Attention all Dead and Dying

Seems like you have to be either dead, dying or in a PVS to get any attention from the media/elected officials these days. What about us poor suckers who are still alive, have children of draft-age and are approaching retirement with a broken social security system? What about the troops in Iraq? What about children who attend our underfunded schools? What about us poor working saps?

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Note: All the questions from me are not meant to be facetious or argumentative. They are sincere questions I have after reading your comments. If issues cannot be discussed in a back and forth way solutions will not present themselves. have children of draft-age I think it is highly unlikely that a draft will be instituted. If the number of troops become an issue I think the President will work to draw down the troop numbers instead of trying to do a draft.
  and are approaching retirement with a broken social security system? What fixes do you suggest? What parts do you see as broken?
 
  What about the troops in Iraq? What would you like us to do on this issue? If we pull out in one week or one month and the country becomes a bloodbath are you ok with that? I don't like losing American soldiers but what is the plan you suggest?What about children who attend our underfunded schools?I think schools should recieve more money as long as it is coming from the state. To much money is wasted when it gets shuttled up to Washington for distribution bck to the states. What about us poor working saps?What do you want from your state or federal government? It is hard to do something for you if you do not articulate what you want.

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Just posing open-ended questions, without intending to resolve the myriad of issues raised.

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Congratulations to both birdie and Bibliofuture for raising interesting questions. I'd like to stick my nose in and address two:"Birdie: have children of draft-ageBF: I think it is highly unlikely that a draft will be instituted. If the number of troops become an issue I think the President will work to draw down the troop numbers instead of trying to do a draft."I strongly believe that if the governement (both parties, the President, and the Pentagon) really meant what they said about not wanting a draft, they would abolish the draft registration act. As long as we're registering young men from 18-26, SOMEBODY is thinking there are circumstances in which a draft is needed. As long as we have draft registration, a sudden draft remains a possibility . Otherwise, why have registration?Given the unwillingness of the United States to scale back its deployments and other commitments, and given that recruitment and retention have gone down for the past few years, worrying about a draft is not paranoia."Birdie: What about the troops in Iraq?BF: What would you like us to do on this issue? If we pull out in one week or one month and the country becomes a bloodbath are you ok with that? I don't like losing American soldiers but what is the plan you suggest?"Iraq will become a bloodbath as soon as we withdraw, whether that is next week or ten years from now. Think of the Soviets in Afghanistan. No matter how long they stayed, the various factions would have been at each others throats when they no longer had Russians to fight. Better to leave a mess with 1500 US dead now, than leave a mess with US 15,000 dead years from now.Iraqi Kurdistan is another matter. They have had their democratic act together for awhile now. I'd support withdrawing our forces into Kurdish areas and help defend themselves from Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians and Turks that come their way. They really did welcome us with flowers and we work well together. Plus it would make up for the three times in the last century that we stabbed them in the back out of expedience.

not dead, not dying

I felt completely in tune with your post, without needing to come up with answers to your questions. It does feel to me like the dead are getting more attention that the living. I have a 19 year old with friends in Iraq. The current Doonesbury theme terrifies me, though my daughter will not be joining up--she'd tell. (My browser keeps timing out, or I'd give you a link to the comic. The dread personal PC probs are upon us.)

I've been dabbling in Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety (title as remembered, book at work and no Amazon); completely unrelated to war or death, but the anxiety theme does seem to be pervasive in these states today. So I am trying for perspective; accepting the worries and worrying but not allowing them to reign supreme; and continuing to tend my garden to the best of my ability (a la Voltaire).

It helps me to know I am not alone. We don't have to have answers to pose questions. Tada, we're back to librarianship...

Many favor restoring draft / Moms Resist!

There is an interesting commentary noting the growing bipartisan consensus about how the draft might be a "neccessary evil." We still have a registration law on the books and now the drums are starting to beat for a draft.There is hope though. Mothers are organizing and forcing Congressmembers to sign pledges against the draft. Also, Rep Major Owens (NY) introduced HR 1495, which would eliminate the Selective Service System. Passing HR 1495 would show Congress really wasn't serious about a draft.

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