Edward Kennedy Serve America Act
H.R. 1388, Public Law 111-13
This bill has been signed into law, but still requires funding to the tune of 5.7 billion dollars over 6 years.
An annual luncheon is held in Waco, Texas each year honoring volunteers through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a nation wide program authorized by the federal government. Approximately 600 volunteers from six counties with a combined population of 339,784 were in attendance May 30, 2009 for the annual recognition luncheon. Most of them have been volunteering service, time,energy, and money for many years.
Congressman Chet Edwards always attends this event, ostensibly to show his support for the senior citizens who do the volunteer work, but I have no doubt that he has no interest in senior citizens volunteerism aside from the political capital he hopes to earn by attending the annual luncheon as well as the votes he can get from these seasoned citizens who believe he is merely grateful for their service.
This bill would “reward” this service by awarding, in the volunteer’s name, a scholarship of $1000.00 per year to a college student per volunteer who donates at least 325 hours of volunteer work within their community. Please bear in mind that these scholarships will not be paid for by Rep. Edwards nor Sen. Kennedy. They get the publicity, the taxpayer gets the bill.
No one thinks scholarships are bad things. No one thinks volunteerism is a bad thing. No one thinks rewards are bad things.
On the other hand, this bill, on its face, is a horrible bill, all pork, all to get democrats elected and to assure they stay elected. There is no other rationale for this pitiful attempt at pork gouging.
Part of the explanation of the bill states that:
the goal of expanding 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000, and would increase education funding and establish a summer volunteer program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school student who participate. Need I explain how much this might cost us, the taxpayers? It will be a bundle, accomplishing nothing, dumbing us down even farther than we already are, and a disincentive for some of the best volunteers, who see this as I see it — POLITICS and nothing more; politics which work against my best interest and which I will not support in any way.
It is not about volunteerism — there are already numerous volunteers who cheerfully donate time and energy — I DO! Actually these “rewards” are an insult to the sincere volunteer. I am a volunteer. I do it for the clients and I do it for me. I do not want taxpayer’s dollars for doing this volunteer work, even if the US Treasury were fulll I certainly don’t want it now that the nation is broke, bankrupt. We all know the only money the government has is what it takes from us, the taxpayers. Tying these scholarships to RSVP is nothing more than a ruse to make it sound good from all sides, dressed up somewhat like a pig with the lipstick on. It strikes me that this is a simple ruse to fool simple people, and that makes me even madder. If the goal is to pass out taxpayer money for kids to go to college to learn collectivist propaganda, let it be known that as a volunteer I refuse to give them the cover for stealing your money by “giving it away in my name”. I assure you I WILL be talking about this with everyone I meet.
It is way past time these crooks in Congress are totally exposed for what they really are — greedy narcissists with the whore’s mentality of always having the hand outstretched … not to shake, but to accept money. They don’t care about the ‘children’, the aged, the infirm, the minority, their own constituency, or you or me. WAY PAST TIME FOR TERM LIMITS. One term only. One term only. One term only.
Our region’s RSVP offices are housed at McLennan Community College and the staff is friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, I am afraid they are not seeing this for what it is. This luncheon for volunteers is every bit as much about Chet Edwards and the Democrat Party as it is the volunteers. This is a political function disguised as a “thank you”, but I don’t really believe the local RSVP staff realizes that. Surely someone at the college realizes it. I, for one, resent it. How tragic that our country has come to this.