FINAL Vote... Senate PASSES G.I.V.E. Act (HR 1388/S.277)... Again, the American People Obediently Pay No Attention! Why?

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 8:00pm.

In a statement after passage in the Senate, Obama said "our work is not finished when I sign this bill into law — it has just begun." It will now only be a matter of time before Obama's "civilian national security force" powerful as the U.S. military takes to the streets. (This is just the beginning of a Stasi nightmare and no one seems to care... implications are truly frightening! _ S.I.A.) ~ VIDEO 

The Senate on Thursday approved a major national service bill that triples the AmeriCorps program, despite concerns from some conservatives that it could allow politically charged groups to benefit from extra funding.  

The Senate voted 78-20 to increase AmeriCorps to 250,000 from its current 75,000 positions. The legislation is expected to cost $6 billion over five years. 

The House could take up the bill as early as Monday, sending it then to President Obama for his signature. 

The package, called the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act, encourages a broad range of Americans to give back to their communities. It would create five groups to help poor people, improve education, encourage energy efficiency, strengthen access to health care and assist veterans. 

It had widespread support on both sides of the aisle, but a small group of vocal opponents say the bill not only spends too much but could increase funding for ideologically driven groups.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., initially tacked on an amendment to the House bill allaying such fears -- it prohibited for-profit political and labor groups that engage in legislative advocacy from receiving certain assistance under the plan. 

But conservatives cried foul after Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., submitted a substitute bill in the Senate stripping a lot of those provisions. 

"If we take the restrictions away, there's nothing keeping them from funding these kinds of groups," said Foxx spokesman Aaron Groen. 

Supporters say the program will yield benefits across the board -- assisting veterans, rebuilding homes and getting students involved in service, among other positives. 

Mikulski aide Rachel MacKnight said changes were made to the Senate version of the bill to earn "bipartisan support." 

But some conservative opponents are still not on board, saying the bill will allow taxpayer money to fund left-wing groups. 

Americans for Limited Government objected after the language in the Foxx amendment was taken out. 

"This is a bad deal for taxpayers, and there will be no way to enforce any prohibitions on the use of the funds once the money is in the coffers of the political organizations," ALG President Bill Wilson said in a written statement. 

The replacement language still prohibits participants from lobbying or organizing protests or engaging in other political activity. But ALG argued that government money could still end up funding those activities, since taxpayer funding could free up money elsewhere in the budget for political activities. 

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Sen. David Vitter, R-La, tried to submit an amendment this week restoring the provisions Foxx had sought, but the move was tabled. 

DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said the program is an example of "good intentions gone bad." 

Expanded Americorps Has a STRONG Odor of Authoritarianism...

With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service plan, with the number of federally funded community service job increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion. Lurking behind the feel-good rhetoric spouted by the measure's advocates is a bill that on closer inspection reveals multiple provisions that together create a strong odor of creepy authoritarianism. The House passed the measure overwhelmingly, while only 14 senators had the sense and courage to vote against it on a key procedural motion. Every legislator who either voted for this bill or didn't vote at all has some serious explaining to do.

Last summer, then-candidate Barack Obama threw civil liberties to the wind when he proposed "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the regular military. The expanded Americorps is not quite so disturbing, but a number of provisions in the bill raise serious concerns.

To begin with, the legislation threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for consideration of "a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people." It anticipates the possibility of requiring "all individuals in the United States" to perform such service - including elementary school students. The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying the new program should "combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service," while establishing "campuses" that serve as "operational headquarters," complete with "superintendents" and "uniforms" for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And it calls for creation of "a permanent cadre" in a "National Community Civilian Corps."

But that's not all. The bill also calls for "youth engagement zones" in which "service learning" is "a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency." This updated form of voluntary community service is also to be "integrated into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula" at all levels of schooling. Sounds like a government curriculum for government approved "service learning," which is nothing less than indoctrination. Now, ask yourself if congressmen who voted for this monstrosity had a clue what they were voting for. If not, they're guilty of dereliction of duty. If yes, the implications are truly frightening.


Between being first officially "reported" to the House and being voted on by the full House, bill managers stripped one whole section of the measure that created a Congressional Commission on Civil Service, thus removing the section that contained the language cited above concerning "a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people" and a possible requirement for "all individuals in the United States" to perform such service. The section could be restored during the Senate-House conference committee meeting. A new, separate bill containing that language has since been introduced in the House.

See Obama Calls For National Civilian Stasi and Obama's "Civilian National Security Force."


Michelle Obama: "Barack Will Require You to Work."


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March 26, 2009 - source Fox and TheExaminer - posted at InfoWars

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 8:00pm.