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  • Family of 10 On Welfare Have New Demand of Taxpayers

    11/23/2016 11:54:47 AM PST · by rhett october · 36 replies
    Resistance Feed ^ | 11-23-2016 | Rhett October
    Some people blame their issues on other people no matter what and believe they are entitled to what other people earn and have. This story is a case of taxpayers paying the price for one family’s sense of entitlement. In 2012, Arnold and Jeanne Sube and their eight children, moved from France to the UK so that Arnold could study mental heath nursing at the University of Bedfordshire. They currently live in a three bedroom house that they feel is a poor living arrangement. But rather than working and saving in order to afford a larger house, like most people...
  • US Government Entitlements - The Sixth Biggest Economy On Earth

    07/30/2016 4:53:34 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-30-2016 | Tyler Durden - David Stockman
    Tyler Durden July 30, 2016 Excerpted from David Stockman's forthcoming book "Trumped! A Nation On The Brink... And How To Bring It Back" Because the main street economy is failing, the nation’s entitlement rolls have exploded. About 110 million citizens now receive some form of means tested benefits. When social security is included, more than 160 million citizens get checks from Washington. The total cost is now $3 trillion per year and rising rapidly. America’s entitlements sector, in fact, is the sixth biggest economy in the world.Yet in a society that is rapidly aging to the tune of 10,000 baby...
  • The CBO Looks Ahead to a U.S. Fiscal Disaster

    07/23/2016 5:59:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 100 replies
    Barron's ^ | July 23, 2016 | THOMAS G. DONLAN
    The American debt problem was almost entirely ignored at the Republican National Convention last week, and we can expect nothing more when the Democrats gather this week. Both parties support the entitlement spending system and the decrepit tax system that fails to support it. They compete on the fiscal side of politics with impossible promises to spend more and tax less. Imagine the U.S. Treasury as an airplane beginning to roll down the runway to take off. For a mile or so, the plane gains no altitude, then the wings start to generate lift. The wheels leave the ground and...
  • Health Care and Guns – What Do They Have in Common?

    07/17/2016 6:39:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/17/2016 | Alan Preston
    Our Constitution was ratified on Sept. 17, 1787, 11-plus years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. James Madison wanted to make sure that our unalienable rights were also in the Constitution in order to protect the citizens from the very government they created. It was not until Dec. 15, 1791, that the original Bill of Rights was adopted and made a part of the Constitution. Anyone who has read the Constitution knows that the words “health care” cannot be found anywhere in that document. It is not in the Bill of Rights. Some people assert that “health care”...
  • Senators Demand to Know Where Companies Keep Their Cash [semi-satire]

    06/27/2016 8:49:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Concerned that some of the nation's resources may be out of their reach, Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn) and Chris Coons (D-Del) are demanding that "all businesses fully disclose where all their money is." "As President Obama said when he was nominated for his second term, government is the only entity we all belong to," Franken recalled. "It is every business' and every individual's duty to do the utmost to ensure the survival of this single unifying entity. At a minimum, this means making all of their financial resources known to the government so they may be appropriated if the need...
  • Obama: Entitlements Are 'Necessities of a 21st Century Economy,' 'Realities of How People Live'

    06/20/2016 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 15, 2016 10:04am ET | Craig Bannister
    Entitlements are “the realities of how people live now” and “necessities of a 21st century economy,” so “we’ve got to retool our system,” Pres. Obama declared Tuesday. Speaking at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, Obama said America has “got to retool our system,” because guaranteed benefits are a vital and immutable way of life …
  • Ryan’s Welfare Reform Plan: Right Diagnosis But A Weak Prescription

    06/08/2016 1:31:00 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/8/2016 | Staff
    War on Poverty: Everyone who thinks the government “must do more” to help the poor should read the House Republican blueprint on welfare reform. The report is the result of years of work head by Speaker Paul Ryan to reform welfare and improve upward mobility.
  • France: Sudanese "refugee" sets fire to government welfare offices when they don't give him a free h

    full title : FRANCE: Sudanese Muslim freeloader sets fire to government welfare offices when they don’t give him a nice house right away A Sudanese Muslim who had just obtained the status of refugee was arrested after having set fire to the branch of the city council welfare offices. He claimed the employees had not found him a home "right away," which, according to him, was his "due," in view of his new refugee status. DVM The employees of Pôle Solidarités [Government Welfare Office] in Annecy still can't come back to it. On Tuesday 17 May, a so-called refugee locked...
  • Simple Math Shows America Is Headed for an Economic Disaster

