Whether or not the National Bureau of Economic Research ultimately agrees, we are now entering the second dip of a double-dip recession.This is because jobs are what really matter to most Americans, and the employment situation is getting worse, after a scant four months of getting better.
234 years ago, 56 Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor - putting literally their lives, their monies, and their reputations on the line - to guarantee freedom for future generations. Because of their sacrifices, America is still the longest on-going constitutional republic in the history of the world. This is a blessing that we too often take for granted.
Going to war was not my idea. I drew a low draft number and entered ROTC in order to finish college. I was not one of the anti-war types and never considered fleeing to Canada to avoid the draft or serving. It was just not my first choice of careers when I finished college. But I was called and I did my duty.
After graduating from UPT (Undergraduate Pilot Training) at Reese AFB, Texas, I received orders to fly C-130’s in Southeast Asia for 18 months. Arriving in mid 1971, my orders would carry me thru the end of 1972 in the war zone.