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Today was the unveiling of Obama's transitional website. Obama.org? ShareJoesWealth.com? No no, naturally it HAS to be change.gov. But whats this? A section called "America serves"? Is Obama finally showing his support for the military?

No, silly me, that would be wise and forward thinking and therefore totally out of character.

The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and 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. 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. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.
Holy hell!

I literally have trouble deciding where to begin. As others have noted, colleges are about to increase their tuition by $4000 per year: thats how much students will get from the government in return for their 100 hours of community service.

Meanwhile high school students will be...required to perform 50 hours community service? The infamous Camrose cat-killers who sparked massive protests also received community service: 100 hours. So the punishment for having to live under Chairman Barack is only half that of torturing cats? (Well, okay, that seems fair at least). Connie Viveiros, the Edmonton banker who was a gambling addict, also received 100 hours

A Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools... so he promised them more money and is now poised to deliver... some schlub who's only there to fulfill his Obama time?

No no, what really catches my eye with the 50 hours of community service is that it seems the first step to Obama's revitalization of Hitler Youth. Schoolkids being put to work in the name of Obama (should we just start writing it as "President Obama (pbuh)" and get it over with? (There's a reason this blog post title is a messy German translation of "Change you can believe in)

Update, November 7 2008, 12:24am: Darcey at Dust My Broom has noticed the Hitler qualities of our dear Barack as well. Hugely popular leader? Check. Great oratory skills but no leadership experience? Check. Country suffering from recession caused by neo-cons (Jews)? Check. Plans to withdraw country from unpopular agreements? Check.