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  • Memo: 353,000 Refugees on Food Stamps, 55,000 Receiving Supplemental Security Income

    04/24/2015 5:09:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2015 | Caroline May
    More than 350,000 refugees in the United States are on food stamps, according the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In a memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee released Thursday but dated April 14, CRS offers data on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — or food stamps — and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) use among refugees. It also provided refugee benefit usage statistics for medical assistance, cash assistance and public housing. In Fiscal Year 2013, there were about 353,000 refugees on SNAP. As of December 2014, 55,000 refugees, asylees, and other similar populations receiving payments from SSI, the memo reveals.
  • 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>
  • Eurabia: “50 million Muslims In Europe and 80% are living on welfare”

    04/20/2015 10:35:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 4/20/15 | Pamela Geller
    Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian Islamist researcher Ali Abd Al-Aal, which aired on Mayadeen TV on October 12, 2012. Watch it – it’s an eyeopener. TV host Yahya Abu Zakariya: It has become customary for the sheiks preaching in mosques to talk, in their sermons and lectures, about “the infiltrating infidel West,” “the European-Crusader West,” “the abode of infidels and the abode of Islam.” I have presented claims that the Muslims in Andalusia engaged in fornication, homosexuality, and debauchery. Today, if you go to the West and tour the European continent, where there are 50 million Muslims…...
  • School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

    04/19/2015 10:38:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2015 | Christine Armario
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they're increasingly serving all children in the classroom. Food policy advocates say the change increases equity, however, it's fueled a backlash from parents and teachers. They contend that it takes up class time that should be devoted to learning and wastes food by serving it to kids who don't want or need it....
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • To all that light-rail waste, add fare-skipping

    04/18/2015 11:31:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    It took an agreeable 15 minutes Monday to get from the Westgate Station to the Warehouse/Hennepin Avenue station on the Green Line. There was merriment in the air all right, but not enough actual humidity to smell the green grass of Target Field. We are unseasonably dry, and a bit of moisture in the air is essential to bring about the full flowering of the baseball home opener. I watched passengers get on and off; there are seven stops between Westgate and Warehouse, or probably two too many. I don't know who paid and who didn't. Impossible to tell, really,...
  • Get a job? Most welfare recipients already have one

    04/15/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | 04/15/2015 | By Eric Morath
    It’s poor-paying jobs, not unemployment, that strains the welfare system. That’s one key finding from a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that showed the majority of households receiving government assistance are headed by a working adult.
  • Foodstamps for able bodied childless adults down 80% in Maine.

    04/12/2015 8:29:02 PM PDT · by yuffy · 12 replies
    americanthinker ^ | April 12, 2015 | By Newsmachete
    Foodstamp enrollment by able bodied childless adults in Maine (which has a conservative Republican governor) is down 80% after imposing a very modest requirement that recipients work at least 6 hours a week in a volunteer program. Of course, the media portrays this as an exercise in cruelty. The food pantry here, just off the main drag in this neat college town, gets busiest on Wednesdays, when the parking lot is jammed and clients squeeze into the lobby, flipping through books left on a communal shelf as they wait their turn to select about a week’s worth of food. The...
  • Puerto Rico exports its drug addicts to Chicago

    04/11/2015 5:51:50 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 14 replies
    WBEZ ^ | April 10, 2015 | Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
    It all started about a year ago when I began noticing more homeless men in the Chicago neighborhood where I work. Back of the Yards is a community that faces some of the city’s toughest problems: joblessness, crime, drug use. Many of these men would be sitting in doorways or shuffling along, many times asking for money. One day, I asked one of them: “Where are you from?” He told me a story that I later heard again and again and again. The men told me they were from Puerto Rico. They were addicted to heroin and they ended up...
  • Work Requirement Pares Maine Food Stamp Recipients [semi-satire]

    04/10/2015 7:41:47 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 April 2015 | John Semmens
    Enforcement of a work requirement by Republican Governor Paul LePage's administration has led to 9,000 former recipients being declared ineligible to receive food stamps. Under the work requirement, able-bodied food stamp recipients were asked to put in 20 hours of work per week or 24 hours of volunteer services per month. State Rep. Scott Hamann (D-South Portland) called the work requirement "inhumane" and compared it to "indentured servitude." "The Governor is taking the state out of the mainstream," Hamann argued. "Other states have sought an exemption from the work requirement, but LePage is charting a course that sends a message...
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • This Is What Happened When Maine Forced Welfare Recipients To Work For Their Benefits

