IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and senate
Proposed for 113th Congress in 2013
To request the President to institute an American World Service Corps (AWSC) fielding Americans to work on pressing world and domestic needs and raise the nation and world’s public policy IQ.
The AWSC will be a robust, generation-long jobs program that will smarten and involve Americans in improving home and world, while reducing the causes of war and terrorism and addressing the effects of global climate change.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Act may be cited as the “American World Service Corps Act” or "America's World Service Corps."
SEC. 2. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.
It is the purpose of this Act to enhance prospects for world
peace. The Act does so by promoting
understanding, addressing human, resource, and developmental needs, and
responding to disasters by building a World Service Corps that annually deploys
a million peaceful, productive American at home and abroad. In the past, Americans consistently proved
themselves in serving their country, addressing world needs, and helping
neighbors near and far grow and prosper.
The American World Service Corps will provide Americans the opportunity
to improve conditions in
For increasing numbers of
world citizens, the world has become more dangerous and trying. Americans know that world population is
soaring beyond 7 billion and the environment is suffering, worldwide terrorism
is escalating, terror cells are proliferating, human, and resource needs are
growing. In responding to domestic and
international needs, Americans have exemplified the Marine Corps spirit of
“Semper Fi.” Always faithful and
dedicated to serving their brothers, Marines have exemplified the best in
service. For most
of our history, America has lived up to Alex DeToqueville's expressed beleif
that no one does service better than Americans.
For most of our history, America has lived up to Alex DeToqueville's expressed beleif that no one does service better than Americans.
Today’s times calls for Americans to again lead the way in reviving that sense of service to address increasingly volatile world needs. By using peaceful national service to implement America's World Service Corps, we will be encouraging Americans to live John Kennedy’s words:
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what
The work of the World
Service Corps will reduce pressure on our all-volunteer army. Most of the dangerous areas into which our
military is placed exist because those areas lack education, economic
opportunities, and the hope and understanding of how to change those
Some of the core public and non-governmental organizations that American World Service Corps members (AWSC) will serve through include Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, Head Start, Teacher Corps, Doctors Sans Borders, Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, OxFam, Mercy Corps, and State Conservation Corps, etc. Service in these organizations gives Americans the opportunity to serve at home or abroad. These organizations do exemplary work and thereby offer Americans a variety of opportunities to employ and develop a variety of skill sets.
Other similarly effective organizations that measure up to such peaceful, productive standards would be added to this core face of the AWSC. Many other smaller, less heralded organizations are equally adept at addressing world and local needs. Bipartisan members of Congress will choose a well-rounded commission of experts in development work, equally mixed with individuals experienced in micro, grassroots, as well as larger macro development that will decide which groups can be added to those listed above. Groups chosen will not have a religious proselytizing bent, since such proselytizing does not sit well in today’s religiously inflamed world. Good works for good works sake will speak for themselves.
Localities (such as counties and cities) may have smaller organizations, which feel they should qualify for this list of AWSC recipients. To seek addition to the AWSC recipients list, these groups may petition the local governing bodies by presenting their qualifications and work record in order to seek a resolution of support from their local governing body. These resolutions will indicate why they should be added to the AWSC list. The support resolutions will allow them to be considered by the congressionally chosen “well-rounded commission of experts in development work…”
In the early 21st century, the AWSC will also act as an integral part of a needed jobs program. In today shrunken world, it represented a much updated CCC/WPA (Citizen Conservation Corps/Workers Progress Administration).
SEC. 3. SENSE 0F CONGRESS REGARDING EXECUTIVE AGREEMENTS TO ESTABLISH UNITED STATES WORLD SERVICE CORPS.
It is the sense of the Congress that the President should enter into agreements with the appropriate
representatives of the public and private organizations proposed to be involved
in carrying out America's World Service Corps work.
President is requested
with the participating Directors of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, HeadStart,
Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Sans Borders, Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, OxFam, Mercy Corps,
State Conservation Corps, and others of similar effectiveness in order to assist them in providing
for the mutual establishment, organization, administration, and management of
the programs necessary to increase the number of Americans serving in these
organizations by one million more than are presently volunteering. By 2018, or
seven years from passage of the proposed AWSC proposals, the American World
Service Crops Congressional legislation will have increased the number of
Americans volunteering through these organizations by one million. One million is a significant number that tell
Americans in need and the world that
The AWSC will grow the size and capabilities of the organizaitons
listed herein (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Head Start, etc...) as
well as qualified local do-good non-profits.
