Thursday, October 11, 2007
Cafferty: Recruits with records?
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What does it say about the state of the U.S. military if an increasing number of Army recruits have criminal records?
It tells me the U.S. military is so over-stretched, over-worked and over-deployed that they are having to lower standards to get people to join up. In the long run, it will only hurt our military.
-Jerry, Okinawa, Japan

When you can't get over the bar, lower the bar. In the short term, desired quantities are maintained but at the cost of quality. In the long term, both are sacrificed because the substandard soldiers will need to be discharged when their lack of quality begins to show up. It happened in the 1970s when recruitment goals were not being met after the phase-out of the draft. -Craig, Westminster, Maryland

It means they are finally on the right track, but they don't have it quite right yet. America has more prisons and prisoners than any country in the world. Rather than warehousing those convicted of violent crimes, who are nothing but a drain on society, put them in the front lines of the military, so they can serve a purpose. -Mary, Dover Plains, New York

What it says, is that the military should be a microcosm of our society, but instead represents the people who are having difficulty finding good jobs. If we are going to succeed as the top nation on the food chain, we need to find ways for our elite to desire military service. That should happen, when hell freezes over. -Carl, Atlanta, Georgia

Is it the place of a federal judge to stop the government from cracking down on employers who hire illegal aliens?
It is a federal judge's responsibility to uphold the law and that is all. When a federal judge's actions assist those who wish to break our laws he or she should be removed from their position. In this case, the federal government is doing the right thing. -Michael, Carver, Minnesota

I was born here, have a legitimate Social Security number, but I don't trust the Bush Administration with something as important as my job. What is to stop them from using this to punish those on the administration's enemies list? After the "No Fly List", do you trust them with your job? I'll be ok with this resolution, when it isn't enforced by this administration, but not until then. -Ron, San Francisco, California

It's just another case of a judge legislating from the bench. A judge's place is to interpret the law as it is written, not decide whether or not to allow a law to be enforced. I'm really sick and tired of the appointed judges vetoing our elected legislators. This is not how our government is supposed to work. -Shane, Orlando, Florida
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 10/11/2007 05:44:00 PM ET | Permalink
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