Commentary By Ron Beasley
My friend and blogging partner Dave has a really good post below. I don't disagree with anything he says but I do have a different perspective. While Dave graduated from high school in 1998 I graduated from high school in 1964. The times have one thing in common - worthless wars. Of course the big difference is the draft - something Dave and his friends didn't have to worry about. I went to college after high school with the help of a 2S different. I could afford it at a State scholl because the tuition was less than $500 a year. Today at the same State institution it's $7,000 a year and that's cheap. I got my degree without borrowing any money, I worked part time and then worked full time during the summer.
Of course Viet Nam was happening while I was in college. I graduated from college in 1968 when the Viet Nam war was going strong. I received my draft notice shortly after graduation. I reported for the draft in November of 1968. I had a college degree but I was still destined to canon fodder. I had some skills that came to the attention of the Defense Inelegance Agency and I agreed to a multi-year contract to avoid the rice paddies of Viet Nam. So I spent three years ont he frontier of freedom in downtown Munich Germay.