President of the United States George Bush approves of the idea ... but Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia thinks it will have America goose-stepping into the future.
According to this report from the Associated Press, the Republican congressman said he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.
Broun cites a July speech by then-candidate Obama, in which he called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.
"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun is quoted as saying.
Disagreement with Broun has been something of a bi-partisan effort. The report from the AP notes that an Obama spokesman described the proposal as a civilian reserve corps that could handle postwar reconstruction efforts such as rebuilding infrastructure ... and that the idea was endorsed by the Bush administration.
Some of the buzz since Broun's broadside includes contributions from older citizens, suggesting the proposal might be similar to their own experience in the Civilian Conservation Corps, almost 70-some years ago.
Later today, I'll post something on what America's mayors have to say about the proposal.
"It may sound a bit crazy and off-base," Broun himself said of his own suggestion ...
... uh, yeah, it sure does.