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  • Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?

    11/25/2015 9:56:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/23/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    Monday morning, reporters Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta published a radio story and article about how Lansing Republicans “had adopted the tax break religion” on targeted tax breaks. As evidence, there is apparently a deal in the works that would provide taxpayer funds of some sort to a particular business in exchange for a promise to locate or expand in West Michigan. The article tries to make the case that Republicans have been opposed to tax credits. But this is hardly the case, whether in the early to mid-2000s or even more recently. Consider the evidence presented by the authors....
  • The U.S. government was not instituted to take care of you [Vanity]

    11/22/2015 9:03:33 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 52 replies
    Free Republic | 11-22-2015 | Tom Hoefling
    The U.S. government was not instituted to take care of you. It was not instituted to feed you. It was not instituted to provide you with health care or insurance. It was not instituted to provide income for you in your old age. It was not instituted to educate you or your children. It was not instituted to dictate how your land could be used. It was not instituted to provide subsidies or special favors to some individuals and businesses. It was not instituted to prevent you from being offended. It was not instituted to provide charity programs for the...
  • Food hunger in America: More Hype than Reality. Why?

    11/22/2015 4:37:42 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 55 replies
    daniel1212 ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 | daniel1212
    Food hunger in America: More Hype than Reality. Why?He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. (Proverbs 12:17)We see often such claims in the media such as that "millions in people here in American could be staring at an empty plate," "49 million people [approx. 1 out of 6 in American]...face hunger," "millions of Americans go to bed hungry," "1 in 7 people struggles with hunger in the US," (Feeding America) or "1 in 6 people in America faces hunger every day," ( or "50 million Americans—including 1 out of every 4 children—do not know where...
  • Charles Koch: We’re creating welfare for the wealthy

    11/17/2015 12:17:49 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 17,2015 | Deirdre Hughes
    Charles Koch, the billionaire CEO of Koch Industries, says welfare is making people’s lives worse, but he’s not talking about welfare for low-income parents or the elderly. He’s aiming at a much bigger target. He’s talking about welfare for some of the most valuable companies in the world in the form of government handouts such as tax breaks and subsidies. Before you go on a rant about how Koch’s own company—the second largest private company in the United States behind Cargill—benefits from the very same corporate benefits, he readily acknowledges that fact. In his new book, Good Profit: How Creating...
  • Trump Deportation Plan Blasted as “Voter Suppression” Ploy [semi-satire]

    11/15/2015 11:46:55 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton blasted GOP front runner Donald Trump’s plan to deport those in the country illegally as “another absurd Republican attempt to suppress Democratic votes. If these immigrants weren’t the kind going on welfare, if they were self-supporting owners of businesses or skilled workers—in other words, likely Republican voters—he’d be singing a different tune.” “Deporting people is inhumane and un-American,” Clinton contended. “We have no practical experience with such a large and complicated operation. We do have a wealth of experience, however, with providing, food and shelter for the tens of millions who cannot provide for...
  • The Bible Speaks On Welfare

    11/15/2015 7:17:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Since 1964 the United States Governments (Federal and State) have transferred over five trillion dollars from the middle class and the rich to the poor. Are the poor better off today or have they become more enslaved and dependent on government? How much is five trillion dollars? A billion dollars is one thousand million dollars. A trillion dollars is one thousand billion dollars, thus five trillion dollars is five thousand billion dollars. That amount is inconceivable to the human mind. That is how much government has taken from the middle and rich class and transferred it to the poor. This...
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Hard Work

    11/11/2015 4:14:44 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 11-11-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Making Bratton's Point, NYC Homeless Man -aka 'Bum'- Rakes in $200/hr Begging in Manhattan

