Why Our Politicians Cower from the Draft: It is VERY BROKEN
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., tried to revive his New Year's Eve 2002 call for a military draft. more here Even his own party abandons him now, as House Speaker Pelosi stated today. The Republican House brought it up for a vote in 2004, and Mr. Rangel himself voted against his own measure like 401 other House members..
HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM:
A draft like those of the past would be unacceptable today thanks to social engineering lead by the Democrat party and other lawyers. It was not wrong, but implications to the universal draft were ignored by the genius lawyers infesting Washington, DC!
Nowadays, women have equal employment rights, which have been extended to military service in all branches. In order to draft 25,000 Marines or combat infantry troops, the net has to be cast to include the majority gender (females), which unfortunately will not yield 25,000 combat infantry troops. It will yield about 12,675 women draftees (assuming required fitness) and about 12,375 male draftees (same assumption).
While the taxpayer would be required to process, train and pay both groups, the "universal draft" would be among the least efficient social engineering programs yet devised by the Democrats.
If females were not subject to the universal draft, the number of lawsuits generated nowadays would also keep a cadre of lawyers employed (strike that) paid for several years. And, do you know why? Because, if women were left in the civilian workplace while men were drafted out of it, whose eligibility for civilian job promotions would be sacrificed? Hint: Not the females.
The workplace has gotten very competitive thanks to equal employment opportunities for women. Large corporations currently have an unstated preference for women (and other "minorities") in managerial posts in order to demonstrate compliance with EEOC regulations. So, when a male has to leave for military service, he is guaranteed only a position like what he left, not the promotion he had been competing for until then. The stakes are high enough to generate plenty of litigation.
As a taxpayer, I am not prepared to foot the incremental bill for such foolishness, are you?
Fix the draft before we really need it!