Obama Requires Community Service and Removes his Agenda from Website After Scrutiny.
There has been many arguments this past week over whether the president elect, Obama, will require students to do community service. Some are saying this is slave labor, some say because college discounts will be given it is worth it, some are saying it is for the better of the Country.
If you missed it, Obama has created change.gov, “The Official Web Site of the U.S. Presidential Transition.” On this website Obama lays out his agenda for what he is going to change in this country. Now since the conversation began about what the agenda section of the site actually contained, it looks like it has been removed due to scrutiny. It appears as if it was taken down to be reworded. Now all we have left is the text below:
“Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free.”
Luckily, with the creation of the Internet, history cannot be changed so easily. This is the first quote on the site, which appears to have been removed as of last night:
“Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.”
This has obviously been changed due to public scrutiny, something presidents get a lot of. Obama will have plenty of time to get used to it before he is sworn in. Due to this scrutiny he took down his whole agenda section of the site…let’s see what he replaces it with. We finally had a glimpse of what the President-Elect wanted to accomplish, and now that glimpse is gone as soon as we started scrutinizing the specifics….
I do not like this ending as much as you do, but the story has not yet been finished. Obama has the next move. In the meantime, what do you think about Obama’s “change” and his plan? Is this forced labor, or is this better the American youth and Country? Does this say anything about Obama’s character and his ability to deal with criticism? How will this affect his presidency?
Your thoughts below.
UPDATE: November 12, 2008
Obama has still not posted an updated Agenda section. There is no agenda section. When a new agenda section is posted, if it is, I will be sure to dissect it for all of us.