Thursday, March 26, 2009

GIVE Act -- Mandatory or Volunteer Youth Program?

HR 1388: The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, aka, the "GIVE Act," has passed the House 321-105. On Tuesday, the Senate voted closure on the motion to proceed by a margin of 74-14. Looking like this bill will pass.
The GIVE Act amends the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NSCA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA) to revise the programs under such Acts and reauthorize appropriations for such programs through FY2014.

Revises under NSCA: (1) the School-Based and Community-Based Service-Learning programs and Higher Education Innovative Programs for Community Service (Learn and Serve programs); (2) National Service Trust programs (AmeriCorps); (3) the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC); and (4) the Investment for Quality and Innovation program.

Eliminates the current Community-Based Learn and Serve programs.

Establishes two new Learn and Serve programs: (1) Campuses of Service, which provides funds to institutions of higher education to develop or disseminate exemplary service-learning programs that assist their students' pursuit of public service careers; and (2) Innovative Service-Learning Programs and Research, which funds community service-learning opportunities for elementary and secondary, college, and graduate students as well as research into service-learning.

Includes among eligible AmeriCorps programs: (1) an Education Corps to address unmet educational needs; (2) a Healthy Futures Corps to address unmet health needs; (3) a Clean Energy Corps to address unmet environmental needs; and (4) a Veterans Corps to address the unmet needs of veterans and their families.

Creates AmeriCorps Opportunity Corps programs that include certain existing programs and new programs to: (1) increase community access to technology; (2) engage citizens in public safety, health, and emergency preparedness services; (3) mentor youth; (4) reduce recidivism by re-engaging court-involved youth; and (5) support the needs of veterans or active duty service members and their families.
Like almost every liberal program -- and this is pure liberalism -- they appear to be kind, compassionate, and good for everyone. But like most social programs, they benefit the Democrat Party more than anything else.

Participates will be limited on what they can do and who they can do it for -- not a true volunteer program. As the Democrats control the bill's wording, they will perpetuate their agenda. The participates will be engaging with liberal social entities like Planned Parenthood and ACORN.

This Act is nothing more than a political advocacy activity. The Obama/Biden campaign website proclaims to want to "expand AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps with "a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year, and will establish a new tax credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year."

This program appears to lead us down the road towards Obama's "National Civilian Security Force." It is interesting that his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called for three months of compulsory civil service for all Americans aged 18 to 25 in his coauthored "The Plan: Big Ideas for America" book.

The liberal plan continues to unfold and enslave. Every liberal step takes away a little more freedom. In my mind, not only is liberalism a mental disorder, it is evil. Why is it evil? Because it saps personal freedom.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

1 comment:

Rachel Hauck said...

ACK!! They are just doing all kinds of crazy.