Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Government Giving Military Discounts?
I just read that members of the military won't have to pay an entrance fee to get into National Parks. Sounds good, if you don't think about it. The problem is we're not talking about a private company showing gratitude to those who serve with a military discount. This is government action.
This is government treating government employees better than it treats the average Joe. Joe citizen still has to pay if he wants to see the park. The government can claim it's doing this to show gratitude, but the government isn't in the gratitude business. The closest the government can come to showing gratitude is simply paying military members, and honoring commitments to their retirement and health care benefits.
It's not right for the government to treat its employees better than the average citizen. The government needs to leave military discounts to Starbucks, unless we want to create a class system based on who works for the government and who does not.