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A Rotting AmeriCorpse

posted at 7:30 pm on February 12, 2010 by

You wouldn’t know there’s a deep recession on by looking at President Obama’s 2011 budget.

One of his most outrageous line-items directs $1.4 billion of taxpayers money to “community organizers” whose mission is to spread divisiveness and misery. To encourage dependency. To spur poverty. Because those dependent upon the government’s largess tend to vote Democrat. So the more poverty, the better.

The budget calls for a massive 59 percent increase in spending for AmeriCorps. An enlistee in the program receives grants, allowances, repayment of student-loans, day care, and other taxpayer-funded subsidies. On average, each “volunteer” costs $10,752.

The nuance may have escaped me, but I always thought a “volunteer” would run less than five-figures.

Founded in 1993 by Bill Clinton, AmeriCorps has recruited over 20,000 individuals. President Obama’s goal, though, is to raise that number to 250,000 by 2017. His motivation is political and not the least bit charitable.

Last year Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) attempted to prohibit groups “engaged in political or legislative advocacy” from receiving funding from AmeriCorps. Democrats viewed the effort as blocking their access to the taxpayer’s wallet and crushed Foxx’s proposal.

This freed the state of Oregon to offer jobs as AmeriCorps “volunteers”, who work full-time at Planned Parenthood offices compensated at $15,825 each.

The position requires the ability to advocate for and support the mission of Planned Parenthood, which translates to maximizing the number of abortions performed at each office. ACORN and homosexual advocacy groups have also received taxpayer funding through AmeriCorps as well.

Because of these twisted wealth redistribution schemes, thousands of worthy charities will have difficulty recruiting real volunteers. Instead of learning the true work of a charity, a quarter of a million young “government volunteers” will instead wean themselves onto a culture of dependency.

Compounding the waste, the Obama administration fired AmeriCorps’ Inspector General last year after he began investigating the use of “volunteers” to do personal favors for friends of the president.

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AmeriCorps is an anachronism that needs to be killed off at the earliest opportunity. Not only will it help the federal budget — it will also shut down taxpayer funding for blatantly partisan activities.

It’s time to make it “Ameri-Corpse”.

Based upon: Rotten to the AmeriCorps. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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It’s time to make it “Ameri-Corpse”.

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Robert17 on February 12, 2010 at 7:35 PM

The Democrats would not have a prayer without all the government money funding their foot soldiers.

David Shane on February 12, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Makes me LIVID:

~ $1.4 billion of taxpayers money to “community organizers” whose mission is to spread divisiveness and misery.

~ a massive 59 percent increase in spending for AmeriCorps.

petefrt on February 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM