Sunday, July 13, 2008

Barr slams Obama

On Obama's "national service" plan:
"Americans are among the most generous people on the planet and excel at serving one another," says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate.
"Unfortunately, Sen. Barack Obama wants to turn service into a government requirement" by forcing middle, high school, and college students to work in federally approved jobs. "But service must be an outgrowth of the heart to be life-changing for both parties. It isn't possible to mandate generosity or coerce compassion," Barr explains.
Moreover, "it certainly isn't Washington's responsibility to dictate to every middle school, high school, and college across America the sort of activities they should require of their students," notes Barr. “If local school boards and college presidents believe mandatory service to be a good idea, they can -- as many have done -- make it a graduation requirement. There's no justification for the federal government to set a national standard."
Mandatory generosity? Coercive compassion? That's the kind of "Hope" we can do without.

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