Yet more “change” from the Democrat who seems ever more determined to grow the size and scope of Bush’s religious police state:
“I want this to be central to our White House mission,” he told reporters in Zanesville.
Obama, who stressed his religious faith during the 16-month nominating battle with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, said he learned early on as a community organizer in Chicago the value of acting on his faith.
“I came to see my faith as being both a personal commitment to Christ and a commitment to my community — while I could sit in church and pray all I want, I wouldn’t be fulfilling God’s will unless I went out and did the Lord’s work,” he said.
Obama said the office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives set up by Bush as part of his “compassionate conservative” agenda never lived up to its early promise and social service programs for the poor had been underfunded.
He proposed a new Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to reinvigorate the effort.
“The new name will reflect a new commitment,” he said after a tour of a ministry that provides food, clothing and services for the needy in Zanesville.
His proposal would launch a training program to offer instruction to community faith-based organizations on how to teach smaller groups to take advantage of government programs, and he would provide new summer opportunities for up to 1 million children.
The new summer learning program would cost $500 million a year — financed by cutting wasteful spending in federal procurement and management.
And they insist there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans?!? Both seem perfectly willing to ignore inconvenient parts of the Constitution — be they the first, second, tenth, or fourteenth amendments.
And for only $500 million a year! Such a bargain.