Hey, it rhymes, right? You know how I mentioned that the “mandatory” language had been removed from 1388?
All they did was cut it out and make it a separate bill. HR 1444, or “Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act“. Oh, look. It has everyone’s favorite paragraph, too!
(6) 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.
There’s that word again. Mandatory.
The bill provides for the commission to be terminated … well, if you add up the time frames that it stipulates, from beginning to end it looks like the Commission’s shelf life is two years from the time it is passed, to the time it is terminated. Hey, if they can get this passed through under everyone’s noses, we could still end up with mandatory service by the time Obama (hopefully) leaves office.
Isn’t that handy?