Evidently it doesn’t really matter how many people or organizations Barack Obama throws under the bus; after all, he expects to have free help to clean out the undercarriage. Remember this?
[W]hen I’m President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you’ll have done 17 weeks of service. We’ll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we’ll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities.
I wonder how many people realize that community service for high-school students is already a requirement in many, maybe even most, urban high schools. And it is virtually a requirement for kids who are applying to college, because it is one of those things that college-admissions officers “look at” in order to distinguish among the considerable number of students with fabulous transcripts and Board scores. So our president won’t have to worry about how to compel high school students to help the needy.
Still, it seems a tad curious to me, and more so to HeatherRadish:
I’m not sure why no one on O’s staff realized this “mandatory service” crap might not resonate with the portion of the electorate who has spent their whole lives being taught that the “mandatory service” of their ancestors real ancestors or dead people who kinda look like them, doesn’t matter automagically makes them victims of the oppressive American system even if they never lift a finger. I can see why it never occurred to him, but his wife should have been all over it. I suppose it doesn’t matter, since that portion of the electorate is going to punch the chad for him no matter what he says or does.
Think of it as equal opportunity in action, and it makes more sense. If all are screwed, then none are screwed.
Except you, if you were hoping to get some chores out of the ungrateful little snowflakes:
I’m a fan of forced child labor, but at the direction of their parents, not the damn government. (I can’t rent my niece and nephews to hang drywall if Uncle Barack’s got them painting over gang graffiti in Omaha. Feh.)
Now that I think about it, isn’t it about time for Charlie Rangel to call for the draft to be reinstituted? It’s been almost two whole years.
(With thanks to PrestoPundit for the Obama quote.)