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  • Why the Welfare State Isn't Well and It Isn't Fair

    10/24/2014 4:17:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/24/14 | Dr. Robert Owens
    The ends justify the means, and the rule of law is sacrificed in the name of social justice Throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries Socialism had a fairly precise definition, a somewhat clear program, and a generally agreed-upon goal. The definition of Socialism was some variant of Karl Marx’s well known statement, “From each according to the ability to each according to their need.” Socialism’s program was the nationalization of all means of production, exchange, and distribution. Socialism’s goal was the use of all three in a comprehensive plan to bring about some chimera of social justice. There...
  • Myth Of The Low Information Voter

    10/24/2014 5:08:00 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 39 replies
    There seems to be on the right an insistence that low information voters are destroying the country. This is promulgated by conservative media figures, particularly Rush Limbaugh who appears to have coined the phrase. There is plenty of reason to believe a lot of Americans are completely checked out of day to day political events. The number of people who can’t name the Vice President, Speaker of the House or any member of the Supreme Court is appalling. Equally as appalling is the inability of many Americans to name their Congressman, one Senator from their state or their state’s Governor....
  • Ted Cruz Reveals What he’d do if Elected President – And it’s Even Worse Than You Thought

    10/22/2014 8:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Burnt Orange Report ^ | October 22, 2014 | Katie Singh
    With the midterm elections approaching, Texas senator Ted Cruz penned an editorial in USA Today this week detailing what he’d like a potential Republican-controlled Congress to prioritize in 2015. As you might expect, the list is full of Tea Party staples: repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and slashing funding for federal programs. What makes Cruz’s list of Congressional priorities interesting is that it essentially previews what a Cruz 2016 presidential campaign agenda might look like–and it’s not pretty. As Ted Cruz’s multiple trips to Iowa have suggested, Texas’ junior senator is all-but-confirmed to be running for president in 2016. Though his...
  • Shock Report: US Spends 30 Times More on Welfare Benefits Per Person Than Communist China

    10/22/2014 8:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 22, 2014 | Joe Hoft
    When Deng Xiaoping took over China in the late 1970’s, China was a very poor country. One of the first things that Deng did was to allow individuals to acquire and maintain property. This capitalistic approach started one of the greatest economic transformations in world history. More people in China have been lifted from poverty in a shorter span of time than ever before in human history. Half a billion Chinese citizens have risen out of poverty due to China’s economic swing to capitalist policies!China still has its problems, but while the US is moving more and more towards a...
  • Philadelphia Society Memories from Grand Rapids

    10/20/2014 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 18, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For several years now, I have been honored to be a member of a group known as the Philadelphia Society. The Society of leading conservative intellectuals was formed in 1964 in the wake of the Goldwater defeat. While I would never self-identify as an intellectual, I fall back on what the Sisters of St. Joseph used to tell us in grade school: “There’s two kinds of knowledge: knowing something and knowing where to find it.” You can gain a lot of insights at Society meetings. Here are just a few highlights from the Society’s regional meeting in Grand Rapids last...
  • David Cameron mustn't take extra wives. Britain isn't ready for a polygamous PM

    10/18/2014 2:51:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The London Daily Mirror ^ | October 18, 2014 | Nigel Nelson
    Any man eager to acquire more than one wife faces seven years behind bars to deter him. But where’s there’s a will, guys, there’s a way. Just get married in one of 48 countries which allow a chap to collect spouses like stamps and then bring your harem home. That’s because bigamy is illegal in the UK, but polygamy isn’t if weddings took place where it’s recognised. Afghanistan, say, or Iran, Iraq, Libya, and the Yemen. You can even bag an extra wife or three in less disagreeable haunts like the Maldives, Morocco or Malaysia. Your wives will also be...
  • GOP Senate Candidate: Welfare Is Basically Slavery Reparations

    10/13/2014 9:56:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 13, 2014 | Brian Beutler
    When the North Carolina State Assembly set out to pass a resolution in 2007 expressing the body’s regret for its participation in the institution of slavery, conservatives objected on the grounds that black North Carolinians would use it to advance the cause of reparations. Republican Assemblyman Thom Tillis, who is now challenging Democrat Kay Hagan for her U.S. Senate seat, sought to allay those conservatives' concerns by flipping the argument. Reparations already exist in the form of welfare programs, he noted, and Republicans would be better positioned to oppose them if they purchased some goodwill with conservative Democrats by acknowledging...
  • Brazil's Election Shows How The Left Thrives On Welfare Dependency

