Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls For The GI Bill To Be Given To All Americans

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls For GI Bill To Be Given To All Americans, Even If They Didn’t Serve


Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again allowing her socialism to show through by joining the call for the GI Bill to apply to all Americans, whether they have served in the military or not. This is essentially another call for the government to pick up the tab for folks to go to college, once again proving the left does not understand how basic economics works.


Then, of course, there’s the fact that such a call diminishes the sacrifice and honor given to our armed forces, but that probably doesn’t bother Omar too much.

Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:



The story, written by Marine and Iraq veteran Will Fischer, who used the G.I. Bill’s benefits to pay for his college education, argues that the benefits of paying for veterans’ education have far outweighed the costs — and covering all Americans’ tuition would benefit not only those avoiding student debt but the economy as a whole.
“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.”

How is this even a question?— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 7, 2020
But Omar was quickly criticized for advocating such a massive expansion.
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. https://t.co/lRQ6oRsck5
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 7, 2020
“I’m a recipient of the GI Bill,” responded Chris Manning, a veteran who ran for Congress in New Mexico as a Libertarian in 2018. “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.”

Cam Edwards, a gun-rights activist, also made the point that veterans earn their G.I Bill benefits, in contrast with those who choose not to go into the military.

Omar doesn’t seem to understand that when you offer free college to folks, you’re not only creating a bubble that has to burst economically, you’re also flooding the job market with “qualified” individuals. There aren’t enough jobs to go around for everyone with a college degree.


Part of what kept that marketplace so well balanced was that people had to pay to receive their education. This meant that people had to work hard in order to achieve their goals. Those who weren’t motivated didn’t go to college and thus, there was less competition for work.


So much is wrong with this idea. Let’s hope it doesn’t get any further down the pipeline.



https://flagandcross.com/rep-ilhan-omar-calls-for-gi-bill-to-be-given-to-all-americans-even-if-they-didnt-serve/

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“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.”

Someone said this^^ and she agreed with him.

She did not call for the GI Bill to apply to every American.

“...you’re also flooding the job market with “qualified” individuals. There aren’t enough jobs to go around for everyone with a college degree.”

Keep ’em stupid so you can pay them trash. Got it. That’s so remarkably honest, it’s almost refreshing.

(If it matters, every farmer I know has a degree. Some quite advanced. We are all “too qualified” for our job but we do it because it’s a fulfilling lifestyle. Matching qualifications is not as important in career choice anymore, for the two youngest generations it’s more about work-life balance and being fulfilled at work. Just a note.)

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HU-885118952

Think about how this would impact military recruitment.

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loonlakelaborcamp(3 A/B)

GI bill is for people willing to lay their lives down for our country. If college was available at no cost, it soon will have no value.

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catkinZ8a

Exactly. It's compensation.


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numbersjunkie

The proposal was apparently made by a veteran who benefited from the G.I. Bill. He apparently disagrees with catkin that "of course, there’s the fact that such a call diminishes the sacrifice and honor given to our armed forces".

Also, doesn't the G.I. Bill also cover vocational training?

"If college was available at no cost, it soon will have no value." Huh? Giving people the opportunity to obtain the education and training they need to support a family has no value? I think what was meant was that if everyone has an education, your "privilege" has no value.

"There aren’t enough jobs to go around for everyone with a college degree”. If trade school was allowed, how do you know this to be true? Maybe what was meant was there wouldn't be any people left who would be willing to collect your trash or clean your toilets?

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Chi

Omar doesn’t seem to understand that when you offer free college to folks, you’re not only creating a bubble that has to burst economically, you’re also flooding the job market with “qualified” individuals. There aren’t enough jobs to go around for everyone with a college degree.

So how do you explain the number of economically prosperous countries with free or very low cost college tuition? Places like France, Germany and Norway, which ranks at the most prosperous country in the world.

The fact of the matter is that earning a degree still requires a lot of work that many people will not be willing, or wanting, to do. Having free or low cost college tuition will not result in everyone getting a college degree.

Here's a chart showing bachelor degree rates by country. Those countries with free or low cost education still are less than 50%, and several are behind the US. If this opinion piece was correct, we should see much, much higher rates.


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