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  • PBS, NEA, AmeriCorps on the chopping block in Trump’s first budget

    02/18/2017 9:42:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2017 | John Sexton
    The New York Times reported yesterday that the White House budget office has prepared a list of programs that could be eliminated in Trump’s first budget proposal. Among those programs are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and AmeriCorps. From the NY Times: Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate,...
  • Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials

    09/30/2016 10:38:22 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 135 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sept. 30, 2016 | Liz Goodwin
    Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she wants to enlist 5 million new volunteers into a “national service reserve” aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds. “What if we strengthen the culture of service in America? So it wasn’t just something we did one day a year, but it became a regular part of our lives,” she asked in a Florida rally on the topic of national service Friday. The former secretary of state argued that her volunteer plan would help combat growing self-segregation in America, where people surround themselves with people who think, talk, look and read the same news as them....
  • Gerald Walpin, inspector general fired by Obama, dies

    06/26/2016 3:34:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-24-2016 | Byron York
    Gerald Walpin, the inspector general who was at the center of controversy in 2009 when he was fired by the White House amid an investigation of an Obama friend, died today. He was 84. Walpin's son-in-law, Allan Tananbaum, said Walpin was struck by a car while crossing a street in Manhattan. Walpin was fired in June 2009 for his investigation of the misuse of money in AmeriCorps, the service organization that was part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, where Walpin served as inspector general. The investigation focused on Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who became mayor...
  • Malkin: The Comeuppance of Creepy Obama Crony Kevin Johnson

    10/15/2015 1:38:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 16, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The fit finally hit the shan for Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. His latest troubles are a stark reminder of the despicable White House role in railroading a vigilant government watchdog who red-flagged Johnson's corruption years ago. Sports fans buzzed last week after ESPN shelved a documentary celebrating Johnson's efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings basketball team in his city. The public relations disaster came at the hands of the weekly Sacramento News & Review, which has published damning reports all year long on Johnson's use of public resources for personal gain — along with sports website...
  • Obama Administration Teams Up With Controversial Progressive Group To Form New Americorps Division

    07/11/2015 10:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Progressives Today ^ | July 11, 2015 | P.W. Adams
    Resilience. That word is defined as being able to recover quickly from difficulties. But if the Obama administration and a controversial Progressive group get their way, it will mean Progressively so much more. The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history of pushing controversial Progressive ideas. From Population Control through family planning and Eugenics, to funding the Marxist affiliated Tides Foundation, to openly awarding Obama’s Communist Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones, an award, the Rockefeller Foundation has done everything but hide their true Progressive motivations from those who care to notice. But now the Rockefeller Foundation wants to dabble in one...
  • Obama’s Onslaught Against Non-Profits

    12/14/2014 5:04:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    With the attempt to limit the deductibility of contributions to charities by high-earners, the Obama Administration has opened a multi-front attack against the American tradition of “neighbor helping neighbor” and financially successful people turning large portions of their wealth over to charities that improve the American culture in august manners. The governmental power grab competes with the attempts to control the financial sector for its significance and may exceed it in the long-term effect upon our culture. One first has to marvel at how liberals can twist logic to rationalize a tax increase. It happens regularly from the local government...
  • Once Again, Obamacare Hurts Obama Supporters

    12/31/2013 2:12:04 PM PST · by Edmunds mom · 19 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 12/31/2013 | Scott Walter
    As 2014 dawns, we have the spectacle of federal AmeriCorps “members” becoming liable to the Obamacare law’s penalties for individuals who fail to have up-to-snuff health insurance. Why are AmeriCorps' semi-volunteers in trouble? Because the health plans provided by their federal employer don’t meet the feds’ own law. Needless to say, the young people involved didn’t realize joining a federal program would bring federal punishments, and they feel betrayed. Sarah Sklaw, a 22-year-old Vista member from New York City, says AmeriCorps’ parent agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, repeated the Lie of the Year, “If you like your...
  • VISTA workers told their U.S. health plan fails test (unanticipated consequence of ObamCare)

    12/27/2013 12:56:13 AM PST · by tellw · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 December 2013 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told Vista volunteers and other AmeriCorps workers that their government-provided health coverage does not measure up to the standards of the new health care law, and that they may be subject to financial penalties unless they obtain insurance elsewhere. The notice has surprised and worried workers in AmeriCorps, the federal community service program that is often described as a domestic version of the Peace Corps. Mary Strasser, the director of AmeriCorps’ Vista program, described the changes in a bulletin to members on Dec. 16. The coverage provided by the agency — the AmeriCorps Health...
  • After nearly 20 years and billions of taxpayer dollars, AmeriCorps has little to show

    06/13/2013 4:52:58 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-12-13 | james bovard
    Consider the following recent activities: • In April, AmeriCorps recruits in Tuscumbia, Mo., released 70 blue balloons outside the county courthouse to draw attention to the plight of abused children. • In March, Providence, R.I., AmeriCorps members at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence hosted a hip hop/poetry competition. • Members of a Nevada AmeriCorps program busy themselves these days by encouraging local residents to drink tap water and watch out for bears ("bear awareness"). • AmeriCorps members in Austin, Texas, hosted a trivia night in April at a local bar called Cheer Up Charlie's to whip...
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer Shot Down on New Orleans Street

