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Monday, June 30

What a crock of politics

But at least the GI's got their college benefits.

From Think Progress: This morning, President Bush signed a war supplemental spending bill which included a doubling of GI Bill college benefits for troops and veterans. The Bush administration had resisted Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) strong bipartisan effort to pass the bill, going so far as to warn of “harm” that might come from giving expanded educational benefits to soldiers who served “only” 2 years.

But today, Bush was all too happy to pat himself on the back for the GI Bill, and to laud the work of senators (like McCain) who tried to stand in the way of the bill’s passage:

The bill is a result of close collaboration between my administration and members of both parties on Capitol Hill. … I want to thank members who worked hard for the GI Bill expansion, especially Senators Webb and Warner, Graham, Burr, McCain. This bill shows that even in an election year, Democrats and Republicans can come together to stand behind our troops.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Liar.

As much as I oppose all these wars and military involvement in sovereign nation's affairs, if we are going to send our kids to fight in these wars and illegal overseas activities, even for 2 years, the least we can do is provide them with an education, for-god-sake. I'd be happy for my tax money go to educating those kids who survive their ordeal. After all, if they had been better educated in the first place, they wouldn't have enlisted in the first place, would they?

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