Don't get me wrong...I am the mother of a Marine. I want him home SO bad...I miss him every minute of every day. However, I am unemployed - downsized due to federal budget! My husband's company "let him go" so he is now working at a job just over minimum wage. I have a son in college and starting the police academy soon. His tuition for that will be almost $10,000! REALLY...what will all these young men and women who are service members DO when they get home? We do not have enough jobs for the people who are already here...they do not have enough housing, etc. on any base as it is. REALLY???? We are bringing them home to sit, become frustrated, and get into trouble! Let them "spread good will" all over the world, but now is not the time to bring them ALL home! In addition, it will break open pandora's box of chaos all over the middle east AGAIN...then we get to start all over! Let them do their job where they are needed! Just saying....it can't possibly help our economy!
Ron Paul has the answer. He also receives the most money from veterans and active duty service men and women - even more than the "peace" candidate, Obama.
The video is 9 minutes, but he makes his point in the first 2 minutes.
vets don't have to be committed to war to keep them working... with all the bridges, road work , and other shovel ready jobs the administration wants, they could easily send in military to help with general labor of those activities without suddenly creating joblessness. Aren't they use to setting up bivouacs and temporary building encampments , tarring airfstrips and that sort?... Besides , slowly reducing military spending would bring the deficit back to balance and the capitalists would start hiring again in the private sector over the good economic news that the deficit is finally balanced. Markets would soar and business would boom.. ( as long as it was a steady move and not sudden) ...JMO
Perhaps it will slightly affect the unemployment rate.
Social integration for the returning soldiers is another thing aside from the effects on the economy.
I think it's pretty clear what would happen if about 50,000 able bodied, strong (mentally and physically), disciplined young men and women come back from these unnecessary wars, and we stopped pumping trillions of dollars into bombing our allies.
The recession would end in a year.
$95 million is currently available as tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans. My own experience is that vets have an easier time getting work than non-vets (with comparable education). My advice for your son coming home is to get educated about the outreach programs the President has signed to ease their transition back into society - and to help him get the skills or training he needs to augment his real world education.
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