Monday, November 10, 2008

Ch-Ch-Changes

To quote David Bowie, “Don’t want to be a richer man…ch-ch-changes.”

Change has begun. And we can see it right before our very eyes.

Right after the election, Barack Obama’s new website for his “Office of the President-Elect” www.change.gov, listed this new agenda item for his leadership plan:

“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.”

As the writers of a popular political blog (www.sweetness-light.com) wrote, “Someone should tell Mr. Obama that…the Constitution now forbids involuntary servitude.”

And here is the referenced Constitutional amendment:

Amendment XIII
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.

Suddenly late last week the agenda has CHANGED on www.change.gov. It CHANGED to:

“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.”

The change? A realization that involuntary servitude is not cool (or legal. President Lincoln made sure of that), the elimination of the concept of volunteerism (now you get paid for the service, $4,000 A YEAR for 100 hours of service- a rate of $40/Hour).

By the way, how is that paid for? Short answer- hold onto your wallet.

NEWSFLASH! Oh, wait…it CHANGED again. Late Saturday night the entire Agenda on www.change.gov disappeared.

Its gone. Bye-bye. C-U-L8-R. It’s been replaced by a generic agenda that essentially says… “stay tuned… change is coming.”

Great.

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