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  • 18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

    04/19/2014 10:22:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 04/17/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million? In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale...
  • 86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

    04/16/2014 8:55:39 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 42 replies
    CNSNews.Com via Drudge ^ | April 16, 2014 - 5:04 AM | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000. That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week. These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media has not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species. It is...
  • Woman living in luxury sentenced for stealing up to $377,000 in government benefits

    04/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
    Palm Beach Post via WPXI ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With a round pool in the backyard, a Mercedes and a boat in the driveway and a greenhouse and an aviary nearby, the Florida house doesn’t look like it was owned by someone who qualified for public assistance. But it was. While living the life of luxury on a 1-acre manicured lot, Gloria Valle-Clas collected between $305,000 and $377,000 in food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid benefits. Using two separate Social Security numbers and as many as 12 aliases, she duped government agencies into sending her monthly assistance checks and picking up her medical bills...
  • Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time

    04/14/2014 10:19:37 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | 14 April 14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau. In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the food stamp program (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That contrasts with the 44,059,000 women who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. For each woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2012,...
  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    04/10/2014 2:54:43 PM PDT · by posterchild · 8 replies
    AP via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Apr 10, 2014 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government report in November said the IRS issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the previous year to criminals who were using other people's personal information. Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the "scale, scope and execution of these fraud schemes" has grown substantially and the Justice Department in the past year has charged 880 people. Who's involved? In...
  • Free-for-All in the Cafeteria (NYT advocates free breakfasts and lunches for all)

    04/10/2014 6:07:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2014
    More than a million children attend public schools in New York City. About 780,000 of them are poor enough to qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. Getting into the program requires some paperwork, which is a burden but not a terrible one; the application is just one page. So why do so many eligible children — about 250,000 — not participate? The problem, advocates for schoolchildren say, isn’t so much aversion to the menu — today across the city, it’s roast turkey, stewed beans, sweet plantains and an oatmeal raisin cookie (plus chickpea salad, for high schoolers) — as...
  • Liberal foolishness on welfare is nothing new, even the founding fathers knew it...

    04/09/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-9-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Liberals think their desire to have unfettered proliferation of social welfare makes them the charitable ones. Imagine my surprise to see that even the founding fathers had to combat this sort of foolishness.
  • Comrade de Blasio’s smashing blows to New York City will show America what the Democrats are about

    04/09/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/9/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Comrade Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, is starting to do all of the destructives things anyone with any brains could foresee. De Blasio is owned by two factions of the Left: the teacher’s union and the Working Families Party (WFP). The teachers union is closing in on an unheard of eight year contract. The teachers know they have to nail down their benefits now because things will be different when sanity returns to New York and de Blasio is shown the door. They looked at the stunts Wisconsin public service unions pulled and opted for guaranteed...
  • What is our obligation to those who make bad decisions?

    04/07/2014 5:18:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-6-2014 | Bookworm
    One of the things I’ve tried to drill into my children is the truism that the single biggest indicator of poverty is single motherhood. That data, incidentally, does not reflect the old-fashioned kind of single motherhood, which was the result of widowhood or abandonment. Instead, we’re talking about modern single motherhood, the kind that sees women who are deluged with birth control choices nevertheless get pregnant with boyfriends or hook-ups who feel no emotional connection or sense of economic obligation to either mother or baby. One of my children has a part-time job at a cafe and is, for the...
  • Democrat big minimum wage increases keep the cycle of poverty and enslavement going

    04/02/2014 9:02:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/2/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The best explanation of what the Yiddish word “chutzpah” means goes like this: A guy who has just been convicted of killing his parents begs the judge for mercy on the grounds that he is an orphan. “Chutzpah” is acting with extreme, barefaced shamelessness. When it comes to their handling of financial matters Democrats can be classified as acting either in extreme ignorance or with extreme chutzpah. We know Democrats align themselves with job killing unions and champion job killing regulations; but whether they are ignorant of how economies actually work, just practicing their usual level of chutzpah or a...
  • Only Government Can Help?

