September 28, 2011

Unfair! American Rich Disproportionately Serve in Military

Being an academic meathead, I'm surrounded by people who make all sorts of uninformed allegations about American society. The fact that the allegations are rarely true is irrelevant: as long as it forwards the progressive narrative the facts or any kind of context don't matter.

Take for example the fact that the military preys on those with few employment prospects. Remember the backdoor draft, a way for the military to rope unsuspecting poor people into giving their lives for Halliburton's oil? The phrase was quite popular when Bush was in office fighting two wars. Now that Obama is in office fighting the same wars, we don't hear it in the media quite as much.

But on college campuses? Yeah, we still hear this. Usually from students & faculty plugged into the progressive alt media.

You know, middle class hipppies. It's the hippies that bathe and drive Volvos that you should fear the most. They generally don't smell so you can't sense them sneaking up on you.

So, when I saw this WSJ editorial linked at Big Peace today, I just couldn't pass up on the opportunity to link it:

In 2008, using data provided by the Defense Department, the Heritage Foundation found that only 11% of enlisted military recruits in 2007 came from the poorest one-fifth, or quintile, of American neighborhoods (as of the 2000 Census), while 25% came from the wealthiest quintile. Heritage reported that “these trends are even more pronounced in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, in which 40% of enrollees come from the wealthiest neighborhoods, a number that has increased substantially over the past four years.”

Indeed, the Heritage report showed that "low-income families are underrepresented in the military and high-income families are overrepresented. Individuals from the bottom household income quintile make up 20.0 percent of Americans who are age 18-24 years old but only 10.6 percent of the 2006 recruits and 10.7 percent of the 2007 recruits. Individuals in the top two quintiles make up 40.0 percent of the population, but 49.3 percent of the recruits in both years."

The next time you hear a progressive make some kind of idiotic claim about the poor being cannon fodder for the rich, send them that link.

Or, better yet, kick them square in the nuts and then run away. Violence doesn't win arguments, but sometimes it just feels so right.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:46 AM | Comments |