    11/11/2015 7:18:27 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 November 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Maybe people need to start listening to NYC Police CommissionerBill Brattonwhen he recently suggested that New Yorkers refrain from giving money to streetbeggars if they'd like to alleviate the panhandling epidemic brought on by the serially-misguided DeBlasio era. Of course he was immediately attacked as some sort of heartless monster by the left with hashtagsand worse... And while I can't prove how much heart the NYPD's head cop may-or-may-not have, he's got to have one hell of a lot more brains in his head than the 'progressive' NYers now inflicting their knee-jerk' 'caring' on the man: handing drunks...
  • NYC to Ban Smoking in Public Housing [semi-satire]

    11/04/2015 9:32:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    A new ordinance sponsored by New York City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) would bar tenants of government-subsidized housing from smoking in their apartments. The rule would apply to an estimated 178,000 units controlled by the City's Housing Authority. Richards maintained that "as hard as it may be on some of the tenants, the measure is for their own good. The fact that a person lives in subsidized housing is a pretty good indication of a basic lack of competence to make good decisions," he said. "Inability to support yourself imposes this burden on someone else. Whenever that someone else is...
  • Over-Income Families a Problem

    11/03/2015 3:22:55 PM PST · by Kenny500c · 13 replies
    Albany Times-Union ^ | 11/03/2015 | CBS6 Staff
    ALBANY -- Public housing is a program designed to help low-income families by giving them a roof over their head. Last year, about 1.1 million families received public housing assistance. However, people continue to use the system - even after their salaries skyrocket. A blunt report released by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found more than 25,000 families lived above the income limits for folks looking for housing assistance in 2014. The report estimates taxpayers will shell out more than $104 million over the next year to keep those families in public housing....
  • The 7 Keys To Trapping As Many Americans As Possible In Poverty

    11/03/2015 5:42:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | November 3, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Keeping Americans poor in a prosperous country like America is not as easy as you think. After all, this is the "land of opportunity." Legal immigrants pay tens of thousands of dollars and wait years for the opportunity to come legally and illegal immigrants often risk their lives just so they can get here and do menial work. This is the country that made Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and even OPRAH into billionaires and it's a nation where you can have everything from hoverboards to medicine for your pet delivered right to your door. So when there's so much wealth...
  • Greenfield: The Death of the American Welfare State

    11/01/2015 8:18:39 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 41 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Friday, October 30, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Friday, October 30, 2015 The Death of the American 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...
  • Immigrants caught at border believe families can stay in US

    10/30/2015 8:40:08 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 21 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 30 , 2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Nearly a year after the Obama administration launched a massive public relations campaign to dispel rumors of a free pass for immigrant families crossing the border illegally, internal intelligence files from the Homeland Security Department suggest that effort is failing. Hundreds of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border between July and September told U.S. immigration agents they made the dangerous trip in part because they believed they would be permitted to stay in the United States and collect public benefits.
  • How Effective Will Law Cutting Welfare for Truancy Be?

    10/28/2015 7:25:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A new law that kicks in next June threatens to cut off cash welfare payments to low-income families whose children routinely skip school with no valid excuse. At first glance, this looks like a potentially effective get-tough policy, especially in communities where nearly half the students are labeled "chronically absent" by the state. However, the laws potential impact remains uncertain. Thats due in part to another trend that most would regard as positive: The number of Michigan residents collecting cash payments from the Family Independence Program has fallen, and was down to just 64,492 in August, compared to 227,490 as...
  • Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent

    10/27/2015 5:33:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The number of people receiving welfare cash assistance from the state has plummeted since Gov. Rick Snyder took office, partly due to the improved economy but also because the state now enforces a limit on how long beneficiaries could receive cash benefits. There were 227,490 people receiving cash assistance benefits from the state in 2011. As of August 2015, that number was down to 64,492. The state welfare agency's Family Independence Program provides temporary cash assistance to pregnant women and families with children. The program also attempts many interventions to get people employed in long-term jobs. From 2005 to 2011,...
  • Food stamp nation: 45 million for 51 months (beneficiaries exceed Canada's population)