    03/29/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Hey you. Yea, you, running a business. Or opening a franchise. Or preparing to retire after a lifetime of hard work. Mike Konczal has a message for you: Stop congratulating yourself and accept the fact that all your success is only possible because you’ve got a massive, federal welfare state backstopping you every step of the way. Konczal is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute (Franklin, not Theodore, if that even matters). He’s penned an essay in the latest issue of Democracy that does a better job than Barack Obama did explaining the president’s “You didn’t build that” philosophy. Sure,...
  • 1.3 Percent Doctrine, 98.7 Percent Delusion: Why Obama can’t convince Europe to spend on defense

    03/29/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2013 | Tom Rogan
    Going forward, every NATO member state must step up and carry its share of the burden. — President Barack Obama, March 26, 2014 On Wednesday, addressing an assembly of young Europeans, President Obama issued a challenge. Faced with a resurgent Russia, he said, and in view of the shaky global economy, Europeans must spend more on defense. His sentiment is well founded. Let’s be clear: EU defense spending is woefully inadequate. Excluding Britain, France, Germany, and perhaps Italy, the EU states are fundamentally incapable of full-spectrum operations. And the military of America’s greatest ally, the British, is being forced...
  • What Happens When Teachers, Delivery People And Fast Food Workers Don’t Care Anymore…

    03/28/2014 11:35:58 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | March 25th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    One of the big problems in America today is that a lot of people simply do not seem to care about what they are doing anymore. The level of sloth, laziness and apathy that we are witnessing in this country is absolutely mind-numbing. Of course this is not true of everyone. There are still many Americans that are extremely hard working. But overall, it really appears that people are not taking as much pride in their work as they once did. Some of the examples that I am about to show you are quite funny. Others are more than just...
  • Corporate-Welfare Queens: Conservatives Need to Take Them On

    03/27/2014 6:48:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2014 | Stephen Moore
    Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will release his House Republican budget next week, and one of its themes will be the fighting against corporate welfare. Mr. Ryan says, “We can’t make the case to the American people that we are the reform party if we won’t reform the giant corporate-welfare state in Washington.” Bravo. Too bad so few of his colleagues agree with him. It’s very simple, really: Republicans have to be willing to cut weak claims, not weak claimants, as Reagan budget director David Stockman used to say. But corporate welfare has strong claimants: deep-pocketed business interests that rely...
  • Wal-Mart makes official its reliance on food-stamp recipients for profits

    03/25/2014 8:48:26 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 103 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | March 24, 2014 | Steve Goldstein
    <p>Wal-Mart Stores WMT -0.15% filed its 10-K late on Friday after the market closed, and the world’s largest retailer added some new language to the list of factors that could hurt the company.</p>
  • Crying Racism: Is A Photo ID Required For An Abortion?

    The left loves to cry racism whenever someone disagrees with them. They love to cry racism even more when conservatives dare to attempt to speak to minorities or try to fix problems that disproportionately affect minorities. Crying racism deters conservatives from trying to work with minorities or fix problems, thus perpetuating the leftist lie that conservatives don’t care about minorities. In fact conservatives care a great deal about minorities and are troubled by the problems facing them. Our solutions are obviously different from the left’s. We’re nearly fifty years into President Johnson’s Great Society welfare program and poverty isn’t down...
  • CLARKE: Liberal policies have destroyed the black family

    03/24/2014 5:10:41 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 20 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | 03/24/2014 | David A. Clarke, Jr.
    The latest attempt by liberals to help black people is underway in our K-12 urban public schools. These do-gooders are now defining down socially acceptable behavior for black students in school. Bad behavior is being excused and attempts to hold black kids accountable by enforcing codes of conduct are called racist. Having a sense of discipline has always been considered a virtue, a redeeming quality, but now its roots are claimed to lie in racism. White liberal elites have chimed in about school codes of conduct. The Capital Times newspaper of Madison, Wis., recently chronicled bad behavior by black students...
  • BUDGET 2014: Welfare spending will be capped at £120billion

