'Bogus' McCain, Bush Oppose New GI Bill

Particularly when GOP heavies spend so much air, funds on war
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 11:42 AM CDT
In this images released by the US Air Force, Sen. John McCain prepares to take off in a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk from Sather Air Base, Iraq , Sunday, March 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Allen,US Air Force)
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(Newser) – The so-called new GI bill, which would update the famed original to fund education for veterans, should be an obvious ‘Yea’ vote for any legislator, but, the New York Times' Bob Herbert points out, John McCain and President Bush are fighting it. The bipartisan bill is “an investment” in the lives of veterans, and Herbert is flabbergasted the former POW is against it.

The annual cost of Sen. James Webb’s legislation would be $2.5-$4 billion, a fraction of the cost of the wars US men and women fight. But McCain is a master of excuses not to support it, saying he’s siding with the Pentagon and offering a “far less robust” scholarship proposal Herbert deems emblematic of “very, very cheap” talk.