OK, this one really, really bothers me, mostly because I was part of Americorps and at the time I was involved in it, it was an excellent program that did a LOT of good in many communities.
First, I’d like to state what Americorps is SUPPOSED to be.
From Wikipedia (fast and easy):
AmeriCorps is a U.S. federal government program that was created under President Bill Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. More than 70,000 individuals currently join AmeriCorps annually, totaling more than 500,000 past and current members since 1994. The work done by these groups ranges from public education to environmental clean-up.
AmeriCorps is a division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees the Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Collectively, these three programs represent a total of more than 2 million members in service each year. AmeriCorps itself is split into three main divisions, including AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), and NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).
During the bush administration (or lack thereof), Americorps floundered a bit, suffered cutbacks and almost became extinct. This was no big surprise since bush wasn’t particularly known for (nor was his party known for) community service organizations. One would think that with the return of a Democrat to the office of POTUS, the program would be renewed. Apparently, like many other entities touched by Obama and his followers, Americorps is now just another dirty political machine in the making. This saddens me greatly.
Americorps was started by Clinton, designed to help communities, rural and urban, through the use of volunteers recieving a small living stipend and financial aid for college. Now it seems it is just another way to influence local politics and manipulate people through the same tactics Obama has used throughout his (short) political career.
The long and short of the story: Obama is replacing the Inspector General who had the “audacity” to investigate the program for corruption. This is clearly politically motivated and illegal, but of course, that doesn’t matter, does it?
The Associated Press story states: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/6473844.html
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to fire the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs amid a controversy between the IG and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star.
There is much more to the article which can be read by following the link above.
Basically, the Inspector General is being fired for doing his job and crossing an Obamanite who misused funds and personell for his own personal gain, going as far as to have them wash his car for him. Looking at the facts and only the facts, the corruption and inappropraite handling of the program is blatantly apparent and the IG was doing exactly what his job requires him to do. Just like the political machine in Chicago that birthed Obama’s own style of corruption, the program is becoming a tool used by politicians to fleece the taxpayers, misuse volunteers and take services directly out of the hands of those who need them most, our nation’s children. This corruption is unacceptable and inexcusable.
As expected, Michelle Obama is dead center in the controversy. Come on people, I’m a democrat and I can see what this charlatan and his militant wife are doing to our country, why can’t everyone else??
More can be read on Michelle Malkin’s site at the following link: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/06/12/obamas-americorps-scandal-and-the-first-ladys-meddling/