Doesn't everyone want to be forced to spend 2 of their prime years earning minimum wage? Whatever happened to concept of a democracy? What would happen if the government did NOT force people to do things against their will and allow them "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?" Bet the persons floating this idea are not 18 to 20 themselves. Obama can instill civic responsibility â through a mandatory Youth Corps http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20090126/cm_csm/ybabcock Here's what such a seed might resemble: Every young American citizen, once he or she graduated from high school, would have the responsibility to complete two years of public service. National need would define the nature of such service, but at any given time the variety of jobs likely would be in education, infrastructure repair and maintenance, construction, healthcare, the military, and the arts, for example. Participants, most age 18 to 20, would be provided with room and board and given minimum wage during this two-year period. In exchange, after a young person had completed this two-year commitment, the United States government would bear the responsibility for paying for that person's two-year junior college education or the first two years of his or her four-year college tuition.