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Inside the ring road: veterans are scarce in Congress

How many military veterans are now members of Congress? The answer: Not a lot.

“The new Congress will have a few more veterans, but their share of lawmakers is still near an all-time high,” a Pew Research Center analyst reported. Drew DeSilver.

The next U.S. House of Representatives will have 80 members who have served in the military at some level, or 18.4% of the total membership, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of election results this fall . That’s up from 75, or 17.2%, in the outgoing Congress. The number of senators who are veterans, 17, will remain the same,” DeSilver wrote.

There is also a partisan divide, according to the Pew study.

“More than three-quarters of veterans in the new US House (62) are Republicans, while less than one-quarter (18) are Democrats,” Pew noted.

The study also found that although 191 veterans won their parties’ nominations for House seats in 2022, only 80 of them won the general election – and 62 of the winners were incumbents.

“The next House will always have one of the smallest proportions of veteran members in modern times. Between 1965 and 1975, at least 70% of the members of each chamber had military experience, reflecting the mass mobilizations of World War II and the Korean War. (The first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress, John Murtha of Pennsylvania, won his seat in 1974.),” DeSilver noted.

“While the sources consulted by the center for this analysis are not always accurate about when and where members served, it is clear that most veterans of the new Congress are from the post-Vietnam era. Of the 97 House and Senate veterans who will serve in the next Congress, 31 are in their 50s, 21 in their 40s and nine in their 30s,” he said.

The study was published last week.

PLEASE DON’T RUN

This is not promising news for the two major players in the 2024 presidential race.

“No thanks. That’s how the majority of the public responded when the CNBC All-America Economic Survey asked if the president Joe Biden or former president donald trump should run for president again,” wrote Steve Liesmansenior economics reporter for CNBC.

However, Mr. Trump did a little better in the conclusions than Mr. Biden.

“The survey found that 61% of the public thinks Trump should not run for president, compared to 30% who think he should. And 70% say Biden should not run for a second term with just 19% supporting a race,” Mr. Liesman said.

“Substantial numbers in every politician’s party prefer their name not on the ballot, including 37% Republicans who don’t want Trump running with 61% independents and 88% Democrats. For Biden, 57% of Democrats say he shouldn’t run for office in 2024 with 66% of independents and 86% of Republicans,” he noted.

The poll also revealed the ideological vocation of Americans at the moment. And at the moment, the conservatives outnumber the liberals.

See details and poll details in the Poll of the Day at the end of the column.

AN EMERGING PHENOMENON

Should journalists and speechwriters be worried? Steve Hilton – host of “The Next Revolution” on Fox News – reviewed the brand new ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence program.

He worries that such “AI” programs are so good at producing written reports that they could end up displacing workers or affecting the learning experiences of schoolchildren.

The New York Times has previously noted that these finely tuned “chatbots” will change the world – citing the “brilliance and weirdness” of ChatGPT itself.

“We must ensure that no one is left behind – that workers have the skills and knowledge to compete in a future where AI is commonplace,” Hilton warned.

“Let’s embrace artificial intelligence, but let’s make sure we do it responsibly,” he continued, then revealed that his entire on-air script was produced by artificial intelligence rather than a person. designer sitting at a desk.

“Every word you just heard was written by ChatGPT. It can do everything from writing poems to creating scripts in the style of anyone, including me,” Mr Hilton said. .

The new program was developed by San Francisco-based OpenAI, which aims to ensure that “artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity,” according to a mission statement.

“We trained a model called ChatGPT that interacts conversationally. The dialog format allows ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions, admit mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests,” the company noted in a November 30 public post.

DEMOCRATS ADJUST THEIR BRAND

Democrats may be embracing the red, white, and blue mindset.

“A pair of newly elected governors — two rising Democratic stars — want to steal the GOP thunder on patriotism and freedom,” notes a new report from Axios.com.

“Governors-elect Wes Moore of Maryland and Josh Shapiro Pennsylvania have made this message a central part of their campaigns against Trump-backed Holocaust deniers,” an analyst says. Alexis McCammond.

‘Why it matters: Democrats have a huge branding problem, with voters wondering ‘if the party shares core values ​​like patriotism,’ warned center-left Democratic think tank Third Way. , says the report.

“While addressing reporters at a Democratic Governors Association press conference in New Orleans earlier this month, Shapiro said ‘freedom’ 14 times in his 5-minute opening speech. Moore used “patriot” or “patriotism” seven times in his,” the report notes.

SURVEY OF THE DAY

• 16% of American adults say they are “very conservative” when it comes to their general approach to problems.

• 17% say they are “somewhat conservative” in their approach to problems.

• 36% say they are “moderate” in their approach.

• 13% say they are “rather liberal” in their approach.

• 11% say they are “very liberal” in their approach.

• 7% are unsure of the problem.

SOURCE: A CNBC poll of 801 American adults conducted November 26-30 and released December 11.

• Contact Jennifer Harper at jharper@washingtontimes.com.



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