Now Barry has his national security force

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  1. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

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    Congress expands AmeriCorps volunteer program
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    By ANN SANNER, Associated Press Writer Ann Sanner, Associated Press Writer – 15 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of Americans, from teenagers to baby boomers, soon will get a fresh chance to lend a helping hand in a time of need.

    The House voted 275-149 Tuesday for a $5.7 billion bill that triples positions in the Clinton-era AmeriCorps program, its largest expansion since the agency's creation in 1993, and establishes a fund to help nonprofit organizations recruit and manage more volunteers. AmeriCorps offers a range of volunteer opportunities including housing construction, youth outreach, disaster response and caring for the elderly.

    Congress was sending the bill to President Barack Obama, who often cites his years as a Chicago community organizer for giving him his political start. Obama has made national service programs a high priority. His budget proposal calls for more than $1.1 billion for the programs, an increase of more than $210 million.

    The president, who began an eight-day European trip Tuesday, plans to sign the measure when he returns to Washington.

    "I call on all Americans to stand up and do what they can to serve their communities, shape our history and enrich both their own lives and the lives of others across this country," Obama said in a statement.

    With the nation plunging deeper into a recession, Obama and backers of the effort see it as a way to channel a rising desire among Americans to help their neighbors.

    "History has ... shown that in time of crisis, Americans turn to service and volunteering for healing, for rebuilding and for hope. The spirit of generosity in the American people is one of the greatest assets of our nation," Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said during debate on the bill.

    Applications to AmeriCorps have exploded with the plunging employment market. Last month, there were 9,731 applications submitted to the AmeriCorps online system, more than triple the 3,159 submitted in February 2008. In the AmeriCorps program, 75,000 people spend 10 months to a year helping build affordable homes or responding to disasters. Most receive an annual stipend of slightly less than $12,000.

    Last year, more than 500 AmeriCorps members helped coordinate more than 200,000 Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build 1,700 new homes. Some AmeriCorps participants also helped families get ready for homeownership.

    The bill provides for gradually increasing the size of AmeriCorps to 250,000 enrollees over eight years.

    "People are feeling their own pain, but they're also feeling their neighbors' pain," said Alan Solomont, board chairman of the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps and will be in charge of overseeing new programs for middle and high school students and people 55 and over.

    The legislation 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. People working in these new corps would provide such services as weatherizing homes or teaching computer skills to seniors or the unemployed.

    The measure also encourages people to observe Sept. 11 as a national day of service and remembrance.

    Mark Andrews, senior director for U.S. operations for Habitat for Humanity International, said the bill was "absolutely necessary" because it will provide the organization with more participants who have specialized skills in construction or family services. These AmeriCorps members are then able to train more volunteers.

    "National service gives us the opportunity to bring in some of the best and the brightest, in terms of young people right out of school, as well as folks who have completed their career and want to give back to their communities in a more significant way," Andrews said.

    People 55 and older could also earn $1,000 education awards by getting involved in public service. Those awards can be transferred to a child, grandchild or even someone they mentored.

    Tom Nelson, AARP's chief operating officer, said the bill gives more older Americans the chance to apply their years of experience to helping others.

    Nelson said his group is hearing from thousands of people who say, "How do I get involved, how do I help my community?"

    "That older volunteer can be the ideal volunteer," he said.

    The bill also ties volunteer work to money for college in other ways.

    Sixth graders through high school seniors could earn a $500 education award for helping in their neighborhoods during a new summer program.

    Education awards for AmeriCorps participants would increase from $4,725 to $5,350. That money can be used to help pay for college or help pay off student loans. Future increases would be tied to increases in the maximum size of Pell grants.

    The bill is named for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been its champion. Kennedy is being treated for brain cancer but returned to Washington last week to vote for the legislation.

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    The bill is H.R. 1388.

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    On the Net:

    Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov

    AmeriCorps: http://www.americorps.gov


    And now the legal framework is in place for Obama's national security force. Like all dictators, he will soon have his own personal army at his disposal:mad::mad::mad::mad: The story mentions that a number of people are already applying for jobs. I knew when I first heard about this how it would work....Barry and his people make the economy tank so more people lose their jobs, then he impliments his national security force, and the unemployed come beating down the door to get a paycheck. So what if eventually they'll be told to barge into people's homes and confiscate their weapons and haul the non-kool-aid drinkers off to a camp. At least it's a paycheck:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: How can anyone NOT see what he's doing?!?!


    EDIT - I see Sen. Burr let me down on this one and voted in favor of this steaming peanut filled pile of Obamaness:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: I knew Hagan was gonna vote for it, she's a Barry worshipping liberal.
     
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    "History has ... shown that in time of crisis, Americans turn to service and volunteering for healing, for rebuilding and for hope. The spirit of generosity in the American people is one of the greatest assets of our nation," Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said during debate on the bill"

    They will screw up volunteerism and kill it by getting the Government in the middle of it.
    Oxymorons.
     

  3. RunningOnMT

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    Just what housing is going to be constructed? Are we giving away houses now? How can I get on the list...I could use a house? :(

    I suppose having people trained to assist in disaster relief isn't a bad idea but I have a bad feeling about this. I have seen some pretty incompetent and rude people working in various government jobs since they started trying to create employment for the "underpriveledged". Can only imagine how some might act if someone gave them authority during a time of crisis.
     
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    So it begins. :mad: :mad: :mad:

    A little comfort from the New Testament. None of this has caught God sleeping. Now we must be diligent to restore our nation to it's birthright of Righteousness or we will indeed be sinners in the hands of an angry God.


    “But realize this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”
    2 Timothy 3:1-5
     
  5. mrkirker

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    Begin worrying in earnest when they have to swear 'personal' allegiance to BO!
    (The sashes will come later.)
     
  6. bcj1755

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    Exactly. On the surface, having people trained in disater relief and ready to help out in emergencies is good. So is having these people trained to help with infrastructure projects. But remember, the Nazi version of this concept started out the same way, and we all know what that turned into. Soemwhere along the way, this crap will turn into a training and brainwashing program for a large group of armed people that will follow Barry's orders without question. And THESE will be the ones kicking in our doors to take our guns and dragging us off to the camps to be "reeducated" into productive kool-aid drinking Obamites :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
  7. alhefner

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    Hmmm....I plan on being on a permanent camping trip by mid June. Perhaps being 20 miles or more from a town will give me some illusion of safety.
     
  8. SaddleSarge

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    I think Associated Press forgot about one key word throughout the bill...."shall." They make it sound all volunteer.:mad:
     
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