    10/22/2015 8:59:20 PM PDT · by amorphous · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    New data released by the Department of Agriculture Oct. 9 shows the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, with enrollment exceeding 45 million for 51 straight months. The population of Canada: 34,834,841. Between 2007 and 2011, new eligibility rules by themselves added 3.4 million people to SNAP enrollment and naturally tended to increase SNAP spending. At the same time, SNAP began to pay more generous benefits to people who enrolled, Casey Mulligan, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday. The growing SNAP population is a far cry from the 2.8 million enrolled...
  • With Half of the Students Chronically Absent, New Truancy Law Would Strip Welfare From Families

    10/22/2015 2:02:18 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy sets for itself a goal of graduating 85 percent of its students, having 85 percent of its graduates enroll in college and then seeing 85 percent of those students graduate from college. But the public charter school on the northwest side of Detroit may have difficulty reaching those goals when more than half its students were, as defined by the state, chronically absent from the classroom. Figures collected by the state show that 51.5 percent of Jalen Rose students met that definition by missing more than 10 school days in 2013-14, the latest year data...
  • Homeless emergency declared in Hawaii

    10/18/2015 12:29:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 17, 2015 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN)Hawaii is a place many go to kick back, relax and enjoy the good life. But for others, it's a land of struggle. That's why its governor on Friday signed an emergency proclamation to tackle homelessness in the state, saying the measure will help turn around the lives of young and old. "Homelessness remains a serious issue in every county throughout the state," Gov. David Ige said in a press release.Hawaii has an estimated 7,620 homeless people, said the governor's spokeswoman Cindy McMillan, citing a 2015 statewide count. This may not seem like much compared with other places -- to...
  • With Half of the Students Chronically Absent, New Truancy Law Would Strip Welfare From Families

    10/16/2015 7:08:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 92 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/13/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy sets for itself a goal of graduating 85 percent of its students, having 85 percent of its graduates enroll in college and then seeing 85 percent of those students graduate from college. But the public charter school on the northwest side of Detroit may have difficulty reaching those goals when more than half its students were, as defined by the state, chronically absent from the classroom. Figures collected by the state show that 51.5 percent of Jalen Rose students met that definition by missing more than 10 school days in 2013-14, the latest year data...
  • You won't believe the price tag for all that free stuff offered by Dem candidates at the debate

    10/15/2015 8:31:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    Any time you get a bunch of Democrats together in the same room, it is recommended that you grab hold of your wallet tightly and lock up the family silver. You also might want to hide your wife and daughters - just to be safe. The Democratic presidential candidates who took the stage for their debate on Tuesday night tried to outdo one another in rushing to give away tax dollars on wild spending schemes. How much are we talking about? The Washington Times has some thoughts: The five Democratic presidential candidates pushed proposals in their first debate that...
  • Ben Carson: Welfare Perpetuates Poverty, Buys Votes

    10/12/2015 1:55:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/12/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson used a Sunday campaign stop in Georgia to accuse politicians of using poverty to bolster their voting constituencies. In his eyes, open-ended welfare has not only perpetuated poverty, its sustained a loyal voting bloc for certain politicians.False compassion is patting them on the head and saying, You cant take care of yourself and Im going to give you food stamps, a housing subsidy and free health care,' Carson said according to the Gainesville Times. And all the things you need so you can stay dependent and vote for me.His criticism of welfare is not new....
  • On immigration: enterprise vs. welfare: Be careful with cultures you inject via mass immigration

    10/09/2015 7:17:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/09/2015 | Greg Richards
    There is a subtle and dangerous point about the tidal immigration described in today’s AT blog on Muslim invaders in Europe. We are a "high trust" society. In 99.9999% of the cases in ordinary life, we all get along due to basic Christian values that are not even articulated. If you walk in front of a car at a crossing you can expect the car to wait for you to cross, no matter who is driving. You don't even look.  If someone were lying by the side of the road, everybody would stop no matter what the person looked...
  • The Case for Open Borders

