Friday, March 20, 2009

GIVE Is Worse Than I Thought

We have additional reason to fear consequences if the GIVE Act (HR1388) continues to roll down the pike toward becoming law. It passed the House this week by 321 to 105.
1. Funding, which is ALWAYS underestimated in the voting stage, will cost $6,000,000,000 during the next 5 years.
2. It includes provisions for 250,000 people in Obama’s National Civilian Security Task Force. (Note that Security implies “armed.”) What about the police, sheriff's posse, and National Guard that we already have?
3. It explores the possibility of every one working for the country in some form of “voluntary” service. If you have to serve, it’s not voluntary. And Americans of their own accord already do more volunteer work than people of any other country.
4. It mentions people living on centralized campuses while serving, carefully avoiding the negative term “camps.”
5. It even mentions uniforms for the “volunteers.”

See Call about HR 1388 Today for additional information. Now it's time to call your Senators.


Nora said...

You are so right, Kaye. I was just reading a letter in the AJC regarding the topic of a "gap year" between high school and college. The writer suggested that all students be required to serve their country in some manner during this period. I immediately thought of writing to point out that the Constitution prohibits involuntary servitude. But the AJC quit publishing my letters long ago.

Unfortunately, many if not most people these days think that we are creatures of the state.

fairkaye said...

Yes, Nora, we're going to lose our government of the people, by the people, and for the people, if citizens remain uninformed of their rights and responsibilities. Sadly, civics classes have been abandoned in favor of social studies and history textbooks use more space on Marilyn Monroe than George Washington, so few students learn.