Mass. legislature to troops: No tuition breaks for you!

The new Democrats: Don’t question their toughness against terrorism, even if they can’t decide whether Hezbollah’s rocket barrage on Israeli cities constitutes terrorism or whether Israel’s response is legitimate or “proportional” or whether the US should bother to support the only real democracy in the Middle East, and even if they kicked out the one Democrat Senator that’s easily identified as pro-security. At least they’re not shorting the troops on anything.


Lawmakers have slammed the classroom door shut on Massachusetts soldiers home from Iraq and seeking to go to state college, failing to cough up $8 million needed for crucial tuition waivers.

Army and Air National Guard soldiers expecting to be rewarded for their war duty under Gov. Mitt Romney’s “Welcome Home” bill found the welcome mat ripped out last week by the Legislature as it ended its formal session without approving money for the waivers.

Well, ok. The Mass. legislature just didn’t get around to voting in those tuition breaks. It’s not like they did vote in tuition breaks for any less deserving group.


Lashing out at the “wrong priorities” of lawmakers, Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey said, “The Legislature has made the appalling decision to vote on things like tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, but they couldn’t take the time to take a vote to help our Massachusetts war heroes . . . I find it deeply disturbing.”

The Massachusetts legislature–dominated by Democrats in that bluest of blue states–can’t stir itself to approve tuition breaks for the troops, while it can find time for giving tuition breaks to illegals.

But hey, that’s no reason to question anyone’s patriotism. Is it?