The AWSC will grow the size and capabilities of the organizaitons listed herein (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Head
Start, etc...) as well as qualified local do-good non-profits.
The participating existing agencies through which AWSC members will volunteer will not proselytize a religion or a particular way of life. AWSC volunteers will not join to hammer home a particular theology, but to sometimes use a hammer and other tools to build better lives. The goal of AWSC volunteers will be to help improve the lives of those with whom they work and, in the process, learn, grow, and make the world safer and more livable. Volunteers serving under the AWSC Act will be full time, dedicated workers. The AWSC experience should leave the impression that it is the hardest, peaceful job one has ever loved.
Projects. -- AWSC members will engage in
the traditional work of the organizations providing service options to corps
members, which will include projects designed to aid the elderly, disabled, and
and protect health and the environment; enhance economies; tutor and assist in
schools; and provide for
assistance in the growing incidences of emergencies and natural disasters. Projects and
service will be undertaken in
2) Participants. -- All Americans will be urged to volunteer. An American World Service Corps Educational Bill of Rights (AWSCEBR) will be a federal government financed inducement. By 2020, or 7 years from passage, the AWSC’s productive, peaceful civilian national service will become the means to have one million AWSC members addressing world needs. From the organizations listed above and others that may be added, volunteers will choose with whom to do their service.
The experience America has gleaned from 50+ years of Peace Corps service (1961 inception) reflects the great growth and experiences such service gives to those who serve. Almost all PCVs look to their Peace Corps experience as a life defining experience, as one they would not trade. Those who have served in the aforementioned organizations report similar life enhancing experiences. Experience shows that this will not hamper their career goals, but enhance their future choices. It will also provide them with an unmatchable maturing and educational experience. Every world religion has a predominant tenant reminding us that service to our fellow man is the means of bringing peace and harmony, and AWSC should live that creed. Those who serve will know that they have helped build a saner world in which they and those who follow can more safely live.
Americans are cognizant that after stumbling into
Too many of the world’s 7+ billion live in dire conditions. Too much ignorance and hatred is seeded among them. Much of the world needs billions of acts of kindness and generosity to create a Global Marshall Plan. The AWSC gives us the opportunity to cost effectively implement a Global Marshall Plan that will erase the poverty, ignorance, and hatred that seeds wars.
3) Financial inducements. – Two years of service will be required of volunteers in order for those volunteers to qualify for the federal government financing two years of community college or equivalent vocational training; and a third and fourth year of state college, or equivalent vocational or graduate school financial aid equivalent for the corps member. Total education aid equals approximately $15,000 using 2004 statistics.
(Community college two-year public tuition and fees in 2004 averaged $2,076 per year. Source American Association of Community Colleges. Four-year state college public tuition and fees in 2004 averaged $5132 per year. Source The College Board).
Those who volunteer for only one year of service will receive one-half of the service-completing bonuses supplied to those who do two years.
Those who have moved beyond the need for tuition payments may invest their post-service grants into:
a. IRA, Medical Health Savings accounts, home down payment, and/or tax credits..
b. Transfer their grants -- educational, Medical Savings Account, IRA Account, home down payment, and tax credit to friends and relatives of their choice and/or federally registered non-profit foundations that will use the donated grants to provide educational scholarships to low and moderate-income students.
c. Have the financial equivalent of the AWSC tuition payments and readjustment allowance taken as a tax credit on an AWSC volunteer’s IRS tax payments during service or during a 1-3 year period following service, if they wish.