    10/12/2014 10:08:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/09/2014 | IBD Editorials
    Dependency: A Brazilian economist has shown a near-exact correlation between last Sunday's presidential election voting choices and each state's welfare ratios. Sure enough, handouts are the lifeblood of the left. Virtually every state that went for Rousseff has at least 25% of the population dependent on Brazil's Bolsa Familia welfare program of cash for single mothers, given for keeping children vaccinated and in school. States with less than 25% of the population on Bolsa Familia overwhelmingly went for Neves and his policies of growth. And whether it's best for a country that aspires to become a global economic powerhouse to...
  • New 'feminist' government with a Green tinge in Sweden

    10/10/2014 7:14:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | 03 Oct 2014
    Sweden's new Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Loefven unveiled what he called a "feminist" government including Green Party ministers for the first time in the Nordic country. ... Sweden is in a serious situation -- unemployment has become entrenched at high levels, school results have collapsed and the welfare system has major shortcomings ...
  • Colorado welfare recipients withdraw money in Hawaii, St. Thomas, Vegas

    10/06/2014 7:56:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 6, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Taxpayers are apparently buying welfare recipients booze and cigarettes for the road — at times a very exotic road. A Watchdog.org analysis of a Colorado Department of Human Services welfare ATM withdrawals database shows that $3.8 million was withdrawn by Colorado welfare recipients outside the state in the past two years. There were withdrawals at out-of-state liquor stores and tobacco outlets, as well as vacation destinations like Hawaii, Las Vegas and even the Virgin Islands. ... Colorado welfare withdrawals at liquor stores and casinos despite federal and state law banning such actions and welfare recipients taking out money at the...
  • Who Needs Work When We Have Obama?

    10/04/2014 4:18:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    While many will be giddy because the BLS reported that job creation came in at 248,000, well above analysts expectations-- and because unemployment ticked down to 5.9 percent-- make no mistake: this is still a bad job market.ThatÂ’s because another 315,000 people left the labor force last month. When adding in the numbers of people who entered the civilian population (217,000) job creation is hardly keeping up with population growth.The job gains, in fact, are not much better than in previous years. When one accounts for part-time work, discouraged workers and those who have dropped out of the labor force...
  • Somalis say: Show us the money

    09/30/2014 1:53:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9-30-14 | Scott Johnson
    We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Somalis have been immigrating to Minnesota for more than twenty years now. They have taken advantage of all the services that our state and local institutions offer. They have been welcomed with open arms, in Minnesota’s characteristic style. Yet Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most fertile ground in the United States for the recruitment of terrorists by foreign terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. We are concerned that they may choose to return...
  • S.N.A.P Benefits to Increase In October

    09/29/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 31 replies
    It's about a 4 per cent increase between the benefit increase and the increased expense deduction. Heard about this increase and searched 'Bing News' and Google News' and found nothing. Finally found this Pa. state welfare site that mentions it.
  • Thank You Letters

    09/27/2014 7:35:29 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 12 replies
    Self ^ | September 26, 2014 | huckfillary
    When I was growing up, my mother made me write and send Thank You notes to each and every person who ever gave me a gift—Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, graduation gifts, you name it. It’s a habit I carried into adulthood. When my wife and I were married, we had Thank You cards in the mail within a week of the occasion. We have been blessed with a 17-year-old son. Ever since he’s been old enough to grasp a pen, he has been sending out Thank You cards for every gift received on every occasion. It’s only right and proper....
  • Hot Mic Catches News Anchors’ Bashing Government Assistance & #EBT – Social Media Promptly Erupts

    09/26/2014 12:20:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 9-25-2014 | Juan Leon
    (strong language warning) There’s a time and a place for everything and for these two News 12 The Bronx anchors, they picked the wrong time and definitely the wrong place to vent personal opinions that were destined to generate some controversy. TV Spy reports: Yesterday morning at around 8:25 a.m., News 12 The Bronx anchors Amy Yensi and Matt Pieper were caught in an open-mic moment. The pair were about to report on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas, when they made the following off-the-cuff comments on air.
  • It's not easy being overweight and on benefits, says 25 stone mother-of-two who wants MORE money

