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  • Support Grows for Guaranteed Income Among America’s Mayors. More city leaders are committing to explore universal basic income experiments that are grounded in civil rights ideals.

    07/05/2020 5:02:35 PM PDT · by karpov · 73 replies
    Bloombert CityLab | July 2, 2020 | Sarah Holder
    No excerpt from Bloomberg, story here.
  • Democrats & Jim Crow: A Century of Racist History the Democratic Party Prefers You'd Forget

    06/19/2020 6:18:27 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies ^ | June, 2020 | Sam Jacobs
    In the last Presidential election, Donald Trump was lauded for his performance among black voters – he scored 4 percent of female black voters and a whopping 13 percent of black male voters, the highest since Richard Nixon. This isn’t shocking. Black voters have voted en masse for the Democratic Party since the mid-60s and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the social welfare programs of the Great Society. This solidified black voters behind the Democratic Party, but they had been moving there since the New Deal. However, it’s a historical anomaly in...
  • Trump Looking to Replace $600 Unemployment Benefit With Back-to-Work Bonus

    06/17/2020 7:32:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/17/2020 | Rick Moran
    Donald Trump is looking to replace the $600 a week Pandemic Unemployment Benefit with a back-to-work bonus that will incentivize working for many of the 30 million people currently receiving the enhanced benefit. The benefit is set to expire July 31 and Democrats want to expand it into next year. A study done by the Federal Reserve found that the federal unemployment benefit was making it difficult for companies to hire workers as the economy reopens following the lockdown.Barrons: Even though the unemployment rate is expected to register over 20% for May in the jobs report the Bureau of Labor...
  • Idaho Now Has To Pay People To Go Back To Work

    06/16/2020 9:04:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/16/2020 | Jazz Shaw
    This is a subject that we’ve been covering here ever since the coronavirus stimulus bill was first being debated in Congress. Having passed a measure providing enhanced unemployment benefits with no cap on the amount of the payments based on the worker’s previous rate of pay, a condition was created where a majority of the unemployed are now collecting more than they did on their last job. That doesn’t provide much of an incentive to go back to work, particularly if you can point to your concerns about the virus as a reason to stay home.In Idaho, Republican Governor...
  • New Study Confirms That The Welfare State Discourages Work

    06/16/2020 8:21:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 16, 2020 | Christopher Jacobs
    At a time our country faces a massive recession brought on by the coronavirus lockdowns, America’s welfare state exacerbates that stagnation. Ronald Reagan had an old adage about the nine most terrifying words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Recently, a new paper reinforced that truth and adds to the existing literature showing how America’s welfare state often traps generations in a cycle of poverty.At its core, a complicated set of welfare programs and tax breaks generate sizable incentives for many low-income Americans not to increase their incomes and improve their station in...

    06/04/2020 3:13:22 PM PDT · by Norski · 50 replies
    American Partisan ^ | May 31, 2020 | Matt Bracken
    (I wrote this essay in 2012 for Western Rifle Shooters Association . .. I’m reposting it here in American Partisan on May 31, 2020, during the George Floyd riots, without revision.) In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town. . . as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots. . . New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance....
  • Some Facts Worth Knowing

    06/03/2020 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | June 3, 2020 | Walter E. Williams
    Imagine that you are an unborn spirit in heaven. God condemns you to a life of poverty but will permit you to choose the country in which you will spend your life. Which country would you choose? I would choose the United States of America. A recent study by Just Facts, an excellent source of factual information, shows that after accounting for income, charity and noncash welfare benefits such as subsidized health care, housing, food stamps and other assistance programs, "the poorest 20% of Americans consume more goods and services than the national averages for all people in the world's...
  • House passes $3T coronavirus relief -- the most expensive bill in history

    05/16/2020 12:06:43 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15 2020 | Marisa Schultz
    The House of Representatives on Friday evening passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, the most expensive legislation approved by that body in history, that Democrats hailed as the unprecedented response needed to deal with the pandemic and its economic fallout. The record-breaking bill narrowly passed by a 208-199 vote. Fourteen Democrats defied their party and voted "no," while one Republican, Rep. Pete King of New York, broke with the GOP and voted “yes.” “I’m thrilled," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the bill's passage. "I'm so proud of my members. They just did something so monumental for the American...
  • California announces disaster relief assistance for undocumented adults

    05/14/2020 6:19:21 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    KION ^ | May 14, 2020 | Avery Johnson
    The California Department of Social Services announced that it will be providing state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented immigrants through the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Project.
  • Back to Videos Limbaugh: Next Four Months Will Be War Like You've Never Seen, Dems Will Try To Keep Economy Shut Down

    05/13/2020 8:52:33 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 28 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12 May, 2020 | Ian Schwartz
    Rush Limbaugh said these next four months are going to be a "veritable war" like we have not seen.... On the Tuesday broadcast of his nationally-syndicated radio program, Limbaugh said Democrats will (SNIP) blow up their own country's jobs to ensure a Trump loss in November. RUSH LIMBAUGH: I’ll tell you something else that’s starting to send red flags up. You probably have already noticed this. All these blue state governors that want to keep their states locked down, it’s purely political. But what are they depending on? They’re depending on the red states — the red states that are...
  • Supreme Court denies motion to block Trump 'public charge' rule during pandemic

    04/24/2020 6:54:57 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/24/2020 | BY HARPER NEIDIG
    The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to block the Trump administration's "public charge" rule during the coronavirus health crisis. A group of state attorneys general had asked the court to issue an injunction against the rule, which links a migrant's eligibility for legal status with the likelihood that he or she will rely on public assistance. The court had decided earlier this year to allow the rule to go into effect, but the group of state officials, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), had asked the justices to revisit the decision in light of the...
  • How Will the Left 'Not Allow a Crisis Go to Waste' Next?

