Obama’s Social Justice Army Spared the Chopping Block

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So much for the new era of fiscal responsibility. The federal government’s dependency drones have been spared the chopping block. After vowing to eliminate funding for President Obama’s bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army, House Republicans retreated — and will shrink the AmeriCorps budget by a minuscule 6.7 percent.

Politicians originally sold AmeriCorps as an alternative to big government — a program to “renew the ethic of civic responsibility and the spirit of community throughout the United States.” With bipartisan support, the program has morphed into an all-purpose progressive slush fund. Instead of reining in the national service boondoggle, Washington has turned taxpayer-subsidized helping hands into a legion of Nanny State handout helpers. Goodbye, AmeriCorps. Hello, FoodStampCorps.

Yes, across the Internet, the feds are recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA (“Volunteers in Service to America”) workers to apply for jobs as publicists for the welfare state. Their mission: to sign up as many people to federal food stamp rolls as possible. Because, you know, the record-breaking 12 million that have been added since Obama took office is apparently not good enough.

Here’s a typical job ad in Boston: “AMERICORPS VISTA: FOOD STAMP COORDINATOR (INTERNSHIP) Through this project, the Elderly Commission will be able to provide information, assistance and support to senior citizens of Boston in applying for food stamps. Develop a full knowledge of the Food Stamp program and application process. Assist seniors in senior housing and community centers to fill out Food Stamp applications; assist seniors with gathering necessary proofs together for applications; follow up with the Department of Transitional Assistance to ensure seniors receive awarded benefits. Recruit volunteers to be trained on the application of the Food Stamp program.”

In New York, Philadelphia and a total of 30 sites across the country, AmeriCorps and the Department of Agriculture are funding the “National Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps” to “increase access to food stamps.”

National Affairs managing editor Meghan Clyne reports that the administration is roping in left-wing churches to aggressively promote food stamps. With institutional support from first lady Michelle Obama, the FoodStampCorps will train church members to apply for food stamps after religious services; and “‘encourage eligible families to enroll their children in (government-subsidized) school meal programs’; if organizations operate day-care or after-school programs, they are advised to pursue reimbursement for meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (a federally funded, state-administered welfare program).

Places of worship are asked to serve as feeding sites for the Summer Food Service Program — another federally funded, state-run welfare project.”

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  • umustbkidding

    Well, look at the up side. This is just going to motivate us. In a way it is a good thing. If congress had really cut the budget even the $38 billion that was originally reported then we might of thought to sit on our laurels. Now "we the people" who value freedom have no doubt that the fight is not over and we must remain mobile.

    Please consider folks that the fight is not just in Washington. We must also take back our states. Get to know your state constitution and your state congress representatives. Ask your congress people if they know the constitution. Seriously, they may not. The reason is that ultimately it is the states job to keep the Feds in their rightful place.

    Pick your pet peeve, seat belts, smoking, cameras at all of our intersections, welfare, hunting, gun control, exorbitant traffic fines, need of licenses for everything – what ever. Find the tea party for some items and private clubs for others. Take a night a month out to start to get active about something you care about. The more you reach out to those that are like minded the more purpose you will find.

    One more thing, to exercise your liberty you should not need to have a license.

  • julie eaton

    this is the most ridiciulous thing i have read about americorps since it was compared to hitlers youth. most people who hve a postion with americorps don't make enough money to eat decently. the wages are at or below the poverty level in most cases. and when you are working for 10-12 hours a day you need to eat well. just to let you know. in my time with nccc when i broke down hourly what i made it came out to about 4 dollars an hour. now try to feed yourself on that. just more hype to make the program look bad.

    • Rifleman

      You volunteered for it, and nobody’s forcing you to do it. If you don’t like it, or can’t afford it, you need to get a real job doing something productive. It doesn’t take much effort to make spoiled bums with no self-respect, wasting a lot of time and taxpayers’ money, look bad. Like your post here, you do a fine job of it yourselves.

      • Tre

        I agree with Julie. The AmeriCorps is a program that supports the infrastructure of America while promoting education. If you want to cut funds to program that are wasted, start looking somewhere else, because America is getting one a lot of work done for very little money.

        • Rifleman

          . If America was getting a lot of work done for very little money the democrat party and the unions would be dead set against it, and wouldn’t rest until they’d shut it down, like they are here – http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2
          -and elsewhere citizens and companies volunteer to ‘get a lot of work done’ free of charge.

          Americorpse was created in the 90s by wild bill, and has been a boondoggle ever since. We got along fine before it, and we’ll do just fine after it. If one wants to do something for America, join the military, or go to work in the private sector and support oneself.