    09/25/2014 3:56:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 24, 2014 | Lucy Waterlow
    Christina Briggs, 26, from Wigan, says she hates her large size But she wants help from the government to lose weight She's on benefits and can only afford to buy junk food and takeaways She said being fat is not her 'fault' as 'healthy food is too expensive' An obese mother-of-two who lives on benefits says she needs more of taxpayers' money to overhaul her unhealthy lifestyle. Christina Briggs, 26, from Wigan, says she hates being 25 stone but she can't do anything about it because she can only afford junk food. Meanwhile, exercise is out of the question because...
  • Somali leaders make case for more youth programs

    09/24/2014 7:42:00 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/24/14 | MILA KOUMPILOVA
    Hani Haybe recently faced the skeptical mother of a player on her coed soccer team. The mother had just heard that several young Somali-American women left the Twin Cities to help the militant group ISIL’s fight in Syria and Iraq. Was this soccer team really just about soccer? “Your daughter will be safe,” Haybe, the coach, told the mother during a half-hour of grilling. “We’re not recruiting kids to go overseas.” In fact, some Somali community leaders are arguing that programs such as Haybe’s are a key line of defense against attempts to recruit young people locally. They have seized...
  • Candidate Says Illegal Immigrants Have Earned Right to Receive Welfare [Fiction]

    09/23/2014 9:57:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine) says he is opposed to the idea of curtailing the eligibility for welfare payments to illegal immigrants. “These people have undertaken a long, arduous, and often dangerous journey to get here,” Michaud said. “That took courage and determination. Welfare payments are a meager reward for enduring these treks. It would be niggardly of us to deny them after they’ve crossed the finish line.” Under Maine law, illegal immigrants are not eligible for state funded welfare payments. Nonetheless, several cities have defied the law and paid out public funds to them. Portland disburses over...
  • In the 50-Year War on Poverty, Bureaucrats Have Won while Both Taxpayers and Poor People Have Lost

    09/22/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    We know the welfare state is good news for people inside government. Lots of bureaucrats are required, after all, to oversee a plethora of redistribution programs. Walter Williams refers to these paper pushers as poverty pimps, and thereÂ’s even a ranking showing which states have the greatest number of these folks who profit by creating dependency.But does anybody else benefit from welfare programs?Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explains in the Washington Times that the War on Poverty certainly hasnÂ’t been a success for taxpayers or poor people. Instead, itÂ’s created a costly web of dependency. This year marks the...
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • House passes ‘no welfare for weed’ bill

    09/16/2014 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 9:43 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana. It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores. …
  • U.N. to dump flood of Muslim refugees on U.S.

    09/16/2014 5:48:18 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 41 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | Sept 15, 2014 | LEO HOHMANN
    Displaced Syrians will likely make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to America. Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected more than 200,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq. Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S. In...
  • Somali Group Pushes For Non-Pork Food Shelf (MN)

    09/15/2014 6:00:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 95 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Reg Chapman
    Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger. But many in the Somali-American community say finding a food shelf that caters to their religious dietary restrictions is almost impossible. “Some food shelves are trying to meet the need, but some of them already got canned beans that have already been mixed with pork — and there is a literacy issue here,” said community activist Fartun Weli. A group of first-generation Somali Americans says they need help in developing a food shelf that specializes in healthy foods that do not contain pork or pork byproducts....
  • 46,496,145: Food Stamp Recipients Can Fill Yankee Stadium 925 Times

    09/15/2014 2:24:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12 Sep 14 | Ali Meyer
    In June 2014, there were 46,496,145 recipients of the food stamp program, which is enough to fill the Yankee Stadium 925 times, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Yankee Stadium is equipped to hold 50,291 persons, meaning that the 46,496,145 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in June 2014 could fill the stadium 925 times. The number of recipients was up 270,999 since the previous month in May 2014 when there were 46,225,146 individuals participating in the program. Similarly, the number of households participating in the SNAP program has increased as well from the 22,590,393 participating...
  • Food stamp recipients could fill Yankee Stadium 925 times

