Thursday, November 06, 2008

Rahm Emanuel's Agenda

You could read it in his book, or you can read the short version here.

John Kennedy was right: A nation is defined not by what it does for its citizens but by what it asks of them. If your leaders aren’t challenging you to do your part, they aren’t doing theirs. We need a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us by establishing for the first time an ethic of universal citizen service. All Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 should be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic civil defense training and community service. This is not a draft, nor is it military. Young people will be trained not as soldiers, but simply as citizens who understand their responsibilities in the event of a natural disaster, an epidemic or a terrorist attack. Universal citizen service will bring Americans of every background together to make America safer and more united in common purpose.


Not all that different from the Obama "service" plan--except Emanuel's is far less demanding. From The One, we have this:

...mandate 50 hours of community service per year for middle and high school students. And he’s offering a $4,000 federal-funded tuition credit in exchange for 100 hours per year from college students.

As The Agitator notes, that $4K will be the exact amount of the tuition-increase posted by colleges the day after the plan becomes law...

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