Monday, November 27, 2006

Rangel rebuttal: the facts

Not that some in Congress want to be bothered by facts, but here they are in the Philadelphia Inquirer if you want them.
Rangel and others believe that poor young volunteers from rural communities and inner cities, many of them minorities, suffer a disproportionate share of the casualties in our military.
By 2005, the percentage of recruits who came from the poorest one-fifth of neighborhoods had dropped to 13.7 percent. In the war years of 2003 to 2005, the percentage of all military recruits from the country's wealthiest zip codes actually increased slightly, from 22.17 percent to 22.85 percent.

There is evidence that Hispanics are over-represented in the military, especially in the Marine Corps, and that they have a slightly higher "death risk" than non-Hispanic personnel. About 75 percent of the United States is white; 73 percent of military personnel are white.
The big problem, like I put in my second post in '04, the Damn Yankees are all yellow!
The South continues to be overrepresented in the volunteer Army. About 43 percent of all enlistees come from southern states, which have only 38 percent of the total U.S. population.
How the Yankees ever won that war.....

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