I'm sure some of you followed the passage of Senator Jim Webb (D - VA)'s recent 21st Century GI Bill which extends the same benefits post-World War
II veterans had to those who have served after 9/11. This is a wonderful bill and it passed with broad bi-partisan support. The original GI Bill
under FDR returned $7 into the US economy for every $1 invested in it, it's conceivable that this new one could do the same.
However, early on two prominent Republicans opposed the bill. Those were Senator John McCain (R - AZ) and President George W. Bush. McCain offered a
new bill up that would greatly reduce benefits to our hardworking veterans and require twelve years of service, and it was quickly shot down.
Not only did the Bill have wide support from the Congress, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans pressured John McCain to support it and sign on as a
GI Bill Veteran's PAC
A leading political action committee founded by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has launched a new internet video and petition demanding
that Sen. John McCain throw his support behind a new GI Bill.
John McCain and George Bush's opposition was well documented.
Clip discussing McCain's opposition
Another video hilighting the opposition to the GI Bill, narrated by veterans
Senators Barack Obama (D - IL) and Hillary Clinton (D - NY) both signed on as co-sponsors and voted "Yea" on the Bill. It passed 75-22. President
Bush had threatened to veto the Bill, but with a veto-proof 2/3ths he did not.
President Bush then has the audacity to lie about his support of the Bill, and CREDIT JOHN MCCAIN for the Bill's passing.
Watch and listen
Senator John McCain did not vote on the Bill. One of the best pieces of legislation passed of which no patriot can deny the benefits of, and one of
the best examples of how Republicans and Democrats can work together to make this country better. Senator John McCain did not vote, initially opposed
the Bill, yet was credited by the President for helping it pass.
President Bush does not credit the 53 co-sponsors of the Bill, he credits a man who opposed it and did not vote on it.
Fast forward a little bit. John McCain does something disgusting - he claims that HE supported the GI Bill and that HE helped get it passed, and that
HE helped Jim Webb personally. He also claims that every veteran's organization supports John McCain - False.
For example, The Vietnam Veterans of America gave McCain "voted for us" 9 times compared to "voted against us" 15 times.
Watch it yourself
And yet, this complete lie seems to have been completely damage controlled. I have heard no one report on it except those videos I have linked.
If you want to question someone's integrity and service to this country - Question John McCain's lies about the GI Bill and question why he did not
support this piece of legislation from the start. John McCain is a veteran, and every person honors his service. So why does he not honor the
service of those in the military now?