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Friday, May 23, 2008

Bring them home and do right by them.

The U.S. Senate passed Senator Jim Webb’s new GI Bill with a veto-proof majority, prevailing over opposition from President Bush, John McCain, and 21 other conservative Republican senators.

This is good news for veterans who have found that the maximum educational benefit of $11 thousand per year falls short of the $14 thousand average tuition cost for public universities, much less the $29 thousand average for private schools. Even community colleges can be out of reach as the benefit there is reduced to some $7 thousand.

Opponents to the bill objected to the cost of new benefits and warned that increased educational opportunities would be a drain on troop strength.

A drain on troop strength, hell, the pentagon has been calling troops back beyond their enlistment period since November 2003 under the “stop loss” program that has sent 300,000 Regular, National Guard, and Reserve troops back into combat for second, third, and more 15-month deployments, a deadly “Catch 22” situation.

As for the cost, I would point to cost/benefit analyses of the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, which returned five times its cost in economic returns to the nation.

It’s time we bring our people home and do right by them.


At 5:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that Texas' very own Senator Cornyn was one of the Republican Senators who vociferously opposed the new GI bill.

Remember this in November and be sure to vote for our very own Texas son, Rick Noriega, to replace Cornyn on the Senate!

At 10:22 AM , Blogger liquiddaddy said...



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