    09/15/2014 11:01:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 9/15/14 | Allen West
    Recently we reported there are 92 million Americans out of work who didn’t look for employment last month – while there were 9 million out of work who were still looking. And you must understand, since the 92 million aren’t looking, they’re not counted as “unemployed” therefore giving the impression that American unemployment is only 6.1 percent. Well, we haven’t looked at the growth of the welfare nanny-state for sometime. As we are winding down the baseball season — which is the last season for Yankee stalwart Derek Jeter — I figured we could pay tribute to the Yankees as...
  • Budget Cuts Reshape New York’s Public Housing

    09/12/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    The crushing news came less than a year after Diane Robinson and her 24-year-old son moved into an airy two-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. The city, which helps pay her rent, wrote this summer to say she would have to downsize into a one-bedroom apartment or pay $240 more a month in rent. A public school aide, Ms. Robinson, 48, decided to stay in the apartment, in the Castle Hill neighborhood. But on an annual income of about $25,000, she is struggling, she said, and she does not know how long she can hang on. Moving to a one-bedroom apartment...
  • HHS: Law does not prohibit pot purchases with welfare

    09/09/2014 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee that the federal government does not have the power to stop states from allowing people to use welfare benefits to buy marijuana.</p> <p>In a letter addressed to Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who asked Health and Human Services about the policy earlier this year, Burwell said the law simply excludes any mention of marijuana dispensaries in the list of places where people are prohibited from using welfare, formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.</p>
  • America is running out of jobs. It's time for a universal basic income.

    09/09/2014 11:43:55 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 192 replies
    The Week ^ | 09/09/2014 | Ryan Cooper
    The politics of a guaranteed income get a lot easier when you acknowledge that the U.S. is no longer the land of opportunity ... However, there are other trends that may be interacting with and exacerbating this original sin. Automation and globalization had already largely hollowed out America's manufacturing employment base; most jobs created during this "recovery" have been in crappy low-wage work. And when one takes automation to its obvious logical end, it's hard not to conclude that robots will soon be putting just about everyone out of a job. ... As someone with a nice, stimulating job, I...
  • Unemployed Would Rather Shop Than Look For A Job

    09/09/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 50 replies
    According to the bureau of labor statistics people who the government consider unemployed are twice as likely to go shopping as they are to look for a job. Keep in mind the government under counts the unemployed by shifting millions out of unemployment by declaring they’ve simply given up looking for work. As it stands today, job growth is barely keeping up with population growth. The country has millions of people who are unemployed, many of whom consider shopping more important than looking for a job. Unemployment and other welfare benefits are making life unemployed too easy. It isn’t just...
  • 36% of Generation Starting to Turn 21 This Year Born to Unmarried Mothers

    09/08/2014 9:13:04 AM PDT · by all the best · 31 replies
    cnsnews ^ | September 3, 2014 | Terence Jeffrey
    f you count a generation as spanning 20 years, then approximately 36 percent of the American generation born from 1993 through 2012 — which has begun turning 21 this year and will continue turning 21 through 2033—were born to unmarried mothers. 80,838,742 babies were born in the United States from 1993 through 2012, according to the birth reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 29,007,173 of those babies were born to unmarried mothers. That does not count the 40.6 percent of babies (1,605,643 out of 3,957,577) born in 2013 who were also born to unmarried mothers. In...
  • The Death of Values

    09/08/2014 4:16:00 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 14 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/8/14 | Steve Berman
    One day I parked my car on the street outside a very nice restaurant in Milan, Italy, when a man came up to me and said something in Italian, which I conveniently do not speak.  The man wanted the equivalent of $5 to watch my car.  I told my Italian translator I respectfully declined (“Hell, no!”).  He clarified: pay the man $5 or something would happen to my car while we ate.  I paid.  That’s a shakedown.  I know one when I see it. In more than 100 cities, fast food workers have run a play from Saul Ailinsky’s Rules...
  • Welfare weed: Berkeley orders dispensaries to give out FREE marijuana for low-income residents

    09/07/2014 7:53:21 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | september 5, 2014 | Pedro Oliveira Jr.
    Low-income residents in a California city will soon be able to get high for free. The Berkeley City Council has passed a law requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to distribute 2 percent of their stashes to people making less than $32,000 per year or $46,000 per family. Under the new ordinance, which was approved unanimously this summer, only city residents will be eligible and they must have a prescription. 'Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” Councilman Darryl Moore told CBS San Francisco. The law requires that the...
  • Unemployed Unicorns, Bonfires & the Magic Rainbow of Obamanomics

