I was interviewed by a Christian Science Monitor reporter recently about AmeriCorps. The Obama administration is talking about greatly increasing the enrollment in activities like the ‘civilian conservation corps.’
Here’s an outtake from the article:
Critics point out such programs have proven inefficient in the past. “This is the type of thing that is driven by trying to make work and having the appearance of people doing good things,” says James Bovard, who has written critical assessments of AmeriCorps. “The history of AmeriCorps shows that it just results in a lot of photo ops and not achieving very much.”
Alack, the reporter didn’t mention my stories about working for the Virginia Department of Highways one summer in high school.
Increasing the number of people paid to stand around with their hands in their pockets will not solve the nation’s economic crisis.