I have, at least as far as I can tell, never been paid to be patriotic.
I mean, it's not as though I've wanted to be paid to hang a flag outside of my house or to meet a returning group of veterans or to write in support of taking care of the soldiers we send off to war in perpetuity, it's just that I never realized it was a possibility - or, for that matter, something that required any red-blooded American be paid to do. But according to a Senate report released this week, major sports teams - some of whom have multi-million dollar bank accounts - were paid to host events supporting our troops and veterans. In fact, "Paid Patriotism" has been the rule, not the exception, since 2012, and the government has spent more than $6 million of taxpayer dollars on it.
The Department of Defense has been slammed for wasting taxpayers' money after they gave $6.8million to some of the richest sports teams, just so they could honor troops.