    04/08/2015 5:30:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    US Herald.com ^ | 4APR2015 | Staff Writer
    Maine finally took a bold step forward in welfare reform and it’s paying huge dividends. Last year Maine passed a measure that would require recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, to complete a certain number of work, volunteer, or job-training hours before being eligible for assistance. Main Governor Paul LaPage passed the measure last year and the resulting drop in food-stamp enrollees has been dramatic. At the close of 2014 approximately 12,000 individuals were enrolled in the state assistance program. Keep in mind that these individuals are adults who aren’t disabled and who don’t have...
  • Kansas to ban use of welfare on tattoos, cruises, psychics

    04/08/2015 11:50:40 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/8/15 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Kansas is poised to put a stop to the practice of welfare recipients using government aid to pay for psychics with a bill that cracks down on the use of welfare for fun. It aims to encourage those receiving government aid under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to spend "more responsibly," as Kansas state Sen. Michael O'Donnell told the Topeka Capital-Journal. "We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," O'Donnell, vice chair of the state senate's standing committee on public health and welfare, said. "This is about prosperity. This is about...
  • California lawmakers propose expanding benefits to undocumented immigrants

    04/07/2015 3:31:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2015 | Melody Gutierrez
    California legislative leaders took a bold step Tuesday toward protecting immigrants living in the country without documentation by backing legislation to offer Medi-Cal and other public services to a population they said they want to help move out of the shadows. The leaders of the California Senate and Assembly joined lawmakers and advocates in announcing the “Immigrants Shape California” legislative package at a press conference in Sacramento, saying the federal government’s inaction on immigration reform forced them to act.
  • Kansas to ban use of welfare on tattoos, cruises, psychics

    04/07/2015 8:38:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas is poised to put a stop to the practice of welfare recipients using government aid to pay for psychics with a bill that cracks down on the use of welfare for fun. It aims to encourage those receiving government aid under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to spend "more responsibly," as Kansas state Sen. Michael O'Donnell told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Having a great life, per the bill, means that welfare recipients cannot spend their government aid on body piercings, massages, spas, tobacco, nail salons, lingerie, arcades, cruise ships or visits to psychics. The bill also forbids spending...
  • Missouri to Change Food Stamp Policy: Welfare Leeches Won’t Like it One Bit

    04/07/2015 7:42:59 AM PDT · by safetysign · 90 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/06/2015 | BARON VON KOWENHOVEN
    re you sick of seeing “welfare leeches” in the grocery checkout line with carts stuffed full of junk food snacks, soda and even porterhouse steaks and crab legs? So is Missouri House Rep. Rick Brattin, who has begun pushing for legislation prohibiting welfare abusers from buying foods that most hard-working Americans can’t always afford. After Brattin heard a food stamp recipient say, “This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing,” he knew something needed to be addressed. “The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original...
  • Working Poor Bank On Tax Break (state level EITC) in Costly California

    04/07/2015 6:17:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2015 | Erica E. Phillips
    ... California lawmakers, responding to the state’s nation-leading poverty level, are considering the creation of a state EITC program. Already, half of the states and the District of Columbia offer such refunds and credits. Montana legislators are also considering a state EITC this year, and a several states are evaluating expansions of their state credits. Some of the state credits currently add as much as 50% to the federal benefit. EITC programs aren’t popular in all quarters. Critics, including many fiscal conservatives, say the federal program is expensive, amounts to a handout to the poor and is subject to errors....
  • Sharpton’s Nonprofit Hosts Panel on ‘Redistribution of Wealth: How Do We Get It & How Do We Keep It’

    04/07/2015 6:55:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | April 6, 2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has released the schedule for its annual convention in New York City this week, and some of the panel titles may raise eyebrows. On Thursday, attendees can attend a panel titled: “Corporate America: Shake Down or Shake Up.” A day later, there’s also an “economic development panel” called “Redistribution of Wealth: How Do We Get It & How Do We Keep It.”
  • Poll: Yes to more aggressive deportations, no to welfare, citizenship for kids of illegals

