The President did an interview with Bill O’Reilly, in case you missed it, in which he used the example of the GI Bill to defend government benefits as building the middle class not part of the nanny state. Here’s the video and the discussion they had on Fox this morning;
This is from the text of the interview;
So, the, uh, so my point is is that that’s not a nanny state. That’s an investment in the future generation. G.I. Bill — is that a nanny state? My grandfather came back for World War II, you’re about to write a book on World War II. Smartest thing we ever did was make an investment in the American people. When those guys came back from war, that’s what created our middle class. We-we suddenly trained up and created skills for folks. We gave ‘em subsidies so they could go out and buy homes. Through the FHA, those things weren’t giveaways. We-we understood that what that would do would create a base middle class of folks who were able to, uh, work hard and get ahead.
He’s right in that it wasn’t a give away. It was earned, earned in a way that most Americans aren’t willing to earn their college education. Most would rather have their parents pay for it at great sacrifice from their parents, as opposed to the sacrifice that a service member must make to finish their education.
Yeah, I wouldn’t have a college degree if I hadn’t joined the Army. I went to college at nights and earned my Associate degree entirely while I was assigned to infantry units (not an easy way to do it). I wrangled an ROTC assignment out of the Hoffman Building and knocked out another year that the university paid for and then finally did three semesters on the GI Bill, while I went to school full time, had a full time job and a part time job – because no one was giving me food stamps.
But no one handed it to me like a welfare benefit. I worked for it. No one gave me a loan or a grant. And I know most of you did the same thing. I had some professors who said the same thing as the President. I set them straight. Someone should set the President straight, too.
Thanks to Twist and John for the link.