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Breaking: Michelle Bachmann is a Looney Tune!

Rep.  Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)  has said some crazy things in the past, but this one takes the cake.  She thinks the volunteer program Americorp will become “mandatory reeducation camps” for the young under Pres. Obama.

Umm. Congresswoman?  Americorp was a Republican idea that Pres. Clinton took over–much to the GOP fury.  It just encourages volunteerism. It doesn’t pay anyone, as you allege.  It is supposed to be a domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps.  And that expansion that you worry about? It had bi-partisan co-sponsors and passed both houses of Congress with WIDE margins.

Americorp expansion co-sponsor Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) specifically denies your claim that participation in Americorp will ever be mandatory.  Sen. Hatch, who constantly writes patriotic songs (some of which are sung by John Ashcroft on Youtube–very funny), is hardly ANYONE’s liberal.  So, if Hatch thinks  you’re all wet on this, Michelle, you are.

BTW, there’s a rumor that Rep. Bachmann is being urged by Republicans to take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) when she is next up for reelection.  Please, Michelle, run, run! We’d get you out of the House and you’d lose SOOO badly to Sen.  Klobuchar and it would be very entertaining to watch.  Move over, Bugs and Daffy, Bachmannn is the real Looney Tune.

April 7, 2009 - Posted by | U.S. politics

3 Comments

  1. Americorps compensates its volunteers.

    Americorps*VISTA volunteers can opt for an end-of-term educational benefit of about $4700 or a $1200 cash stipend. Some (not most) also get living expenses during their term.

    I am involved in two nonprofit organizations which use Americorps volunteers. The nonprofit pays Americorps about $150/mo. for each volunteer. That’s inexpensive, but not free. In our neck of the woods, the folks running Americorps are eager, cooperative and hardworking, but they can’t find enough volunteers, and the nonprofits don’t always reap a net benefit, considering the training, meetings, paperwork, reporting and mandatory service days required. Fortunately the Americorps people try hard to assist, especially if the volunteer has attendance/work issues, falls behind in hours, etc.

    Sorry if this was O/T. It’s a good-hearted program. Anyway, Obama has said he would set volunteer goals of 50 hours/yr. for high school students and 100 hours/year for college students. So people are on the watch for it. Americorps probably isn’t it, but I’m not sure he has explained why the expansion, if they can’t fill the available Americorps slots now. Will it pay more?

    Comment by K Gray | April 7, 2009

  2. I want to see a case go to the Supreme Court. If the court would do its job correctly, I just can’t see how taking away minority rights by popular vote would be constitutional

    Comment by KLOHITH | April 8, 2009

  3. I am involved in two nonprofit organizations which use Americorps volunteers. The nonprofit pays Americorps about $150/mo. for each volunteer. That’s inexpensive, but not free. In our neck of the woods, the folks running Americorps are eager, cooperative and hardworking, but they can’t find enough volunteers, and the nonprofits don’t always reap a net benefit, considering the training, meetings, paperwork, reporting and mandatory service days required. Fortunately the Americorps people try hard to assist, especially if the volunteer has attendance/work issues, falls behind in hours, etc.

    Comment by KLOHITH | April 8, 2009


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