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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Nineteen members of the US House of Representatives have written a letter [PDF] to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin cautioning that the partial cancellation of student debts can have the unintended consequence of reducing military recruitment in the United States.

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Never give a sucker an even break.

#1 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-09-20 01:25 PM | Reply

So would universal healthcare and that's why we'll never have it.

#2 | Posted by qcp at 2022-09-20 01:31 PM | Reply

"Student Loan Forgiveness Will Hurt Military Recruiting"

Good.

#3 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2022-09-20 02:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Nineteen members of the US House of Representatives"

Didn't every one of these traitors vote against certifying the Electoral College results?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-20 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Gotta keep people poor in order to exploit and shht on them.

-GOP

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-09-20 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So, how is this different from Russia or China?

Why are we exceptional again? Remind me?

Why are they evil, exactly?

Why are we not?

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-09-20 05:43 PM | Reply

"Why are we exceptional again? Remind me?"

Compared to Russia and China?
Our wealth and our democracy.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-20 05:48 PM | Reply

Democracy my ass!

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-09-21 07:10 AM | Reply

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#9 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-09-21 07:44 AM | Reply

Student Loan Forgiveness Will Hurt Military Recruiting

For decades, there has been all of this talk about so few families with members that have served or all currently serving. Ok then, re-instate the draft. Give ALL families the same opportunity to serve.

The new draft doesn't necessarily mean being drafted into the military; it could be any form of public service. As long as there are plenty of well paying job opportunities, young people will choose those over military service.

#10 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2022-09-21 08:22 AM | Reply

I would think a strong job market is the biggest threat to military recruitment.

Not student loan forgiveness.

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2022-09-21 08:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Perhaps we should be thinking about how to maintain our strong military with fewer personnel.

#12 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2022-09-21 02:24 PM | Reply

Who needs these people worse, the military or the corporate oligarchs seeking wage slaves?

#13 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2022-09-21 02:28 PM | Reply

Perhaps we should be thinking about how to maintain our strong military with fewer personnel.
#12 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

^
We should have been thinking about that since Dick Cheney cut the size of our military in half.
Leaving Dick Cheney with half the troops needed to successfully hold Iraq fifteen years later.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-21 02:41 PM | Reply

LOL.
so we should trick ppl into service, like the shipped immigrants?
or just put them in debtors prison or indentured military servitude.

#15 | Posted by ichiro at 2022-09-21 04:44 PM | Reply

The things the government will do to try to get Boaz to re-enlist!

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2022-09-21 04:47 PM | Reply

As for me, I would make all young people, male and female, eligible for and obligated to, a time of national service, either two years in the military or two and a half years in civilian service, their choice. Then they would be eligible for national health care, and if I were boss, eligible to vote.
Never happen, but as things stand today, children of the rich, say the Trumps, have all the rights and joys of living in America with none of the responsibilities, and seem to be most concerned with making the rich an American aristocracy.

#17 | Posted by Hughmass at 2022-09-22 06:59 AM | Reply

Give ALL families the same opportunity to serve.

They have that chance now. They just choose not to.

#18 | Posted by boaz at 2022-09-22 07:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#17,

I can agree with some of your comment.

Yes, Two years in the military at a certain age. Non negotiable unless they have a physical ailment as to why they cant serve.

Instead of national healthcare, which is a fantasy, I would suggest adding them to the G.I Bill.

All of this with increased taxes of course, because you do have to pay for it.

#19 | Posted by boaz at 2022-09-22 07:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

A $5k one time forgiveness is a drop in the bucket and IMO, the embedded tweet is overly dramatic (have to farm that tweeter engagement somehow I guess). If someone has a lot of existing debt, it is still a great deal to sign up to have it reduced or forgiven over time.

The GI Bill in general is a great deal r/r-wise for basically a quarter mil dollar value in benefits in return for a 4 year obligation.

#20 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2022-09-22 08:09 AM | Reply

Perhaps we should be thinking about how to maintain our strong military with fewer personnel.

Automate the entire kill-chain, what could go wrong? ;)

#21 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2022-09-22 08:10 AM | Reply

Everybody going on about a draft is forgetting one very important thing: The military DOES NOT WANT THAT because it would decrease readiness.

We don't do cannon fodder any more. That's not a thing in the US now. More bodies just means more people who are not in any way useful to an operation.

And that's before you even get to the part where forcing people to do a particular job is a form of slavery, even if the courts don't see it that way yet.

#22 | Posted by DarkVader at 2022-09-22 09:53 AM | Reply

Good.

#23 | Posted by DMTDust at 2022-09-22 02:21 PM | Reply

I would think a strong job market is the biggest threat to military recruitment.
Not student loan forgiveness.

#11 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT 2022-09-21 08:58 AM | FLAG:

It's tied together. Congress and the Pentagon have to convene a board that sets the Total Compensation level ahead of equivalent civilian professions. Only 1% of the military really has to go out and kill people. The rest of it is intelligence and logistics.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-22 02:26 PM | Reply

"Only 1% of the military really has to go out and kill people."

If you want to kill people while wearing a uniform, become a cop.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-22 03:02 PM | Reply

Become a drone operator. Nobody is throwing them in prison.

#26 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-22 05:38 PM | Reply

Sensor operators

#27 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2022-09-22 05:52 PM | Reply

If you want to kill people in video games, there are easier ways.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-22 06:22 PM | Reply

Killing a million innocent Iraqis to pump dick cheney's net worth was even worse for military recruiting.

#29 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2022-09-22 07:33 PM | Reply

Speaking of that, remember when the military waived priors including felonies when they couldn't make recruiting goals during one of our desert adventures? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

#30 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-22 07:39 PM | Reply

Sensor operators

#27 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2022-09-22 05:52 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

If you want to kill people in video games, there are easier ways.

#28 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2022-09-22 06:22 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Did they ever start giving combat pay to the sensor operators instead of just the pilot? Best to be the pilot.

And all the other ways for the most part will land you in prison. No Sensor Operator will ever go to prison for making the wrong person ride a hellfire.

#31 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-09-22 07:40 PM | Reply

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