Earlier this year, Congress passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expanded AmeriCorps and increased volunteer opportunities at home and abroad. The right wing went into a frenzy over this national service “boondoggle,” and Bachmann took to the House floor and called AmeriCorps “re-education camps for young people“:I wonder how her son brought it up? "Hey, Mom, you know those re-education camps you'd have a difficult time seeing your kids join? I hope you're prepared for a difficult time..."[snip]
I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically-correct forums. As a parent, I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this.
Ironically, Bachmann’s son, Harrison, has now joined Teach for America (TFA). According to the TFA website, “Teach For America is currently a member of AmeriCorps, the national service network.”
Sometimes, it's nice to see the apple fall so far from the tree.