Saturday, November 08, 2008

Government Growth

Under Obama's Presidency it looks like the government is going to grow even more bloated and become radically more expensive. How this alone fits into his plans to reduce taxes I don't know.

President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps ...

He's talking about an increase from current levels of 75,000 to 250,000 for Americorps alone in addition to doubling the size of the Peace Corps.

...and will create
a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps.

Interesting to note that- in addition to the changes made to the America Serves page noted below, more changes have been made. Now most of the details are just missing. It would seem that screen-capping his website is in order.

Not to mention his plans- which he doesn't seem to be publicising on his website- for a civilian national security force funded to the same extent as the Army and, perhaps more worryingly, "just as powerful, just as strong".

It would have been nice if he'd been asked about the creation of this incredibly expensive and disturbingly powerful entity just once during election season.

Evidently this is why he's going to require service- because otherwise they wouldn't seem to be enough people to volunteer for all of these new organisations. Don't forget- he's also planning on increasing the Army by 65,000 and the Marines by 27,000.

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