Get 'em at home(school)
Military... religious conservatives... Military... religious conservatives... what's a Santorum to do?
Looks like the military wins this one. Aching for recruits to fight in an increasingly unpopular war, the military got one teensy little bump in this year's National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. Inserted into the Act, reportedly by Rick Santorum, a big proponent of homeschooling (a largely evangelical pastime), was Section 522: Recruitment and enlistment of home schooled students in the Armed Forces.
The Act made it through the Senate and there's no reason to expect much problem in the House.
SpinDentist, urging AlterNet to take the baton on this one, writes: "Could Rick Santorum be any more stupid? This is his natural constituency, homeschoolers, but he evidently didn't get it that many of them want as little government intererence in their lives as possible. I'd say a concerted effort to recruit one's child into the military is government interference." (AllSpinZone)
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