A GI Bill for the Twenty-first Century?
This postscript looks at the prospects for the GI Bill in the twenty-first century. In 2008, as Americans faced an economic calamity that evokes images of the Great Depression, a new version of the GI Bill was passed for veterans of the all-volunteer forces serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This period was also noteworthy for Senator Barack Obama's conviction that the nation “need[s] a GI Bill for the twenty-first century,” as he would be sworn into presidency a year later. And while it is too early to tell if the return of the GI Bill, the resurrection of Keynesian economics, and the election of a Democratic president are harbingers of a period of a new and ascendant twenty-first century liberalism, many speak of a return to “New Deal” priorities and programs under an Obama administration.
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