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 July 20, 2008

 Obama's Civilian National Security Force
 By Lee Cary
 Barack Obama's recent words to promote his image as Community Organizer in Chief were not about forming
 a paramilitary force of volunteer brown shirts. They were about turning America into one, giant, community
 organizer's sandbox at enormous cost to taxpayers.

 Senator Obama was nearly 17 minutes into his July 2 speech (yet another one where naming Dr. Martin
 Luther King, Jr. was required) in Colorado Springs, Colorado when he deviated from his pre-released script
 and performed without the teleprompter net saying,

          "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." (emphasis added)

 The immediate context for that amazing statement was a preview of parts of his plan to vastly expand
 community service opportunities for Americans of nearly all ages. He said,

          "People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve."

 The range of his community service initiatives was outlined in an earlier American Thinker article. In his
 campaign document entitled "The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama's Plan For America," Obama's
 "Service" section runs a close second to "Education" in complexity. But, with his Colorado Springs'
 statement, it grabbed first place in its projected costs to taxpayers. Obama did the cost projection himself.

 He plans to double the Peace Corps' budget by 2011, and expand AmeriCorps, USA Freedom Corps, VISTA,
 YouthBuild Program, and the Senior Corps. Plus, he proposes to form a Classroom Corps, Health Corps,
 Clean Energy Corps, Veterans Corps, Homeland Security Corps, Global Energy Corps, and a Green Jobs
 Corps. Here a corps - there a corps - everywhere a corps corps.

 So it made sense in Colorado Springs when he said his call to community service "will be a central cause of
 my presidency." He couldn't be clearer in signaling his intentions, including a Social Investment Fund
 Network to link local non-profits with the federal government.

 The entire plan is breathtaking in its scope. But it does not, as at least one internet writer has suggested,
 portend a "giant police force." It would be easier to rebut if it did. As it is, it's silly stuff born of naively
 fanciful dreams.

 Senator Obama aims to tap into the already active volunteerism of millions of Americans and recruit them to
 become cogs in a gigantic government machine grinding out his social re-engineering agenda. It's Orwellian-        Page 1 of 3
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 like, with a novice social activist's mentality at the helm. In his speech he said,

          "Now I know what the cynics will say. I've heard from them all my life."

 Has he? Well, given his absence of noteworthy community organizational achievements, perhaps he might
 have done more listening to the "cynics" for constructive criticism.

 It seems clear that he meant to say, in effect, that the security of the nation is as dependent on its unarmed
 community service providers as it is on its armed military personnel. Even the nomenclature "corps," as in
 Peace Corps, carries a martial connotation as does the name, Salvation Army. His point: national security
 begins with civilians. It's a message like the one America's home front heard throughout World War II.
  Except in his case, he means to marshal volunteers for social service and economic equality while saving the

          "Because the future of our nation depends on the soldier at Fort Carson, but is also depends on the
          teacher in East LA, the nurse in Appalachia, the after-school worker in New Orleans..."

 That is, of course, true. But ultimate national security requires someone to carry, and, if necessary, discharge a
 deadly weapon with intent to kill. This is something teachers, nurses and after-school workers are typically
 unaccustomed to doing as part of their service obligations.

 Voters haven't paid much attention to his "Service" plan because the old news media has ignored it. That will
 likely continue, even though Obama attached an approximate price tag to it in Colorado Springs. When
 Obama said that the "civilian national security force" would be just as "well-funded" as the Armed Forces, he
 stepped squarely into the giant sandbox and played with the big numbers. As the late Carl Sagan said, "billions
 and billions" of dollars. Here's how.

 The FY 2008 Department of Defense (DoD) budget is about $482 billion. Obama has announced his
 intentions to cut "tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending," including $9 billion per month spent in Iraq
 and expenditures for the missile defense system, while increasing the force size of the Army and Marine

 Let's imagine "tens of billions" in cuts eventually adds up to a whopping $150 billion. That would be a near
 one-third cut in defense spending, taking the DoD budget down to $332 billion. Even in such an extreme case
 of DoD budget reduction, for his "civilian national security force" to be "just as well-funded" would mean
 funding his community service initiatives at an equivalent $332 billion.

 Consequently, another $332 billion in addition to the Pentagon's reduced budget of $332 billion equals a net
 increase of $182 billion in the annual federal budget, assuming we sponge-up the already existing expenditures
 for the relatively meager, by comparison, existing service programs he plans to expand. That's
 $182,000,000,000 in new federal monies, and that means higher taxes.

 In his entire life, Senator Obama has never managed an organization larger than a Senate staff, or that of a law
 school publication. And, he's never operated a for-profit business or been responsible for any profit center
 within one. So, while words matter to Senator Obama, it's not clear if math means anything to him at all.

          Note: the author has experience in community organizing. For example, he organized one of the
          earliest Meals-on-Wheels programs in Illinois, in continuous service for over 30 years. He
          trained over a hundred Illinois non-profit organizations to resettle Vietnamese Refugees. He
          assembled three dozen congregations and a synagogue in a mid-sized Texas town to provide        Page 2 of 3
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          emergency assistance to low-income citizens, in continuous operation for 25 years. He was an
          expert witness at a Texas Senate hearing when legislation forming the state's Commission on
          Human Rights was being drafted.

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