On Steroids

What is President Obama up to?
Following overwhelming House passage last week, the Senate tonight voted 74 to 14 on a procedural move that essentially guarantees a major expansion of a national service corps, a cornerstone of volunteerism that dates back to the era of President Kennedy.
The President is a systems guy - he learned how, as a community organizer, apparently, to co-opt systems from the inside out. This is how he beat Hillary, and I suspect this is how he expects to affect the most significant changes to the country.
In fact, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the senior Democrat from Massachusetts whose battle with brain cancer has oft kept him absent from the Senate these days, appeared on the floor to welcomes all around as he cast his approving vote as a co-sponsor.
What's scariest about this measure is that it lays the groundwork for creating mandatory service - which we have to assume is the President's endgame.
Section 6104 of The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act requires that a commission be established to investigate, “Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”
Community Organizing on steroids.