    04/18/2016 7:21:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jody Chudley
    Stan Druckenmiller ... when I look at the current picture of expected tax revenues combined with benefits promised to future generations, this is the most unsustainable situation I have seen ever in my career. The disaster that Druckenmiller sees coming for the United States is all about changing demographics and entitlement spending. They don’t add up to a sustainable situation. In 1940, entitlement payments, which include everything from disability payments to Social Security to Medicare, amounted to just over 20% of annual government spending in the United States. Today, entitlement spending has swelled to nearly 70% of the annual federal...
  • The Trump Plan: Big Tax Hikes or Big Deficits

    03/25/2016 6:23:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | March 25, 2016 | James C. Capretta
    ... What Trump implicitly promises is a closing of the gap between federal revenue and spending without any pain for ordinary voters. He claims that better management, led by him, is all it will take. It is the worst kind of wishful thinking and deception. On entitlements, Trump is essentially in agreement with most Democrats. He says he won’t make any changes to Social Security or Medicare benefits. In previous years, he also said Medicaid shouldn’t be cut. He says he now favors converting Medicaid into a block grant to the states, although he has not promised that this switch...
  • 'Housing first': Dallas's new strategy for the city's most costly homeless people

    03/20/2016 8:46:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 20, 2016 | Tom Dart
    For rent: brand new one-bed apartments in the shadow of downtown Dallas, a short walk from one of the city's trendiest areas. On-site concierge. Successful applicants will be homeless, mentally ill and possess criminal records. . . . All for a rent of 30% of the tenant's monthly income - whether it is $1,000 or $10. The only requirement? "Be a good tenant," James says. That means no criminal or disruptive behaviour; but no pressure on residents to immediately go sober if they are addicted to alcohol, for example.
  • Sowell: Toxic Words

    02/08/2016 11:51:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 9, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage." But the reality is that the human race is not entitled to anything, not even the food we need to stay alive. If we don't produce food, we are just going to starve. If we don't build housing, then we are not going to...
  • Isn't It Strange? (Walter Williams)

    02/01/2016 3:04:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 3, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity. It starts off asking, "Isn't it strange that after a bombing, everyone blames the bomber, his upbringing, his environment, his culture but ... after a shooting, the problem is the gun?" In other words, after a shooting, it is the gun, an inanimate object, that is the culprit, but after a bombing, it is not the bomb that receives the blame but the evil individual. In both...
  • Congress Planning to Close Social Security Loopholes

    10/29/2015 6:55:32 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 93 replies
    Nasdaq ^ | 29 Oct 15 | Staff
    When Congress passed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act in 2000, it introduced a new concept called “voluntary suspension” of benefits, allowing those who had already started Social Security benefits to stop their payments and earn delayed retirement credits. In the process, however, the new voluntary suspension rules unleashed several additional Social Security claiming strategies, including various “claim now, claim more later” tactics involving File-and-Suspend and Restricted Applications for spousal benefits. Those may be going away. Under this week’s two-year budget agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House, Congress will close these loopholes in the Social Security rules....
  • Sources: McConnell floats entitlement changes in high-stakes fiscal talks

    10/14/2015 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Fhios · 79 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 10/13/2015 | Manu Raju
    (CNN) Mitch McConnell privately wants the White House to pay this price to enact a major budget deal: Significant changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and funding the government.
  • No Public Safety Net: Making American Compassionate Again

    09/23/2015 11:11:49 AM PDT · by RogerEsq · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 23, 2015 | Roger Banks
    DailyCaller OPINION ‘Global Indifference’: Pope Francis’ Cure is A Cause ROGER BANKS @rogerbanksesq Writer While in America, Pope Francis will almost surely repeat his call for the “redistribution of economic benefits by the state” as a remedy for what his November 2013 Apostolic Exhortation calls “an economy of exclusion and inequality.” Presupposing a causal connection between a “culture of prosperity” and “global indifference” to the poor, the Exhortation reads as follows: We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all...
  • Alan Greenspan: This is 'extremely dangerous' (Captain Obvious alert)

