Sweetness & Light reported From President-Select Obama’s new website Change.gov
“Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.”Someone should tell Mr. Obama that Mr. Lincoln freed the slaves. While they are at it, they should also tell this Constitutional scholar that the Constitution now forbids involuntary servitude:
Amendment XIIIThe Republican Party got rid of slavery 143 years (and a bloody Civil War) ago.
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
And the Democrats have been working ever since to bring it back.
The closest they got, before now, was welfare, which kept blacks in a continual second-class citizen status. Republicans, with Clinton's help, got rid of welfare in the 90s, but it looks like the Democrats may want to reinstate it with their Share the Wealth programs.It should be noted that when this “service” program was mention during the campaign it sounded quite “voluntary.”
Indeed, there was even a financial incentive promised.
From the Obama campaign site
“Obama and Biden will set 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.”What a difference an election makes.
But they realized they got caught, and as Allahpundit noted:
If one day of carping in the blogosphere is enough to get The One to reverse himself, maybe we can work with this guy after all.... the Change.gov plan as of this afternoon:Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free.Interesting that he suddenly decided to slap a number on the program, too.