Con McSame now supports the Webb GI Bill

Posted: June 23, 2008 in Bush, john mccain, lies, politics, republicans

After spending weeks publicly and vocally opposing the new, expanded GI Bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, McCain has now done a complete reversal. Why the sudden flip-flop?  Well, according to the McCain camp, all the bill needed was new language enabling veterans to transfer their benefit to family members, and all would be well.

Of course, that’s not the real reason, and that’s not what he said last month.  Instead of supporting a bill that would genuinely improve educational benefits for all veterans, McCain wrote a stripped-down version that only marginally increased funding for a few of us.  His reasons then were that he was concerned about the new bill hurting “retention”.  Here’s a quote:

“The most important difference between our two approaches is that Senator Webb offers veterans who served one enlistment the same benefits as those offered veterans who have re-enlisted several times. Our bill has a sliding scale that offers generous benefits to all veterans, but increases those benefits according to the veteran’s length of service. I think it is important to do that because, otherwise, we will encourage more people to leave the military after they have completed one enlistment. At a time when the United States military is fighting in two wars, and as we finally are beginning the long overdue and very urgent necessity of increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps, one study estimates that Senator Webb’s bill will reduce retention rates by 16%”

Of course, he conveniently failed to mention that 1) retention rates for first-term enlistees are currently at an all-time low of 25%, and 2) the same study that he cited also indicated that if the new GI Bill passed, first time enlistment would rise by 16%, more than offsetting the decline in retention.

No, the REAL reason he now supports the bill he so actively opposed is because he got caught flat-footed on the wrong side of history, and doesn’t want to pay the political price for it.  He’s a lying, scheming, double-crossing opportunist who cares less for the troops than his younger, dumber clone George Bush.

I can’t wait to vote against him in November.

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