Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Blue Dogs Threatening to Hold Up GI Bill

Speaking of the Blue Dogs that Jane Harman is so proud to be a member of, it's really shameful that they're threatening to hold up passage of the Iraq war funding bill not because of the well over hundred billion to continue the quagmire occupation in Iraq that's not paid for, but over the couple billion for a GI Bill that's been attached to it.

Jane Harman is of course quoted in the article (is there an article about Blue Dogs where she isn't quoted?), and she doesn't seem to be very bothered. (Has she ever spoken out against Blue Dogs?)
“Hopefully, it will be worked out,” said Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), a Blue Dog member. “There are conversations going on right now.”
Considering she's got a press release supporting the bill on her official website in which she's quoted saying
Our troops should be welcomed back as heroes and provided the smoothest possible transition to civilian life. Free college education is the least we can do
you'd think she could at least muster up a little opposition to her fellow Blue Dogs subjecting this program to "pay-as-you-go" rules after giving the Iraq war and its hundreds of billions in emergency supplementals a free pass.

It's a foregone conclusion that Pelosi's going to give Bush what he wants on the war funding. At a minimum, veterans should get a real GI bill out of it. Why can't Jane Harman understand the importance of that?

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