    04/06/2015 8:19:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/06/2015 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    Despite President Obama's efforts to cool the nation's views on illegal immigrants storming over the U.S.-Mexico border, Americans have reached a new level of anger over the issue, with most demanding a more aggressive deportation policy — and reversal of a law that grants citizenship to kids of illegals born in the U.S. A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday also finds Americans questioning spending tax dollars on government aid provided to illegal immigrants. A huge 83 percent said that anybody should be required to prove that they are "legally allowed" to be in the country before receiving local, state...
  • Rick Scott Walks Back Medicaid-Expansion Support Amid Tense CMS Talks

    04/06/2015 4:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4/6/15 | Dylan Soc
    The Obama administration and Florida are negotiating over a $1 billion Medicaid funding stream. lorida's negotiations with the Obama administration over Medicaid—and by extension, Obamacare's Medicaid expansion—got even more complicated Monday, when Republican Gov. Rick Scott walked back his previous support for expanding the low-income health-insurance program. The Associated Press first reported Scott's change of heart Monday. In a statement, the governor effectively blamed the Obama administration's posturing in the ongoing negotiations over a Medicaid funding stream, the Low-Income Pool, which helps pay for uncompensated care. "Given that the federal government said they would not fund the federal LIP program...
  • Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships

    04/04/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 4/04/15 | Arthur Delaney
    Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature. The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types of businesses, including liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships. "We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," state Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R) said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. "This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life."
  • Why Latinos won’t, shouldn’t support Cruz for president

    04/01/2015 2:15:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 1, 2015 | Mario T. García
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, a few days ago became the first formally declared presidential candidate for next year’s election. Although Cruz is a Latino of Cuban-American background, I want to give five reasons (there are more) why most Latinos will not or should not support Cruz, who was just elected two years ago. The first reason is that he seems to have little affinity with Latinos, including the large Mexican-American population in his own home state of Texas. Indeed, Cruz is an anomaly in that state due to his Cuban-American background. He was raised outside of the state...
  • Generous welfare benefits make people MORE likely to work, study claims

    04/01/2015 11:36:17 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | April 1, 2015 | Victoria Woollaston
    Benefits and welfare schemes are often blamed for making people less likely to want to work. But a study has found that the opposite may be true. A Europe-wide survey of 19,000 people revealed that the more a country paid to the unemployed or sick, and invested in employment schemes, the more likely its residents were to want a job.
  • John Kasich's different kind of evangelism

    03/26/2015 1:25:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Union Leader ^ | March 25, 2015 | Drew Cline
    “I am a servant of the Lord. I am a servant of the Lord. He has opened doors all of my life. The Lord has. He has pushed me over the mountain this time. I don’t know why, but I have no doubt that he has.” Ted Cruz could not have said it better during the official launch of his presidential campaign on Monday. He could not have said it at all, in fact, because uttering those words would have made him guilty of plagiarism. They were spoken by Ohio Gov. John Kasich during his first inaugural address in 2011....
  • Medi-Cal Rolls Could Swell Under Obama's Deportation Relief Plan President Obama

    03/25/2015 9:27:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 25, 2015 | SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA
    Medi-Cal Rolls Could Swell Under Obama's Deportation Relief Plan President Obama Immigrants living in the U.S. without permission can't enroll in Obamacare, but California allows those granted temporary relief from deportation to sign up for Medi-Cal. ( By SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA Medi-Cal sign-ups could soar under President Obama's executive actions on immigration Half a million more Californians could apply for Medi-Cal under Obama's deportation relief plan, a study says President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which have sparked a fierce political backlash nationwide, could also provide an unlikely boost for another of his goals: increasing health insurance signups. Immigrants living in...
  • Eligibility for public programs not properly checked, state review finds

    03/25/2015 5:26:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    star tribune ^ | 3-24-15 | chris serres
    A state legislative auditor’s report found that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to ensure the eligibility of participants in large public assistance programs and that it did not always perform timely inspections of child care centers. The findings mirror those of other recent auditor reports and could fuel calls to reform the way state administrators verify eligibility for programs that together cost nearly $7 billion a year in federal money. For more than a decade, the legislative auditor has reported flaws in the way the state determines who qualifies for Medical Assistance, which provides health insurance to...
  • The prescience of Pat Moynihan

