From the June 2009 Idaho Observer:
Obama signs Kennedy "Serve America Act" WASHINGTON, D.C.—
Obama signs Kennedy "Serve America Act"
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On April 21, 2009, Obama signed the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law. The act will amend and reform national services laws. The House passed its version of the bill, HR 1388, the "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act by a margin if 321-105 on March 18. The Senate voted 79-19 to compel people to "serve America" on March 26.
The surface issues are that the act will cost an estimated $5.7 billion over the next five years and will increase Americorps opportunities by 125,000 to 250,000. But the finer points of the text indicate that the intent of the act is to compel volunteerism through various means among children, young adults, older adults and retired people. Since much of the effort will be harnessing volunteer energy, the $billons will be going into the administration of programs designed to condition an entire nation to volunteer.
Prior to passage, there were several versions of what is now Public Law 111-13. Certain language was struck from the bill before it passed because it indicated that volunteering among the youth and the elderly would be mandatory.
Going back to the election campaign and post-election comments, Obama announced his intent to leverage volunteerism and shared his vision of volunteer workers (supervised by government agents administrating government programs) and volunteer security patrols (reporting to government law enforcers). It appears that this act will accomplish those things over time as the socialist mindset is given time to sink in among the youth who can be expected to conform as properly indoctrinated socialist adults. These children-turned-socialist adults will also grow up to be the enforcers of the "new America" and will joyfully compel conformity on the old timers who grew up believing in the American dream.
The Congressional Reporting Service summary of the bill’s provisions is as follows:
• Authorizes funding to promote, operate, and expand service-learning programs in elementary and secondary schools through training, curriculum development, program assessment methods, and community outreach (Sec. 1201).
• Allows the Secretary of Education to designate up to 25 Campuses of Service, or institutions of higher education where service-learning is an important component of the curriculum to receive a government award to develop or disseminate service-learning models (Sec. 1203).
• Establishes Youth Engagement Zones to involve middle and high school students in community service, including Summer of Service programs (Sec. 1204).
• Expands AmeriCorps openings over 8 years, allowing for up to 250,000 AmeriCorps volunteers by fiscal year 2017 (Sec. 1301).
• Establishes the Education Corps to improve schools, the Healthy Futures Corps to serve unmet health needs within communities, the Clean Energy Corps to work on energy projects, the Veterans Corps to work with veterans and their families, and the Opportunity Corps to work with the economically disadvantaged (Sec. 1302).
• Raises the amount of the full-time national service educational award to the maximum amount of a Federal Pell Grant (Sec. 1404).
• Aims to increase the percentage of disadvantaged youths in the National Civilian Community Corps to over 50% by 2012 (Sec. 1503).
• Expands the National Civilian Community Corps’ mission to include projects on energy conservation, environmental stewardship or conservation, infrastructure improvement, urban and rural development, or disaster preparedness needs (Sec. 1506).
• Establishes the Serve America Fellowship to assist with areas of national need, as determined by the State Commissions on National and Community Service (Sec. 1805, 1606).
• Establishes Silver Scholarships and Encore Fellowships and expands the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program Grants, and the National Senior Service Corps to encourage community or national service among citizens age 55 and older (Secs. 1805, 2142, 2143, 2144, 2145).
• Establishes the Social Innovation Fund, National Service Programs Clearinghouses, and Volunteer Generation Fund to help local groups train, develop, and maintain volunteers (Secs. 1807, 1808).
The following email from the "president" is very strange:
Subject: Time to roll up your sleeves
From: President Barack Obama
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:54:18 -0500
The White House, Washington
Last week, I announced United We Serve – a nationwide call to service challenging you and all Americans to volunteer this summer and be part of building a new foundation for America.
And when I say "all," I mean everyone – young and old, from every background, all across the country. We need individuals, community organizations, corporations, foundations, and our government to be part of this effort.
Today, for the official kick off of United We Serve, members of my administration have fanned out across America to participate in service events and encourage all Americans to join them.
The First Lady is rolling up her sleeves and getting to work too. But before she headed out today, she asked me to share this message with you.
A Message From The First Lady
[you could click on a link embedded in the email and see a short video message from Michelle Obama].
Our nation faces some of the greatest challenges it has in generations and we know it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get us back on track.
While Michelle and I are calling on every American to participate in United We Serve, the call to service doesn’t end this fall. We need to stay involved in our towns and communities for a long time to come. After all, America’s new foundation will be built one neighborhood at a time – and that starts with you.
Thank you, President Barack Obama
(Note: Ingri Cassel sent an email comment to the White House and is now receiving emails from the alleged Obamas. The message is so elementary, so rhetorical, one has to wonder if the intent is to insult us or if the White House has determined that Americans do, in fact, read and comprehend at a sixth-grade level).