Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Cost of War

War squeezes businesses owned by reservists
Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:18PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Having served in Iraq, Dave Krasner is now back home in Boston, struggling to keep alive the small computer consulting company he left behind.

"I love my country. But what do I do now?" said Krasner, a National Guardsman whose firm was buried in debt while he was away at war for much of 2004 and 2005. "My credit was wrecked. The SBA (Small Business Administration) turned me down for loans. So have banks. I can't face my children. They see me as a hero."

More here ...

I don't presume to speak for the right wing conservatives among us, however, I can speculate on what their response might be:

"We're big on national security and therefore we thank you for your service. We're also all for small business, too. However, we're also really big on individual responsibility so ... best of luck, you're on your own.

"To provide anything for you would smack of commie-socialism. It just wouldn't be .. well ... Right! Dunt'yasee?

"On the other hand, underwriting huge subsidies for large pharmaceuticals and hellatiously profitable oil companies is only good business. Dunt'yasee?

"If your business was big enough and could make sizable political contributions ... if you could handle 'no-bid' contracts ... if you were part of the military industrial complex ... maybe things would be different. Dunt'yasee?"

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