Monday, August 18, 2008

McCain Again Takes Credit For New GI Bill

You may or may not remember the discussions regarding the new 21st Century GI Bill, you know the one that John McCain spoke out against, failed to return to the Senate to vote on, and then took credit for when it passed. Well he is at it again, this time taking credit for the new legislation in a speech at the VFW Convention.
I suppose from my opponent's vantage point, veterans concerns are just one more issue to be spun or worked to advantage. This would explain why he has also taken liberties with my position on the GI Bill. In its initial version, that bill failed to address the number one education request that I've heard from career service members and their families -- the freedom to transfer their benefits to a spouse or a child. The bill also did nothing to retain the young officer and enlisted leaders who form the backbone of our all-volunteer force.

As a political proposition, it would have much easier for me to have just signed on to what I considered flawed legislation. But the people of Arizona, and of all America, expect more from their representatives than that, and instead I sought a better bill. I'm proud to say that the result is a law that better serves our military, better serves military families, and better serves the interests of our country. (emphasis mine)

Is he too proud to admit that he had nothing to do with it? Apparently so, but why let something like the truth get in the way of his consistently false pro-veteran talking points.

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