    03/19/2014 9:11:04 AM PDT · by managusta · 9 replies
    The Mail ^ | 19 March 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Britain's welfare budget is to be capped at around £120billion-a-year to stop the benefits bill ballooning out of control. Chancellor George Osborne wants to limit the total amount the state spends on handouts, with ministers forced to face a Commons vote if costs spiral. Only pensions and Jobseekers Allowance will be excluded, meaning a raft of payments including pensioner benefits, income support, maternity pay and most housing benefit could be in the firing line. Mr Osborne argues that under Labour spending on benefits was 'out of control', with the number of people who have never worked doubling in a decade....
  • 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...
  • The Spaniards emigrated to Belgium, "a burden" to the system

    03/17/2014 9:26:41 AM PDT · by managusta · 7 replies
    La Vanguardia ^ | 02.02.2014 | Marta Borras
    One of the cases affected by the expulsion of Belgium is the Donaire Fatima (Jaén, 1984), Bachelor of Fine Arts, who came to Belgium in November 2010 to practice for five months in a graphic design studio, a scholarship program Eurydice. When the fellowship ended, Donaire told Efe that decided to stay in Belgium to learn French and find work. At the same time, asked one of the social assistance in Belgium to people who do not have sufficient resources are granted and that allowed him to receive 525 euros a month to pay for accommodation. During a year, the...
  • Finally: Mississippi to Start Drug Testing Those Receiving Financial Aid Benefits

    03/17/2014 3:49:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16 | Heather Ginsberg
    It looks like Mississippi is taking the right steps to reducing fraud when it comes to government assistance. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will now require new applicants to submit a questionnaire that will evaluate the likelihood of substance abuse. Residents who apply for this temporary assistance from the state will have to submit to drug testing if the state deems they are likely substance abusers from this questionnaire. Testing positive once would require a TANF recipient to undergo treatment for substance abuse. For testing positive a second time, the recipient would be kicked out of the program for...
  • Benefits cheats will have cars, computers and TVs seized by bailiffs.

    03/14/2014 6:36:43 AM PDT · by managusta · 6 replies
    The Mail ^ | 14 March 2014 | Jason Groves
    Major benefit cheats are to have their assets seized by bailiffs as part of a new crackdown on the £1.2 billion scandal. The Department of Work and Pensions is to use new powers to access the credit rating references of fraudsters to target their cars, computers, state-of-the-art TVs and other high value items. Sources said the new access would allow officials to target those with valuable assets. The spokesman said: ‘Getting the welfare budget under control is a key part of our long-term plan for the economy. We want to end the something for nothing culture and deliver for people...
  • Welcome to the Obama world

    03/12/2014 7:20:41 AM PDT · by CMAC51 · 7 replies
    Straight from the mouth of an Obama believer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRRwZDSmTVI#t=12
  • Under Obama: 70% of government now involves writing checks to individuals

    03/11/2014 6:43:45 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 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...
  • 3 Charged in Extensive Twin Cities Food Stamp Ring

    03/07/2014 3:56:22 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-5-14 | Leslie Dyste
    Three people were charged Wednesday in connection to an extensive welfare fraud scheme. The scheme involved using EBT cards to purchase products in the Twin Cities and then ship them overseas for sale in Africa. According to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, 39-year-old Noni Shanita Snider of Eden Prairie was charged with one count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance and one count conspiracy to commit a felony; 38-year-old Walter Carr Cooper of Plymouth was charged with one count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance and one count conspiracy to commit a felony; and 40-year-old Nyla Jean Newburgh of Minneapolis was charged...
  • Why most conservatives are secretly liberals

    03/06/2014 7:50:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage ^ | March 6, 2014 | John Sides
    A couple months ago, a Gallup poll recorded a small uptick in the percentage of Americans who identify as “liberal” — to 23 percent, or what Gallup, eliding the margin of error in the poll, called a “new high.” My Post colleague Chris Cillizza wondered if liberal was “no longer a dirty word.” We will see. After all, there were far more conservatives in that Gallup poll, which, for some, means we’re still a “center-right nation.” But whether people call themselves “conservative” isn’t necessarily that telling in the first place. A recent book by two political scientists shows that liberal...
  • 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....
  • [Walter Williams] Black People Duped

