Boudreaux, the smoothest-talking Cajun in the Louisiana National Guard,
got called up to active duty. Boudreaux's first assignment was in a
military induction center. Because he was a good talker, they assigned
him the duty of advising new recruits about government benefits,
especially the GI insurance to which they were entitled.
The officer in charge soon noticed that Boudreaux was getting a 99%
sign-up rate for the more expensive supplemental form of GI insurance.
This was remarkable, because it cost these low-income recruits $30.00
per month for the higher coverage, compared to what the government was
already providing at no charge. The officer decided he'd sit in the back
of the room at the next briefing and observe Boudreaux's sales pitch.
Boudreaux stood up before the latest group of inductees and said, "If
you has da normal GI insurans an' you goes to Afghanistan an' gets
youself killed, da govment' pays you benefishery $20,000. If you takes
out da suppmental insurans, which cost you only t'irty dollars a munt,
den da governmen' gots at pay you benefishery $400,000! "Now," Boudreaux
concluded, "which bunch you tink dey gonna send at Afghanistan first?