So first off, congratulations to the left on here. It appears that the majority of Americans desire a more "European" style gov't with expanded social programs. I honestly hope it all works out. With that out of the way, all this talk about entitlements and how to pay for them (for example, nationalized healthcare and having employers and the rich bear the brunt of paying for it) has me wondering what responsibility the citizen has towards its government. I mean, if the government is going to be a provider, shouldn't the citizens have an active role of some type in return?? I am thinking of two specific things here and am curious as to what people think. The first is a four year, mandatory stint in either the military or a civilian corps of some type for everyone once they reach the age of 18. They can choose either the military, or a civilian corps that helps to rebuild blighted areas, helps the poor, the elderly, and others who cannot take care of themselves, and helps to build and maintain the nations infrastructure. The second is a nullification of voting rights for everyone until they take a civics test that shows they have a firm understanding of government functions, what is in the constitution, and what the president, supreme court, senate, etc. can and cannot do, and also shows that they actually know who is running for election. This would have to be taken and passed prior to any presidential election. have fun!