Omar’s call to offer GI Bill to non-military Americans sickens many: ‘Don’t cheapen our sacrifice’

Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under fire for promoting an article saying that the “ethos” of the G.I. Bill should apply to all Americans.

The Minnesota Democrat sparked social media backlash when she tweeted a quote from an AlterNet piece last week by Marine veteran Will Fischer, titled “A veteran explains why we need a new version of the G.I. Bill — for everyone.”

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Fischer touted subsidized higher education for everyone and wiping out student loan debts in his piece, claiming the “results would be astounding.”

Omar’s tweet quoted another part of the article.

“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,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted.

Many of those who slammed Omar were veterans who pointed out that their service and sacrifice is what earned their “free” education, like Chris Manning who ran for Congress as a Libertarian in 2018.

Gun-rights activist Cam Edwards also schooled Omar, as did many other veterans and families of those who served.

Omar came to her own defense after the outrage, with a weak excuse slamming the critics and “writers for rightwing blogs” for attacking her when the words in the tweet were not her own.

The GI Bill was passed by Congress in 1944 and was explained this way by The Department of Veterans Affairs:

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.

 

Omar’s lame attempt to deflect blame and the negative reactions against her only stirred up more anger.

 

Frieda Powers

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