It is rather remarkable just how many people think that they are entitled to an endless bevy of “free stuff.” Take Representative Ilhan Omar, for example. She, like the rest of her “squad” members, thinks Americans should be given just about everything for free.
And that’s partly why they endorse the 2020 presidential candidate and known socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
If he becomes America’s Commander in Chief, he plans to implement policies that would every American and even those who are here illegally free healthcare, government-assisted housing, and tuition-free college educations.
But Omar, thanks to the help of Democratic strategist, wants to do more than that. According to a recent Twitter post, she would transform the GI Bill so that anyone could benefit from it.
Yeah, that’s right. Omar wants to give free college educations to anyone who wants it, no matter if you’ve earned it or not.
Now, to be fair, she can’t take all the credit for this idea. The proposal is really coming from Will Fischer, a Marine veteran who now leads a Democratic strategy and consulting firm known as Port Side Strategies in Washington. He wrote in an Alternet article, just how unfair he thinks it is to require Americans to serve our country before they get GI Bill benefits.
“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.”
According to Fischer and now Omar, the very idea of repaying service to our nation’s military vets with money for college is at its very core “immoral.”
He says, “This argument offers not only a false choice but also an immoral one – suggesting that individuals should have to choose between having an opportunity for a future by participating in never-ending U.S. wars or not having such an opportunity; making one choose to either put on a uniform or take on crushing debt. Nonsense.”
However, just like Omar and most of her fellow Democrats, this man apparently doesn’t understand how the world really works. Nothing is free. Ever. There is always a price.
In the case of the GI Bill, hard-working taxpayers pay for this “free” education. And they are happy to do it. It is one way we can actually say thank you to all those who have served to keep our country safe and to give our children the same opportunities we were given.
But it is also a way of earning something to be appreciated. These people served, and as a result, they have earned to right to an education that can make their lives and their futures better. And most take full advantage of it.
Giving this same benefit to someone who hasn’t earned it or contributed anything to our society or nation, on the other hand, is entirely pointless. And it doesn’t teach them anything.
To understand this, you need only to think about that rich spoiled kid in school who never appreciated anything. We all know at least one.
He or she had just about anything they could ever want or need: the coolest clothes, the fastest, sportiest car, and usually the good looks to match. And yet they treated it all, and often the people around them, like trash.
They didn’t appreciate any of it. And it’s because they didn’t earn it. They were simply given and not taught how to respect it. So when they drove too fast and crashed, it was no big deal. Daddy would just buy them another car.
These are the same kids whose parents paid for their college. But instead of studying and making good use of what they were given, they spent their nights at bars and days sleeping it off.
Compare that to the kid who wasn’t given the same life opportunities — the one who had to work their butt off for acceptance into a good school on a scholarship. You can bet your life savings, that kid appreciated things and didn’t take much for granted.
As one Twitter user summed this up, “By definition, you can’t take the ethos behind the original G.I. Bill and apply it to everybody. It goes from ‘rewarding those who serve and sacrifice’ to ‘free s– for everybody.’ Not really the same ethos, is it”
Not all. The fact is: if you don’t earn it, you don’t deserve it.