Monday, January 24, 2011

I'm Just Saying...

Obviously, the fact that a person chooses to be a soldier does not free him from the responsibility of paying his or her debts. In fact, you might even say that the military has a stronger culture of repayment of debts than the rest of society. For example, "outstanding debts or bad credit can lead to a revocation of security clearances, because a service member could be viewed as susceptible to bribes from foreign governments", reports Chris Kirkham for the Huffington Post.

Continues Kirkham:
"The thing with the military is the paychecks aren't large, but they're absolutely guaranteed twice a month," Petraeus told HuffPost. "And the military has a culture that says, 'You will pay your bills.' Definitely troops are well-aware of that, and they're afraid of the consequences if they don't. So that gives real leverage to lenders who will sometimes threaten them, or take advantage of their fear of getting in trouble with their units."

So, it seems that there are many out there who are ready to prey on the weaknesses and the circumstances of American soldiers. Actually, they are ready to prey on anyone, not just soldiers. And our Congress and our President allow this to happen because, after all, this is the country of personal responsibility (but not of corporate responsibility; that is never at issue).

And before you jump to conclusions, since my political bias is well known, I am not pointing fingers at Republicans. There is, in fact, enough blame to go around.

"Change you can believe in" and "Country First" were just slogans, I guess.

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