Monday, August 18, 2008

US Military In Iraq Votes With Their Dollars -- For Obama

The traditional logic is that veteran and Republican John McCain, simply because he is a veteran and a Republican, should naturally earn the vote of US military personnel, especially those serving in Iraq.

In fact, when it comes to campaign contributions, Obama has received five times the donation dollars that McCain has. And just to rub a little salt in the political wound, former candidate Ron Paul (who stood out among the Republicrowd as being firmly against the war in Iraq) raised four times as much as McCain. And Ron Paul stopped running in June.

So far, Fox news isn't touching this story. They're too busy with a tropical storm that might turn into a hurricane that might hit part of southern Florida, and a missing child who might have been murdered by her mother. CNN has given this story a brief mention, but are clear to report that this is in no way a proper, scientific opinion poll.

That's true. This is not the result of a carefully constructed theoretical proposition asked by glorified telemarketers during people's dinner: this is an actual study of how actual military personnel in Iraq have actually voted with their dollars. And next time you're talking to a soldier in Iraq, ask them how well the job pays. You'll find that these people generally don't have a lot of spare cash to throw around.

Ever wonder what the actual people doing the job know that The Republican Party and the talking haircuts at Fox News don't?