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When I’m 64 – Part III: “Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes”

In Adulthood,Capitalism,Debt,Education,Ethics,Generosity,Maturity,Men's Health,Personal Responsibility,Teens on 01/22/2012 by Beyond the Face of facebook . Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dear Mr. President,

In your enduring efforts to better our nation,

please consider a mandatory year of public service for graduating high school seniors.

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Inspired by the success of  historic New Deal programs (PWA, WPA, CCC, NYA, TVA), Americorps, and the IDF, for example,

the POSSIBLE benefits of a public works program are multifold, tangibly & intangibly:

1)  a sense of nationalism (pride, community, ownership),

2)  jobs creation,

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3)  job skills (contributing towards hands-on education, not requiring debt  – see https://beyondthefaceoffacebook.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/remember-college/ – and a better prepared workforce).

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Additional benefits of participation would be the following:

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work & team-working experience (and, hence, gain qualifications, credentials, and morale)…

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improved infrastructure at reduced labor costs…

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rural and urban renewal

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…less work prospects for illegal immigrants

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…a more robust, mature, citizenry

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…which would be, ideally, more well-trained, responsible, focused, committed, healthy, and connected,

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alleviation of housing vacancies (that is, repair and use vacant housing to provide “room and board” for the year).

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Related, graduates would have more flexiblity to live in a different state and,
thereby, have more opportunities to experience (and relate to) a different part of our country.

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There would also be more opportunities for young people to experience, glean from, and contribute towards the processes that transform and transport our nation’s raw materials to market.

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Last, after a few generations, most citizens, ideally, would go through the public service program.

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Many of the nation’s attitudes, values, and well-being would be transformed…

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…for a more productive and robust nation.

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Here’s to the spirit of doing things differently in a progressing world…

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.…instead ofthe way we’ve always done it.”

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Thank you for your consideration, and G-d bless, America,

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