In addition, AWS corps members completing their service will receive a readjustment stipend equivalent to that presently received by Peace Corps volunteers completing their service, which in 2007 was $225. per month served.
incentives required of this legislation are cost effective and would have a
particularly beneficial educational and economic multiplier effect on
including Fed Chair Allan Greespan in his March 2, 2005 testimony, point out
that the GI Bill stocked
4) Timing Growth. - We have skilled Americans at all age levels who are willing and anxious to serve the nation in these trying times. The AWSC organizations listed here, and others that could be added that are of similar effectiveness, have unmet and additional needs they could address if they had more dedicated human resources. In order to facilitate orderly staffing and administration of the AWSC, timing could be spaced somewhat in this manner. Year 1 = 100,000 AWSC members; Year 2 = 150,000; Year 3 = 300,000; Year 4 = 600,000; Year 5 = 750,000; Year 6 = 900,000; Year 7 = 1,000,000 . By the seventh year, 1,000,000 would be serving and continue for the ensuing 20 years before sun-setting the legislation could be considered. The seven year ramp-up period allows:
(a) Smart building of small, diversified, independent programs into a robust national service corps.
(b) Reasonable projections of how much funding will come from the unorthodox revenue streams outlined later in this proposal.
(c) Time for Congressional, Executive, and business leadership to step up to insure the success of the projected revenue streams and this needed AWSC program.
Recruitment & Selection. – Based on the 2000 Census, over 170 million
Americans are between 20 and 65. Strong,
visionary leadership should easily inspire 6/10ths of 1% of those
Americans to volunteer for the peaceful, productive service provided by a one
million strong AWSC. With such Executive
leadership, there would be no need to revert to the proposed companion back-up
American World Service Corps Bill that calls for filling any unlikely shortfall
via a number of Congressional options, which include increased incentives to
individual and team based volunteers. If, however, our leadership
lacked the vision and charisma to inspire .6% (.006) of
(A) Other Participants. -- All ages will be encouraged and able to serve in this updated service corps, with an emphasis on attracting volunteers from those 20-70+ years old, although volunteering will be open to 18 year olds. Today many mid-career and retired Americans seek and make serveral career changes. The AWSC will enhance those options and the ease of choosing to do so.
(B) Non-discrimination. -- Selection will not be made on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, or religious belief.
(C) Culture training. -- The training process will include training in understanding the cultures in which internationally placed corps members will be serving. This will not be a program to transplant American cultural or religious values, and participants will be trained in understanding such. Historically, Peace Corps, OxFam, TechnoServe, FINCA, etc., volunteers have been well-trained in respecting cultural differences and working within such respected parameters. Consequently, those historically successful training techniques will be continued in the AWSC training program that may reside primarily within the organizations in which volunteers serve.
(D) Service Benefits. – Serving and living in the world makes the world and us better and safer. Additionally:
i. In addition to the tuition and/or post service financial benefits listed above, a stipend completion program, equivalent to that given to Peace Corps volunteers (in 2007 this was $225 per month served) will be replicated for those serving under the AWSC umbrella.
ii. Students burdened with federal education loans who volunteer to serve in the AWSC will have the government freeze their loan amount and require no loan payments during their training and service under the AWSC umbrella and for an additional 12 months after service completion. In other words, if a student with $25,000 in federal education loans volunteers to serves through the AWSC for 24 months, that student will have no payments for 24 months on that frozen $25,000 loan and can choose to extend that freeze period for 12 more months.
iii. Congress will consider reducing the interest rate for those burdened with federal loans who serve in the AWSC by 1/12th of 1% for each month a volunteer trains and serves. Therefore, for a full year of service Congress would allow a one per cent decrease in interest rate on the amount owed.
iv. Congress will consider legislation that extends COBRA benefits to cover those who serve in the organizations under the AWSC umbrella.
v. Congress will use its federal powers to its fullest extent possible to insure that those who leave their jobs to volunteer under the AWSC will have their jobs returned to them upon AWSC service completion.
vi. College credits and scholarships are often tied into such service learning programs. Graduate schools, government, and private employers often give special consideration, points, fellowships, etc., to such life experiences, This bill encourages more schools to consider giving fellowship or entrance credits for such real world learning and beneficial work.
vii. The citizenship benefits given to non-citizens who serve in our military will also be given to those who serve in the AWSC.
viii. These and other service enhancing benefits will be encouraged and supported.
(E) Military exemption. We have a volunteer military. The AWSC is a volunteer program.
