Mandatory volunteer service…isn’t that like "jumbo shrimp"?

As if it wasn’t bad enough that that socialist bastard Barack David Lee Roth Obama wants my guns and more of my money, now I find he basically wants to extort my time from me, too…

He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle school and high school students.
For college students, Obama would set the goal at 100 hours of service a year and create a $4,000 annual tax credit for college students tied to that level of service.

Oh, now, isn’t this just peachy! As if so many college students don’t have their hands full now with working to pay for the rent, bills and car note along with their tuition, now we have this smiley-faced empty suit coming along and throwing more bricks in the bed of that truck. As someone who’s going to be putting himself back in that pool — going back to school and working to pay the bills and tuition as well — I take this sort of thing VERY personally. I have one college degree, and I busted my ass for it, going to school part-time while I hustled the shopping carts off the Walmart parking lot 40 hours a week to pay my rent AND car note AND phone and light bill, along with my tuition. I guess that $4,000 tax credit would be a fair form of repayment for that time, but it deserves to be asked where the money to fund those tax credits is going to come from. You might even say that’s yet another form of wealth redistribution, and a particularly underhanded one at that. Whatever the case may be, I got a huge kick out of this comment at Larry Correia’s place:

I won’t do 100 hours of community service. I won’t do ONE fucking hour of community service. Community service is for people who don’t pay parking tickets or get caught driving with an expired license. The thought of being forced to do community service pisses me off so much I just might go pee in some homeless guy’s bottle of Thundebird out of SPITE.

A-yep. As far as I’m concerned my working to pay my bills is enough community service all by its lonesome self. I serve my community through the time I sell to my employer. Why isn’t that good enough for Barack James Hetfield Obama? This was better put, though, by a commenter over at Professor Stephen Bainbridge’s blog:

I perform a socially useful function, by dint of the fact that I am lawfully employed doing something that other people, uncoerced, give me money to do. It’s part of the deal that I turn up on time and produce stuff. Fair enough. That’s my job. But being a citizen is not a job. The government has no rightful say as to how I order my life in any respect other than its direct effect on others, and assuming that by not ‘volunteering’ I am somehow being parasitical on society is essentially fascist (and I’m not just using that as the Argumentum ad Hitleram)…I won’t use the ‘some of my best friends are Jewish’ defence that I do a lot of volunteer work on my own: I don’t. But it’s not up to plaster saints like Barack Obama to guilt me into doing so. By just rolling out of bed on time five days a week, turning up to work, and not breaking any laws, I have fulfilled my side of the bargain. The Self-Righteous Brothers can bugger off.

Amen, brother…
And for all you leftists out there raising fifteen kinds of holy hell about Blackwater and its contracts with the government, fucking explain to me how what Blackwater does for the military overseas is worse than this:

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set…We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

Is it wrong that when I read that, it evoked the term “roving bands of armed thugs”? I should say that by no means do I think Blackwater is composed of “armed thugs,” because unlike this so-called “civilian national security force” Obama talks about here, at least Blackwater provides a valuable service for our troops overseas. I honestly can’t see any kind of redeeming feature for this CNSF. Like Larry Correia, I wonder exactly what the purpose of such a force is, and why it’s preferable to the “well-regulated militia” mentioned in the Second Amendment. Could it be that the types of people who consider themselves part of said militia — or the military itself — would not be in agreement with the goals of Obama’s civilian national security force? Like the man said, that’s some scary stuff. Can you imagine the media outcry if it had been John McCain putting forth such a proposal?


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