    03/04/2014 3:06:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/4/2014 | Walter Williams
    People in the media and academia are mostly leftists hellbent on growing government and controlling our lives. Black people, their politicians and civil rights organizations have become unwitting accomplices. The leftist pretense of concern for the well-being of black people confers upon them an aura of moral superiority and, as such, gives more credibility to their calls for increasing government control over our lives. Ordinary black people have been sold on the importance of electing blacks to high public office. After centuries of black people having been barred from high elected office, no decent American can have anything against their...
  • Greenfield:

    03/03/2014 5:05:33 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 24 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, March 02, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, March 02, 2014 The Coming Collapse of the Welfare State Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog In 1935, the year that FDR signed the Social Security Act into law, the birth rate was 18.7 per 1,000. In 1940, when the first monthly check was issued, it had gone up to 19.4. By 1954, when Disability had been added, the birth rate at the heart of the Baby Boom stood at 25.3. In a nation of 163 million people, 4 million babies were being born each year. By 1965, when Medicare was plugged in, the birth rate...
  • Welfare Stoners: $5,475 Withdrawn on Food Stamp Cards in Colorado Pot Stores

    02/25/2014 7:19:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I don’t think pot is covered by food stamp cards, but by the time the left gets done with Colorado, it probably will be. During the first month of Colorado’s experiment with legal marijuana, welfare beneficiaries withdrew thousands of dollars in public-assistance cash from ATMs at weed shops, according to records obtained by National Review Online.At least 64 times, public-assistance benefits were accessed at businesses selling marijuana. A total of $5,475 in public benefits was withdrawn at ATMs in establishments that sell pot.The amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55, according to the transaction records. In Colorado, the...
  • As benefits expire, long-term unemployed make do with less

    02/22/2014 11:18:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    KERA-TV ^ | February 22, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance when an emergency federal unemployment insurance program expired. Critics of extended unemployment benefits say the benefits raise jobless numbers by allowing people to stay unemployed longer instead of taking an available job. But people like Trista Selmar-Steed, a 38-year-old former medical biller who lost her job in 2012, say the benefits have kept her family above water while she looks for work. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey reports from Georgia. TRANSCRIPT TRISTA SELMAR-STEED: I open it up and just rip it down the middle. Separate it. JOHN CARLOS FREY:...
  • Welfare cash pulled from ATMs inside Colorado pot shops

    02/21/2014 8:27:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | February 20, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DENVER — Colorado welfare recipients are using ATMs located inside marijuana retail shops to withdraw cash. The money was given to them by taxpayers to help their families survive, but an exclusive Fox31 Denver investigation found some cash benefits most likely going toward marijuana purchases. FOX31 Denver asked the Colorado Department of Human Services for its “Quest card” database of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cash transactions for the month of January, 2014. That is the first month in which Colorado marijuana dispensaries were regulated and open for recreational sales. The FOX31 Denver investigative team matched the addresses of EBT cash...
  • Is America Doomed to Become a Failed European-Style Welfare State?

    02/20/2014 11:18:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When I give speeches around the country, I often get asked whether it’s time to give up. More specifically, has America reached a tipping point, with too many people riding in the wagon of government dependency and too few people creating wealth and pulling the wagon in the right direction? These questions don’t surprise me, particularly since my speeches frequently include very grimBIS, OECD, and IMF data showing that the long-run fiscal problem in the United States is larger than it is in some nations that already are facing fiscal crisis. But that doesn’t mean I have a good answer....
  • Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate's Support For Corporate Welfare

    02/19/2014 1:50:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/17/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for governor, is railing against tax breaks for businesses. In a recent ad Schauer alleges that Gov. Rick Snyder cut education spending and used the revenue "to give tax breaks to businesses even if they send jobs overseas." Schauer's spokesperson, Zack Pohl, reiterated the claim in a recent Detroit Free Press article: "Snyder chose not to find new revenue for education because he used that money to pay for his huge $1.8 billion corporate tax break." The media has recently given more scrutiny to this narrative. Yet over the past decade Schauer himself was one of...
  • $100 billion in improper welfare payments per year