    10/07/2015 8:50:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 7, 2015 | Professor Bryan Caplan, George Mason University
    A better option than exclusion would be to restrict migrants eligibility for benefits.Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are once again searching for better ways to curtail immigration. In America, Republican candidates are pondering bigger, better border walls. In Europe, leading politicians are hoping someone figures out a way to end the Syrian refugee crisis by bringing peace to the Middle East. In the midst of these passionate debates about how to curtail immigration, almost no one is talking about whether immigration should be curtailed in the first place. This is the debate we should be having. Some of...
  • 3-part Series: U.S. welfare flows to Cuba (Pt.1)

    10/07/2015 7:00:51 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 14 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 10/1/15 | By Sally Kestin, Megan O'Matz and John Maines with Tracey Eaton in Cuba
    Theyre taking benefits from the American taxpayer to subsidize their life in another country. Cuban immigrants are cashing in on U.S. welfare and returning to the island, making a mockery of the decades-old premise that they are refugees fleeing persecution at home. Some stay for months at a time and the U.S. government keeps paying. Cubans unique access to food stamps, disability money and other welfare is meant to help them build new lives in America. Yet these days, its helping some finance their lives on the communist island. Americas open-ended generosity has grown into an entitlement that exceeds...
  • Maine election-year battle over welfare for asylum seekers on-going

    10/07/2015 1:12:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 21, 2014 | Ann Corcoran
    Maine election-year battle over welfare for asylum seekers on-going Maine election-year battle over welfare for asylum seekers on-going Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 21, 2014 We have reported on the problem in Maine for months (years!). The gist of it is that Maine has had a wonderland of welfare for immigrants (that is what brought the first Somalis to Lewiston years ago) and now the LePage Administration is trying to cut back social services to asylum seekers. (The federal government does not give welfare to asylum seekers until they have become legitimate legal refugees.) Apparently the word got out...
  • Right Now There Are 102.6 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have A Job

    10/07/2015 7:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    TEC ^ | 10/07/2015 | Michael Snyder
    The federal government uses very carefully manipulated numbers to cover up the crushing economic depression that is going on in this nation. For the month of September, the federal government told us that 142,000 jobs were added to the economy. If that was actually true, that would barely be enough to keep up with population growth. Sadly, the truth is that the real numbers were actually far worse than that. The unadjusted numbers show that the U.S. economy actually lost 248,000 jobs in September and the government added more than a million Americans to the “not in the labor force”...
  • What Happens to our Economy as Millions of People Lose the Habits of Hard Work?

    10/07/2015 7:09:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 10/07/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If we're going to dig our way out of what lies ahead, we need people who can work hard and start/operate new businesses.Simply put, job growth is not keeping pace with population growth--specifically, the growth of the labor force which is generally defined as the population between the ages of 18 and 64.So what happens to the economy as millions of people never acquire the habits of hard work or lose them due to chronic joblessness?Yesterday I presented data on not in the labor force, which is defined as "persons aged 16 years and older in the civilian noninstitutional population...
  • I get food stamps, and Im not ashamed Im angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christine Gilbert
    My name is Christine, and I get food stamps. I've had to apply off and on over the past 16 years in order to make sure my family was fed. I don't feel the least bit ashamed of myself for this, but apparently some people think I should. Some people think I, and people like me, am lazy. Or that we're taking advantage of other (smarter, harder-working) people. Those people seem to have an image in their heads of how someone who "deserves" assistance behaves, and a very narrow idea of how we should feel about it. Those people are...
  • Should We End Welfare For Peace and Safety?

