I've been searching for a summer job. I've looked into American Eagle and other such stores, but I wanted something a bit different. And then my aunt told me about AmeriCorps, which would not only pay me about $3,000 for the summer, but would also add $1,250 for school. Just what is AmeriCorps?
Americorps, under a "major national service bill" (FNC) that was passed yesterday, has been tripled "despite concerns from some conservatives that it could allow politically charged groups to benefit from extra funding" (FNC). AmeriCorps will grow from 75,000 positions to 250,000, and "is expected to cost $6 billion over five years" (FNC). "The package, called the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act, encourages a broad range of Americans to give back to their communities. It would create five groups to help poor people, improve education, encourage energy efficiency, strengthen access to health care and assist veterans" (FNC). According to Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson, "This is a bad deal for taxpayers, and there will be no way to enforce any prohibitions on the use of the funds once the money is in the coffers of the political organizations" (FNC). And although the act "prohibits participants from lobbying or organizing protests or engaging in other political activity . . . ALG argued that government money could still end up funding those activities" (FNC). Participants are prohibited from political activism? There once was a time when political activism was viewed as a good thing.
Japan has approved the deployment of an interceptor force in response to any debris that may fall on Japanese territory following North Korea's communications satellite launch on April 4-8. "North Korea has warned that it will retaliate against any country attempting to intercept the satellite" (FNC). "Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura called for calm and promised to inform the public as soon as North Korea launches the rocket, adding it's unlikely to fall on Japan's territory" (FNC). If North Korea pursues the launch, it would constitute a "breach of a U.N. Security Council resolution barring the country from any ballistic activity" (FNC). Japan also has currently imposed sanctions on North Korea, which will expire April 13.
Although I've never done any research on North Korea, I've done research on the Iran and it's nuclear program/goals. And quite frankly, I feel that North Korea poses more of a threat than Iran does.