Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to incompetence, of progress to stagnation – and the subordinating of all life and of all values to the claims of anyone’s suffering.
It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there is service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be master. — Ayn Rand
I do not agree with everything Ayn Rand ever said, but she could smell a Commie ten miles off. This has that certain communist stink about it:
He has put out a $3.5-billion national service plan that would double the size of the Peace Corps, recruit retired engineers and scientists to tutor students, and offer college students tuition aid in return for community service.
He has put out a $3.5-billion plan? Is this his money he is talking about using? No, it is yours. You are the one that gets to sacrifice for his plan, at the point of a gun.
Americans are plenty generous and giving. We do not need someone dictating to us where our charitable dollars should go. Reduce our tax burden and our increased charitable contributions will support our neighborhoods and country without the Federal government taking their very inefficient cut off the top.