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April 10th, 2004


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While I don't think that S.89 and H.163 — the twin bills which propose mandatory two-year terms of military service for all US residents aged 18-26 — are in danger of passing any time soon, the rumbling noises from Rumsfeld, Bush et al. about ramping up the US military for the "war on terrorism" make me fear that the Republicans may try to push the bills through.

I've written pre-emptively to my Representative and my two Senators (with particular attention to my Senator who's running for President this year) to let them know how much I oppose these bills. Frankly, I suspect that all three are already in my camp on this subject, but it never hurts to let them know their constituents' (or, in this case, constituent's) views.
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From:jehanna
Date:April 10th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
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I'd be amazed if these passed in an election year.

Although I'm even more amazed that they could be talking about ramping up the military right now, just when they're coming under so much scrutiny for all of their mishandling of this business.
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From:gizmoek
Date:April 10th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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mandatory two-year terms of military service

Or civil service. After working a civil service job last summer, I'm not sure which would be worse.
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From:bouncingleaf
Date:April 10th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks for pointing those out, and providing the links. I'm writing a note as well, though Rep. Capuano and I have yet to disagree on anything :)
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From:greybar
Date:April 10th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)

interesting

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interesting because I had heard randomly mentioned that the pro-draft type bills had been put in by Dems trying to push buttons on the Repubs. again, just random rumor type things I had never checked out.

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