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January 19, 2009

Quote of the Day, Part Deux

by mike

Comes from this AP story on our soon to be President’s activities on the day before his inauguration:

Then his motorcade headed for the Sasha Bruce House, a facility for homeless teens, where he grabbed a paint roller and helped volunteers who were fixing up rooms.

“We can’t allow any idle hands,” he said. “Everybody’s got to be involved.”

I don’t know about you, but the idea of the government deciding who has “idle hands” and then forcing them to “be involved” terrifies me.

The best part of this is the irony inherent in the way the article was structured…before the section about using government to force people to be involved there was a bit about the President-elect visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed, people who VOLUNTEERED to serve their country. After the section there was a bit about him visiting VOLUNTEERS working at a local high school.


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  1. That quote stuck me too. Was wondering to whom was he speaking? I sure hope it was to the deadbeat daddies, welfare queens, union system milkers,the profesional students, professional unemployed and profesional disabled, professional hypochondriacs not to mention the professional psych patients. If so then BULLY Obama! Get em off their lazy buts and get em to work!

    Unfortunatley he is most likely referring to anyone with a clue. Get ready to be asked to “do more” for those who won’t do it for themselves.

    Comment by persncikety curmudgeon — January 19, 2009 @ 4:50 pm
  2. [...] can’t allow any idle hands,” he said. “Everybody’s got to be involved.”  I think the Liberty Papers blog sums up my thinking on this quite well:  “I don’t know about you, but the idea of the [...]

    Pingback by All Hail Obama, Our God-King-Messiah « Against Tyranny — January 19, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
  3. Sasha Bruce is a crisis shelter, not a homeless shelter. It’s a multi-million dollar organization.

    Comment by Allen — January 19, 2009 @ 8:05 pm
  4. I think you all missed the point of a day of service. It was the purpose of why everybody was there to begin with. I guess you all assume that on Martin Luther King’s Day, a volunteer is a slave.

    Comment by VRB — January 19, 2009 @ 8:32 pm
  5. Well, I can take one of two things away from the Obama quote. Either he was talking about the one time “day of service,” in which case he’s interested in meaningless gestures that do nothing to actually change anything (basically the volunteer equivalent of the Bush “economic stimulus” checks) or he was talking about the need to “get everyone involved” on a longer term basis. If the second is true, given the track record of politicians when they talk about the need for “us” to do stuff “together,” I think my skepticism is warranted.

    Comment by Mike — January 19, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

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