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Oh please, you are even more full of it than normal. That's not charity, that's a government requirement. It's the same concept as a draft, just for service in the community. I do community service every week and I would pissed off if someone told me that I was no longer doing it for myself to help others, but because it was the law.
On that note, this is both ridiculous and impractical, so I hope this goes no further than it has here on paper.
What you are saying is that the guy who bags groceries in order to make money necessary to his continued life in society and the guy who "volunteers" to bag groceries to keep himself out of the laws path are two different situations. It's no longer volunteering if you HAVE to do it. It's not like I'm doing community service when I obey the speed limit or decide not to go out and kill people...
The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.
Obama's plan is pure communism. Everyone is forced to work for the country. Everyone gets the same education and healthcare. Everyone is paid the same.
I think America has forgotten about how we used to fight around the world against communism.
What ever happened to freedom? Americans don't have freedom when they are forced to do community service.