| Promises not Funded are Promises not Kept|
Read the op-ed on the President's promise to double the Peace Corps by 2007, why the Peace Corps is admitting that it isn't going to happen, and what RPCVs can do to help. Latest: Read what Director Vasquez says about expansion and why promises are still unkept.
|By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-36-89.balt.east.verizon.net - 188.8.131.52) on Saturday, November 27, 2004 - 8:36 pm: Edit Post|
Peace Corps is funded at $320 million, $12 million above FY04 and $81 million below the President's request.
When this story was posted in November 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:
The Birth of the Peace Corps
UMBC's Shriver Center and the Maryland Returned Volunteers hosted Scott Stossel, biographer of Sargent Shriver, who spoke on the Birth of the Peace Corps. This is the second annual Peace Corps History series - last year's speaker was Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughn.
Vote "Yes" on NPCA's bylaw changes
Take our new poll. NPCA members begin voting this week on bylaw changes to streamline NPCA's Board of Directors. NPCA Chair Ken Hill, the President's Forum and other RPCVs endorse the changes. Mail in your ballot or vote online (after Dec 1), then see on how RPCVs are voting.
Charges possible in 1976 PCV slaying
Congressman Norm Dicks has asked the U.S. attorney in Seattle to consider pursuing charges against Dennis Priven, the man accused of killing Peace Corps Volunteer Deborah Gardner on the South Pacific island of Tonga 28 years ago. Background on this story here and here.
Your vote makes a difference
Make a difference on November 2 - Vote. Then take our RPCV exit poll. See how RPCV's are voting and take a look at the RPCV voter demographic. Finally leave a message on why you voted for John Kerry or for George Bush. Previous poll results here.
Kerry reaches out to Returned Volunteers
The Kerry campaign wants the RPCV vote. Read our interview with Dave Magnani, Massachusetts State Senator and Founder of "RPCVs for Kerry," and his answers to our questions about Kerry's plan to triple the size of the Peace Corps, should the next PC Director be an RPCV, and Safety and Security issues. Then read the "RPCVs for Kerry" statement of support and statements by Dr. Robert Pastor, Ambassador Parker Borg, and Paul Oostburg Sanz made at the "RPCVs for Kerry" Press Conference.
RPCV Carl Pope says the key to winning this election is not swaying undecided voters, but persuading those already willing to vote for your candidate to actually go to the polls.
Take our poll and tell us what you are doing to support your candidate.
Finally read our wrap-up of the eight RPCVs in Senate and House races around the country and where the candidates are in their races.
Director Gaddi Vasquez: The PCOL Interview
PCOL sits down for an extended interview with Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez. Read the entire interview from start to finish and we promise you will learn something about the Peace Corps you didn't know before.
Plus the debate continues over Safety and Security.
Read the stories and leave your comments.
|By RPCVJames (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 10:42 am: Edit Post|
What's the big deal? Peace Corps got more money than it ever had in history for 04 and they still closed down many programs and sites and reduced recruitment. Maybe if they got another increase in funding they could close even more programs?
|By J Rivers (daniel41.labs.clemson.edu - 220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 2:26 pm: Edit Post|
Unfunded mandates and ideas are part of Bush domestic policy. Why would anyone be surprised that Bush would promise to increase PC Volunteers and then leave little to no money to do so? How is that No Child Left Behind Mandate going?
Read: "No Volunteer Left Behind"
|By Carl Benander (h-68-167-10-82.cmbrmaor.covad.net - 18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 6:42 pm: Edit Post|
My math shows a 4% increase, not a decrease. During my PC years, I saw very little actual waste of money, and I myself, given the politician's tendency to throw money at a problem, would be hesitant to suggest anything other than slow and steady growth of PC. Bush's "promise" to double the size of PC is great, but should be possibly done over a 10 yr period, rather than 5.Then we would have more confidence that our tax money would be more wisely spent. Carl Benander (Kenya 1998-2000)
|By RPCV (user-uinj43h.dialup.mindspring.com - 22.214.171.124) on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 3:11 am: Edit Post|
Treat Volunteers correctly and the Congress and the American people will fund it correctly. When Peace Corps Directors don't change the culuture of cover up at Med services, in bogus separations and bad policy regarding safety this is what you get, a half baked budget. They deserve it. Don't reward failure.
The extra twelve million should go to the victims of violence in service fund and veterans who were wrongfully separated because they were attacked during service and the Peace Corps disregarded them.
Vasquez is a liar. Take another trip Gaddi, you got some more money now from us suckers paying your bill. I here the Republican sucking sound again.
|By Peter (126.96.36.199.dial.online.kz - 188.8.131.52) on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 12:10 am: Edit Post|
Last time I checked this article, it said that it was Congress who did not give Peace Corps the money, it and President Bush, requested. So, unless my reading skills are way off, President Bush is not to blame and statements like "Promises not funded are promises not kept" just smack of the partisanship that controls this site. President Bush is doing only what he can and he cannot control Congress and the Appropriations Committee so LAY OFF!