Saturday, November 08, 2008

When did choice turn into a requirement?

From the president-elect's website:
"When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream." [Who is being quoted? Not stated on website.]
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.
Let's see if Obama changes his mind. His pattern has been to blame overzealous staffers for such mistakes in judgment.

As Mankiw says, this isn't volunteering this is a draft. Or involuntary servitude. There's a difference between leading a movement, and leading a nation.

Update. Lesson learned, but without explanation: the website language has been changed. The word "require" is out, replaced by work towards the goal.


Blogger Peripatetic Engineer said...

Rahm Emmanuel believes in universal service. He thinks everyone between the ages of 18 and 25 should go through 3 months of training in civil defense. This could lead to the Democrats re-instituting the draft.

10:33 PM  

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