    02/19/2014 6:29:48 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/19/14 | Thomas Lifson
    The federal government is wasting an astonishing hundred billion dollars a year in improper welfare payments to recipients not entitled to them. This is an amount of money greater than the GDP of most nations on earth, more than Morocco and within striking distance of Hungary. The figure comes from a study by Veronique de Rugy and Jason Fichtner, who produced the following chart based on the OMB's High-Error Programs Report
  • $1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

    02/18/2014 9:32:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/15/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    President Obama was in Michigan last week to sign a 10-year, $1 trillion farm bill. While much of the debate has centered around the spending on food stamps, buried in the 1,000-page plan are many other provisions that are indefensibly bad policy. While some are praising, and others complaining, about slightly rolling back spending on food stamps and eliminating some of the direct payments to "farmers" (who did not actually farm), the bill goes far beyond that. This bill continues special subsidy deals to farmers in every area in the country — from corn and beans to rice and peanuts...
  • Welfare recipients given gift cards as incentive to do to dentist

    02/15/2014 1:04:06 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 31 replies
    CBS News Harrisburg ^ | 01/30/2014 | Chris Papst
    Imagine going to the dentist for a free regular checkup, and getting a free $25 gift card in return. It’s happening right here in Pennsylvania, and taxpayers are paying for all of it. Every year, Pennsylvania spends $20 billion to provide medical care to low-income and disabled residents. But one of the biggest problems the state has is getting people to use those medical services for preventative care. Now a new program designed to address that problem has some people outraged. "I am upset." Michelle Tonkin is seeing red thanks to a Walmart gift card, which she recently got in...
  • A Lefty Archbishop who's generous with YOUR money not his flock's.

    02/17/2014 3:56:33 AM PST · by managusta · 3 replies
    The Mail ^ | 16 February 2014 | DOMINIC LAWSON:
    Those in authority become weary of perpetual demands for cash from worthy causes. They include the Head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols. So you would think Nichols might understand why the Coalition government, which is faced with a public sector net debt of over £1.2 trillion, has been pressing ahead with its plans to reform and if possible reduce the welfare bill. Not a bit of it: in an interview over the weekend, marking the Vatican’s announcement that he was to be made a cardinal, Nichols, while accepting the need for savings, said it...
  • When you give libs the Oval Office: Presidents-Day apt reminder of how far-left nation has veered

    02/16/2014 9:40:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2014 | Robert Knight
    On Presidents Day, we honor those men who helped start and guide our nation. Their leadership got us through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and the Cold War. Until recently, they all seemed to understand what makes America exceptional. But now, we’re not in Kansas anymore. You know that clever ad by a satellite-dish company that shows what happens to a man who gets bored waiting for the cable guy? As with the children’s books that began with “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” the man endures a series of mishaps, the...
  • Bill Would Add Paid Members to State's Corporate Welfare Agency

    02/14/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/13/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan's corporate welfare infrastructure could soon find itself larger if a new group of up to 10 members is added to a board as part of legislation in the House Commerce Committee. House Bill 4998, as originally drafted, would place members of this new group on the Michigan Strategic Fund payroll for up to two years. However, Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the sponsor of the bill, said the legislation is probably going to be changed and that most likely the appointees would not be given paid positions. "I agree with that and other possible changes, including those discussed at...
  • 2014 Federal Budget in Pictures

    02/13/2014 9:34:00 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    Federal spending and debt are out of control If America does not change course, the future will be dramatically worse. Now more than ever, it is crucial that Americans understand what our nation's spending, taxes, and debt mean for them and their families. The Heritage Foundation's Federal Budget in Pictures offers a unique tool to learn about the federal budget in a clear and compelling way.
  • Welfare's ultimate destination

