To the Editor:
Representative Charles B. Rangel is right to want the cost of American military action to be shared by all Americans (”Bring Back the Draft,” Op-Ed, Dec. 31). He is wrong, however, to suppose that conscription is a means to this noble end.
The only effective way to share the cost equitably is to pay military personnel those salaries that make military service attractive.
This way, all taxpayers share the cost of military action.
In contrast, a draft that forces young people into service at salaries insufficient to attract them voluntarily concentrates the cost of military involvement unfairly on those young people who are drafted.
DONALD J. BOUDREAUX
Fairfax, Va., Dec. 31, 2002