By Keith Schmitz
Think of it. It isn't often that a freshman senator such as Jim Webbb (D-VA) in the world's most deliberative (translate sludgy) body gets to pass a major piece of legislation such as the Iraq Veteran's GI Bill. He had to bulldoze it through past the opposition of President Bush and presidental wannabe John McCain. Webb proves that persistence can win out over flashy.
As for Roadmap to Ruin Ryan, he voted against the funding.
Meanwhile Charlie Sykes maintains that letting 13 year olds enter the virtual world of Iraq at the Big Gig is his way of supporting our troops.
Now thousands of people who went off to Iraq will have the opportunity their fathers and grandfathers (mostly men you know back then) had to get a college education and advance economically.
This is the right thing to do for those who have put themselves in harm's way. It is also the right thing to do for the economy. Even though today's version will be serving the much larger numbers of people as the last one over 50 years ago, by sending these folks to college will in its small way help grow the middle class.
This is how you support the troops and the rest of the country at the same time through a (gasp!) government program.