Tamalpais High School, my school.
My name is Kailen Peck, and I am in the eleventh grade, class of 2011 at Tam High. I have just turned sixteen. This summer, the summer of 2009, I have been interning with Dwayne Hunn, the Executive Director of People's Lobby (PLI).
I have learned many things during my internship. Besides just learning more computer skills, I have learned about the bills that PLI is currently trying to pass. Firstly, there is the American World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposal. This potential bill proposes, in short, that 21 million American Volunteers spend time in the AWSC, an umbrella organization which includes serving in AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Doctors Sans Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, or other smaller organizations, over 27 years.
The second Proposal asks that more tax brackets be made in order to tax a larger percentage of money from those Americans making millions of dollars per year. The current top bracket is at $350,000. That means that Americans making $350,000 per year are getting taxed at the same percentage as those making $10,000,000 per year, and the latter's percentage actually works out to be less than the former's. This injustice will be righted by the Fair Tax Bracket Reinstitution Act. I believe that these two proposals are necessary to our country. Here's why.
Our economy is leaning too hard on the middle-class. With the Fair Tax Bracket Reinstitution Act, money from the upper-class can be used to pay for the volunteers provided by the AWSC Congressional Proposal. Right now, the rest of the world doesn't look so fondly upon the United States. These volunteers would help the world look on us in a better light. It might even help to mend foreign relations because the bill urges other nations to follow our example and create their own World Service Corps. The AWSC has many benefits that would make it more appealing to enter. People who serve for two years get financial help with a payment or tuition, a pretty good incentive.
Our world needs volunteers. We need selfless people who will step up and do what is required. At the risk of sounding clichéd, these proposals will make the world a better place in which to live. And that's why you should help.
I'm sixteen. If I can do it, so can you.
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