Iraq the Vote!
I was rather dismayed by a "public service" commercial I saw for "Rock the Vote." The youngster in the ad says (I paraphrase): "I should be able to determine if my older brother goes to war, how much my grandmother receives in Social Security, and who I can marry." Why not say, "I should be able to determine how much I pay in taxes, how to protect our borders, and how to protect the rights of the unborn"? Kids may not be able to perceive the couched attempt to attack President Bush, but I sure did. What better way to spread propaganda than by plucking the country’s youth’s heartstrings?
But wait, there's more!
Next, the "issues" area links to the following organizations:
Children’s Defense Fund, Safe Start, www.childrensdefense.org
The Family Violence Prevention Fund, www.fvpf.org
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, www.safeyouth.org
National Organization For Women, www.now.org
Pax - Real Solutions to Gun Violence, www.pax.com/speakup
V-Day - Stop violence against women & girls, www.vday.org (Care to guess what the "V" stands for?)
The environment section calls for students to "Help Save the Artic[sic] National Wildlife Refuge" by going to www.savearcticrefuge.org. It's a miracle that they got the URL correct. Other links include the following:
20/20 Vision, www.2020vision.org
Center for Environmental Citizenship, www.envirocitizen.org
Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org
League of Conservation Voters, www.voteenvironment.org
Rainforest Action Network, www.ran.org
The Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org
Student Environmental Action Coalition, www.seac.org
United States Public Interest Research Group, http://pirg.org/uspirg
The Center for Education Reform, www.edreform.com
Children’s Defense Fund, www.childrensdefense.org
National Education Association, www.nea.org
People for the American Way, www.pfaw.org/issues/education
United States Student Association, www.usstudents.org
Quotes the page:
The current job market is one of the worst in memory if you are a young adult. Whether you are leaving high school or college, jobs are scarce and debt is through the roof. Wages are low. Health care and retirement benefits are gone. If you ever doubted the impact of government policy on your life, look at the unemployment figures.
At first sight, they had me fooled. This must be about the national debt, right? Nope. It's about unconsitutional entitlements for college students. The page even demands that the government give financial aid to students convicted on drug offenses. Quoth the idiots:
07/03/03: Repeal H.R. 685
Send an elected official an e-mail in support of H.R.685 which repeals the HEA Drug Provision. This provision denies federal aid to any student convicted of a drug offense. To learn more about this legislation and send your support, visit http://ga0.org/campaign/.
Okay, so do you want it passed or failed. I'm confused. Their stance on the issue is clear, though. Here's the rest of the links. Yes, they do get to the national debt, which is in a large part caused by such unconstitutional entitlements!:
Bank Rate, www.bankrate.com
Jump Start Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy, www.jumpstart.org
Raise Your Voice, www.raiseyourvoice.com
U.S. National Debt Clock, www.brillig.com/debt_clock/
Oh, and might I add that the organization was started by none other than the RECORDING INDUSTRY?!?! Sounds non-partisan to me!