Today, around lunch time, Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. What does that mean for us college students? The short and simple answer is: slavery.
According to Obama’s Blueprint for Change, he will “require 100 hours of service in college.” Per usual, Obama is short on the details. For example, exactly what we will do (be required to do that is) is unclear. It does say, however, that we will receive a $4,000 tax credit for our trouble; that’s 40 dollars an hour. In other words, the person of the year is proposing to take billions of dollars from the private sector in order to redistribute it to some punk kid planting roses in a park.
For those of you with a real job, you might find the parallels between Obama’s plan and the private sector striking. I mean, in both work is rewarded with pay. But, in Obama’s la la, yes-we-can land there is one slight difference: society has no say in whether the college student’s “service” is efficient or necessary. Competitive capitalism allows for WAY too much freedom under an Obama administration. No, coercion is the way of the future. You will serve. Why? Because, it’s a good thing to do, duh! Never mind any arguments involving inalienable rights or some such western construct ; that is sooo 19th century.
All in all, Obama believes it is the place of the federal government to mandate “Universal Voluntary Citizen Service.” In American, ”universal voluntary” is translated “tyranny.” Side effects may involve anger to the point of great indignation. But, perhaps you’re willing to give this “change” a chance. If so, when it comes your turn to “serve,” just look Obama in the eye and say, “Yes suh, massah.”