    07/30/2015 12:40:15 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 21 replies
    While markets hone in on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy hints, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan sees a bigger economic irritant—government spending. On Wednesday, Greenspan decried a rise in entitlement costs, which he contended have pressured the U.S. economy. "To me the discussion today shouldn't even be on monetary policy it should be on how do we constrain this extraordinary rise in entitlements," he said in a CNBC "Closing Bell" interview, calling the trend "extremely dangerous." Social expenditures in the U.S. were 19.2 percent of gross domestic product last year, up from 15.5 percent in 2005, according to data from...
  • Trump Enters Presidential Race [semi-satire]

    06/20/2015 9:51:49 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Real estate baron and reality TV star Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination this week. In his announcement in front of a crowd—many of whom were paid $50 apiece to cheer him on—Trump pledged to secure government entitlements. “With the other Republicans in the race, you never know whether they might end up cutting or privatizing Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid,” Trump alleged. “Right here and right now I’m promising that these programs will be fully funded for as long as there is money to pay for them.” Trump...
  • Iowa Kingmaker Ditches Huckabee: He Sounds Like Hillary; I’m Going with Cruz

    05/08/2015 11:19:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Despite his socially-conservative bona fides, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially lost the support of Iowa’s influential talk radio host Steve Deace — a dramatic shift from their supportive relationship in the 2008 Republican Party primaries. Deace has been described as a “hitmaker” and “one of the most powerful Republicans you’ve never heard of” because his stumping for Huckabee was seen as a substantial contributor to the former governor’s 2008 Iowa caucus victory. But, in 2016, Deace is not thrilled with Huckabee’s support for entitlement programs. As MMfA first reported, during the May 6 edition of the Steve Deace...
  • Trump: Huckabee can't protect entitlements like I can

    05/07/2015 8:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York real estate mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) could not prevent funding cuts to entitlement programs if elected president in 2016. “Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” Trump tweeted. “I will.” Trump, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also argued Huckabee was stealing his potential campaign ideas. “Huckabee copied me,” Trump wrote. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare &...
  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules

    04/22/2015 10:39:54 AM PDT · by reviled downesdad · 35 replies
    AP ^ | March 24, 2015 | Alanna Durkin
    <p>AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said.</p> <p>The number of people that have been dropped from the program has exceeded even the administration's expectations.</p>
  • Two Republicans Advocate Entitlement Reform: ‘Because We Have To,’ Christie Says

    04/20/2015 7:27:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2015 - 6:58 AM | Susan Jones
    Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are speaking bluntly about entitlement reform, advocating means-testing for Social Security retirement benefits as a way to save the system for those who need it. “These are real ideas,“ Christie said in New Hampshire on Friday. “And, you know, I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Well, why would you possibly want to suggest those things?’ Because we have to. We have to. And if you want to start a national conversation, let’s start one that matters.” “We’re $18 trillion in debt,” Graham told Fox News Sunday. “Eighty million...
  • Robert Rector Estimates Lifetime Retirement Costs Of Illegals.. Executive Amnesty At $1.3 Trillion

    03/17/2015 5:53:31 PM PDT · by bushwon · 19 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Carolyn May
    The lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits of illegal immigrant beneficiaries of President Obama’s executive amnesty would be well over a trillion dollars, according to Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector’s prepared testimony for a House panel obtained in advance by Breitbart News. Rector, a senior research fellow at Heritage, is slated to speak on the costs of Obama’s executive amnesty Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He will testify to the high entitlement costs of granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. Based on Rector’s calculations, which assume that at least 3.97 illegal immigrants...
  • (satire) President Obama To Require Government Caseworkers To Cold-Call Citizens To Join SNAP

    12/19/2014 3:54:34 PM PST · by justiceleagues · 37 replies
    Salty Badger ^ | 12/19/14 | Salty Badger
    Due to an increase in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program’s budget, formerly known as food stamps, President Obama is requiring all SNAP agencies to add a sales team. The sales team will be responsible for telemarketing, cold-calling eligible Americans and persuading them to join the entitlement program that already services 50 million citizens and visa-holders.
  • Wow: Congress Cuts Military Pay, Opens Entitlements for Illegals!