    03/20/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | 7:57pm | George F. Will
    Perhaps the decisive factors in combating poverty and enabling upward mobility were not economic but cultural — the habits, mores and dispositions that equip individuals to take advantage of opportunities. This was dismaying because governments know how to alter incentives and remove barriers but not how to manipulate culture. The assumption that the condition of the poor must improve as macroeconomic conditions improve was to be refuted by a deepened understanding of the crucial role of the family as the primary transmitter of the social capital essential for self-reliance and betterment. Family structure is the primary predictor of social outcomes,...
  • Benefits for Border Crossers? (GOP "debates" whether to give illegals Ca$h)

    03/13/2015 2:47:33 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 12 March 15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Federal handouts are the latest front in the war on Obama’s amnesty, and House and Senate Republicans are once again clashing over strategy. House and Senate Republicans are once again at odds over how to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty. After Republicans in Congress caved in the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security last month, a new disagreement in the GOP now looms on how best to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits under the president’s executive actions. When Representative Patrick McHenry (R., N.C.) learned that the IRS intends to pay the illegal-immigrant beneficiaries of the president’s...
  • Why Anybody on the Right Is a ‘Heartless Bastard’

    03/12/2015 6:37:32 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/12/2015 | Dominic Frisby
    This week we are moved to ignore the news – which we have done our best to follow without throwing things at the television – take a large step back and consider a question which has been bugging us. Why is it that left are the nice guys – the ones that care – while the right are the heartless, inconsiderate bastards?We think we may have the answer.
  • State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency

    03/10/2015 9:50:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Making transparency a condition for receiving selective state subsidies and tax breaks is apparently a foreign concept at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which is the state’s corporate welfare arm. At a Feb. 18 meeting of the House Tax Policy Committee, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy recommended that, to provide much-needed transparency at the MEDC, companies accepting tax credits be required to waive a right to privacy related to these transactions. At the conclusion of the hearing, the MEDC's chief executive, Steve Arwood, was asked this question: “Considering the amounts of money at stake, is it likely that a...
  • Welfare rolls increasing, even as economy improves (De Blasio ‘Worst mayor ever!')

    03/08/2015 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/08/15 | Gary Buiso
    **SNIP** “If government dependence on welfare is rising in a good economy, what’s going to happen in a bad economy?” wondered study author Stephen Eide, who said the trend was antithetical to data dating back to around 1960. The surprising uptick, reformers say, is partly by design. De Blasio’s pick to head the $10 billion Human Resources Administration, Steven Banks, is a proponent of loosening welfare restrictions. With Banks at the helm, the HRA launched a series of sweeping changes in its state-approved Biennial Employment Plan, including changing requirements for welfare recipients with kids younger than 4 years old. Recipients...
  • Where are the jobs? America’s new leisure class

    03/06/2015 9:04:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/06/2015 | Peter Morici
    To listen to President Obama, the U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders. Yet it is hardly creating jobs at a breakneck pace, and too many able-bodied men have grown lazy and show no interest in working. Friday, economists expect the Labor Department to report 230,000 jobs were added in February—down from 336,000 averaged the prior three months. Economists at Wells Fargo expect the pace for the entire year to be only 224,000. The culprits remain slow growth, and Obama’s attempts to remedy income inequality with government programs that fail to lift millions of Americans to dignified work. Since the...
  • Jihadist snouts still in public trough ( Australia )

    02/28/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    News au ^ | February 23, 2015
    NOT a single welfare payment has been cancelled for terrorist recruits leaving Australia for the Middle East, or those merely deemed a national security threat, since new laws were enacted last October to crack down on the so-called welfare warriors. The Daily Telegraph revealed at the weekend that 96 per cent of the junior ­jihadis who snuck out of the country before last September had been on some form of welfare payment, prompting the introduction of new laws to stop it. ... Subsequent inquiries, however, have revealed that the new laws have yet to be used, despite some 40 more...
  • The Black Family in 1965 and Today

    02/26/2015 8:52:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    The breakdown of the black family is a sensitive topic, though it's not new and it's not in dispute. President Barack Obama, who grew up with an absent father, often urges black men to be responsible parents. Nor is there any doubt that African-American children would be better off living with their married parents. Kids who grow up in households headed by a single mother are far more likely than others to be poor, quit school, get pregnant as teens and end up in jail. But these facts were once inflammatory. Fifty years ago next month, a Labor Department official...
  • California Dems push to repeal 'welfare queen' law

