Signing Bonus Blues

Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Persons in the World” yesterday earned the dishonor as few are able: 

Nov. 20: Worst person: According to the Pentagon’s SEB Bonus Division, wounded soldier Jordan Fox owes the military $3,000 because he was unable to serve his full tour in Iraq and had to go home three months early. 

Jordan Fox had received a signing bonus for enlisting, but his injuries in Iraq, including being blinded in one eye, rendered him unable to continue. According to Mr. Fox, he is but one of perhaps several thousand such cases.

I recall a verse of an old folk song, “Drill Ye Tarriers Drill:”

The foreman’s name was John McCann
By God, he was a blamed mean man
Last week a premature blast went off
And a mile in the air went big Jim Goff.

And when next payday came around
Jim Goff a dollar short was found
When he asked, “What for?” came this reply
“You were docked for the time you were up in the sky.”

It was supposed to be humorous, not the basis of government policy. Guess they didn’t get the memo.

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