(F) Revival of military draft. Should a military draft be revived, Congress will enact service duration standards that will allow service in the World Service Corps to stand in place of service in a military draft.
6) Placement of Projects. -- Work on projects will be decided based upon need, safety, and the cooperation of areas requesting the AWSC. Countries and areas served will be requested to assist and contribute in making the program effective and cost efficient. Other developed and developing nations will be asked to commit to means of helping or emulating the AWSC.
COLLATERAL GOALS OF PROJECTS. By working on a person-to-person level to
increase health, welfare, literacy, and economic well-being, America's World Service Corps members
will promote peace and understanding while increasing prosperity. Having Americans better understand the world
and the world better understand Americans is a building block for world
prosperity and harmony. Relationships
and cultural understanding counts. It also counts in reducing recruits to
It also counts in reducing recruits to terrorist groups.
8) sERVING WITH OTHER NATIONS’ VOLUNTEERS. In 1989 Peoples Lobby’s Executive Director sought to have the Marin Community Foundation fund a model American Soviet Peace Corps (ASPC). The ASPC would have had American and Soviet Peace Corps (ASPC) recruits train, work, and live together for two years while addressing worldwide developmental problems. The Marin Community Foundation failed to fund the proposal. However, then Congresswoman Boxer introduced the proposal as House Resolution 1807 in 1989 during the 101st Congress. http://worldservicecorps.us/hr1807congress%2031289.htmThe ASPC was a doable, common sense, logical approach to reducing world tensions while dealing with the problems that lead to future warfare and depravity. Had we implemented the ASPC then, the world would be a lot healthier and saner today.
(A) The AWSC office established under this bill will establish joint volunteer service programs with other countries, such as outlined under Congresswoman Boxer’s HR 1807 introduced in the 101st Congress. Each nation will cover the costs for its volunteers.
(B) Implementing this section of the bill would mean that Chinese and Americans, French and Americans, Mexicans and Americans, Iranians and Americans, Afghanis and Americans, Pakistanis and Americans, Somalians and Americans, etc., will have the opportunity to serve, work, and learn together on problems that exist in their and other nations in our Global Village.
9) Imagine these collateral goals. If a robust AWSC had existed for decades and had been knocking on the doors of troubled and troubling nations for the past generation:
Instead of 2,217 Peace Corps volunteers
serving in the nations of Pakistan (1961-67),
Afghanistan (1962-79), and Sudan (1984-86), where terrorists trained;
imagine how tens of thousands more Peace Corps, Habitat, Red Cross, OxFam,etc.,
workers, serving under the AWSC umbrella, would have erased those terrorists
from history. Each of those nations
would have had a more diversified economy, more small businesses, stronger
agriculture, and more educational opportunities. Instead of having no Habitat Homes built in
those nations, hundreds or thousands would have been built. Instead of most families knowing
(C) Instead of the Westward leaning, unemployed, youngish population of Iran having little exposure to helpful Americans since the 1,863 Peace Corps left in 1976, we might have been re-invited over recent years to defuse the tension now building.
(D) Instead of about 40 Peace Corps volunteers serving in just one of these 21 mostly Muslim nations of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Israel, Yemen, Omar, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea, UAR, Kuwait, Turkey, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Indonesia containing about 910 million souls, there would be many more Americans who would likely turn the growing and dangerous Ugly American imagine there to something safer.
(E) Today too many in those nations assoicate Americans with drones and phony war rather than with sandaled Americans doing grassroots good. We must not let this sad state of ignorance spread into future generations. It has been costly enough to let it exist into this generation.
AWSC Financing Fair Tax Revisions
10) COST. As revenue sources are structured in this proposal, the AWSC pays for itself. More details and rationale behind using the outlined revenue sources can be found at the web link “Financing AWSC.” http://www.worldservicecorps.us/financing_awsc/ An AWSC escrowed account will be established dedicated to only funding the AWSC. The cost of operating and investing in fielding volunteers under the American World Service Corps umbrella will be funded through orthodox and unorthodox revenue streams. The orthodox streams are those with which most Americans are somewhat familiar. The unorthodox streams include streams that many hard working Middle Americans talk about as revenue enhancers that “ought to be” or raised in table talk as “why don’t they do this…?” The unorthodox streams have the potential of replacing all or some of the orthodox streams. Should the funding streams from the “unorthodox” revenue streams cover AWSC costs, revenue from the orthodox revenue streams can be returned to related areas Congress deems worthy.