    10/05/2015 7:46:40 AM PDT · by A CA Guy · 10 replies
    Self ^ | 10/04/2015 | A Ca Guy
    I'm realizing that most if not all of these no gun zone shooters had no employment to speak of. With too much time on their hands they seem to be influenced and are investing in violent videos and very bad internet influences. Many had parents who considered their kids normal and allowed them access to guns, violent videos and the Internet despite mental issues.
  • Jeb Bushs Claim That Blacks Want Free Stuff for Votes Insults Our Dignity and History of Struggle

    09/30/2015 12:39:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Root ^ | September 29, 2015 | Pofessor Peniel E. Joseph, founding director, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
    Jeb Bushs recent comments in South Carolina about Democrats getting black people to vote for them by promising them free stuff during election season is a powerful reminder that a leading Republican presidential candidate is woefully ignorant about contemporary race relations and the history thats shaped the racial-justice struggle. Ironically, the former governor of Floridas statement echoed Mitt Romneys infamous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who longed for government handouts, said while discussing minority-voter outreach and the Republican Party. During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Bush doubled down on his comments. We need to make our case...
  • How Just One Woman Defrauded Food Stamps For $3.6 Million

    09/30/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 09/29/2015 | CONNOR D. WOLF
    Convenience store owner Vida Ofori Causey out of Worcester, Mass. was charged in federal court Monday after pleading guilty to $3.6 million worth of food stamp fraud. According to authorities, Causey abused the program between 2010 and 2014. Food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is run by local and federal agencies. It is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She was able to scam the program by buying food stamp benefits from receipts for half the actual value. Causey purchased the benefits at a discounted value of approximately fifty cents for every SNAP...
  • Jeb Bush, Free Stuff and Black Folks

    09/28/2015 8:02:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2015 | Charles M. Blow
    At a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked how he planned to include black people in his campaign and get them to vote for him. Bush responded, Our message is one of hope and aspiration. But he didnt stop there. He continued: It isnt one of division and get in line and well take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting that says you can achieve earned success. There it is! If you let people talk long enough, the true self will always be revealed....
  • Free Stuff Gaffe Said to Doom Bushs Candidacy [semi-satire]

    09/28/2015 9:41:28 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    Republican presidential candidate former Florida Governor Jeb Bush faced a firestorm of criticism from the welfare lobby for asserting that his message of opportunity would win more Black votes than Democrats promises of more free stuff. Democratic presidential race front runner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gloated over what she maintained effectively ends his run for the nations top job. Bushs pledge to preserve peoples opportunity to work their way up the ladder offers them nothing they couldnt get on their own. What we offer is something in addition to what people can earn for themselves. Democrats are the...
  • This mayor wants to publicize whos on welfare and where they live

    09/25/2015 3:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Washington Post's PostNation ^ | September 24, 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    If you receive government assistance in the state of Maine, Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald thinks the public has a right to know about it. In a Thursday column for the Twin City Times, Macdonald said a bill will be submitted during Maines next legislative session asking that a Web site be created containing the names, addresses, length of time on assistance and the benefits being collected by every individual on the dole. He added: After all, the public has a right to know how its money is being spent. Proposals to target welfare recipients and reform assistance programs have become...
  • Refugee family demands to be settled in Germany or they'll go back to Syria

    09/25/2015 1:37:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | September 24, 2015 | Jake Burman
    A FAMILY of migrants have demanded that they are settled in Germany and have refused to seek asylum in any other European country.Housam Kbieh - who travelled to Europe with his wife and two sons - has threatened to go back to Syria if his family are not relocated to the EU's most powerful member state, which offers a generous benefit system and open-door policy. Kbieh and his family are staying at an old military camp in the north of Munich, which has been transformed into a migrant centre. The refugee said they were forced to flee Damascus, but outright...
  • The Question No Candidate Will Answer [The responses to this question have never been persuasive]

    09/21/2015 6:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    I like Jake Tapper, but I already was ready to punch him in the ear over the lets you and him fight structure of the debate questions last week when he abandoned all pretense of adulthood and asked the candidates what theyd like their Secret Service code names to be. It was a low, cringe-inducing moment, and the candidates made it lower and cringier with their answers. (Trueheart? Justice Never Sleeps? Ergh.) Marco Rubio just barely acquitted himself with Gator, but the correct answer was: Thats a dumb question, Jake, and I am not going to answer it. Now, back...
  • Obama Decree Unleashes Behavioral Science Squad to Nudge You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be nudged by Obama's new behavioral science squads for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better serving the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging behavioral science techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their recommended vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called a low-carbon economy. The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • Bernie Sanders just slammed a report that claimed his proposals would cost a monstrous $18 trillion

