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First Lady Asks Businesses to Allow Employees to Spend Part of Work Week Mentoring Youth
CNS News ^ | January 26, 2011 | Penny Starr

Posted on 01/27/2011 1:30:51 PM PST by kingattax

First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said she was “thrilled” to announce a new program that asks U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people. The program will be run by the federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism in the United States.

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how much longer must we suffer these clueless dopes ?
1 posted on 01/27/2011 1:30:56 PM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Bawney Fwank has come out in favor of more time rearing youth.


2 posted on 01/27/2011 1:32:18 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 737 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: kingattax

Mentoring youth to do what....Employees are fathers and mothers...tell them to mentor their kids on their time.


3 posted on 01/27/2011 1:32:35 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: kingattax

As a parent I work with youth every day. They are called my children - I take them to sports and homework and all the thing AFTER work that have to be scheduled into the day.


4 posted on 01/27/2011 1:33:02 PM PST by artificial intelligence (Your data will be processed by me for future input. Thank you.)
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To: kingattax

There is no better “mentor” THAN A FRIGGING JOB !!!

Maybe today’s yoots would have a better chance at unemployment without;
1. Illegal aliens
2. The minimum wage
3. Government taxation and interference


5 posted on 01/27/2011 1:34:13 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: kingattax

A typically “suspicionless” leftist. She never had an actual job and doesn’t understand that in the real world, they do happen to exist!!!


6 posted on 01/27/2011 1:34:13 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: kingattax

got no problem with this.


7 posted on 01/27/2011 1:34:27 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Your right on that one...employers pay employee’s to work. Let them mentor on their own dime....the woman is a nut case.


8 posted on 01/27/2011 1:35:55 PM PST by goat granny
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To: kingattax
Evita Perón, Elena Ceauşescu and Jiang "Madame Mao" Qing, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
9 posted on 01/27/2011 1:36:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
The program will be run by the federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism in the United States.

I'm not convinced that the feds need an agency to oversee volunteerism.
10 posted on 01/27/2011 1:37:10 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: kingattax

Is “clueless dopes” a euphemism for “communists”?


11 posted on 01/27/2011 1:38:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: kingattax; All

So...who is gonna pay to fly the kids to Communist China to mentor the kids?

There sure ain’t any jobs here Michelle, dear....

A lot of employers have already given their employees time off. Its called “unemployment”


12 posted on 01/27/2011 1:38:25 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Michelle Bachmann would make an excellent President)
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To: goat granny

Maybe the federal government employees will jump on this. Most of them are incompetent anyway, and waste our taxpayer money. So, why not waste more by not being on the job?

She is stupid as stupid can be.


13 posted on 01/27/2011 1:38:37 PM PST by Catsrus (Have)
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To: kingattax

That’s really gonna boost efficiency.


14 posted on 01/27/2011 1:39:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: kingattax

Do these never-had-a-real-job ideological idiots ever give a second’s thought to productivity? Despite all of their efforts, not everyone is as of yet in a make-work government position. Some folks actually do jobs that produce real products and services. They should be encouraged to work — not told to take time off to play with the kiddies. The woman is a shiftless, walking disaster.


15 posted on 01/27/2011 1:40:30 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: kingattax

“Volunteerism”. LOLOLOLOL! In Michelle’s eyes, we’re all just slaves for the state.


16 posted on 01/27/2011 1:40:40 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: kingattax

Yeah, that will really increase productivity! These people do not live in the real world. If “employees” are going to mentor youth, they can and do mentor youth and not slack off their jobs while doing so. They do it o their own time and on their own dime. Has she ever managed an office full of people in her life? What if someone told her that her 100 White House staffers were going to spend part of their work week “mentoring youth”? I have an idea. She should go first.


17 posted on 01/27/2011 1:41:15 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: SJSAMPLE

Nailed, sir.

Thanks for saving me the keystrokes.


18 posted on 01/27/2011 1:41:21 PM PST by EyeGuy (Gimme Shelter)
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To: kingattax; SJSAMPLE

The best way for businesses to mentor youth is to hire them.

Make it easier for businesses to hire them and you’ll solve all kinds of problems.

