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  • The Free World Won That War
    deployed decoy
    The heroes of the 1940s and what would become the Greatest Generation of all time in America are all but gone. Although he had been shot (flesh wound) he never in his life expected or applied for VA disability. I buried my father at sea in a US Navy ceremony last year. He had wanted his ashes scattered off the Arizona. Since he was not on that ship when it went down, it was a federal offense for me to do that for him. Part of him was interned by the Navy, kind of like Soldiers go to Arlington (except we have a far better idea where he is in the vast pacific than most people do in Arlington). Part of him also rests below the USS North Carolina, anchored in his last place of residence, Wilmington NC. I got caught by the museum curator, as his wife and I did our own thing with a small part of him off the gun deck. Rather than chew me out. She had the Captain (US Navy Retired) fly the American flag over the ship and present it to us (we had to buy the flag). As I look at my US currency from the era and read, VICTORY, HAWAII and AFRICA stamped on the back of $1 and $20s. I feel we have lost this war in SWA, in most cases supporting foreign leaders that abuse human rights blatantly in our faces. America makes us spend plastic PX POGs here, apparently so the bad guys cannot use our currency against us (I wont ask about the $100 of millions in US cold hard currency sent to buy friends and influence bad guys that would not accept POGs). Surly we have lost the war at home, funding medical ailments as trivial as hemorrhoids at the VA and some 50% of the force disabled. But, that is only to get worse since the military had to legalize (well I wont go there) when they repealed don’t ask don’t tell.
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  • We can only hope the ship gets righted
    contrarian
    But it won't do it by itself. If any country is capable of fixing itself it's the USA. But, govts have come and gone throughout history. Obama had the chance to come up with a grand compromise on the "third rail" of American politics and chose to pass it up. GOP wouldn't budge on taxes. Definition of gridlock folks. We all suffer, because when Bush said "read my lips" he didn't get reelected, unlike Walker who survived a recall election. At this point, USA seems all about the "free stuff" that special interests can bite, including the M-I-C. Mike needs to start telling us how the coming budget cuts will play out. As stated above, many have paid the ultimate price, their lives, for this country. It's up to us now to do our parts which will not get close to their sacrifice.
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  • Perhaps if the GOP would not stop Obama
    Moderate
    from doing his job. obama is attempting to right the economy from the Bush and the Republican Depression, but is being prevented by the Radical right filibusters. He is trying to fund stimuluses, but the radical right wants social programs cut. And when they let them pass, it is at the expense of government workers. They then make agreements on how to cut the budget and then renege on the cuts to the programs they like. Also, the GOP will not budge on added taxes for the wealthy.
    worker
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  • Tighten your belts
    Linda
    With the recall election failing in Wisconsin, and the Republican's now knowing that they can beat up on State Workers, the Feds will be next. I am not saying some unions don't need to be fixed. When teachers practice sexual harrasment of thier students (not child abruse in high school) and can't get fired, there is a problem with the system. But, to remove all collective bargaining is going too far. That gives all the powers to the greedy corporations to abuse financially their employees. That will work as long as there is a poor encomony, but when the work force continues to retire and there are less young people coming into the system, that may back fire on the corporations when they can't hire decent workers. But, meanwhile, I forsee an increase in the amount of contributions to our retirement and 2 more years of pay freezes. And it is a shame, as these cost cutting measures are so small compared to the wars and the Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Programs, not to mention other wasted money on pet projects.
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  • Fair Share?
    Rob
    The residents of Wisconsin, a fairly progressive state, finally said they are done paying higher taxes so gov't workers can enjoy very generous benefits. The average health care premium for a Wisconsinite is 22%. Gov't workers were paying 4.5%. Walker raised their contribution to 12.5%, still only half of what the average resident of that state pays, and the unions wanted to toss the guy out. Golly, I thought we wanted people to pay their fair share. Congrats Wisconsin!
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  • To Rob
    Linda
    The Union's already agreed to paying a larger share of their medical and to increase the contributions to their pensions. Walker wanted it all. And other than the Courts deciding other wise, he got it.
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  • Fair share?
    Moderate
    Congrats for sticking it to the workers. Their total compensation is low relative to their jobs. Further, the increase was by orders from the radical right instead of negotiations with the potential for a strike. And of course, collective bargaining was stripped. No, Walker is rotten. It is a shame the voters did not see the truth about the man. They deserve what they get. No congrats to them.
    worker
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  • Thanks to all that served
    Putt-Putt
    Two special people in my life to thank: First, my father-in-law who was 4-F due to having had polio as a child. His three older brothers joined the Army which left he and his younger brother on the farm. Only one boy could stay so he left and worked in a B-17 factory throughtout WWII so his little brother could stay home. Second, my very good friend Norm, who fought in the North Africa, Sicily and Italian campaigns. Survived the war without a scratch despite serving on a front-line mortar squad.
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  • D-Day
    dailycheese
    My father, an army medic, went into Normandy with the 5th Infantry. Ended up traveling across France, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia, part of the time with Patton. He died 25 years ago and he rarely talked about his time in the Army. But he was always proud of his service and religiously attended army reunions with his own Band of Brothers. It is a shame that the history of WW2 is glossed over these days. When I see a "Coexist' bumper sticker on a car, I wonder if the driver understands what would have happened to humanity if the world would have just let Hitler coexist? Thanks to the courageous men and women of the Greatest Generation.
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  • Speaking of Heroes
    dailycheese
    If you are looking for a military hero story, google "Maynard Smith Andy Rooney". After the war, Smith spent some time as a field agent with the Treasury Department. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the back of the B-17 returning from a bombing mission on the coast of France (near Normandy). Stars and Stripes Correspondent Andy Rooney was one the first to interview Smith after he received the CMH. Just an ordinary American who took extraordinary actions. Thanks Snuffy!
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