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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 12:10 PM
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12. Consider who Rangel represents and what the bill entails
Rangel represents mostly the north end of Manhatten which includes Harlem and a district that is filled with minorities and lower income folks. He knows that previous drafts had too many exceptions for those with money & connections to find safe havens away from war (IE Bush and the National Guard during Vietnam).

Rangel knows the bill will never past and as another poster mentioned it's more of a protest bill that says "You want this war and yet you will do nothing to fight it". If, god forbid that bill passes, there would be no exceptions to the draft except probably medical. Rangel knows that drafts means that people in his district and other districts of similiar make-up would suffer the draft the worst with the constituents more likely serving over those in more affluent districts.

It will never pass and even Rangel knows it. But it's more of getting that debate on the floor and expose the Republicans for what they are
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