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Days of Yore
On this day in 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill to provide World War II veterans with money for education, unemployment compensation plus home and business loans. Three years later, vets made up half of the nation’s college enrollment, according to the History Channel.
The old Depression-era work ethic was very much intact in those days. Only 20 percent of the funds set aside for unemployment was ever doled out. Meanwhile, 20 million veterans and dependents used the education benefits and 14 million home loans were guaranteed for a total federal investment of $67 billion.
Those who took advantage of the G.I. Bill included former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, former Vice President Al Gore and entertainers Johnny Cash, Ed McMahon, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood.
Today is also the 75th birthday of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat.
“The entire presidential election hinges on whether the public perception is that we are a nation at war. If they feel that we are, John McCain stands to win as the safer bet than Barack Obama. If Americans are more concerned with gas prices, I don’t see how McCain avoids being stigmatized as the old dude who is obsessed with staying in Iraq,” writes Philip Klein in The American Spectator.
“I have to be greeted properly. Fist bump, please.” - Michelle Obama, to her five co-hostesses on ABC’s “The View.”
“I’m all for recycling, but it’s better applied to paper and plastic than to the failed policies of the 1970s.” Sen. John McCain, speaking about Sen. Barack Obama’s energy policies during a campaign stop in Houston.
“Today, seven out of 10 American citizens between the ages of 17 and 24 who are walking the streets of America cannot qualify for entry into our services without some form of a waiver, and that is a national crisis. If somebody has ‘a little stain on their shirt’ and they want to raise their hand and come serve their country in a time of war - knowing not if, but when they are going to deploy in harm’s way - where would you rather them be?” - Army Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, chief of staff of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, at the 2008 Joint Warfighting Conference.
“Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.” - Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, on his study that found Mr. Gore’s home burned 213,210 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.
“When they do use power, it’s green power.” - Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider, telling The Tennessean that the Gores’ utility bills have dropped 40 percent since their home was fitted with solar panels and other “green” energy systems.
By the numbers
52 percent of Americans overall say Congress is doing a “poor job.”
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