Tuesday, October 12, 2010

George Allen proposes lowering the drinking age to 18



Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen is struggling to remain relevant. On October 9, 2010, at the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention, as part of answering a broader question, Allen proposed lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 and doing away with seatbelt laws.

2 comments:

JTylerBallance said...

It is weird how the Senator version of George Allen happily rubber-stamped ALL of the Bush-Neocon extra-constitutional acts, including rendering our citizens to other countries to be tortured and murdered.

But now...

The out-of-office George Allen is returning to his libertarian oriented rhetoric that made him so popular with Virginians in the first place.

Makes you wonder if they feed them some kind of mind control potion inside the beltway.

He is right, of course, that if a man can be drafted and perhaps die for his country at eighteen, then he sure as Hell has the right to have a beer whenever he wants.

What has your elected representative done to ENHANCE your freedoms, lately?

The Richmonder said...

"What has your elected representative done to ENHANCE your freedoms, lately?"

Really?

Ummm, gee JTyler, Jim Webb only got the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 passed. During his term in the Senate, George Allen did exactly nothing for people who serve in the military. It was one of the reasons he lost. Now he wants to encourage alcohol consumption? And you want to set that against a huge expansion in opportunities for education?

Let's review:

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 improves educational benefits for certain individuals serving on active duty in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001.
The main benefits include:
--Four academic years (36 months) of educational tuition benefits for an approved program up to the cost of the most expensive in-state undergraduate public tuition in the state the Veteran enrolls, currently, ranging from approximately $3,500 in Wyoming to over $13,000 in Montana. The amount received depends on the number of months the veteran served on active-duty service on or after September 11, 2001.
--Additional tuition at more expensive private schools under the "Yellow Ribbon" program allows participating institutions to share the cost (as of 2008, one to one) with the federal government up to 100% of the expense.
--A monthly living stipend based on housing costs of a service member of pay grade E-5 with dependents, based on zip code of learning institution. This rate varies greatly nationwide; the current rate for New York City is $2,744, while the same rate for El Paso, TX is $917. Veterans attending schools online or through correspondence will not receive this benefit if their entire enrollment is in distance or online learning. The veteran will be entitled to the stipend if at least one course is classified as "in-residence".[2][3]
--A benefit eligibility period of 15 years after leaving active duty (compared to 10 years in the current Montgomery G.I. Bill).
--International education programs outside the US are eligible. (US national computation for institutions without a US Campus)
--Elimination of the $1,200 program enrollment fee paid by the veteran at the beginning of military service currently required by the Montgomery G.I. Bill. There is also a one-time payment of additional assistance, paid concurrently with the disbursement of the final month of benefits, which refunds either all or portions of the original $1,200 enrollment fee; the refund amount depends both on the amount contributed, up to $1,200, multiplied by the percentile balance of remaining benefits when electing to convert to Chapter 33.
--An annual stipend to cover other education costs (e.g., books, supplies, fees) of up to $1,000.
Up to $2,000 towards one-time licensing or certification test, not charged against the 36-month entitlement.

The eligibility requirements include:
--Completion of a secondary school diploma (or its equivalent) before applying for such assistance.
--Active duty service[Note 1] on or after September 11, 2001 of 36 months for full benefits, and 3 to 35 months for partial benefits.
--Active Duty soldiers who opted to enroll in the College Loan Repayment Program will receive the new GI Bill benefits. However, the amount of time of enlistment used to fulfill the College Loan Repayment Program requirement (typically the first three to four years of service) will not count toward the time of service required to qualify for the new benefits.
--The transferability provisions may include, depending on final regulations currently being drafted by the DoD (in consultation with the VA and Coast Guard):
--Servicemembers with six years of active duty service, with a commitment to serve an additional four years, may transfer benefits to their spouse.
--Servicemembers with over ten years of service may transfer benefits to a child.

And you think I'm going to be impressed by George F. Allen's pimping beer?