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On “President Obama” and his Reinstatement of the Selective Services Draft

Last week Joe Biden made public a statement regarding an Obama presidency being “tested” within months, and that Mr. Obama will make a “decision” that would be very unpopular with Americans.

During the final presidential debate on Oct. 15, 2008, Senator Obama stated that he supported granting a $4000 college tuition credit in exchange for service to our country.

Now, for those of you that are too young to know about the U.S. Selective Service System, or thought it was a relic of the past that was permanently abolished, you better think again. The draft system is still alive, has an annual budget of $24 million, and can be reactivated by an executive order with the stroke of the Presidential pen.

In 2003, 2006, even as recent as 2007, Congressional Democrat senators Ernest Hollings (SC) and Charles Rangel (NY) have been introducing bills to reinstate the draft with bills S.89/H.R.163, H.R.4752, and H.R.393 known as the Universal National Service Act. Basically, every male and female in the U.S. between 18 and 27 years of age would be obligated to perform a mandatory 2 to 4 years of “civil service”. Weather you are assessed military duty, or other public service, would be determined on a case-by-case basis.

When I think of all the decisions that Mr. Obama could potentially make that would be very unpopular with the American public, reinstatement of the draft in this form ranks very high on my list of top ten bad decisions.

If you are of draft age, or if you have children that are of draft age, or will be within the next decade or two, then you should consider this when voting this November.

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