Ricks! We might take you up your offer.
Especially if we get to opt out paying for them! Or do we still have to pay out of our productivity to provide for your government benefits?

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