Democrat Jim Moran Doesn’t Think Military Service Is Equivalent To Public Service

Rep. Jim Moran has been attacking his Republican challenger Patrick Murray for “taking a government check” for 24 years. What sort of a government check? Murray served in the Army for 24 years retiring as a colonel.

But according to Moran, caught making the comments on video, Murray’s service to his country in the military isn’t equivalent to Moran’s service as a politician.

Moran is playing a lot of cliched liberal games here.

First, it’s the usual liberal nonsense about spending cuts. You say you want spending cut, and they insinuate that it’s cops or firefighters or soldiers who are going to get the ax. Or they say that you can’t be for reducing government if you, say, serve in the military and collect military pay/benefits. Or if you collect Social Security.

It’s a specious argument. Programs like Social Security and Medicare aren’t optional, and receiving your pay for serving in the military isn’t not the same thing as being on the government dole.

The second cliched bit of nonsense is this notion that political seniority is somehow important. The politicians like to tell us otherwise, but governing isn’t rocket science. It’s not that complicated, and seniority in Washington DC is the problem not the solution.

The electorate isn’t torqued off this election cycle because we have too many inexperienced noobs in Washington DC screwing things up. The electorate is torqued off because we have too many who have been there for decades, and nothing ever changes.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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