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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Talk about lipstick on a pig, here's Obama's Universal National Service Plan

Time Magazine's published account of this plan reads: "Americans don't like to be told what they have to do; many have argued that requiring service drains the gift of its virtue." Yup. That's right. "It would be based on carrots, not sticks — 'doing well by doing good,' as Benjamin Franklin, the true father of civic engagement, put it."

Who would pay for these carrots? And how? That's what I want to know. And who decides what constitutes virtuous service? Chairman Mao would be so proud!

The plan is simple: Massively Grow Big Government and invest more in government run programs that have no accountability. Pedantic, judgemental, elitist, statist, authoritarian are words that come to mind as I read further.

No where is there any acknowledgement of the service provided by entrepreneurs who engage unencumbered in free enterprise, in a free market system. Wow.

1. Create a National-Service Baby Bond of $5000, in a private 529 plan, except it's not really private and you only get it if you volunteer your life for your college education.

2. Make National Service a Cabinet-Level Department. Sounds Stalinist.

A cabinet level official will preside over weather or not we are engaging in virtuous civic minded service. How large of an army of hires would such an officer require to executive this post?

3. Expand Existing National-Service Programs Like AmeriCorps and the National Senior Volunteer Corps.

No thanks. Saddleback and a network of evangelical churches exponentially outperformed the government run agencies and the Red Cross and other secular organizations. Just streamline and improve the accountability of the agencies we have now, and we'll be much better off.

It goes on, with several more points. I can hear marching armies of militant indoctrinated duty bound 'citizens.' He should lose the election based on this proposal alone. It's a plan Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro would love.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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