|My political platform...
||[Jul. 13th, 2006|01:45 pm]
So as promised here is my political platform, the main plank of my campaign if you will. Essentially it's simple - every US citizen must spend one year (sometime between the age of 18 and 25) in service to the country. Now before getting up in arms yelling at me about instating a military draft, listen to my whole plan...
For one year of each person's choice between the ages of 18 to 25 everyone must spent one year serving one of the following institutions; Americorp (VISTA, NCCC, or Teach for America, City Year), Peace Corps, or a year of military service.
Everyone benefits, I don't even know where to begin.
1) It ensures that every young adult will have some job experience thus helping to reduce unemployment in America.
2) It will bring resources to poor rural and urban areas of the country helping to better those members of the population that most need it.
3) It will allow every person in America to understand what it feels like to work at a poverty level (with a couple exceptions, see below)
4) It will remake America's image abroad, both with our comittment to better ourselves and the world.
5) Those who choose VISTA well help elimintate poverty around them, those who choose NCCC serve as hand on help through their region where ever it is needed, Teach For America has a profound impact on the likelyhood that urban and rural children graduate high school, and City Year provides tutoring and teaching to urban youth you are sorely in need of role models.
6) For those who choose to serve in the military it will help boost the numbers of a military that is struggling to recruit.
7) Just like the current system, people will be paid dependent upon their program. The military will pay people the same way it does now, Americorp Programs will continue to offer living stipends during the term of service (which, includes relocation costs, child care - if needed, health insurance, loan deferment, eligibility for food stamps and other public assitance programs, etc.)
8) In the same way they do now, all of these programs will offer deferrment on student loans as well as an education award good for pat loans or future school which will make higher education more affordable for everyone.
9) People would have a seven year window where they could serve for a year allowing flexibility to complete the program, after high scool, during college, after college (some programs like VISTA and Teach for America would require a college degree), before working or after spending a few years in the work force.
Anyways I'm sure there are a ton of logistical problems, not least of which people don't like to be forced to do thins and making this mandatory rather than voluntary takes some of the goodness out of the act. However I think overall this is a wonderful idea and some small third party should adopt it for the next presidential election.
Anyways, it's just a thought....
In other news, tomorrow is my last day at Kit Clark and I am utterly in denial. I love it here, I really do. Most of my bitching this past year has had to do with waking up early in the morning and that would have been true no matter what. I just feel so fortunate to have been placed here. My co-workers took me out to lunch today and yesterday and gave me a very sweet card with a B&N gift card. In addition, several of my seniors have written me little notes to say how much they'll miss me. All in all it's a tearful departure.
And I'm off to me next adventure...