in economics they often talk about incentives, a means to encourage you to act the way the government wants based on financial rewards and punishments. This system imposes too much on the market place, creates bizarre unnatural standards and the cheating of the system corrupts it quickly. But there isn't anything enforced on a market place when people aren't incentivized but instead their inspired. You know, if Obama flew into East LA and worked there for a month getting people involved in upping the standard of the community, with NO COST to the government and no market influence a man like that could do amazingly good things for those people just by organizing them. But Obama isn't telling you to organize with your neighbors, he's telling you to join the civilian volunteer core which runs like an army.