Journalists like to think they speak truth to power, but I don't usually expect the government to try to do so -- especially to financial power, and especially by name on both ends. Money talks, especially to members of Congress who can make life difficult for the bosses of outspoken government employees.
So I was surprised and pleased to see the VA's Alex Horton step up to the question of veterans being sucked into wasting their educational benefits. Here is some straight-up advice that he provided yesterday, where he called out Gibill.com by name:
This is the second day in a row that I've cited Alex Horton's VA blog. I think that is a first for this blog. He must be doing something right. Whatever they are paying him, your tax dollars are being well spent in at least one corner of the government.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.