S.277 - Serve America Act

A bill to amend the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to expand and improve opportunities for service, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to expand and improve opportunities for service, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Serve America Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act as introduced.
  • Short: Serve America Act as reported to senate.

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  • deborahg6 03/17/2009 7:37am

    Thank you, but no thank you! I strongly oppose a government controlled and mandated volunteer organization particularly focusing on youth. It is not the government’s responsiblity nor job description to create programs that are funded by us, the tax payers, where so~ called “volunteer” service is required in exchange for education or funding. The children and youth of America do not “belong” to the government and do not need the government to parent them. This is deceptive and unconstitutional in its purest form. NO, NO, NO! This is wrong for America!

    The 13th Amendment
    Section I. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
    Section II. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

  • meliorism 03/20/2009 8:42am

    The concept of mandatory national service is a direct violation of the 13th amendment. More to the point, the services we are ordered to “volunteer” are the ones we were told our taxes were paying for. So where did the money go? Why are we paying taxes for services we are now expected to do for ourselves?

  • meliorism 03/20/2009 8:50am

    Perhaps we are so long removed from the origination of a free society that we have forgotten its price. Perhaps we have forgotten what freedom is: the absence of government coercion. Perhaps we have forgotten that truly beneficial policies almost always stand on their own merit, without the aid of massive government enforcement agencies.

    Perhaps we have begun to take liberty for granted, so we allow it to be chiseled away each year by just a few more taxes, just a few more regulations, just a few more unconstitutional spending programs, just a few more harmless potheads turned into untouchable felons, just a few more unwarranted surveillance operations, just a few more troops on our streets to suppress the political dissenters, just a few more unfounded arrests and detainments, just a few more unnecessary casualties in the never-ending war for universal authority, just a few more computerized balloting systems, and just a little bit more government control.

  • meliorism 03/20/2009 8:51am

    After all, most of us feel we can still go about our business uninterrupted by these controls and live adequately, if not freely. I fear now that by the time we realize that this is no longer true, by the time our old friends and fellow citizens–educated, hard-working, freedom-loving people of integrity–are declared dangerous enemies of the state, it will be too late to change the authoritarian direction of our nation, and it will be easier for us to act nationalistic and tolerated, silent and unencumbered, compliant and alive, than to be honest and endangered, righteous and imprisoned, patriotic and dead.

    The false patriots will have won, successfully driving freedom out of the only safe harbor it has ever known. American freedom, having long treaded in tempestuous weather, is drowning in the vast seas of prosperity and contentment it produced. Its only lifeline is We The People.

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    mpaone 03/23/2009 8:29pm
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    The rest of your soliloquy aside, I would say that freedom also includes your ability to achieve your dreams and realize your vision of the good life. We all have differing degrees of access to this (wealth, class, education, etc.), and government policy is a means of ensuring fairness amongst this diversity of privileges and backgrounds.

    Besides, it’s odd to define something by a lack. I’ve never really sat down at the end of a long day and thought about how great and satisfying it was not to government involved in my life that day.

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  • SwimMom 03/23/2009 2:06pm

    No, but there is the reduction of about 200 state-based jobs that will be ‘moved’ to Washington DC and hidden within the funding of the programs. There are a lot of good things in this bill – stuff that will really help citizens of all ages. Too bad it comes at a price – local cost-effective jobs that will be transferred to DC with much higher wages.

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  • daveman 03/24/2009 11:49am

    “service-learning is a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”

    No Thanks! We don’t need any more leaches mandatory or voluntary stuck on the system. Their greed will usually always make them to vote for the system.

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Ben Franklin-

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    Thomas Jefferson

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    cctrustsHim 03/29/2009 2:21pm

    The biggest problem is why should people be paid at all for Volunteering..or as you say trying to combat critical community needs…It isn’t the government’s place to spend billions of taxpayer money to promote volunteerism.

  • Zee 03/24/2009 4:48pm

    Service of any kind is a personal decision and I’ll be damn if I have the government dictating the use of my or my family’s time or resources. This idiocy must be stopped and all those who think this won’t be mandatory and all of the leeches pretending to be do-gooders can get their pathetic spineless backsides to Cuba or Venezuela. Oh that’s right, O bama is busy making us a third world hell hole like them. Now that Obama is destroying the economic structure of this country, the only future for anyone is equal bloody poverty. If you have not been able to make it in America up til now, then you deserve whatever you have. There has been no oppression in this country, just a bunch of entitlement freaks mewling about “justice”. Screw your BS justice.I spit on the lot of you and I damn well spit on obama and his socialist posse.