The orthodox revenue streams are listed first and would cover the total government program and AWSC investment in 21 million Americans doing 27 years of good that would make America and the world stronger and healthier. Those revenue streams would rely on those Americans and nations most able to underwrite the AWSC investment needed to fulfill the moral obligations that once well-developed nations like ours had and still have to dramatically improve the world.
Orthodox revenue streams:
Imposing 3% surtax on the richest 1% of American households. In 2006 the top 1%
consisted of 1,340,000 households whose average income was about
$515,000 Imposing, or more accurately
re-imposing, a 3% top bracket tax on those 1.3 million households in essence
replaces 3% of the 4% that Bush’s 2003 Tax Reduction Act erased, when President
Bush cut the top tax rate from 39% (under the Clinton administration) to Bush’s
35% top tax rate bracket. The richest
(B) Revenues from Estate Passing Tax. The AWSC proposals impose a sliding scale estate passing tax (.5% - 5%) on estates from $5+ million to 20+ million. This would raise about $50 billion to invest in Americans serving their nation, or almost 10% of the AWSC’s investment cost. More details at http://www.worldservicecorps.us/revsestatetaxawsc.xls
Levy nominal import duty on those developed nations with which we carry
the largest trade imbalances. In
Developed nations have a responsibility to address climate change, poverty, war, etc., Often their economies contribute disproportionately to climate change, poverty, and war. Therefore, an import levy to reverse those impacts is justifiable.
The goal is to raise about 20% or more of the American World Service Corps (AWSC) annual investment cost from this import levee.
An import levee of 1.77% on just the trade imbalance of the following handful of imbalanced trade partners would yield about $9.33 Billion in the single year of 2007 from just these nations http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c0001.html#2007
Trading Partner Trade imbalance 2005 2007
OPEC -92.7 billion* -124.2
*The OPEC nations included:
Rationale for a nominal import levee: Most Americans would see this modest import levee as:
(i) A means to make our “Free Trade” policies more “fair and just,” as many of the AWSC volunteers would be serving to make work and environmental standards more equitable worldwide.
(ii) A modest contribution to America’s desire and efforts to do good in the world, considering the financial and other burdens we have long carried for, and sometimes imposed upon, the world.
(iii) A modest step to implement “Pay-Go” fiscal policy that implements a beneficial program that will benefit our economy, nation, world, and our can-do volunteers.
(iv) A means to improve healthy commerce worldwide, since the AWSC would increase worldwide stability and dramatically reduce the likelihood of costly wars. Over recent years, our economic strength has waned as our debt has soared. In a variety of ways, the AWSC will reverse that unhealthy trend. A robust investment in the AWSC saves multiples of the amount invested in AWSC volunteers.
(D) Excess War Profits Tax. Past Senate Judiciary Chair Leahy and others have worked on how to levy an excess profits tax on those corporations who have excessive war profits. It should be kept on file for present and future war profiteers. Links http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200701/010407b.html
(E) Global financial transaction tax. A quarter percent (0.25 percent) tax on financial instruments could raise approximately $150,000,000,000 a year.
(F) Tax deductions or credits to “small” businesses and corporations who donate to AWSC escrowed account to underwrite the costs of funding the AWSC.
Tax deductions or credits to individuals who donate to the AWSC
escrowed account to underwrite the costs of funding the AWSC. In order to encourage Americans to invest in
America and in its citizens gaining indelible service learning experiences that
improve the world, all taxpayers (including short 1040 form filers) will be
allowed an annual $100 tax credit (joint filers $200. tax credit) when they
specify their donations go to the AWSC escrowed account. Taxpayer’s annual donations will go to the
escrowed AWSC account, which will have a lock box that locks its expenditure
into funding those who volunteer to
serve in one of the AWSC’s umbrella organizations. The same lock will apply to AWSC funds raised
via the unorthodox revenue streams.
