Posted on Jun 5, 2016
CPT Jack Durish
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I don't really have anything to ad. The meme says it all. Do you agree?
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SMSgt Minister Gerald A. "Doc" Thomas
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Putting on that uniform is too much work for most
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MSgt Jonathan Stump
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and putting on the uniform should not be a requirement for anything. What needs to happen is that the federal government and all other governments need to get out of the business of education.
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TSgt Alex Benningfield
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We will pay for your college so you won't ensure the national average of 30-40 grand in debt. We will pay you while you go to school so you don't go hungry. We will even give you a skills because education alone is not enough. But until the value of education is realized by the new generations the uniform will always be too much.
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CPT Jack Durish When I was discharged, I started working full time and started going to school full time using the G.I. Bill. My degree paved the way to my dream job. Hard work and determination does pay off.
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CPT Jack Durish
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America has long benefited from stories such as yours. After all, the success of an almost-free market economy is the sum of the successes and failures of its individual members. You have obviously contributed to the credit side of that balance sheet as have I. Sadly, the government contributes only to the debit side and the imbalance of a cancerous growth in government has laid our nation low.
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SSG Pete Fleming
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19 trillion dollars in debt and everyone wants free stuff... I get it... actually there is a warped sense of logic. But I think there needs to be a realistic solution. Military service for all? The fact is not everyone is cut out for military service.

Instead go with a community service concept. If you want 'free' college, you must put in 40 hours a week for the summer before and in between semesters and one summer after graduation. During the school semester 15-20 hours a week. This can be based on the needs of the state and local community. It should only be for state level colleges, trade and technical schools. All tuition paid, all books, and such. A small salary could be included (small). If you choose to go to a private or out of state university it is on you. If you choose to not do the community service all cost are on you.

Now how do we pay for this? Simple cut/reduce foreign aid, and other welfare programs. Fix the tax system, encourage job growth and development in the USA, remove the restrictive regulations that is killing industry, negotiate trade deals with America's best interests. Cut the size and scope of many of the federal/state government agencies.

Get people educated and working, we won't need the welfare. The more people working the more fresh tax revenue can be generated and put towards the debt and other priorities. (What do I mean by fresh tax revenue? If you have 25% or more of your population getting government assistance, the tax money collected from that is just recycled, does nothing to benefit the nation. It is like daddy works, gives his son a dollar who buys lemonade from his sister's stand who then gives it to her daddy to buy more lemonade mix... who then gives his son a dollar who buys more lemonade...)
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SSG Pete Fleming
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Sgt Gus Laskaris - There is tons of community service to do. help the elderly, clean the parks, go to the state parks and other state properties. Clean the rivers and streams, clean along the highways, and more. It would not be a federal program, but a state run and administered program tailored by and for the benefit of each state. The federal government need to reduce its size and scope. It needs to get out of our day to day lives and go back to the authority granted by the Constitution, everything else belongs to the individual states.

Veterans deserve everything they get for what they are willing to do. Your Air Force comment is insulting to Air Force vets. I remember seeing them in Iraq, their conditions were no better than mine (this was 03).

Some jobs come and some go very true. But we are not replacing them. They are going overseas because of policies in place that strangle businesses and growth. The government mandating a living wage does nothing to help the economy, it in facts hurts the economy and cost jobs.

Student debt isn't the fault of the government. Private colleges are a business and if people are willing to pay they will charge those fees. There are ways to keep cost down, community and state schools. We also need to get back to having trade schools in high school. The states and the local communities needs to have control over their education institutions, not the federal government.

People want free stuff, earn it. Community service is just one of may ways. I would support community service projects for those on welfare as well. Why should hard working men and women pay taxes so someone else gets paid to do nothing?

The only way to fix any of this is with job creation, economic growth and development. Reduce the federal government hold over small business (stop the overregulation) fix the tax system. Put America first on all trade deals (as every nation should put their citizens first).
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