Republicans AWOL On Obama’s Expanded Americorps

We’ve known for nearly a year that Obama has a disturbing interest in creating an authoritarian, mandatory “National Service Corps”. It caused quite the furor in the right wing blogosphere whenever it was brought up. Why in God’s name, in the face of a financial crisis, would Republicans vote for something which if seen in the very best light is an expensive expansion of a needless boondoggle, and in the very worst light the beginnings of some sort of “World War II-era paramilitary group”? Does anyone think this will be anything but the recruitment of our kids into left-wing causes? Can you see your kid joining ACORN in one of their house squatting missions?

From The Washington Examiner:

With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service plan, with the number of federally funded community service job increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion. Lurking behind the feel-good rhetoric spouted by the measure’s advocates is a bill that on closer inspection reveals multiple provisions that together create a strong odor of creepy authoritarianism. The House passed the measure overwhelmingly, while only 14 senators had the sense and courage to vote against it on a key procedural motion. Every legislator who either voted for this bill or didn’t vote at all has some serious explaining to do.

Once again, the feckless, “Stupid Party” has been intimidated by the possibility that they’ll be called nasty names like “The Party of NO” if they don’t go along with Obama’s insane agenda. Good God, Republicans… We are depending on you to be THE PARTY OF NO during these troubled times. *Just thought!*  of a poster slogan for the next  for tea party: “Hey Republicans!: Be the party of No! -PLEASE!!!”

…the legislation threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for consideration of “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” It anticipates the possibility of requiring “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service – including elementary school students. The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying  the new program should “combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service,” while establishing “campuses” that serve as “operational headquarters,” complete with “superintendents” and “uniforms” for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And it calls for creation of “a permanent cadre” in a “National Community Civilian Corps.”

But that’s not all. The bill also calls for “youth engagement zones” in which “service learning” is “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.” This updated form of voluntary community service is also to be “integrated into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula” at all levels of schooling. Sounds like a government curriculum for government approved “service learning,” which is nothing less than indoctrination. Now, ask yourself if congressmen who voted for this monstrosity had a clue what they were voting for. If not, they’re guilty of dereliction of duty. If yes, the implications are truly frightening.

I wish we were merely over-reacting and being paranoid, like many on the left are accusing conservatives of being. But every morning we wake up to some new outrage that confirms our worst fears.

UPDATE:

In fairness to the 14 Senate Republicans who dissented, via Michelle Malkin, here are their names:

Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Not Voting – 11
Begich (D-AK)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Martinez (R-FL)

Here’s Senator Demint’s principled speech on the Senate floor:

UPDATE:

Allahpundit at Hotair reports that the “mandatory volunteerism” requirement was stripped from the bill…..for now.  Still, this bloated program will almost certainly be used for political and propaganda purposes, at a time when we should be cutting government waste.

Michelle Malkin has the details:

Quin Hilyer takes a closer look at the creepy national service expansion plans in today’s DC Examiner, and posts an update on one troublesome provision:

Between being first officially “reported” to the House and being voted on by the full House, bill managers stripped one whole section of the measure that created a Congressional Commission on Civil Service, thus removing the section that contained the language cited above concerning “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” and a possible requirement for “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service. The section could be restored during the Senate-House conference committee meeting. A new, separate bill containing that language has since been introduced in the House.

Looks like they’re going to keep trying.

UPDATE:

Well, that didn’t take long.

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9 thoughts on “Republicans AWOL On Obama’s Expanded Americorps

  1. Pingback: A Version Of Obama’s Civilian Service Corps Approved By House « Nice Deb

  2. This GIVE/SERVE act is making me a crazy person. I agree nicedeb, why aren’t the stupid, freakin repubs going nuts????

    This is really, really, really bad. This one is going to bite us back for years.

    Please, Lord, help me get through this.

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  4. My son is about to graduate from Americorps. He went in a bright young man with very little work ethic or organizational ability. Believe me we tried to instill those things. After 10 months of volunteering his time 12-16 hour days to help with activities such as helping people who became homeless due to their entire community flooding he has learned the importance of self respect coming from a hard day of work. He was picked to be the “Master of Ceremonies” at his graduation tomorrow. He’s 19 years old and until very recently was terrified of public speaking. I am very proud of him. I wish I could vote for all of the senators that supported this program.

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  5. Feeding the homeless is fine – most churches I know of have programs that help feed the poor. The question is: Is his new work ethic directed toward left-wing activism?

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  6. After 10 months of volunteering his time 12-16 hour…

    Therein lies the difference. It’s not mandatory and its budget was kept to ~ $1 billion.

    Your son’s positive experience is great – it’s just sad that he the taxpayers had to fund it. Other people learn the same lessons through other forms of volunteerism or entering the job market.

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