    12/14/2014 7:42:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Conserviative Daily ^ | 12/14/14 | Joe Otto
    John Boehner and the rest of the GOP RINO establishment didn’t have enough Conservative votes to pass their $1.1 TRILLION budget. That’s because while these so-called “Republicans” criticized Obama’s amnesty in public, their budget completely funded it. More than 60 Republicans voted against the spending bill, forcing Boehner to get approximately 50 Democrats to vote for it. GOP leaders blocked any anti-amnesty amendments and allowed the bill to proceed without any mention of Obama’s amnesty. That means that newly “legalized” illegal aliens will begin receiving working papers and become eligible for Social Security and Medicare as soon as they come...
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...
  • New CBO Report Explodes Tax Fairness Myths

    11/14/2014 6:09:40 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2014 | John Merline
    President Obama has constantly complained about the rich not paying their "fair share." But a new Congressional Budget Office report shows that the rich were paying more than their fair share of taxes before the numerous hikes he imposed. The CBO looks at the distribution of household income and federal taxes up through 2011, the last year for which it has data. It found, for example, that:
  • America, 2014: The Land of Entitlements

    09/12/2014 10:06:47 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 September 2014 | David Long
    Earlier this week I had lunch with a CPA client of mine to talk with him about increasing the number of his small business clients who provide medical insurance plans to their employees. Everything I recount herein is from him; I am not making this up. His answer and the reasoning behind his answer were stunning to me. In my naivety, I hadn’t even dreamed that I would hear anything like what he was about to tell me.
  • Almost Half of America on Welfare

    08/24/2014 7:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Breakdown by Category 82,679,000 Medicaid51,471,000 Food Stamps22,526,000 Women, Infants and Children Program20,355,000 Supplemental Security Income13,267,000 Public Housing or Housing Subsidies 5,442,000 Temporary Assistance to Needy Families 4,517,000 Other Forms of Federal Cash Assistance Population Estimates (2013 estimates) California 38,332,521Texas 26,448,193New York 19,651,127Florida 19,552,860 Those four states have a population of 103,984,701. Those on welfare nearly totals that amount. Full Time Employment BLS figures show 115.735 million "usually" working full time at the end of 2012. There are currently 118.489 million "usually" working full time. Obamacare Welfare Expansion Inquiring minds may be asking "How did Obamacare effect welfare numbers?" Let's take...
  • We're All Infants Now (That "pony tail guy" may have been more prescient than we know)

    06/26/2014 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 10 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 6-25-2014 | Chris Shugart
    Bear with me as I relate an incident I witnessed a couple of years ago; an important point lies at the end of this true story. I was standing in the checkout line at a Barnes & Noble bookstore when I noticed a mother pushing her two toddlers through the store in one of those tandem strollers. One child began moaning, not loudly, but persistently. I’ve raised two children, and I’m familiar with the sounds they can make to express their feelings. This wasn’t an expression of pain, hunger, tiredness, or any kind of stress that I could sense. The...
  • President Eisenhower on Stupid Republicans

    04/28/2014 4:53:54 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    LewRockwell.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Laurence M. Vance
    President Eisenhower on Stupid Republicans Laurence M. Vance April 27, 2014 Regardless of what Republicans say about cutting entitlements, welfare, spending, etc., they will never do it. And they will certainly never end them completely. Indeed, they have not only accepted their existence; they are now big supporters of the welfare state just like the Democrats. I have often mentioned in my articles on Republicans how that the Republican majority in Congress for two years under President Eisenhower could have repealed the New Deal. Because they failed to do so, it was no surprise that the next Republican majority in...
  • Mother of nine who claims Ł38,000 in benefits to receive Ł1,400 more after falling pregnant again

    04/25/2014 9:14:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2014 | Amanda Williams
    A mother-of-nine who claims Ł38,000 a year in handouts and demanded a bigger council house for her huge family is pregnant again - this time with twins. Cheryl Prudham, 32, and her husband Robert, 29, are set to receive at least a further Ł1,400 in handouts when the baby girls arrive. Mrs Prudham said she will 'not be made to feel guilty' for having children' as she and her husband both work part-time. Last year the couple, from Sittingbourne, Kent - who were living in a three-bedroom council house at the time - said they were entitled to a bigger...
  • Denmark’s Party Boat and the Ever-Expanding Welfare State

    03/18/2014 11:27:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My all-time most-viewed blog post wasn’t the parable about beer and the tax system. Nor was it the joke about California, Texas, and the Coyote. Those won the silver and bronze trophies. The gold medal belongs to the two pictures that explain how the welfare state begins and how it ends. Those images make a very serious point that the social capital of a nation gets eroded and the economy gets overburdened when there are too many people riding in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon. And I’ve been especially fond of the wagon cartoons because they...
  • Under Obama: 70% of government now involves writing checks to individuals

