21 April 2009

Nationalizing Volunteerism

UPDATE: A blog I've just began reading, Once More Into the Breach, has this brutally honest take on the nationalization of volunteerism.

Just another way the Obamassiah is consolidating federal control of  America’s generous nature. Of course, considering the massive bailouts and government ownership of various banks and automakers, it should come as no surprise that the Spender-in-Chief has found a way to nationalize the volunteer spirit that has made this nation great.

The ultimate irony is that such nationalization oppresses that volunteer spirit and makes it seem like an obligation rather than a desire. $5.7 billion? Chicken scratch. As the old political adage goes, “A billion there, a billion here, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”

Volunteerism does NOT begin at the federal level, contrary to Barry’s misconceived notion (it all started with Bill Clinton). It begins in the nation’s churches and local food pantries and ecumenical service organizations. The federal government will find a way to screw this up too, just like does everything else it attempts on the domestic level.

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