Borrowing from the AWSC's escrowed and locked account, as has been done
with the Social Security Account, will be specifically prohibited. This comprehensive tax credit will provide
Americans an opportunity to vote with their pocketbooks to create a stronger,
(H) If People’s Lobby’s proposed Fair Tax Bracket Reinstitution Act (FTBRA) is implemented as written its some portion of its tax revenues could, and should be if needed, escrowed to fund the investment in the AWSC. Since income disparity has become so dramatic in the U.S., this could provide a substantial infusion of funds. http://www.worldservicecorps.us/Tax bracket proposal.htm
Unorthodox revenue streams
The unorthodox funding streams include at least the following list. This AWSC legislation would not tax or require this list of well-qualified funders to do anything. Instead, it would rely on the ability of those listed and the enhanced knowledge of large numbers of Americans who understand the benefits of fielding a robust AWSC to encourage those listed to donate to making the world safer. People’s Lobby believes these streams could produce significant donated revenues in today’s social and economic climate. With visionary leadership educating the nation on the AWSC proposed legislation, it could totally fund the AWSC.
With enactment of this proposed legislation, an AWSC web site will be established. This web site would include for each of those unorthodox funders listed a web page in spreadsheet format. The columns would source and list as applicable: wealth, earnings, charitable contributions made, estimated taxes paid, etc., for each of the above. Example:
Name Wealth Contributions %age Donated
John Billionaire $$$$$$$ $$$ X% of earnings
It would largely replicate what Forbes magazine has done for years -- annually list the wealth, earnings, and charitable contributions made by America’s Richest. It would then list a column showing what these unorthodox funders freely choose to donate to underwrite the investment in funding a robust America’s World Service Corps that would employ, involve, and smarten Americans while winning hearts and minds via:
· Reducing poverty, hatreds, ignorance, and terrorist recruitment, while
· Raising our public IQs that would dramatically reduce our likelihood to stumble into future bloody conflicts, which
· Drain our treasury of brave Americans, dollars, and smart long term investments.
Those in the unorthodox funders lists depicted above and below have benefited most from America’s legal, economic, and social structure. Under the proposed AWSC legislation, they have the opportunity to make a giant leap toward utopian governmental revenue streaming.
In doing so, they have the opportunity to make life safer and healthier for their and the world’s kids and grandkids. By donating some of the financial benefits they have reaped from American society to those American volunteers who choose to serve in the peaceful, productive AWSC, they will cost effectively nation build at home and abroad. By doing so, they will build the 21st century nation building army the world so obviously needs. In the process, they will move us away from a nation that increasingly relies on soldering and the war industry for employment opportunities.
By having this elite class of Americans help fund, or totally fund, the AWSC, we can influence other nations to build similar corps of their own in a similar manner.
Donations by the Forbes
Richest Americans (2% Forbes Total
Over the last 30+ years, the wealth of America’s richest taxpayers has
increased disproportionately as compared to the stagnated and declining wealth
increase among America’s low and middle classes. Fed Chair Allan Greenspan expressed his
concern about the increasing income and wealth disparity between upper and
lower classes in his March 2, 2005 testimony before Congress. His answer to spreading wealth was to
increase educational opportunities for Americans. As Greenspan noted, the GI Bill of
Educational Rights gave
Those who live in luxury
bestowed in large part by the skill and education of all Americans will be
asked at the web site, “What have you contributed this year to help make the
world safer for today and tomorrow’s children?
Each month the web site will list donations that
(H) Donations by certain low tax paying corporations. -- A large number of Fortune 500 corporations annually pay little or no taxes, according to such organizations as Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). At the AWSC website, with additional information supplied by other relevant federal agencies and information sources, those corporations who have paid none, little, or received federal tax paybacks (negative taxes) for the past five years would be listed. This section of the AWSC web site would strongly urge these light or none paying corporations to contribute to underwriting the cost of making the world safer for them, their businesses, and their children. The site will remind them, including their stockholders, that by doing good -- companies can do well.
These donations would be listed alongside their researched nominal and effective corporate tax rates and tax payments. Such socially conscious donations could significantly reduce the AWSC’s cost. For those who paid little, none, or negative taxes, Congress should not allow the donations to be tax deductible. (See http://www.worldservicecorps.us/corps%20paid%20no%20taxes.xls for more details.)
