Friday, June 10, 2005

Can the Draft Be Far Behind?

Several months ago I speculated on exactly when the military draft would begin. After reading a horror story from Washington, as well as the reports of various military units falling far short of recruiting goals, I'm speculating again.

I'm appalled at the story reported by Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Susan Paynter, especially since my tax dollars are being used to conduct such scams. The armed forces aren't asking anymore, they're coaxing, cajoling, and manipulating kids into joining.

For mom Marcia Cobb and her teenage son Axel, the white letters USMC on their caller ID soon spelled, "Don't answer the phone!"

Marine recruiters began a relentless barrage of calls to Axel as soon as the mellow, compliant Sedro-Woolley High School grad had cut his 17th birthday cake. And soon it was nearly impossible to get the seekers of a few good men off the line.

With early and late calls ringing in their ears, Marcia tried using call blocking. And that's when she learned her first hard lesson. You can't block calls from the government, her server said...

Anybody else think the draft can't be far behind?