    09/06/2014 4:45:28 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 19 replies
    Self | 9/6/14 | Me
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Obama economic recovery is a complete sham! Barack the Barista, aided by his media muppets and trusty teleprompter, continues to tout the “common core” 6.1% unemployment rate while shouting “America is back” from the top of Mount Hypocrisy amidst adoring crowds of mindless Kool-Aid drinkers. As expected, our so-called President is excluding one teensy-weensy, minor detail: Over 92 MILLION Americans, more than a third of the country, are not working! Workforce participation is at an atrocious 62.8%, the lowest rate since Carter’s implosion in 1978, and food stamp recipients have...
  • Treasured ENTREPRENEURS.

    09/04/2014 11:18:54 PM PDT · by cambyses · 5 replies
    It seems that every couple of days New Orleans loses one of its treasured ENTREPRENEURS . Let's get the players straight before we go on with this.. LARMONDO "FLAIR" ALLEN His Companion : Kawanner Armstrong His Sons : Christian Allen Kwan Allen Larmondo Allen, Jr. His Daughters : Deidra Allen Larmenshell Allen Lamonshea Allen Larmomdriel Allen Larmerja Allen Korevell Allen AT AGE 25 - He had 9 Children!! His Father: Burnell Thompson His Mother: Esther Allen His Stepfather: Bruce Gordy His Brothers: Burnell Thompson Edgar Thompson Wil Willis Danta Edwards Reshe Edwards Mattnell Allen Burnell Allen Lester Allen His Sisters:...
  • Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

    09/04/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT · by A Voice · 58 replies
    Empire News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Raoul Stockton
    Yesterday the White House announced its plan to offer free motor vehicles to welfare recipients, after congress passed the bill in a narrow vote. The program, initiated by President Barrack Obama, is very similar to what is now widely known to the public as “The Obama Phone,” where welfare recipients can get free cell phone service through a subsidized program. Some are even already referring to the free vehicle program as “The Obama Car.”
  • California city (Berkeley) mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents

    09/04/2014 10:37:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 4, 2014
    <p>That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.</p> <p>The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.</p>
  • This Chart Disproves Republicans' Food-Stamp Nonsense

    09/03/2014 6:40:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TNR ^ | 09/03/2014 | Danny Vinik
    When Republicans want to support their position that Americans have become dependent on welfare, they frequently point to the number of workers on food stamps. In 2012, Senator Rand Paul called the program “out of control.” In 2011, Senator Jeff Sessions told the Daily Caller, “There is no doubt, if this country isn’t willing to look under the hood of the food stamp program as we try to bring our surging debt under control, we are obviously not serious about what we are doing.”Paul, Sessions and their Republican colleagues are right that the number of food stamp beneficiaries grew considerably...
  • Chuck Todd: Americans Who Don't Pay Income Tax Fund Gov't More than Rich by Playing Lottery, Slots

    08/30/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chuck Todd, the new host of NBC's Meet The Press, suggested that Americans who do not pay income tax fund public education more than the rich by buying lottery tickets and going to casinos. While interviewing Ben Carson on CSPAN's After Words, which aired on Sunday, Todd said that Americans who don't pay federal income tax go to casinos or buy lottery tickets and are "spending more money funding our schools, whether it's Detroit or other places." Todd said that though "they are not writing a check to the federal government," poorer Americans "are contributing arguably more money to education...
  • Funding gives EBT users access to online shopping

    08/29/2014 3:47:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Troy Record (NY) ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff
    BERNE - A 21st-century Albany County initiative that combines farmers markets with online shopping is receiving extra funds to continue growth. State Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Paul Tonko announced Wednesday that FarmieMarket Online LLC, based in the town of Berne, is receiving $24,490 in federal funding. The SNAP’s monthly electronic benefit transfers (EBT) dollars, which 95,000 individuals and their families in the Capital Region currently receive, cannot be used in many online food stores, but only at authorized retail food stores. The new program will allow EBT users to order fresh food online with the benefit...
  • Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

    08/28/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Mike Emanuel
    Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed. Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while...
  • Poor Americans Need Hope, Not Stigma

