(PoliticalLookout.com) – In one of her least classy moves yet, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has compared college students with debt to veterans who have fought (and died) for the United States of America.
Discussing the issue of student debt, and the Democrats’ proposal to cancel it entirely, Ilhan Omar retweeted a post that said, “Imagine what it would do for our country and those who live here if we were to take the ethos behind the original G.I. Bill and apply it to everybody – canceling all student debt and making public colleges, universities, and vocational schools tuition-free.”
Word soup though it may be, it shows Omar’s total disrespect for the soldiers who give their lives to defend America’s freedom.
The GI Bill referenced in the post was a law passed in Congress in 1944 and was implemented to offer veterans returning from World War II the benefits they deserved. Today, the term “GI Bill” is used in reference to any programs that have been set up to support veterans when they return to the United States. It is completely unique and totally incomparable to anything to do with university studies.
The Daily Wire noted the significance of the bill, quoting the Department of Veterans Affairs who had the following to say about it.
“Before the war, college and homeownership were, for the most part, unreachable dreams for the average American. Thanks to the GI Bill, millions who would have flooded the job market instead opted for education. In the peak year of 1947, Veterans accounted for 49 percent of college admissions. By the time the original GI Bill ended on July 25, 1956, 7.8 million of 16 million World War II Veterans had participated in an education or training program. Millions also took advantage of the GI Bill’s home loan guaranty. From 1944 to 1952, VA backed nearly 2.4 million home loans for World War II Veterans.”
Since its inception, the GI Bill has helped veterans cover the cost of school or training – because they deserve it, after fighting for their country.
Omar received pushback for her suggestion from veterans on Twitter, including former Libertarian congressional candidate Christopher Manning. In response, Manning posted a picture of a military tattoo and explained:
“I’m a recipient of the GI Bill. The GI Bill was earned by agreeing to serve my country for six years and to put my life at risk as an infantryman in Afghanistan. It wasn’t something just given to me with nothing expected in return. Don’t cheapen our sacrifice w/ this comparison.”
I’m a recipient of the GI Bill. The GI Bill was earned by agreeing to serve my country for six years and to put my life at risk as an infantryman in Afghanistan. It wasn’t something just given to me with nothing expected in return. Don’t cheapen our sacrifice w/ this comparison. pic.twitter.com/4CNspm8gXt
— Chris Manning (@Manning4USCong) February 7, 2020
Cam Edwards also posted:
“My dad was a WWII vet who went to Brown University on the GI Bill. He still worked as a truck driver on the side to pay for his family’s food and housing while attending school full time. He didn’t get “free” college. He paid his way with his service to the nation.”
Maybe Omar won’t be so quick to make such a crazy comparison again.