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    Anonymous 04/07/2009 8:33pm

    Thank you for spiting on me, and for helping me raise money for the DNC. You have forgotten over the past 14 years that another party had differing goals for America, and now the libera;s are in charge. You may not like it, but will only be happy when you accept the change that has come to America.

    You lost the election. Adjust for that.

  • Kaz 03/25/2009 9:09am

    Sen. Jim DeMint: The Flaws of the National Service Act

    It isn’t the government’s place to spend billions of taxpayer money to promote volunteerism. If you must have a carrot dangled in front of your face to volunteer then it isn’t volunteering at all. Kinda like the GI Bill. You get to go to college for free IF you don’t die “volunteering” in the military.

    Slippery slope.

    Out of the horse’s mouth – try to see through the doublespeak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtDSwyCPEsQ&feature=related

  • c5matt 03/26/2009 11:08am

    hey obama,
    in the spirit of this bill, how ’bout i mandate that YOU “voluntarily” come pick some cotton for us down here in Texas? that work for you?

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    Anonymous 04/07/2009 8:35pm
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    In the spirit of elections, how bout you accept you lost and now have no power?

    Mandatory civic service is good fro America and will pass in one form or another. Adjust for it.

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    Theultimateg 05/17/2009 8:49pm

    “Mandatory” civic service is SLAVERY. Sorry, but the only adjusting I will be doing is how to better thwart those the efforts of those whom attempt to enslave me.

    We The People as a whole are losing our freedom daily. Your in the same boat as everyone else. You mean to say your prepared to be a slave?

    It will never pass, your delusional.

  • corky18522 03/28/2009 6:34pm

    I have always saidthere will not be politicians in heaven. They all lie,and cheat, and they are nothing but a bunch of crooks. AND they want to teach my grandkids their way…. NOT NO,BUT HELL NO!!!!!!

  • ImmigrantsWife 04/28/2009 3:29pm

    You can’t be called a volunteer if you get paid for what you’re doing.

    In addition, this bill proposes action which is completely out of the scope of the Constitution. Everyone knows that, which is why it had to be divided into three (and counting) separate bills. Congress is hoping to get it passed sequentially in separate bills and still get what they want. The bills are HR 1388 (already done), this one, and HR 1444. Read them, watch them and CALL YOUR REPS AND SENATORS.

  • wwasher 05/02/2009 9:06am

    Yeah! Just want we need: spend, spend, spend. There is just not enough spending going on by Congress!

    If we started having members of Congress contribute 10% of their pay for every spending bill other than defense, they would stop this nonsense.

  • alias_cyruss 05/02/2009 10:43am

    Really? Have yall even read the bill? It is just increasing the opportunity to serve to make it easier…not mandating service.

  • DianaAmerican 05/10/2009 9:34am

    “The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.” Thomas Jefferson

    “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."- Thomas Jefferson

  • DianaAmerican 05/10/2009 9:37am

    “The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” Thomas Jefferson

    In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. * Thomas Jefferson

    Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. * Thomas Jefferson

  • DianaAmerican 05/10/2009 9:41am

    " The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." – James Madison

    There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation. James Madison

  • thorkyl 05/18/2009 10:49am

    I donate over 500 hours a year and last year over $10,000 to one non-profit search and rescue team. I think search and rescue is more important that the energy conservation corps for the economically disadvantaged – a.k.a. new windows for welfare corps.

    I will donate my time where I want to, not where the government tells me to.

  • frank222k 06/03/2009 8:27pm
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    More forced volunteerism? Isn’t that an oxymoron, like military intelligence? Regardless, we all volunteer our hard earned money to this government, who pisses it away to foreign banksters, for globalism, on torture, and ridiculous pork barrel projects. Then these senators like Ted “drunk” Kennedy and Patty “duh” Murray want us to give even more service to this criminal government headed by an illegal alien from Kenya? Go to hell, all of you, you are a blight on our land.

  • nathanjrod 07/01/2009 9:27am

    These comments are as hilarious as they are absurd. I’m curious if people type them with their tin-foil hats on or not.

    How does funding volunteer programs lead to a gov’t takeover, exactly? Do you even know what Americorps is or does? It’s public service and volunteer work. They help communities that need it most, and get a salary that’s right at the poverty level.

    The same people who are SO SCARED of “government” promoting something positive are often the same people who love the way the government runs the military.

    Grow up.

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