    09/19/2015 10:42:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/19/2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is pushing back on the eye-popping estimated price tag of his progressive wish list of proposals he has offered on the campaign trail. The Wall Street Journal reported in a front-page story on Tuesday that Sanders' proposals would total around $18 trillion over 10 years, which the publication said would amount to the "largest peacetime expansion of government in modern American history." That would include an estimated $15 trillion over a decade for a revamping of the federal healthcare system to a government-run, "Medicare for all" single-payer approach. In an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday, Sanders disputed...
  • Tampa Woman Drew Public Assistance After Collecting $396,000 Settlement, Feds Say

    09/19/2015 6:53:21 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 19 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Patty Ryan
    TAMPA For 13 years, a mother getting public assistance swore under penalty of perjury that she had no income or assets. The public paid her rent, provided food money and covered her son under Medicaid at a total cost of $85,363, according to court records. Latashia Green failed to mention the $396,000 paid to her from a 2010 legal settlement, or the $10,000 a year she earned braiding hair, or the real estate she bought along the way, federal authorities allege. Green, 37, is expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to theft of public...
  • A Universal Basic Income Approach

    09/16/2015 8:24:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Demos' Policy Shop ^ | September 15, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
    It's been a while since I've written about the idea of a universal basic income. So I figure an update is in order. The typical UBI proposal you see picks a certain dollar amount and then declares that it should go equally to all adults. I disagree with this in two ways. First, I think that children should also receive a basic income (paid to their parents). Second, I think that UBI payments should vary based on age. Neither of these additions negates the chief administrative advantages of the UBI because they don't introduce means-testing. It's trivially easy to vary...
  • How Much Would A Bernie Sanders Presidency Cost the Nation? Spoiler Alert: A Lot

    09/15/2015 1:11:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today in "How The GOP Establishment Hopes To Crush The Donald's Presidential Run," we explained what Trumps remarkable poll numbers really mean: What is most amazing is that the "expert" punditry still has not realized that a vote for Trump is not a "vote for Trump" but a vote of protest against the broken system. If the current election cycle has taught us anything, its that voters may have finally woken up to the fact that a choice between alternating members of Americas political aristocracy is really no choice at all, and when you throw in the influence...
  • Poverty in the U.S. We Spend Much More Per Person on Social Welfare than Europe Does

    09/15/2015 7:55:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2015 | Robert Rector
    Tomorrow, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual poverty report. Conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. has a small social-welfare system and far more poverty, compared with other affluent nations. But noted liberal scholars Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy Smeeding challenge such simplistic ideas in their book Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader? Garfinkel and his colleagues examine social-welfare spending and poverty in rich nations. They define social welfare as having five components: health-care spending; education spending; cash retirement benefits; other government cash transfers such as unemployment insurance and the earned-income tax credit...
  • Migrants: We Dont Like Denmark Because Refugee Salaries Are Too Low There [Demand Jizya Tax]

    09/14/2015 1:13:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Middle Eastern migrants are rejecting Denmark as a country in which to seek asylum, claiming that the salaries offered to refugees are not as high as other European countries. They are now demanding to go to Sweden or Finland as the terms of asylum there are more favourable. In a report by Denmarks TV2 News, migrants told a local journalist that they do not want to stay in Denmark, but are choosing instead to head to Sweden to register for asylum. Speaking conversational English, one migrant told the reporter We want Sweden. When she puts it to him that Sweden...
  • Exclusive: Small Town America Transformed By Somali Migrants

