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  • On 16 Jul 2014 in What If we Reinstated the Draft?, drew_eckhardt said:

    That would be slavery, immoral, and unconstitutional.

    Hiring problems in the military should be handled as they are in private industry where options are to make do with less, pay more, and/or import labor.

    The US spends as much on its military as the rest of the world does theirs together leaving plenty of room for right-sizing.

    The American military has 1,369,532 active duty soldiers and 850,880 reserves for a 2,220,412 total with a $716B 2013 budget which is $322K each. They could spend more on people and less on defense contractor budgets.

    America is still a much better place to live than most of the world. Congress could leverage that by offering citizenship to every suitable person who wants to immigrate contingent on serving a full term in the US military.

  • On 15 Jul 2014 in Addendum: No Kids and now, generally losing interest in women, drew_eckhardt said:

    Rin says

    Since I'm past that Iwog-Rin Wall of age 29, I've also found that dating and relationships with women, in general, are kinda *been there done that*. Since I hadn't spent as much time as some others in other countries, I'm mainly referencing the US and Canada. The contrast between my mid-20s and now, my mid-30s, is night and day. I simply do not believe in *love* and in particular, I wouldn't depend upon it, for important decisions in life.

    Felix Dennis who had 14 mistresses on his payroll believed

    "If it floats, flies, or fucks it's better to rent than buy"

    and went to his grave having never "properly surrendered to love."

    Felix Dennis Economist obituary

  • On 15 Jul 2014 in Thinking of quitting my job..., drew_eckhardt said:

    Having made New Renter says

    That's pretty much it. It's not about money. I'm just as happy at 100k, as I was at 60 and 70k. We live pretty frugally, and know how to save, so even if I failed and took a 50% cut, it really wouldn't affect my lifestyle much.

    That's fine for now but what happens later when your needs change? When you want a bigger place as your kids grow? When inflation kills your savings and income?

    The bigger question is what happens when his kids enter their odyssey years, don't get paid well enough to live middle class lifestyles in spite of having college degrees plus jobs that require them, and he fulfills the obligation he incurred bringing them into this world by helping them live middle-class lifestyles?

    Three places are a lot more expensive than one.

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