By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
In a move reminiscent of the Hitler Youth movement, our new administration is about to usher in the Give Act:
The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act — sponsored by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y, and George Miller, D-Calif. — was approved by a 34-3 vote in the House Education and Labor Committee last week.
Most troubling is this:
The bipartisan commission will be tasked with exploring a number of topics, including “whether a workable, fair and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the nation.”
“We contribute our time and money under no government coercion on a scale the rest of the world doesn’t emulate and probably can’t imagine,” said Luke Sheahan, contributing editor for the Family Security Foundation. “The idea that government should order its people to perform acts of charity is contrary to the idea of charity and it removes the responsibility for charity from the people to the government, destroying private initiative.”
Others say they are concerned that the increased funding will be used to promote one ideology over another.
“It’s allowing taxpayer funding of the left-wing organizations,” said Larry Hart, director of government relations for the American Conservative Union.
I don’t know about you, but my children and/or grandchildren will NOT be forced into this. Over my dead body if need be… Read it all…
UPDATE: This will make your blood boil: House Passes Volunteerism Bill Critics Call Pricey, Forced Service
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded,” Obama, who worked as a community organizer in Chicago early in his career, said during a Colorado Springs rally.
Supporters say critics are a minority who prefer to agitate than assist.
“Resistance to expanded public service programs can be expected from the ideologically sclerotic, those who occupy the negative ground between government as the problem and government as our enemy,” former Democratic Colorado Sen. Gary Hart wrote in a recent op-ed on the Huffington Post Web site.
Mr. Hart can go know himself in the biblical sense… Just saying…