Obamessiah Pisses Away More of Your Moneyby Kevin
In news that shocks absolutely no one, the Obamessiah found yet another way to piss away some more American taxpayer dollars, this time on a “national service” bill.
President Obama on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing a major expansion of funding to federal community-service programs, marking a rare example of Washington bipartisanship.
The legislation reauthorizes the Corporation for National and Community Service – the government agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs – for the first time since 1996. It calls for a 25 percent increase in funding, giving the CNCS $1.1 billion for next year and almost $6 billion through 2014, if the money is appropriated by Congress.
The legislation is named for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts, and it passed with strong support from both sides of the aisle – moving from proposal to passage in little more than a month.
“Programs like these are a force multiplier,” Mr. Obama said at the signing. “They leverage small numbers of members into thousands of volunteers.”
Currently, 75,000 Americans serve in AmeriCorps annually, and they train and manage some 2 million community volunteers. The legislation authorizes an expansion of the program over eight years to 250,000 people, which in turn will allow millions more Americans to volunteer.
There went the $100 million the Obamessiah saved.
Seriously, I thought the point of volunteering was doing something good while not expecting something in return. The United States government has no business paying “volunteers” to serve the volk.
What about those “fiscally-conservative” Republicans, well, they generally supported it. More than half the Senate Republicans and 70 GOP Congressmen supported this bailout of the Americorps, the remnants of Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”, and big government in general.
Remember these folks around election time.