A national defense analyst isn't surprised that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar wouldn't understand the importance of a program designed to help service members who want to better themselves.
The radical Minnesota lawmaker is calling for legislation that would make the G.I. Bill that pays for American service members' higher education open to all U.S. citizens.
"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," Omar tweeted.
Along with Bernie Sanders on the Senate side, Omar is pushing a bill that would basically eliminate tuition and fees at all public four-year colleges and universities, as well as to trade schools, community colleges, and apprenticeship programs.
Bob Maginnis, a military strategist and senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, points out that the G.I. Bill, officially known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, is not free.
"It is part of the Defense Department budget, which is, of course, a benefit given to service members for their service," he tells OneNewsNow. "And it's mostly intended for service members after they leave the service so that they can have an alternative source of income -- a new job, a skill that they develop by using the G.I. Bill to pay for that education. So it's a good benefit, a benefit that I hope we continue with."
But Maginnis finds Omar's attitude "despicable."
"She certainly is anti-American in her rhetoric. Even in House hearings she asks some rather stupid questions and confrontational questions that don't fit well with those that are sitting before her. It's just her entire attitude which is despicable for most of them," he concludes.