    03/11/2014 6:43:45 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/10/2014 | John Merline
    Buried deep in a section of President Obama's budget, released this week, is an eye-opening fact: This year, 70% of all the money the federal government spends will be in the form of direct payments to individuals, an all-time high. In effect, the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine, taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others. These government transfers now account for 15% of GDP, another all-time high. In 1991, direct payments accounted for less than half the budget and 10% of GDP. What's more, the cost of these direct payments is exploding....
  • 70% Of U.S. Spending On Writing Checks To Individuals

    03/10/2014 5:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 10, 2014 | John Merline
    Buried deep in a section of President Obama's budget, released this week, is an eye-opening fact: This year, 70% of all the money the federal government spends will be in the form of direct payments to individuals, an all-time high. In effect, the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine, taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others. These government transfers now account for 15% of GDP, another all-time high. In 1991, direct payments accounted for less than half the budget and 10% of GDP. What's more, the cost of these direct payments is...
  • Time for a Statue of Responsibility

    03/10/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    Viktor Frankl, holocaust survivor and author of Man's Search for Meaning, once observed: “Freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” Liberty and responsibility are both critical in preserving our republic, but the chances of America, much less California, allowing such a tribute to personal responsibility to be erected seems little to none. Nowhere is the absurdity of our entitlement age more evident than the...
  • Ever Wonder How Much You Can Make on Welfare Annually?

    03/06/2014 9:32:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    PLENTY!     Here's the top 20 states in the US of A for shameless barnacles to belly-up to the trough, based on data from a study conducted last year by the CATO institute... When welfare payments exceed what can be made working full time at the minimum wage -as is now the case in 35 states- one can see how we might have a problem or two, i.e. exponentially-soaring entitlement spending coupled to an increasingly lazy, demoralized, handout-addicted workforce:   1. Hawaii: $60,590 2. District of Columbia: $50,820 3. Massachusetts: $50,540 4. Connecticut: $44,370 5. New York: $43,700 6. New Jersey: $43,450 7....
  • Increased domestic spending may be behind proposed military cuts, CBO report suggests

    02/26/2014 2:54:39 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Fox News and Defense One ^ | 25 Feb 14 | Doug McKelway
    As the Obama administration announces proposed sweeping defense cuts, a Congressional Budget Office report documents how increases in other areas of domestic spending may be forcing the White House to reduce money for the military. The CBO report finds that mandatory spending, which includes Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, is projected to rise $85 billion, or 4 percent, to $2.1 trillion this year. Interest on the debt is worse. It is projected to increase 14 percent per year, almost quadrupling in dollar terms between 2014 and 2024. "We are going to be spending more in interest in a couple of...
  • President Obama - No Reforms To Entitlements

    02/21/2014 4:50:24 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/21/14 | LD Jackson
    There are many things President Obama is consistent on. Lauding the woes of climate change is one. Income inequality comes to mind as another. And we should not forget spending reform. The current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue loves him some government spending. He likes to brag about reforming spending, but the reality of his actions speak much louder than his words. He has no intention of reforming anything to do with government spending and that includes entitlement spending. Any sane person who is capable of doing a little math knows there is no way we can ever dig our...
  • Moving To Mexico

    02/16/2014 1:11:42 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 26 replies
    Dear President Obama: I'm planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me. We're planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we'll need your help to make a few arrangements. We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, The President of Mexico, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I...
  • The Unheralded Return of Michelle, The Activist

    02/10/2014 11:41:43 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2-10-14 | Judi McLeod
    The unmasking of Michelle Obama the ‘returned activist’ went down in history at a Virginia high school on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Five years into the Obama regime, Michelle came out of the White House as the activist she’s always been to instruct high school students that they are entitled to “free” government handouts. “Don’t leave money on the table,” she said. In a personal trajectory that went from telling kids what to eat to teaching them how to game the system, it’s no longer encouraging students to be the best they can be but how to get the most...
  • Shameless Load Boasts On-Air: She Lives GREAT on Welfare, 'Working is Stupid'- 'Taxpayers are Fools'

    12/02/2013 9:19:14 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 56 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Welfare queens, chillin' A  recent caller to an Austin radio talk show ('Lucy', 32 y.o., Riverside, TX) -just one of the record 91.5M Americans who've left the US work force- bragged to the host that both she AND her husband 'don't see the need' for working these days... even though they have three young daughters. She said she prefers to live on welfare and 'benefits' so she can 'visit friends and smoke weed all day'... Here's the sweet little package Lucy's managed to put together: Section-8 gov't-paid rent     $550/mo EBT/food stamps              ...
  • Index of Long-Term Care Vulnerability: A Case Study in Virginia

