Everywhere in this administration is the “progressive” notion of American citizens as children waiting for Washington to pat us on our heads and send us on our way. The Associated Press reports on a bill President Obama will be signing today dedicating $5.7 billion to Americorps:
The legislation provides for gradually increasing the size of AmeriCorps to 250,000 enrollees from its current 75,000. It outlines five broad categories where people can direct their service: helping the poor, improving education, encouraging energy efficiency, strengthening access to health care and assisting veterans.
Let’s be blunt: this is bullshit. Is there not enough for the federal government to spend our money on? I don’t need broad categories defined by Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch to tell me how I can be a good citizen. If I want to help the poor, I’ll volunteer at a soup kitchen, or donate clothes & non-perishables, or look up the local Habitat for Humanity office. If I want to improve education, I’ll tutor kids at one of the dozens of elementary schools in my city. High energy costs do a mighty fine job of encouraging energy efficiency (eeewwww, markets!), so that’s covered. If I want to commit negligent homicide and walk away scot-free, maybe then I’ll consult Ted Kennedy.
Local non-profit groups need help and regularly advertise to that effect. A fair percentage of Americans are literate. So what’s the need for this $5.7 billion expenditure?
Bolstering voluntary public service programs has been a priority of Obama, who credits his work as a community organizer in his early 20s for giving him direction in life.
Right. Bad news for us: President Obama’s formative years were spent among a bunch of lefty nutbags.