Re: Call me a male chauvinist !
posted at 11/29/2012 4:24 PM EST
In response to WhichOnesPink2's comment:
But, it was fine when we were drafting kids into the military,
It was? Who exactly was fine with the draft? I seem to have read quite a bit about plenty who had issue with it.
or when we passed a law that said kids must be in school up to a certain age.
People were fine with citizens getting an education? Go figure.
I have no problem with community service. I was merely explaining that many...cons and libs would have issue with being forced into some kind of service.
My school didn't have community service and yet I've been volunteering for past 22 years. I still like having the freedom of choice in this country. If it's a program like Obama offered I have no problem with that because it's still a choice. It's similar to having military pay for college...the catch is you owe the military some time. That's fair. Again, your choice.
But what was brought up earlier and was applauded was compulsory service. That I don't agree with. No one should be forced into anything.
We're forced into all kinds of things, especially if we wish to preserve a certain way of life. I consider "community service" to be a fairly broad term...to the point where I think most people volunteer for something or other during the course of their lives, whether through work, church, government, etc.
Yesterday, we were talking about obese people who don't take responsibility for their health and instead shift the burden of paying for care onto the rest who do. Isn't the principle the same...?
Look, I agree that it's generally better to reward good behavior than it is to punish bad behavior, which is why I'm all for incentivizing health care outcomes from both the doctor and patient sides. But the fact is that we get tax breaks for some things, like owning a home, but not necessarily for helping build one for a needy family. The default is (forcefully) paying taxes in full.
We subsidize student loans without consideration for the outcome, whereas if we subsidized student achievement on behalf of the community, the benefits would multiply. But the 'choice' to do nothing - no work, no military, no school - isn't a choice at all