15 April 2008

McCain Opposes Expanding GI Bill?!?

With the politics I have followed for all these years, I keep thinking I won't be surprised. McCain caught me off guard again. Read the article from ABC News where Senator John McCain (the Republican candidate for president) is opposing the current version of the bill because it would likely "lead more members to get out of the service". I am left with more questions than answers.

Expanding educational benefits for those who put their lives on the line (the ones he would send to fight and/or die around the world) would be a bad thing? It would make them leave the military?

Does he think education makes you less patriotic? Is he implying that if we educate our young people, they will think that military service is a bad thing? Does he feel that they would no longer feel the need to protect their country or fellow soldiers? Is he concerned that they might discover there are other ways of protecting "The Homeland", protecting allies and serving the needs of the United States? Maybe even better ways?

Is it that if people remain poor, uneducated and fear what they are told to fear; they will do anything (including die for) an opportunity to have a better life for their families? It almost makes it sound like we, as a country, prey on the poor and uneducated and he wants to make certain to keep them uneducated.

I think this is a good time to share the "john.he.is" video again. It is a video put together from different speeches Senator McCain has given.

Q: "President Bush talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years..."
Senator McCain butts in and says, "

"Maybe a hundred, that's fine with me! I don't think Americans are concerned if we're there for a hundred years, or a thousand years, or ten thousand years."
Have you met one of these Americans he speaks of?

If you are one...I'd love to hear from you.

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