    02/12/2014 2:35:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | February 11, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The Congressional Budget Office didn't exactly say ObamaCare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs. What it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago: The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and the more ruinous the impact upon a nation's work ethic. According to the CBO, the ObamaCare subsidies will cause some to quit work, others to cut back on the hours they work, and others to hold off going to work, so as not to lose the benefits. The cumulative impact will...
  • Barack Obama... A nightmare come true

    02/11/2014 3:52:32 PM PST · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-11-14 | Vince
    Writer John Naisbitt once said “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” I’m not sure that’s quite the right definition of leadership, but it certainly applies to Barack Obama. Just before his election in 2008 he said “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” What he might have more accurately said was “America is fundamentally changing and I’m here to speed up the process…” America is indeed changing, and not in a good way. How far has it changed? One need only look to the President’s response to last week’s...
  • Rep. Keith Ellison on the CBO report: Hey, Americans work way more than people in other countries

    02/11/2014 6:52:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/11/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Yes, I suppose it’s true that most of the rest of the world works a lot less than Americans do. Their GDPs-per-capita and/or their debt-to-GDP ratios generally tend to correlate accordingly, but whatever. Via RCP:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO What the Congressional Budget Office is saying is that we’re going to discourage kids having to have latchkeys. We’re going to have parents being able to come home, working reasonable hours. People are going to be able to retire. People might be able to actually cook dinner rather than have to order out and get some takeout. I mean, the...
  • Lawmakers Poised To Continue Corporate Welfare Fund

    02/10/2014 11:31:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/8/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The state Legislature is considering giving more funding to a program that only delivers 19 percent of the jobs it claims to have created. Legislation is on the House floor that would increase the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a corporate welfare program created under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Many House Republicans and Democrats oppose the seven-bill package, or aspects of it. Getting enough votes to pass the bills and send them to the Senate could be tough, but the thread of opposition preventing that from happening could soon prove very thin. If the legislation reaches the Senate, passage seems highly...
  • Politically incorrect Swiss vote to limit immigration: The EU Fumes and Contemplates Retaliation

    02/10/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The European Union is fuming and contemplating retaliation against the nation of Switzerland in the wake of majority vote by Swiss citizens limiting immigration, one of political correctness's core sacraments. Switzerland uses direct referenda to decide issues that in other countries are left to legislative bodies, and so yesterday the entire nation voted on a proposal to drastically limit immigration from EU countries, and by a narrow majority (50.3%), the measure passed. Jonathan Fowler of AFP writes: The European Union warned it will review ties with Switzerland after the non-member Alpine country voted Sunday to restrict EU immigration in...
  • How The Farm Bill's $8.7 Billion Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Working America (Cover the monitor)

    02/09/2014 7:44:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Real News Network ^ | February 7, 2014 | Jessica Desvarieux
    JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: On her day off from work, D.C. resident Kathy Burke heads to a local food pantry, Thrive DC. She works part-time, making $10 an hour, and she says she needs any help that she can get, even though she's on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. KATHY BURKE, FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT: Boy. They probably sent me a letter about the food stamps. That's probably what this is. DESVARIEUX: With both a bachelor's degree and master's, Kathy says her food stamp payments usually don't last her the entire month. BURKE: Sometimes that's all...
  • Congress approves five-year farm bill

    02/04/2014 12:12:04 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | David Rogers
    The long-tortured farm bill cleared Congress Tuesday, ending a two year struggle that split the old farm-food coalition as never before and dramatized the growing isolation of agriculture and rural America in an ever more urban House. Written off as dead just months ago, the giant five-year measure won final approval from the Senate on a 68-32 roll call and goes next to President Barack Obama for his signature.
  • Swiss immigration: About 50.5% back quotas

    02/09/2014 8:45:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 9, 2014
    With almost all votes counted, a Swiss referendum on whether to bring back strict immigration quotas appears to have passed by a narrow margin. About 50.5% voted in favour of measures which would end the Swiss-EU free movement of people agreement. Fiercely independent Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has adopted large sections of EU policy. The vote comes amid increasing debate across Europe about migration and the impact of free movement of people. Switzerland's economy is booming at the moment, and unemployment is low, but many Swiss worry about immigration. A quarter of the eight million-strong...