    08/27/2014 4:03:15 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 26, 2014 | Brandon Smith
    Recently, Daniel Payne argued that welfare “stigma” is invaluable and warrants a robust defense. This quixotic understanding of poverty in America will do very little to reform the current welfare system or alleviate poverty. Americans struggling in poverty need hope, not stigma, and the welfare system needs reform, not contempt. Payne argues that stigmatizing school children who receive a government-funded lunch at their elementary schools will somehow reduce the number of children who need government assistance. He seems particularly concerned that nine-year-olds realize Payne’s tax dollars has paid for their lunch. Although he does not fully embrace an “aggressive public...
  • More than half of Americans now depend on government subsidies

    08/26/2014 7:14:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    RT ^ | 08/22/2014
    Government dependency is on the rise, with more than half of all Americans relying on the government for survival. While the Obama administration is broadening eligibility, US citizens increasingly also say they prefer it this way. Americans’ self-reliability has been decreasing as eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, earned income tax credit, work pay tax credit and unemployment benefits have broadened since 2009 to allow more US citizens to enjoy them. More than half of the US population – 165 million of 308 million Americans – is now dependent on the state in some form. Of these, 107 million Americans rely...
  • Bring Back The Welfare Stigma

    08/25/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2014 | Daniel Payne
    The public schools in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, are not known for superb quality—one of them had so pandemic a rodent infestation that it was subsequently overrun by snakes—but give the incompetent buffoons some credit. They know a good handout when they see it: Richmond Public Schools (RPS) recently signed on to a federal program that “encourages school districts to feed everyone by eliminating many of the restrictions in the National School Lunch Program.” It’s bad enough that we’ll have more students belly up to the government food trough (if you’ve never had a taste of “free” government lunch,...
  • Montana to appeal judge’s immigrant law ruling

    08/24/2014 1:37:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | Matt Volz
    <p>Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law requiring immigration checks of anybody applying for state services goes against federal immigration laws.</p> <p>The 2011 Republican-led Legislature wrote the proposal meant to deny government jobs and assistance to people who are in the U.S. illegally. Legislators sent the plan to the 2012 ballot, where the referendum passed with nearly 80 percent of the vote.</p>
  • 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...
  • Lawrence Solomon: The UN’s refugee welfare racket

    08/23/2014 6:27:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    National Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Lawrence Solomon
    In UNRWA’s books, a refugee can be just about anyone who wants to be one In the West, it’s known as welfare fraud. In the Palestinian Territories, it’s called refugee relief. In both places, the fraud can become a way of life, seen as an entitlement that children and then grandchildren adopt. Only in the Palestinian Territories, though, does the welfare agency see its goal as putting more people on welfare and keeping them there, the better to keep “the Palestinian refugee crisis” alive. ... When Foreign Affairs Minister Manley offered to resettle Palestinians in Canada, Palestinians responded by burning...
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Dennis Domrzalski
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the state’s Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the state’s population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the state’s 2.1 million population. ... “It’s shocking, and when you add that to the outmigration of people and the lack of economic growth, it’s almost an incentive to stay poor,” said retired University of New Mexico economics...
  • The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

    08/20/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    CNS ^ | August 20, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. When those receiving benefits from...
  • A black president couldn’t stop the Ferguson race riots

    08/17/2014 1:31:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 17, 2014 | Dr. Tim Stanley
    Violence continues in Ferguson, Missouri. It began on August 9 with the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager cut down by a white cop’s bullets. Peaceful demonstrations turned into looting, the local police went in with rubber bullets and tear gas, all hell broke loose and, eventually, Missouri’s governor pulled out the local police and sent in state officers instead. But the rioting only paused; it didn’t cease. And it may continue. That’s probably because it’s driven by a deep, deep anger that will take a long time to calm. Observers might ask, “How can this be happening...
  • FDR signs Social Security Act

    08/14/2014 2:17:49 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 2 replies
    On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act. Press photographers snapped pictures as FDR, flanked by ranking members of Congress, signed into law the historic act, which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. FDR commended Congress for what he considered to be a "patriotic" act. Roosevelt had taken the helm of the country in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, the nation's worst economic crisis. The Social Security Act (SSA) was in keeping with his other "New Deal" programs, including the establishment of the Works Progress Administration and...