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Gary Hart backs Serve America Act


Now, in a new time of national peril, rather than considering it a luxury, we need to see national service as a necessity for the rallying of the national community behind our common good and our common goals. No single step would revitalize our fearful national spirit more than a new era of civic republicanism. The single best vehicle to achieve this goal is the proposed Serve America Act sponsored by Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch. This is a genuinely bipartisan response to President Obama's challenge to Americans of all ages to serve the national community.

Building on existing Americorps programs and the National Community Service Act, Serve America would substantially expand opportunities for all age groups, from young people to retired professionals, to provide a year or more of service in community education, health, environment, energy efficiency, and a host of other projects. Young people participating in Serve America would also qualify for financial support to pursue higher education.

Among those hardest hit by a shrinking job market are those just entering the work force. Rather than stay in their parents' home, roam the mean streets, or suffer endless employment rejection, unemployed young people especially can join Serve America to improve their communities and build their own ladders out of economic recession. Creative opportunities such as this are exactly what Barack Obama's standard of "responsibility" is all about.

At a time when so many public needs, from schools to parks, from soup kitchens to retirement homes, are unmet, Serve America is not a "make work" project. It is targeted toward real needs not currently being met by private enterprise or any level of government. The costs of Serve America are minuscule in an age of massive bank bailouts, industrial rescues, and mortgage underwriting.

Resistance to expanded public service programs can be expected from the ideologically sclerotic, those who occupy the negative ground between government as the problem and government as our enemy. These are clearly people unfamiliar with Pericles of even for that matter Thomas Jefferson.

To be a true republican is to recognize the role of civic virtue, participation in the public affairs of the community, and to be among the men and women of whom future generations of Americans will say, they were worthy of their city and their nation.

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Ok Gary

....YOU FIRST. And get Donna Rice to help you.

As for me....I have given WAY TOO MUCH to this country and now I expect to be PAID BACK.

Where's my "bailout"?

I'm not your slave.


these freaks EVER go away?


He even hijacks the "restore the republic" and twists it to totalitarianism.

How strongly will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the Meaning of Words! --- Samuel Adams

It's not much of a surprize that Hart would side with

passage of the Community Servitude Act or with revisionist slanting of Jefferson. All of the platitudes distill down to an objective to make us as oxen, all fastened in the same yoke.
"An economy built on fiat money is a society on its way to ashes."

"An economy built on fiat money is a society on its way to ashes."

gary heartpence.. (his real

gary heartpence.. (his real name) is one of the dumbest morons ever.. he was a senator here in Colorado.. this guy is a stooge..

"When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny."
-Thomas Jefferson

I am more concerned about the return of my money than the return on my money. --Mark Twain

I better word for

him is calculating. There's an agenda and he is doing his part.

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