    04/03/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT · by ClearBlueSky · 43 replies
    nola.com ^ | 4/3/2013 | Mesarthim
    A recent high school graduate from the Midwest who moved to New Orleans in hopes of making a difference in the lives of others, was gunned down on a New Orleans street corner Monday night. Joseph Massenburg, 18, had been eager to embark on his first project in New Orleans as an AmeriCorps member, friends and family said.
  • Special Forces commander: 'Constabulary force' coming

    03/25/2013 9:49:40 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    WND ^ | March 25, 2013 | Unattributed
    Says Obamacare leading U.S. down pathway to socialism The surge of bullet-buying confirmed by the federal government – purchase estimates run into the billions of bullets – even as the U.S. military scrimps to find training ammo is raising lots of questions about the government’s so-far unexplained actions. But a video that has been around since last year is being forwarded across the Internet as an explanation. The six minutes recorded by Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, retired, warns that America is well along the pathway that other societies have used to bludgeon and beat their populations into submission...
  • White Wristbands - Wisconsin declares war on Caucasian privilege.

    03/20/2013 10:43:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies
    City Journal ^ | 18 March 2013 | STEFAN KANFER
    Graham Greene’s observation has lost none of its salience in 50 years: innocence remains “like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.” The latest illustration comes from Wisconsin, where the state’s Department of Public Instruction website devotes a page to “Power and Privilege.” Caucasians who volunteer in the state’s AmeriCorps VISTA antipoverty programs are instructed to “set aside sections of the day to critically examine how privilege works”; “put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege”; and, in order to underline white guilt, “find a...
  • Why does Obama need 1.6 billion bullets? (challenges Old Media to cover multiple federal ammo dumps)

    03/14/2013 9:54:41 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | March 14, 2013 | Diana West
    Dear Mainstream Media, Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama went off his teleprompter and added a couple of sentences to the text of a speech about expanding the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Over rolling applause, the soon-to-be president of the United States said: “We cannot continue to rely only 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.” At the time, Joseph Farah of WND.com wrote a column calling on you to help shine a light...
  • AmeriCorps IG sues government over "unlawful" firing

    07/19/2009 7:53:20 AM PDT · by ak267 · 3 replies · 375+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 7-19-2009 | ak267
    By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 07/18/09 9:45 AM EDT Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was "unlawful," "politically driven," "procedurally defective" and "a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections" given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.
  • McCain, Bayh Seek Americorps Growth

    11/11/2001 3:32:36 PM PST · by malia · 9 replies · 207+ views
    Excite.com ^ | Nov. 07, 2001 | ROBERT GEHRKE : AP Writer
    McCain, Bayh Seek Americorps Growth Updated: Wed, Nov 07 5:03 PM EST By ROBERT GEHRKE, Associated Press Writer By ROBERT GEHRKE, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - AmeriCorps, set up eight years ago to encourage young people to do public service, should be expanded to include work on homeland defense, Sens. John McCain and Evan Bayh said Wednesday. The senators are seeking a fivefold increase in the program, bringing the number of volunteers to 250,000 by 2010, with 100,000 of the new volunteers devoted to security needs, such as public health programs and disaster relief. "No one argues there is ...
  • White House/AmeriCorps STONEWALLING Congressional Investigation Of Walpin Firing

    07/09/2009 4:33:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 527+ views
    This nasty administration spent much time going after Gerald Walpin, who until a few weeks ago was the inspector general for AmeriCorps. Walpin's claim was that he was fired because he made the mistake of Investigation a friend of Obama (FOB), Kevin Johnson former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California, for the misuse of AmeriCorps funds. Because he was investigating the president's friends, Walpin, whose position as an inspector general is supposed to be protected from political appointees and the White House, was fired. Pressed for a reasoning for the dismissal the Administration said the IG seemed...
  • Breaking: First Democrat questions Obama over AmeriCorps IG firing

    06/17/2009 3:20:11 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 70 replies · 6,082+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06-17-2009 | Byron York
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has become the first Democrat to question the White House over the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin. McCaskill, who, like Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, is a champion of inspectors general, co-wrote the 2008 legislation requiring the president to give 30 days' notice, and cause, before firing an inspector general.
  • Blue-State Bonanza for Americorps Funding (250,000 - Obama's KGB Civilian National Security Force)

    06/09/2010 3:13:24 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 6 replies · 315+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 9, 2010 | Peter Wilson
    This week the White House announced $234 million in grants to Americorps and other "service"-oriented nonprofits through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The press release reports: Together with other positions in AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC, AmeriCorps is on track to support more than 85,000 members this year, the first step towards the Serve America Act goal of 250,000 annual AmeriCorps members by the year 2017. These numbers don't approach the perhaps hyperbolic remark by candidate Obama in July 2008 that "[w]e've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as...
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented'

    06/17/2009 6:30:55 AM PDT · by ak267 · 66 replies · 1,980+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2009 | ak267
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve."
  • Battle lines drawn in AmeriCorps IG scandal

    07/03/2009 6:24:56 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 49 replies · 2,178+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 3, 2009 | Byron York- Chief Political Correspondent
    Photo illustration by Matthew Sheffield Key Republicans in both the House and the Senate are accusing the White House of giving “incomplete and misleading” information to investigators probing the president’s abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin. In return, the White House is hinting that documents concerning its actions in the Walpin affair may be protected by executive privilege. Both developments are part of an escalating conflict between GOP lawmakers and the Obama administration. Republicans are deeply skeptical of the White House explanation for the June 10 firing of Walpin, a tough investigator who had been probing misuse of...