    09/14/2015 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    Family security Matters ^ | July 16,2010 | by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD
    This problem is crystallized by the present situation is Lewiston, Maine, where African Muslims, many from the Bantu tribe, began arriving in 2001 at the rate of 100 a month. Mohammed Maye, the president of the African Community and Refugee Center in Clarkston, Georgia posted a map of Lewiston on the wall of his office. Go to Maine, he advised the Somali immigrants. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the president of the Somali Community Development Organization in Clarkston, upheld this advice by telling his fellow countrymen that, unlike Georgia, Maine has terribly cold winters, but the welfare system is better. Lewiston, indeed, was...

    09/14/2015 11:11:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 14, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Middle Eastern migrants are rejecting Denmark as a country in which to seek asylum, claiming that the salaries offered to refugees are not as high as other European countries. They are now demanding to go to Sweden or Finland as the terms of asylum there are more favourable. In a report by Denmarks TV2 News, migrants told a local journalist that they do not want to stay in Denmark, but are choosing instead to head to Sweden to register for asylum.
  • Mid-East Refugees Reject Billionaires Offer [semi-satire]

    09/14/2015 9:48:20 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    An Egyptian billionaires offer to buy a Mediterranean island for refugees from the war-torn Middle East region to inhabit and build a new country was not well received by the intended beneficiaries. Building a new country is too much work, complained Muhammad Moosheer. Why cant we go to countries that will give us food and houses? Why should we be denied the benefits that America or Germany grant to their people? US President Obama agreed, calling the job of building a new country from the ground up daunting. Frankly, the idea makes no sense. Theres no need to reinvent the...
  • Welfare Use by Legal and Illegal Immigrant Households

    09/12/2015 9:59:19 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | September 2015 | Steven A. Camarota
    An Analysis of Medicaid, cash, food, and housing programs This report is a companion to a recent report published by the Center for Immigration Studies looking at welfare use by all immigrant households, based on Census Bureau data. This report separates legal and illegal immigrant households and estimates welfare use using the same Census Bureau data as that study. This analysis shows that legal immigrant households make extensive use of most welfare programs, while illegal immigrant households primarily benefit from food programs and Medicaid through their U.S.-born children. Low levels of education not legal status is the main...
  • Immigrant Welfare Addiction-It's not just illegal aliens who are the problem.

    09/11/2015 7:18:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 11, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Immigrant Welfare Addiction It's not just illegal aliens who are the problem. September 11, 2015 Matthew Vadum Non-citizens in the U.S. -- and especially recent Middle Eastern refugees -- are addicted to welfare programs, two newly released studies suggest. Although open-borders propaganda typically claims that illegal aliens are hardworking and industrious, one of the reports unveiled yesterday showed that among illegal alien households with children, a shocking 87 percent accept benefits from one or more welfare programs, compared to just 52 percent of native households. The reports come as a rancorous debate rages in American society over what...

    09/10/2015 12:04:12 PM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 38 replies
    More than 90 percent of recent refugees from Middle Eastern nations are on food stamps and nearly 70 percent receive cash assistance, according to government data. According to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) data highlighted by the immigration subcommittee staff of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80% chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest in FY 2013, 91.4 percent of Middle Eastern refugees (accepted to the U.S. between 2008-2013) received food stamps, 73.1 percent were on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68.3 percent were on cash welfare.
  • Heavy Welfare Use by Legal Immigrants Yes, Legal Immigrants

    09/10/2015 8:27:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/10/2015 | Steven Camarota
    Two new reports from the Center for Immigration Studies show very high rates of welfare use by immigrants. The first, released last week, looked at all immigrant households, legal and illegal, and found that 51 percent accessed one or more welfare programs. This week we released a second report, looking at the same data but separating out legal and illegal immigrants. While we found that illegal-immigrant households make significant use of welfare, here I want to focus on the far bigger problem of legal immigrants welfare use. Three-quarters of all immigrant households using welfare are headed by legal immigrants....