I was thinking about other factors post WW2 that added to the middle class and supported democracy when I realized that I had forgotten an important one, the GI Bill that encouraged many returning vets to pursue higher education. The many college graduates who were the first persons in their families to graduate from college were a big reason that the middle class gained strength and robustness in the decades following WW2. We tend to forget how important education is in these days of pinched personal and government budgets. It was Thomas Jefferson who advocated a free education through college for all free citizens.
- For-Profit Colleges Target Veterans (abcnews.go.com)
- Obama Touts New GI Bill Safeguards (kstp.com)
- Are GI Benefits Considered Income on Your Tax Return? (turbotax.intuit.com)
- 4 Ways the White House Plans to Stop “GI Bill” Predators (offthebase.wordpress.com)