Times are indeed tough all over. Tougher than Mister T. Tougher than a 2 dollar steak. Tougher than your slightly crazy work mate who has too much to drink and then punches out your amorous boss. Companies are collapsing and downsizing and falling down, while investment bankers are being forced out of their high rise, climate controlled offices... out to the cold outside world where they are now having to eke out an existence selling pens and lemonade.
But no demographic has been more affected by the economic downturn than the proud and noble veteran. The warriors that once protected us from invasion by the cold hearted Russians and the iron willed Iraqis, not to mention all manner of nefarious foreign powers and axis' of evil, have been hardest hit by this recession. All of these brave soldiers are now out of work, forgotten by the federations that once relied on them so heavily to enforce a rampant xenophobia that is no longer politically correct or economically viable. Surely if there is one thing that can bring us back from the brink of financial collapse, it's blind patriotism. Shouting your countries name, chanting along as your hero pummels an underdog from some country that in all likelihood is now better off than yours... well, it can't hurt... right? Putting on colourful battles and counting on nationalism to distract from the ACTUAL problem worked wonders for George W. Bush.