(I) An AWSC spreadsheet for America’s highest compensated celebrities.
(J) An AWSC spreadsheet for America’s highest compensated athletes.
(K) An AWSC spreadsheet for America’s highest compensated CEOs. See Financing AWSC at http://www.worldservicecorps.us/financing_awsc.htm to see who might be on these lists.
(L) An AWSC spreadsheet listing CEO compensations of those who have received federal bail outs.
(M) Charitable Trusts, Philanthropic Foundations, etc. – Trusts and foundations may find the American World Service Corps meshes well with their goals of improving world and nation and reflect that in grants and donations. If the Gates Foundation wants to eradicate AIDS, a robust army of American volunteers can make that happen by doing the hard, face-to-face groundwork. If we want to reverse climate degradation, we will need more than 4,000 power point presenters, we will need tens of thousands of AWSC volunteers working daily for years with a variety of effective NGOs. Foundations’ contributions to those NGOs (non-governmental organizations) working under the AWSC umbrella would also be listed at the AWSC site.
11) Daily Stipend Costs of AWSC volunteers serving in NGOs
This AWSC proposals leaves the daily service stipends paid to those who volunteer for NGO service as the NGO’s funding responsibility. However, the unorthodox (or as yet non-traditional) funding mechanisms listed here offer NGOs another means of funding some or all of their volunteers’ daily stipend expenses. NGOs could adopt some of the unorthodox funding mechanisms outlined here or Congress could allow those donated funds to cover daily stipend costs.
Any annual funds raised by the unorthodox or non-traditional funding mechanisms in this proposal, which exceed present and projected costs of AWSC volunteers serving in government funded programs and their projected service concluding rewards, will be deposited into a fund from which NGOs can draw those excess funds to cover the daily stipend expenses (DSE) of their AWSC volunteers. This Daily Stipend Expenses Fund (DSEF) for the NGOs would apply to any excess funding raised by the non-traditional funding mechanisms outlined in this proposal to cover governmental program costs, such as outlined in Sections 10) COST (G – L) .
For example, assume that in year 20XX the Forbes 400 voluntarily donated 3% of their wealth to fund the AWSC governmental programs and service conclusion rewards. Assume that only 1.7% of those donations covered all government program related costs, as our projections suggest. The 1.3% excess would be deposited into the NGO day-to-day service cost account from which NGOs could cover any AWSC volunteer stipend (daily living expenses while serving) costs. These MODERATE stipend costs would be in line with how Peace Corps volunteers are compensated for their service work.
12) Web based information sharing. -- The budgeted and donated revenues to fund this program will be listed on the AWSC website, indicating those listed individuals, corporations, and foundations who have donated. The site will also list how much is funded through the budgetary process.
13) Funding rationale. -- The rational for meshing “unorthodox” and orthodox funding mechanisms in this citizen-initiated AWSC legislation is this:
Wealth is becoming
increasing concentrated in
"Because we want to live in a world which is not dominated by a division of people who live on the cutting edge of a new economy and others who live on the bare edge of survival, we must be involved.”
14) Private answers. --- Private donations, voluntary participation, and privatizing are increasing heralded as answers to pressing social needs. Therefore, listing the contributions made by private sources is just another logical means to recognize and support this thesis, while factually reflecting who is participating in supporting this public/private American World Service Corps effort. During these tricky and depressing financial times when our public policies are attacked at home and abroad, it is time to implement this public/private funding concept in what will be among the most significant legislation implemented in decades.
Cost comparison. -- In 2004, our observable
military budget indicates American taxpayers maintained each of our military
personnel for approximately $360,000 annually.
That cost has escalated dramatically with our recent increased military
As a rough barometer of what the AWSC may cost, the cost per Peace Corps volunteer is about $40,000 annually. Annual costs of those who serve in most of the other organization should be even less. As former President Eisenhower said:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Implementing the AWSC program will cost effectively fight the causes of wasteful wars about which President Eisenhower warned us. The AWSC is the cost effective army America and other nations must promptly build to successfully address poverty, ignorance, natural disasters, climate degradation, and warfare.
