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In a promotional spot for his MSNBC program, Lawrence O’Donnell spoke proudly of his father attending college on the post-World War II benefits package that transformed the nation. O’Donnell further said of the original GI Bill: "It’s the most successful educational program that we’ve ever had in this country -- and the critics called it welfare."
O’Donnell’s look-back had an element of truth in that some critics of the measure fretted that its unemployment compensation element would encourage laziness.
But historians said "welfare" was not invoked. We rated his claim Mostly False.
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