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Ár nDraíocht Féin
Three Cranes
Chaos Matrix

May 24th, 2004

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02:45 pm - May I have your attention, please
I've seen several of you post this in your journals:

Draft and mandatory service bills

Well, I decided to check it out, because everyone raised such a stink:

HR 163


No action has been taken on either bill since Feb. 2003.

I expect that this bill isn't going anywhere.

On a side note, the 2005 date isn't mentioned in the bill (see text here: HR 163)

I now return you to your regularly scheduled journaling. More to come soon. I had a blast in KC, and I'll be writing up the entire trip shortly.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: "Sending the Old Man Home", -JB

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Date:May 24th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)


The military is stretched so thin right now that the only long-term choices are to pull out of some places or start a draft. But no lawmaker wants to vote for a draft in an election year except those who want to force that choice in an effort to get us to pull back, and if they did pass it no president would sign it when he's trying to be re-elected.

Watch out after the election though.
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Date:May 24th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Draft

Yeah. I wouldn't put it past them just not doing anything until after the election, then pushing it through as fast as humanly possible.

I've decided that I'm not a fan of congress.org, though. It's terribly one-sided, and it presents things as fact which really aren't.

I think they need a smack.
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Date:May 24th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
As far as the unemployment rate in Oregon goes, it's 6.7% statewide. The new job additions have mostly been added due to tourism (hotels, restaurants, seasonal attractions...). In Portland, it's approximately 7.8% as of February, so it may be a bit lower by now. There are jobs, but they are mostly low paying positions. It took me until now (about 9 months of in state looking (I was looking in Ohio, but most companies want people who are already in state) to find my new job that pays well.
In Washingtong, the unemployment rate is approximately 6.3% as of April. In Seattle, the unemployment rate is approximately 5.9% as of March.
Ohio has an approximate rate of 5.9% just for comparison.
Oregon is so bad because the backbone of its economy was tech and manufacturing positions... and you know what happened to those.
Eh, these are just numbers...if he has either a security clearance or knows people who are bosses before he comes, much better luck.

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