Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Active Duty versus Passive Freeloading
American Mercenary has posted a quite introspective essay casting his eye on his active duty service in the military, versus passive freeloading off of the government, which is well worth your time to read. The piece is titled Barbarians. The essay opens this way.
Rome was in decline for a long time before the Barbarians were able to sack that once great Empire. I consider myself the first wave of the Barbarian horde sacking and looting the Republic.
What is the difference between an Active Duty Soldier who gets a paycheck to risk his life and a someone freeloading off the fedgov by “making art” or reciting “Cowboy Poetry” I ask in all seriousness. The military produces nothing, the very best that you can get out of military spending is an educated worker who may actually end up putting back into the system more than it took to educate him.