Obama outlines plan for national service
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Obama promised to increase AmeriCorps slots from 75,000 to 250,000 and pledged to double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011.
Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona also supports an expansion of both programs and has stressed public service, including in
the military, during campaign appearances.
Obama repeated his pledge to boost the size of the active military. But he also said the nation's future and safety depends on more than just
"It also depends on the teacher in East L.A., or the nurse in Appalachia, the after-school worker in New Orleans, the Peace Corps volunteer in
Africa, the Foreign Service officer in Indonesia," he said.
Obama had first outlined many of the proposals he talked about Wednesday during appearances in Iowa last December.
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," he said Wednesday. "We've
got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
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 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 that would be
tied to that level of service.
Obama said he realizes there will be skeptics, but stressed that greater public service will make the nation safer.
"Our destiny as Americans is tied up with one another," he said. "If we are less respected in the world, then you will be less safe."
Here is I believe his answer to "Why" he wants to create it. Keep in mind Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush has put in
place some kind of corp.
What concerns me is the size and power that Obama wants for the "group"
I saw another blogger state "kids always rat on their parents" who needs Big brother watching when your own blood is watching.