So military personal don't trust anything government run? Last time I checked, the DoD is funded and run by the government.
That is the central irony of it all. People railing against Obamacare who want free TriCare for life. People who can un-ironically pontificate about the universal inability of government to do anything good for anyone, ever, while in a uniform provided by the government, doing important work for the people of the USA and being paid by the government to do so.
In my case, being ANG, many of these people have TWO government jobs. Teachers, cops, DoD civilians who are also servicemembers. But government is evil and the private sector is the source of all that is beautiful and holy.
It boggles the fucking mind.
Yes, these are extreme examples and I'm not saying everyone in uniform is like that. But I have been exposed to it on a large scale and it is far from an isolated occurrence.
Totally agree with this. You want to see some serious psychological disconnect, just hang out on the Federal Soup discussion forum or the Federal News forum for awhile. You'll get plenty of government employees, usually military, going apeshit on their civilian fed co-workers members for being evul librul murica-hating socialists. It is CRAZY.
I have a lot of fiscally conservative friends and family (being from a small town and having been in the military).
There's a disconnect with the whole anti-socialism thing.
"We need the government out of health care". I personally found the health care that I had while in the military to be of high quality.
It's okay for the military to get health benefits, plus ones when they get out, but nobody else.
Same thing for pensions/ retirement.
I have sympathy for both sides. People who have been in jobs with pensions - whether it be military, large companies, federal government, state government, universities, whatever...many of them made the specific choices to get into those jobs and stay in those jobs for the pension. Mustachian, you might say, planning for retirement - and for many of them, retirement at 50 or less if they only need 20 years of work (heck, that's 38 if you joined the military out of high school). And for people who fight in wars, and get wounded (physically or mentally), well I'd say we often aren't doing enough.
However, the "backs" of the rest of us will break. We pay for the pensions for many of these employees at the city, state, federal level. While we also pay for public schools for illegals, and medical care and food stamps and welfare for people who need it. Something has to give somewhere.
I just find it interesting that people cannot make that connection - THEIR benefit has to stay because they deserve it, but other people don't. Social security is no different.
(I don't know the answer, just rambling here.)