    02/26/2015 5:26:12 AM PST · by baltimorepoet · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Feb 26 2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    California Democrats are trying to reverse a decades-old state law that bars families from getting extra welfare money for having an additional child, describing the law as "sexist" and "classist" -- despite concerns that repealing it could compound the state's money woes. The so-called "welfare queen" law was passed two decades ago during the heyday of welfare reform. At the time, Democrats were in charge of the state legislature and Republican Pete Wilson was governor. Today, Democrats are still in charge, but the base of support for the law is fading.
  • Is the Star Trek Economy a Welfare State?

    02/24/2015 9:34:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 92 replies
    Slate ^ | 2-12-2015 | Ara Ogle, Quora
    As an example, Sisko's father runs a restaurant. Seats at that restaurant have to be a finite resource (because they require labor), so they would not be “free” to everyone—the owners get to choose whom they give it to. (That brings up the interesting question of whether the Federation would have anti-discrimination laws, but I digress.) Let's say Sisko chooses to feed people in his neighborhood; choosing to live in that neighborhood is the “price” his customers pay for his food. Similarly, Picard's brother makes real wine; since that requires real grapes and, again, labor, that would also be a...
  • 370,000 migrants on the dole

    02/23/2015 9:06:20 AM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 19, 2012 | Robert Winnett
    More than 370,000 migrants who were admitted to Britain to work, study or go on holiday are now claiming out-of-work benefits, according to official figures compiled for the first time. The migrants, who can claim unemployment, housing and incapacity benefit, are costing taxpayers billions of pounds a year. In other countries, many would have had to return home after their visas expired or their employment ended. But Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister, today blamed the Government and said the situation would only get worse due to lax border controls, rising migration and increasing unemployment. He said: "Tory ministers are resorting...
  • Liberals, Stop Lying About Everything

    02/23/2015 5:39:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    The last few weeks have raised a critical question for all Americans: Is the liberal elite unbelievably dumb or unbelievably cynical? Do our over-credentialed, under-educated, would-be betters actually believe the bullstuff they are shoveling, or do they really think that we normal Americans are so stupid that they can lie to our faces and we will just take it? I’m guessing Door Number Two. Liberals know they are full of it; they just think the rest of us are as foolish as the welfare-guzzling mouth-breathers who vote for them. It’s time for the lies to stop. Liberals, stop lying about...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • Police make 30 arrests for food stamp fraud in North Country

    02/14/2015 10:08:28 PM PST · by RC one · 62 replies
    WCAX News ^ | 2/10/15
    More than 30 people have been nabbed for food stamp fraud in the North Country. Investigators say over the past couple month's people used their food stamps to get food or alcohol at the Old Time Butcher Block store in Brushton. Police also say it's not the first time the owner of that store, Dennis Sauve has been charged with allowing such fraud, Police say more arrests are expected.
  • Where Are You, Country?

    02/14/2015 7:49:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gary Horne
    Where are you, country? Why can’t I find you? Why have you gone away? Adapting Cindy Lou’s song about the loss of Christmas spirit in Whoville expresses the sadness for what as been lost in my country. When I was a young boy in the small town of Piedmont, Missouri, the local physician, Doc Jones, would come to your house if you were sick. People paid him in cash, or perhaps some other goods. No one imagined they had a “right” to have someone else pay Doc Jones. It was their solemn duty, part of leading a responsible and moral...
  • 28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking To Most Of My Conservative Friends And Family Members

    02/11/2015 8:40:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    Liberal America - Saving the USA since 1776 ^ | February 11, 2015 | Tiffany Willis, founder and editor-in-chief
    I’m a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. I’ll die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members — and some of you have in recent years crossed the line into nut-jobbery. The fact is — I love you guys and that will never change. I’ll admit that I’m disappointed and disturbed to see intelligent and/or educated people who are willfully ignorant. But while it does change my opinion about you...
  • Fat Popes, Hunger, And Entitlement Mentality