16) Long Run Cost effectiveness. –In the face of an economic depression, we need to re-examine involving Americans in service and good works at home and abroad. The AWSC provides the 21st century umbrella through which we can employ and involve 21 million Americans over a generation in civic involvement and needed good works.
long run policy, an AWSC is the most cost and resource effective option to use
limited dollars to improve our long-term domestic and international security
and economic health, while dramatically reducing the loss of American lives and
future wars and rebuilding
The costly waging of war diverts and destroys needed investments for education and our economic infrastructure at home as well as abroad, thereby weakening nation and world. Cost effectively waging peace through the American World Service Corps economically and morally strengthens nation and world.
The spread of 21st century hatreds, ignorances, and the wars such breeds supports the prescient words of the first Peace Corps Director, Sarge Shriver:
“If the Pentagon’s map is more urgent, the Peace Corp’s is, perhaps, in
the long run the most important... What
President Bush consistently
called for Americans to volunteer.
President Carter does volunteer.
President Kennedy repeatedly said he’d rather send in the Peace Corps
than the Marine Corps. Enacting the AWSC
proposals moves the world and
UNLIKELY NEED TO USE bACKUP RANDOM
selection Over the next two decades, world circumstances will dictate the need for Americans to serve peacefully
and abroad. During this period,
Hopefully, we still have enough visionary leaders to inspire the less than .6 of 1% of Americans aged 18-70+ required to keep the legislated one million Americans volunteering each year. Consequently, with good leadership, it is extremely unlikely that the back-up random selection bill would be used. If the Backup Bill is used, Congress will provide the additional incentives to put a robust corps of twenty-one million volunteers into serving nation and world over the ensuing twenty-seven years.
18) funding other nations’ World Service Corps.
Section 8) of this proposal, titled sERVING WITH OTHER NATIONS’ VOLUNTEERS proposes that AWSC volunteers serve with World Service Corps volunteers from other nations. Such integrated service produces a plethora of obvious healthy benefits and knowledgeable insights. To fund these integrated endeavors, the AWSC proposals suggest that other nations also consider using our traditional and non-traditional funding mechanisms.
The number of billionaires and wealth
disparity has been growing not just in
Therefore, the AWSC proposals also proposes that other nations use the non-traditional funding mechanisms we have outlined here as a means to partially or totally fund their World Service Corps programs.
Had WSC programs been in existence for decades perhaps the super-rich in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, and Baharain would be less worried today. A long existing AWSC program would have strengthened our connections and understanding in nations like Egypt (0 PCVs), Tunisia (2,130 PCVs for years 1962-91, 91-96), Libya (295 PCVs for 1966-69), and Baharain (68 PCVs for 1974-79).
19) Sunset provisions - After its initial seven year ramp up, allow the robust AWSC to field one million AWSC volunteers for the next 20 years. Thereafter, the generation of crazed terrorism will decline dramatically and perhaps disappear. After those twenty-seven years of AWSC service, Congress may consider sun-setting the AWSC bills.
Management – Robustly expanding volunteerism will require management adjustments in
all of the AWSC organizations. Such
management adjustments have not historically been a problem for
You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable…
You have to learn to treat people as a resource......you have to ask not what do they cost, but what is the yield, what can they produce?”
When Americans are given the chance to contribute the myriad of skills and resources they have learned, few others can produce as many seeming miracles. Ask Americans to deliver. Give them the opportunity to deliver, and they will. However, if we continue moving deeper into the couch, into twittering pixels for our real world experience, and into gun slinging for our skill sets, Americans may lose their skill to work miracles.
21) ADMINISTRATI0N. -- The newly established American World Service Corps Director's office will coordinate the AWSC. This will not be a large staff, but rather an office that helps coordinate between those seeking to volunteer, volunteers, and the public, governmental, and non-governmental agencies that will carry out the field programs. Its primary purpose will be to:
a. Funnel volunteers to the existing organizations that do the work.
b. Administrate the promised incentives for serving, i.e. tuition, IRA/Medical Savings investment, home down payment, tax credits, etc.
c. Perhaps coordinate public outreach to attract twenty-one million AWSC volunteers into healthy, productive service and work over the ensuing twenty-seven years.