That’s Right Nate

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McCain Draws the Line on Veteran Freebies

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As MacArthur and Washington proved, sometimes it takes a veteran to crush a veteran uprising.   Freshman Virginia Senator Jim Webb is a very cheap man.  He makes no bones about the fact he wears his sons old combat boots (which I might add the taxpayers bought him).  Now that he’s out of the service Webb has been looking for a way to avoid paying for his son’s education and voila this new GI Bill was formed.

The Web Veterans Bill would pay for veterans’ college education at the most expensive state school in that veterans home state.  No word on whether it would also pay for a country club membership.  The cost of this bill would be a whopping 2.5 billion dollars per year or almost a third of the cost of the gas tax holiday which all Americans get–not just veterans. 

Fortunately, John McCain a veteran himself has already said no.  McCain’s objection was that if troops could get an education why would they be over in the middle east in the first place.  This makes a lot of sense.  if we’re going to keep sufficient troop levels in Iraq and not have to risk our own sons’ lives via a draft we need to make coming home as unpleasant an alternative for the brave men and women in Iraq as possible.    Giving them a first rate education and quality medical care is just going to lead to us needing to find more soldiers to take their place and this country just can’t afford it at this time.


Written by thatsrightnate

May 6, 2008 at 10:17 am

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  1. You have something there, I think. If getting out of the service isn’t scary, then what will keep them going back to Iraq. Well, stop-loss keeps it going for a while, but even that has its limits – or does it?


    May 7, 2008 at 6:08 am

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