Many of you have asked me to talk about this and I will admit I have largely ignored it. That this “Give Act” was proposed is not surprising given Obama’s penchant for community organizing.
I agree. This not only has the potential to turn into a little mind bending army for the Democrats in general but Obama in particular … it seems that is exactly what is intended. Perhaps I ignored this because there is so much going on with the economy that needs addressing. Perhaps it’s because I could not really believe this would actually happen.
So rather than reinvent the wheel … I just point you to two posts from Malkin Enteprises.
The programs have already been allocated $1.1 billion for fiscal 2009, including $200 million from the porkulus package signed into law last month. In addition to recruiting up to 250,000 enrollees in AmeriCorps, the GIVE/SERVE bills would create new little armies of government volunteers, including a Clean Energy Corps, Education Corps, Healthy Futures Corps, Veterans Service Corps, and and expanded National Civilian Community Corps for disaster relief and energy conservation. And that’s not all. Spending would include new funds for:
You will have to read it all … then work your way over to Hot Air and hear what she had to say on “Beck” tonight.
Update: You’ll be cheered to know that the Senate version of the GIVE Act passed this afternoon, 79-19. Here’s the roll. Among those voting yes was our former Republican nominee.
and just to catch up … read this too.
I can’t wait until these “volunteers” begin acting like these Obama volunteers …