Skip to main content

Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel proposed a new GI Bill, which would bring back WWII style standards of providing vets with full tuition, room and board. And that is why 51 senators have signed on, including 9 Republicans like John Warner, giving this GI Bill tremendous bipartisan support.

But it isn't enough. Faced with unprecedented filibusters, the only way to ensure Senate passage of the GI Bill is to get 60 co-sponsors. So far, John McCain has refused. The same McCain who insists he supports our troops. The same McCain who is voting lockstep with the Bush administration (who have also resisted this bill). We need to get John McCain to lead -- to sign now and signal to other Republican leaders that we should be strongly behind our vets.

Of course AWOL Bush and 5 Deferment Cheney have resisted this legislation, also. This GI-Bill legislation would cost money. Money that the billionaire owner/handlers/sponsors of George Bush want for themselves! Why give benefits to our troops when he can give subsidies to the oil companies?

Sure, they've already gotten multiple "wartime tax cuts" but they aren't satisfied yet. They know that after the "decider's" disastrous regime, it'll be a cold day in hell before Americans risk putting another unAmerican, constitution burning, neo-con in the White House, so they are out to squeeze every last penny they can from this economy before President AWOL slithers away into the back pages of history!

Since McBush is really just Bush without the AWOL label, his refusal to read the legislation and sign on to it, is just a way for him to appear as though he cares about soldiers, when he really only cares about campaign contributors and fooling the public.

McCain didn't support the Senate effort to enforce troop rest regulations, either. He's the pro-war anti-military candidate.

Where was McBush on the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed, inadequate body armor, cutting tours days short to avoid benefits, failure to accurately complete discharge papers to ensure benefits, stop loss, make sure our troops had proper body armor and weapons.

Where is America's hero when it comes to the treatment of our troops...AWOL!

Originally posted to pentupnrgy3 on Thu Apr 03, 2008 at 10:51 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Important! Please sign the petition (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    operculum, pentupnrgy3

    that VoteVets and Gen. Clark are circulating. Here.

    "One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native land of hope." Wallace Stegner

    by Mother Mags on Thu Apr 03, 2008 at 10:59:19 AM PDT

  •  McCain has to (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mother Mags, operculum, pentupnrgy3

    be exposed and hammered for his relunctance to provide for our vets...and not just this bill. He is not rated in the top half of senators by the Iraq/Afghan Vets Association for supporting troops with more than ''empty platitudes''.

    Everyone assumes that military vets will solidly support McCain...so ,time to go after that percieved strength and highlight his actual lack of support for Vets...

    Obama should scream long and hard on this issue..time for McCain to walk the walk on vets issues.

  •  Sign the petition urging McCain to support GIs (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mother Mags

    Let's all sign the petition to John McCain re his failure to support the new GI Bill  

    This morning got an email from retired General Wes Clark asking us all to support the Webb-Hagel bill -- here the link to sign the petition to McCain asking him to step up to the plate and support the new GI Bill    http://therealmccain.com/...

    Mr. Lopez has fought and sacrificed for our country but like so many others, Mr. Lopez has faced the bleak reality of a government that has turned its back on its veterans.

    That is why Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel proposed the new GI Bill, which would bring back WWII-style standards of providing vets with full tuition, room and board.  And that is why 51 senators have signed on, including 9 Republicans like John Warner, giving this GI Bill tremendous bi-partisan support.

    But it isn't enough.  Faced with unprecedented filibusters, the only way to ensure Senate passage of the GI Bill is to get 60 co-sponsors. So far, John McCain has refused.  The same McCain who insists he supports our troops.  The same McCain who is voting lockstep with the Bush administration (who have also resisted this bill).  We need to get John McCain to do the right thing -- to sign now and signal to other Republican leaders that we should be strongly behind our vets.

    Sign the petition to John McCain!

    Click to watch the video!

    The original GI Bill transformed American history, providing education for returning soldiers. Not only was this our nation's moral duty for the unbelievable sacrifices of our World War II veterans, it helped create America's middle class and spurred decades of economic growth for our country.

    Why then is John McCain silent on passing a new GI Bill for our "new greatest generation?"

    Robert Lopez thinks John McCain ought to stand in his shoes to know how difficult it is to be a vet and have to pay staggering education costs.  THIS is your call to arms.  Pass the video along and implore your friends to sign the petition.

    Click here to watch the video and sign the petition today!

    WesPAC, VoteVets.org and Brave New Films feel passionately about giving our veterans the support they rightly deserve. Our government owes our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the opportunity to receive full educational benefits.  These patriots have fought hard for our government; it's time our government started fighting hard for them.

    Sincerely yours,

    Wes Clark, Robert Greenwald, and Jon Soltz

  •  Call your reps. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ksh01, Mother Mags, operculum

    Call your reps and let them know that you support vets and want to make sure we are taken care.

    Sign up at VoteVets.org and show us that you support us.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site