All That Patriotism is Expensive

If NFL teams want to honor the military and have the big flags and the presentation of the colors, great. But the military shouldn’t be paying the NFL teams for the honor.

“You go to a game and you see a team honoring ‘Hometown Heroes,’ and you think it’s some sort of public service announcement, that the team is doing it out of the goodness of their heart,” Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said to ESPN on Monday. “Then you find out it’s paid for? That seems a little unseemly.”

Yeah, it does. But I feel that way about all of the military advertising. It all seems like the services blowing their own horns and polishing their public reputation, but it’s mostly about attracting recruits. Which is apparently not that easy.

I remember that they lowered standards a lot when we were going at it in Iraq, allowing kids in that were younger, with less education and even some drug usage. Did they ever raise them again?

They say they did. If they’re really turning away 6 of every 10 kids now, maybe they need to advertise in different places.

Or start another war.

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