I agree with post #7. Stop raising the minimum wage (especially for underage kids), and stop allowing illegal workers onto the market, and the demand for young workers will rise. Nothing prepares a kid for adulthood like working for his money (and the interacting with adults that comes along with it).

They used to encourage it, with high school programs that allowed a kid to take partial credit for paid work.


20 posted on 01/27/2011 1:41:39 PM PST by marron
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To: kingattax

The perfect program for the lazy employee. “Hey Boss, I want to have every afternoon off so I can mentor kids.”

Any corporation and/or business who would sign up for this program has got to be out of their mind.

Of course, this program will be very popular with government employees!!!!


21 posted on 01/27/2011 1:41:46 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: kingattax

Why not place that responsibility on those receiving unemployment instead of on those working???


22 posted on 01/27/2011 1:42:17 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: kingattax

that Maui Wowie is some badass weed


23 posted on 01/27/2011 1:42:46 PM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: kingattax

What the heck!!!! Most people work 40+ hours a week and it’s all they can do just to keep up with their own kids and family. This is redicules.


24 posted on 01/27/2011 1:43:01 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: kingattax

“...to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people.”

Who happen to live in cities and don’t have a father and are on welfare, etc...

Get it?


25 posted on 01/27/2011 1:43:10 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: the invisib1e hand

I used to do “Junior Achievement” back in the day. But I suspect that’s not what Michelle is talking about.


26 posted on 01/27/2011 1:43:34 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: kingattax

Interesting. My friend’s home-school kids already do an incredible amount of mentoring of others. Public schools are always behind the eight ball.


27 posted on 01/27/2011 1:44:26 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Whatever you are filled with will spill out when you're bumped.)
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To: Stillwaters

Moochelle says you should give your employees some weekly paid time off to do volunteer work. She’s brilliant, you know.


28 posted on 01/27/2011 1:45:19 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: kingattax
U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering

Translation: Expect the already under-productive Federal workforce to end up working 4-hour days while still getting paid for 8-hour days.

29 posted on 01/27/2011 1:45:26 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: kingattax
U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people.

Wait, wait, wait a freakin' minute!!

We are told that only 'special' people with 'certificates' should educate our youth. These 'special' people, called 'teachers' spend years getting specialized high-intensity training in college, so they can properly communicate with children, and actually teach them.

Now, these 'teachers' get special retirement programs, special classifications called 'tenure' so they can never be fired, and are given various benefits packages that just don't exist in the private sector - because these people are so 'special'.

Now, you want to have any old person demand that the company pay them - and they 'volunteer' to do what only 'certified and specialized' teachers do? I mean, if any idiot off the street can walk into a classroom and teach without any specialized training - how do you justify the NEA, special retirement programs and teacher's unions?

Not any idiot can walk in off the street and fly a plane, perform heart surgery, design a computer, or represent a client in a court of law. Yet, there are no federally recognized unions for these people.

30 posted on 01/27/2011 1:47:20 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: La Lydia
What if someone told [Michelle Obama] that her 100 White House staffers were going to spend part of their work week “mentoring youth”?

I think she'd say "I'm thrilled, now we can hire 100 more staffers." This is the gummit you're talking about, not some business that has to balance its books.

31 posted on 01/27/2011 1:47:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: kingattax

Mentors? I suppose what Michelle has in mind is what her husband had for a mentor: Communist Frank Rich


32 posted on 01/27/2011 1:47:55 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: kingattax

She really is out of her mind!With all the lay offs and business closings caused by her husband.
She thinks this is what business owners are worried about??


33 posted on 01/27/2011 1:48:31 PM PST by since1868 (I miss Pres Bush)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Really!!! I sure have a real problem with it. If you have kids, and work a full time job. It’s all you can do to keep up with your own kids. Make sure they are clean feed, and loved. Make sure they’ve done their homework. Run them to a soccer, hokey, basketball, cheer leading, doctor, ballet class, religious class, ect. And who’s going to pay for this federal supervised volunteer mentoring?


34 posted on 01/27/2011 1:48:52 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Squantos

This is gonna go over big at Palamino II and TD’s Show Club.


