OURS NOT TO REASON WHY….It’s possible that the justification for this holds water in some theoretical way, but the timing sure sucks:

As thousands of sailors and Marines are sent abroad for a possible war with Iraq, the Bush administration is proposing to cut education funding for many children of military families.

The president’s plan would eliminate funding for military students who live in apartments or homes off base, a proposal that has incensed educators who say the timing couldn’t be worse.

Kevin and Jeanne are right: this is an indefensible way to save a lousy $125 million while troops are being sent overseas. Bush’s treatment of both veterans and active duty soldiers has been appalling since his first day in office and I’m surprised the Democrats haven’t made a bigger issue of it. Someone should, that’s for sure.

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