How Young Republicans 'Support' Our Troops
This is directly off of the Young Republicans national website [seriously]:
YRs Support Our Troops
Here's the latest and greatest about the YRNF's Support Our Troops Spring Initiative! Get the tools to hold a new round of events to support our military and take our YR resolutions to your elected officials to eliminate taxes for our soldiers.
Calling All YRs to Support Our Troops This Spring
For the next two months, the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) will be conducting its annual "Support Our Troops Spring" Initiative. Young Republicans clubs participate in events year-round to support our troops, but the organization is pooling its talent and energy nationwide to make a special push this Spring. YR Clubs are encouraged to schedule official "Support Our Troops" events in the next two months. Additionally, the YRNF has passed a number of resolutions recently in support of our troops. In addition to passing resolutions honoring all Young Republicans who are currently serving, or have served, in America's military and honoring all troops and their families, the YRNF unanimously passed resolutions committing YRs to work toward the elimination of state and federal income taxes on all military income.
"Any way and any time we can show our support for the men and women defending America's freedom, we should do it," said Wil Westholm, Chairman of the Arizona Young Republican League and national coordinator for the 2007 YRNF "Support Our Troops Spring" Initiative. "As we conduct this campaign, we understand that this is really highlighting what we do year-round."
One unique feature of this year's campaign is the effort to eliminate state and federal income taxes on military income. "Both the state income tax and federal income tax resolutions were passed unanimously by the YRNF National Committee, which attests to the merits of the resolutions," said Westholm. "While it's not a pay raise, it does give our brave men and women -- and most importantly, their families -- a larger paycheck. It's not much, but, speaking as a veteran, I know it will help them tremendously. Additionally the benefits to the military, from morale to retention and recruiting, are immense."
"YRs are eager to support our troops in every possible way. In addition to care packages and holding rallies, this year we will also work to increase our troops' bottom-line. If we can encourage our state and national legislators to eliminate taxes on military pay, troops and their families will feel more appreciated," said YRNF Chairman Nicolee Ambrose. [End excerpt.]
Real American Citizens who pay taxes tend to demand honest, competent government and are not shy about insisting that problems be fixed. This includes our servicemembers and their individual and extended families. Do the Young Republicans really want to treat our servicemembers as hired help, in return for what the Young Republicans are at least honest enough to admit is "not much?" Note that tax-free military pay does not seem to encourage the Young Republicans themselves to consider military service.
If the Young Republicans really wanted to Support Our Troops, they would pass a unanimous resolution at YRNC2007 urging their non-veteran members [if healthy and heterosexual; YRs are all under 41 already] to contact military recruiters and Be A Man! Enlist!
Tax relief for servicemembers' families would make lots of sense: Rich people would strongly 'encourage' at least one son to Be A Man! Enlist! if earning the Combat Infantry Badge [or equivalent] lowered the family tax bill.
Perhaps the Young Republicans are onto something after all.