35 posted on 01/27/2011 1:49:25 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: kingattax
federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism

WTF?

36 posted on 01/27/2011 1:49:48 PM PST by bvw
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To: mmichaels1970

Will they call it the “Civilian National Defense Corps” or somesuch? “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” ~Senator Barack Hussein Obama


37 posted on 01/27/2011 1:50:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: bvw
WTF?

Winning the Future?
38 posted on 01/27/2011 1:50:42 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: kingattax

“The CNCS is the federal agency that oversees volunteer programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the United We Stand call to service introduced by President Barack Obama by video in June 2009.”...”The budget for CNCS has grown from 927.1 million in 2005 to $1,149,721,000 in 2010. Obama requested a budget of $1,415,586,000 for 2011” This should be a simple 1.4B cut for the GOP if they any balls. There are thousands of charities, non-profits, church groups, community groups, etc that do exactly the same things these programs do (and better.) Get rid of them completely. Same for the Peace Corps. Personally I think the Peace Corps is a cool idea, but again there are a thousand NGOs that do the same thing. Want to dig wells in Africa, dozens of places can help you volunteer. Want to teach people to farm in Kazakhstan, dozens of groups will help you do that. Time to reign in government.


39 posted on 01/27/2011 1:50:49 PM PST by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: NormsRevenge
“That’s really gonna boost efficiency.”

Yeah. A real boost to American competitiveness in its pursuit of WTF?™

WTF?™ and Win The Future™ are a registered trademarks of ObamaTalk. Yes we can WTF? with hope and change.

40 posted on 01/27/2011 1:51:43 PM PST by Skepolitic
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To: kingattax

Maybe if companies do more outsourcing, hire more H1B’s and illegal aliens, then what used to be their employees can mentor youth full time.


41 posted on 01/27/2011 1:51:53 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: mmichaels1970
Another government and business partnership program.

There's that nasty F-word again.


42 posted on 01/27/2011 1:52:16 PM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: kingattax
how much longer must we suffer these clueless dopes ?

When we clear the electorate of the clueless dopes that put him in there?

43 posted on 01/27/2011 1:52:49 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Evita Peron...I read an in-depth article a few months ago about what the Perons did in Venezuela.

Horrifying...and I see many of the same tricks being tried here.

Michelle may see herself as another Evita and may be trying to follow in her footsteps. However, she lacks the charisma...think Princess Di-type charisma...thank God or we would be in worse trouble.

44 posted on 01/27/2011 1:53:24 PM PST by what's up
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To: kingattax

I volunteer at my daughter’s school once a week - on my day off! Why the heck would my boss want to pay me to be someplace that doesn’t help her business in any way?


45 posted on 01/27/2011 1:53:45 PM PST by heysean
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The budget for CNCS has grown from 927.1 million in 2005 to $1,149,721,000 in 2010. Obama requested a budget of $1,415,586,000 for 2011, but the Senate reduced the amount to $1,365,586,000.

Here's an idea. Let's take the entire CNCS agency and make everybody in it, and everybody who supplies it Volunteer Only. That would cut the budget for it down from 1.4bil to $0 and allow them to keep overseeing their wonderful government-sponsored "volunteering".
46 posted on 01/27/2011 1:54:15 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: what's up

She’s a low-class grifter like Evita, though.


47 posted on 01/27/2011 1:54:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: La Lydia
Has she ever managed an office full of people in her life?

She was a highly compensated hospital administrator.

48 posted on 01/27/2011 1:54:48 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: kingattax
giving kids positive role models and offering employees a way to give back

Give back to WHOM exactly???

49 posted on 01/27/2011 1:55:32 PM PST by what's up
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To: kingattax
a new program that asks U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people

Thanks to her socialist husband, most U.S. businesses have pared back their workforces and are struggling to stay afloat. They do not have the flexibility -- even if they wanted to -- to pay their workers for not working.

This is nothing more than a way for state workers to get more time off during the day. Expect "short staffing" at every government office while state employees are out volunteering (in their own backyards, at the beach, at a bar, at a tennis court, etc.).
50 posted on 01/27/2011 1:56:23 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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