    04/24/2020 9:27:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 24, 2020 | Sam Adolphson
    Why have the Democrats in Congress decided to punish small businesses? Make no mistake, that is exactly what Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the congressional Democrats are doing in their latest politically tone-deaf move by denying funding for the small business loan program. As of last week, the program officially ran out of money, leaving millions of small business owners and their employees wondering how they’ll survive the government-mandated lockdowns. It makes you wonder why Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues would possibly risk being so out of touch with the needs of our country’s small businesses—despite small businesses being the driver...
  • Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before virus

    04/22/2020 11:20:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2020 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON - The financial conditions of the government’s two biggest benefits programs remain shaky, with Medicare projected to become insolvent in six years and Social Security on track to no longer be able to pay full benefits starting in 2035. And that’s without accounting for the impact of the coronavirus, which is sure to impose further pressure on the two programs. For Social Security, the projected 2035 date for exhausting the trust fund reserves means that it would be able to pay only 79% of benefits at that time. The projected timetables, which remained unchanged from last year’s estimates, were...
  • Social Security Beneficiaries: You Might Need to Act Now to Get Your Stimulus Check

    04/21/2020 10:39:13 PM PDT · by Texan4Life · 14 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 4/21/2020 | Matthew Frankel
    Most Social Security recipients will be paid automatically, but there are some big exceptions. The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced that Social Security beneficiaries who aren't typically required to file a tax return won't need to take any special action to get a $1,200 stimulus payment. Because of this, most Social Security beneficiaries don't have to take any special action -- the payment will be automatically paid in the same manner as their Social Security benefits. On the other hand, there are some Social Security recipients who may still need to take action, especially if they want to maximize the...
  • Thanks to COVID-19, Social Security’s day of reckoning may be even closer than we thought

    04/16/2020 12:04:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 15, 2020 | Paul Brandus
    Prior to the economic downturn—or collapse—that we’re now experiencing, the trust fund was projected to run out of money by 2035. This has, practically overnight, gotten worse. Why? Because some 16 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last three weeks. This means there are a lot fewer—millions fewer—people paying those payroll taxes into the Social Security system. And on top of a lot less money coming in, a lot more will soon be going out. That’s because people who are now out of work and eligible to draw benefits may soon do so, out of sheer economic need....
  • Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically get $1,200 payments, Treasury says in reversal

    04/01/2020 7:33:05 PM PDT · by catnipman · 112 replies
    WaPo ^ | 4/1/2020 | Heather Long
    The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment. The announcement is a reversal from earlier in the week when the Internal Revenue Service said everyone would need to file some sort of tax return in order to qualify for the payments. Democrats and some Republicans criticized the IRS for requiring so many extra hurdles for this vulnerable population to get aid when the government already has their information on file. The reversal came as the Trump administration tries to rapidly get stimulus payments out to...
  • ‘Disaster socialism’: Will coronavirus crisis finally change how Americans see the safety net? (BARF!)

    03/13/2020 12:44:58 PM PDT · by RightCenter · 13 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 12, 2020 | Will Bunch
    Diana Hernández has one foot in the Ivy League, where she’s an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and another in the grittier streets of the South Bronx, the mostly working-class area where she lives. Walking down a Bronx boulevard the other day, she witnessed scenes much different from the TV-news version of the coronavirus crisis, where suburbanites stuff payloads of squeezably soft toilet paper and price-gouged Purell in the back of luxury SUVs. Instead, Hernández wrote that she witnessed Bronx shoppers at her local Dollar Tree stocking up on bleach, a tiny...
  • More Than Money

    03/12/2020 9:41:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 20, 2020 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Our country spends over a trillion dollars a year on anti-poverty programs. We address the symptoms, providing food, shelter, health care. But it's time to face the fact that many of these programs are not working. Our poverty rate hasn't changed in half a century. Money does not appear to be the solution. Sure, it helps, and no, we should not just cut the programs to zero. But it's time for us to face the fact that, while we've made living in poverty easier, we have not made it easier for individuals and families to move out of poverty; the...
  • Is Trump’s Budget an Attack on the Poor? No—the administration’s cuts mark a return to sensible principles on welfare programs.

    03/06/2020 6:25:16 AM PST · by karpov · 7 replies
    City Journal ^ | March 5, 2020 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Last month, the Trump administration rolled out its Fiscal Year 2021 federal budget request—and progressive critics howled. “Trump’s budget is a $292 billion attack on poor Americans,” Mother Jones alleged. Vox accused Trump of cutting Medicare and Medicaid and lying about it. Kentucky Democratic representative John Yarmuth claimed that Trump was proposing “deep cuts to critical programs that help American families” and “destructive changes to Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security.” The anger was mostly hot air because, as National Review’s Robert VerBruggen notes, the budget is “an irrelevant document that mainly serves to give political journalists stuff to complain about.” It’s...
  • States Scramble To Prepare Ahead Of Food Stamps Rule Change

    03/04/2020 4:42:04 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | 3-4-2020
    From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to blunt the impact, with roughly 700,000 people at risk of losing benefits unless they meet certain work, training or school requirements. They've filed a multi-state lawsuit, expanded publicly funded job training, developed pilot programs and doubled down efforts to reach vulnerable communities, including the homeless, rural residents and people of color.Richard Butler poses for a portrait in an apartment that a friend is letting him and his fiance live in on Chicago's Southside. (AP Photo/Char,/ales Rex Arbogast) Social service agencies say they won't be able to fill the gap, making increased homelessness...