    02/10/2015 10:46:54 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 2/10/15 | Mundabor
    There is no “right to food”. Food never was any sort of fundamental “right”. Saint Paul already warned us that to those who do not want to work, we shall give no food. You can’t find any clearer evidence that food is not a fundamental right of the person. Of course, charity demands that we feed the hungry. But this is not a subjective right of the hungry, merely the result of the charitable help of those who feed them because – let us say this once again – consider them, in their charity, worthy of being fed. Charity is...
  • Welfare Payout Statistics That Will Make You Really Mad

    02/09/2015 5:43:26 AM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Joe for america ^ | 11/015/14 | Joe For America
    Having trouble just making ends meet because of taxes that go to people who don’t work? Check your State and see how you’d do not working at all! [BELOW] Hit that share button and Tweet or send an email link to every working man and woman you know.
  • Welfare cash paying for marijuana a reality in Colorado

    02/05/2015 7:01:36 AM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    KDVR TV ^ | February 4, 2015 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    DENVER — Public tax money very likely paid for welfare recipients to smoke the equivalent of about 17 pounds of weed (or approximately 9,000 joints) in 2014. Compared with what the rest of Colorado ingested, that’s a small percentage, but controversial none the less. ... the Colorado Department of Human Services calls the “Quest” Electronic Benefit Transfer Card under its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cash Assistance program. This account is not meant to be used for food, rather “a family’s most basic needs.” It’s essentially a bank debit card, loaded up with from $200 to $1,000 in cash every...
  • Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.

    02/03/2015 8:06:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet Blog ^ | January 29, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Here is a post by a Colorado teacher who vividly explains the difference in the lives of fortunate students and the less fortunate students whom she teaches. Her last post on this blog was a nuanced look into the psyche of some students of color who live in poverty, which you can read here. This public school teacher often blogs anonymously under the name Shakespeare’s Sister at Daily Kos. She teaches 11th grade AP Language and Composition in the Denver area. Here is Shakespeare’s Sister newest post for this blog: Recently, events in Ferguson and New York have reminded us...
  • Living on Triple-Crème Gourmet Government Cheese

    02/03/2015 1:37:50 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 16 replies
    Once upon a time, within the art-adorned walls of a lakeside mansion in Deephaven, Minnesota, there lived a lord and a lady. That’s what Colin and Andrea Chisholm often called themselves, anyway. The Chisholms’ total assets amounted to $97 million, including some $3 million in cash. The “lord and lady” spent lavishly on traveling, upscale restaurants, entertaining guests, massages, original works of art, a collection of purebred dogs and even a million-dollar yacht. In April 2011 alone, they shelled out more than $23,000 just on travel and luxury items. But there were some expenses—like groceries and health services—which they avoided...
  • Scott Walker and the Hammock Theory of Poverty

    02/03/2015 12:15:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2015 | Greg Sargent - Plum Line
    "The Des Moines Register reports on a conference call that Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who is all but certain to run for president, held with Republican activists in Iowa. The call contains some preliminary hints as to how the debate over what the GOP economic agenda should look like might unfold during the GOP primaries — which, in turn, could have ramifications for the 2016 general elections.... ....If Walker agrees with the harsher Ryan formulation — one that holds overtones of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” sneer — it suggests a direction that the arguments in the GOP primary might...
  • James Robertson of Detroit: Look What You Can Do Without the Government

    02/03/2015 7:32:52 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 17 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-3-2015 | MOTUS
    “It might be tough, but my dad used to say, tough times don't last — tough people do." – James RobertsonJames, on his 21 mile daily commute on footI know we could all use a feel-good story, and I have a doozy for you today. It comes to us from - of all places – Detroit. As you read James’ story you may begin to understand what once made Detroit a great city; a monument to American enterprise and the “Arsenal of Democracy” before the liberals took it over and tried to “fix” it with government dollars. It’s because people...
  • Education Privilege Complaints Mask Real Cultural Problems

    02/03/2015 6:35:03 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 14 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 3, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The Washington Post published a piece by a teacher which originally appeared in the Daily Kos. We have another issue to add to the never ending list of “privilege” that the left loves to whine about. Educational privilege is apparently a tragedy that has to be dealt with. The teacher complains about a couple of gifted kids, one who appears to take one government school science class and another who attends a private school on scholarship. These confident gifted kids are compared to the sad storied poor kids the teacher has to deal with every day. She complains about hunger,...