    11/26/2013 8:09:18 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 15 replies
    The Virginia Free Citizen ^ | 11/26/13 | Steve Moses
    Long-term care (LTC) for the elderly is already a large risk and expense for private citizens and public programs. The need for and cost of LTC will increase radically with the aging of the baby-boom generation. Most expensive long-term care, including care provided in nursing homes or by professional aides in family homes for more than nominal durations, is paid for by Medicaid, a means-tested public assistance program. Medicaid already strains federal and state budgets, including Virginia’s. Yet major initiatives at the federal level and in Virginia are underway to expand Medicaid coverage in general and to make the program’s...
  • Can We Support 75 Million Retirees in 2020? (50% Of Americans Receiving Gov't Benefits Already)

    11/09/2013 8:11:18 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser, held at a private residence in Dallas, Texas, President Obama stated, “we are remaking the courts.” The President’s statement is especially important, due to the fact that critics of the President have long accused him of attempting to change the American court system, in order to ensure his leftist agenda is deemed to be constitutional. The President, however, has denied doing this, until now... Continue reading at BeltwayExaminer.com
  • Kendall: Sequestration Will Make Hollow Force Inevitable

    11/07/2013 6:15:41 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 24 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 7 Nov 13 | Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
    Budget cuts imposed by sequestration will leave the Defense Department with a hollow force and debilitating shortfalls, the Pentagon’s top acquisitions chief said today. At a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, outlined the difficultly that the on-going budget sequester is causing in the department’s ability to plan for the future. “This is probably the worst time I’ve seen … in terms of our ability to do a sound plan and execute it with any kind of confidence at all,” he said. “It is one of the...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right About Growth, While Ben Stein Is Hopelessly Wrong

    11/06/2013 4:13:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 6, 2013 | Louis Woodhill
    In his remarks to the Robert L. Bartley Gala Dinner on October 23, Senator Ted Cruz disparaged the notion of a “grand bargain,” which would raise taxes and (supposedly) cut spending. Cruz went on to say: “ “I’m going to tell you my view, which is I think that we ought to be relentlessly, tirelessly, exclusively focused on growth, because every other priority we have depends on growth.”(continued)
  • Mitch Daniels: Sequestration Is a Bad Idea

    10/31/2013 5:13:00 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Oct 13 | John Gizzi
    In rare political remarks since becoming president of Purdue University, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has voiced sharp disagreement with many fellow Republicans over whether the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration should continue. Daniels, once director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, dubbed sequestration a "bad idea" during a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. In so doing, the 64-year-old Daniels put himself on the opposite side of such national conservative leaders as Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who recently told Newsmax "in the short term, it's important to...
  • Handout Nation

    10/30/2013 6:53:13 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 30 OCt 13 | Walter Williams
    According to a recent Fox News poll, 73 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, up 20 points from 2012. Americans sense that there’s a lot going wrong in our nation, but most don’t have a clue about the true nature of our problem. If they had a clue, most would have little stomach for what would be necessary to arrest our national decline. Let’s look at it. Between two-thirds and three-quarters of federal spending, in contravention of the U.S. Constitution, can be described as Congress taking the earnings or property of one American to...
  • Obama's Push For Foreign Direct Investment (US Lowest Behind Mexico, Venezuela)

    10/27/2013 11:19:46 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama and his senior cabinet officials are mounting a big push to bolster foreign direct investment in the US – amid evidence that America is falling behind other countries in the race for global capital. The evidence? How about the USA being near the bottom in the Americas with Chile leading and the USA down at the bottom with Mexico, El Salvador and Venezuela. Even Paraguay has a higher FDI as a percentage of GDP! fdiamericas “On the heels of the manufactured crises in Washington, it’s time for folks to come together and focus on doing everything we can...
  • Nation headed over ‘food stamp cliff’

    10/26/2013 3:31:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    Millions of people are in for a shock at the end of the week when their food stamp benefits will be cut across the board. There is little chance that Congress will act to avert what hunger activists call the “food stamp cliff” — a cut to benefits that will affect some 47 million beneficiaries, including children and the elderly. The cut takes effect on Nov. 1, and will bring an end to a funding increase that Democrats wrapped into President Obama’s 2009 stimulus law. For a family of four, the cut will be $36 per month, or about 20...