“The Senate voted 78-20 to increase AmeriCorps to 250,000 from its current 75,000 positions. The legislation is expected to cost $6 billion over five years.”
“The package, called the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act, encourages a broad range of Americans to give back to their communities. It would create five groups to help poor people, improve education, encourage energy efficiency, strengthen access to health care and assist veterans.”
This is a dangerous and wasteful proposal. Americans do not need to be forced to serve, they already give more than any country. Family is the place to learn about service, and this takes youth for training at the most vulnerable time for many childeren. Any time you tax at the Federal level and then return the taxes as a service or commodity you will lose 90% of the money to waste and graft. There is no Constitutional authority for this expense or forced service.
There are dangerous precedent of miss-use of youth groups that governments of totalitarian can train to do horrendous things as youth are more easily miss-led. Bill Ayers has made a life after his Weatherman terrorist activities of training youth to subvert our Constitutional government. Ayers was the founder of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, or CAC, which bills itself as a school reform organization, and also served as co-chairman of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative. What he failed to do as a terrorist can more easily be accomplished by subversive education to children.