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About Those Uneducated Troops
Remember this comment from the, ahem, esteemed Senator from Massachusetts:
â€œYou know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you donâ€™t, you get stuck in Iraq.â€
It’s with that in mind that I can’t help but think Mr. Kerry had a major part in adding this to the stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Obama:
Any unemployed veteran or disconnected youth who begins work for the employer during 2009 or 2010 shall be treated as a member of a targeted group for purposes of this subpart.
CJ, what are you talking about? The definition of a “disconnected youth” is “any individual who [is between] age 16 but not age 25…as not regularly attending any secondary, technical, or post-secondary school…[and]…not readily employable by reason of lacking a sufficient number of basic skills.” Translation: dumb, uneducated, high school dropouts. Dumb, uneducated, high school drop outs are now on the same playing field as our nation’s unemployed veterans to provide incentives to businesses that hire them.
Now let’s pretend you’re a business and you need to fill a vacancy for a minimum wage job. You know the minimum wage is already going to go up, so you need to save as much money as possible in personnel costs. You know that if you hire a veteran or a high school dropout that you’ll get a nice $2,400 tax incentive. What do you do? Do you hire the veteran who has acquired a skill and will probably be qualified to make more money, or do you hire the high school dropout to whom you can pay minimum wage or lower?
Congress and our Commander in Chief has not only poked this nation in the eye with irresponsible spending, but they’ve also blackened the eye of our veterans. They made it harder for our veterans to get jobs because now we aren’t any better than a high school dropout.
Maybe if we’d have studied harder and done our homework, we wouldn’t be in the position. Maybe if we would have just dropped out of high school everything would have been taken care of for us. What good is accountability for our actions if the government is going to be the ones accountable for them on our behalf? Maybe. Just maybe.