Last year, Daily Kos readers were introduced to Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) when he told a town hall full of senior citizens that they should be responsible for their own health care and not the government. At the same time Congressman Woodall revealed that he does not buy his own health insurance on the free market, but keeps his own government subsidized insurance plan because its FREE.
Healthcare is not the only thing Mr. Woodall has gotten for free. It seems he got part of his Furman education for free too, courtesy of a ROTC scholarship. Starting in his junior year at Furman, Rob Woodall went to school on the taxpayer dime for a year and a half. During his senior year, he was disenrolled from ROTC for a medical issue. Although Mr. Woodall signed the ROTC contract, he never served in the military and never had to pay the money back to the government.
Asthma may have gotten him legally free of paying the ROTC scholarship back, but you have to recognize that it was a HUGE break financially for him. But even this huge break did not soften his heart when it comes to others' school loan hardships. This is what Mr. Woodall said about scholarships and loans when he argued against lowering the interest rate on student loans last summer:
WOODALL: My colleague who was here right before me said the value of higher education, in terms of future earnings, is undisputable [sic]. The value of higher education, Mr. Speaker, in terms of future earnings is undisputable. And then went on to talk about all the federal programs that provide money so that people can seek higher education. Now my question is, Mr. Speaker, if the value is undisputable why do we have to pay people to do it? If the value is undisputable, why do we have to pay people to do it?Rep. Woodall On Federal Education Aid: If College Is So Valuable, "Why Do We Have To Pay People To Do It?"
It seems that in Congressman Woodall's eyes, benefits are for ME and not for THEE. He is no longer just a hypocrite. Anybody other than a "nice conservative young man" as he is called by some people in his district, would be called a MOOCHER.