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  • I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 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 Bush’s 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 Bush’s 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 that’s shaped the racial-justice struggle. Ironically, the former governor of Florida’s statement echoed Mitt Romney’s 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 didn’t stop there. He continued: “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll 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 Bush’s 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 nation’s top job. Bush’s pledge to preserve people’s opportunity to work their way up the ladder offers them nothing they couldn’t 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 who’s 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 Maine’s 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 “let’s you and him fight” structure of the debate questions last week when he abandoned all pretense of adulthood and asked the candidates what they’d 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: “That’s 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 Trump’s 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, it’s that voters may have finally woken up to the fact that a choice between alternating members of America’s 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 Don’t 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 Denmark’s 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 Denmark’s 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 Billionaire’s 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 billionaire’s 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 can’t 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. There’s 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....
  • New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

    09/09/2015 4:56:30 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Larry Huss
    Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article recalling the halcyon years of the Works Progress Administration or Works Project Administration (WPA) as it became known as in later years:
  • The U.S. Is Now the Real Welfare State [How we compare to Europe]

    09/09/2015 7:19:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/09/2015 | Michael Tanner
    In 2013, the New York Times reported on the case of Carina, a 36-year-old Danish single mother who had been on welfare since she was 16. Denmark has long had one of the most generous welfare systems in Europe, and Carina was able to collect about $2,700 per month in benefits, an amount that enabled her to live quite comfortably without working. A second welfare recipient discussed in the article, Robert Nielsen, had been supported by the government for more than a dozen years. He had not attempted to find work and did not intend to. As he said, “Luckily,...

    09/03/2015 3:27:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    Court allows for voter registration at all welfare offices. No citizen identity required.
  • Majority of Immigrant Households Are on Welfare

    09/02/2015 6:51:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2015 | Mark Krikorian
    A new report by my colleague Steven Camarota finds that most immigrant households use welfare. That immigrants receive taxpayer-funded benefits at higher rates than the native-born isn’t a new finding. But previous research (including by CIS) has never found such a high rate. The reason is that Camarota used a different Census Bureau data source, the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), that is more difficult to use but, as its name suggests, provides the most comprehensive view of welfare use (a.k.a “program participation”). The study shows that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households use at least one welfare...
  • More Than Half of Immigrants on Public Assistance

    09/02/2015 6:01:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | September 1 2015 | Steven Hayward
    51 percent of immigrant households—both legal and illegal—receive some kind of public assistance, versus just 30 percent of native households. Whether immigrants contribute more to total economic activity or public revenues greater than they receive in benefits is not addressed in this report, and remains a subject of fierce controversy. ... This study is the first in recent years to examine immigrant (legal and illegal) and native welfare use using the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). While its complexity makes it difficult to use, the survey is widely regarded as providing the most accurate picture of...
  • Unemployed More Likely To Shop, Watch TV, or Play Sports Than Look For a Job

    09/01/2015 7:28:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/01/2015 | Ali Meyer
    Unemployed individuals in America are more likely to go shopping, watch TV, or play sports on an average day than to look for a new job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Less than one in five of America’s unemployed, or 18.2 percent, participated in job search and interview activities on an average day, according to the BLS data from the American Time Use Survey. Yet 40.8 percent of the unemployed shopped on the average day by store, telephone, or Internet. Of those who shopped, 21.5 percent of those shopped for items other than groceries, food, or...
  • In 2008, Fewer Than 30 Million Used Food Stamps. Now 46 Million Do

    08/30/2015 9:35:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 08/30/15 | Ed Feulner
    Unemployment has dropped in recent years, yet still—far too many people are participating. One out of every seven Americans received SNAP benefits in 2014, and the program cost $74.1 billion, making it one of the largest means-tested welfare program. You’d think the improving jobs situation would translate to the number of SNAP beneficiaries declining by a much larger margin. But that hasn’t been the case. Another reason for saying that food stamp numbers aren’t really going in the right direction? Look at how the SNAP demographic has changed. Before the 2008 recession, 55 percent of SNAP households consisted of children...
  • Welfare Is the Highest Paying Entry-Level Job in 38 States

    08/26/2015 8:30:01 AM PDT · by wildwoodla · 51 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 8/26/15 | Mack Stetson
    There are obvious problems with giving people “free” money.
  • The Very Real Economic Costs of Birthright Citizenship

    08/22/2015 7:35:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/22/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    ‘Peter and Ellie Yang,” the subjects of Benjamin Carlson’s fascinating new Rolling Stone essay, “Welcome to Maternity Hotel California,” paid $35,000 to have their second child in the United States. In 2012 Chinese state media reported 10,000 “tourist births” by Chinese couples in the United States; other estimates skew as high as 60,000. Following Donald Trump’s call for an end to birthright citizenship, and renewed attention on “anchor babies,” Carlson’s exposé on “birth tourism” seems to confirm that the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment works as a magnet for at least some parents across the globe. But just...
  • The Specter of Immigration

    08/24/2015 10:52:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Z Man ^ | August 23, 2015 | The Z Man
    A specter is haunting the West — the specter of immigration. All the powers of the old establishment have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Liberal and Conservative, democrat and aristocrat, college radicals and billionaires. Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as fascistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of racism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries? Obviously, I’m having some fun here by reworking the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto to fit...
  • Boot Camp Not Benefits

    08/20/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 20, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Since his party's impressive election victory in May, Prime Minister David Cameron is moving quickly to fulfill his campaign promise to ensure welfare benefits are no longer a way of life for many of his fellow citizens. Instead of open-ended benefits for the unemployed, the government, beginning in April 2017, will require young people between 18 and 21 who don't have jobs, but are collecting welfare, to attend three-week "boot camps" to prepare them for work in a rapidly improving economy. If they refuse, they will be denied benefits if they are unemployed for six months....
  • Maine DEA: EBT Cards Are Being Used to Buy Drugs

    08/19/2015 8:43:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 8/18/2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents revealed yesterday that EBT cards (debit cards that are loaded with funds for welfare programs, like SNAP and TANF) are being used as currency to buy drugs. In the past 11 months, MDEA agents have found 40 EBT cards in 25 drug enforcement operations.
  • Family living in public housing makes half a million a year, and HUD's OK with that

    08/19/2015 8:23:37 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/18 | Jennifer Karmon
    In New York, there's a family of four that makes half a million dollars a year — and lives in public housing at $1,574 a month. In Los Angeles, one family of five makes $205,000 a year and pays $1,100 in rent for subsidized housing. The family was admitted to the program in 1974 and has been overincome since at least 2011. How can this be?
  • A family in public housing makes $498,000. HUD wants them to stay.

    08/18/2015 2:14:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    MSN / The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | Lisa Rein
    A family of four in New York City makes $497,911 a year but pays $1,574 a month to live in public housing in a three-bedroom apartment subsidized by taxpayers. In Los Angeles, a family of five that’s lived in public housing since 1974 made $204,784 last year but paid $1,091 for a four-bedroom apartment. And a tenant with assets worth $1.6 million — including stocks, real estate and retirement accounts — last year paid $300 for a one-bedroom apartment in public housing in Oxford, Neb. In a new report, the watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development describes...
  • What’s Going On in the Catholic Church?

    08/17/2015 7:34:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 43 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 15, 2015 | Christopher Manion
    FRONT ROYAL, VA — Millions of Americans, including many Catholics, were stunned when Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic Archbishop of New York, attacked opponents of illegal immigration as “nativists” in a recent and widely-circulated column in a liberal New York tabloid. Unfortunately, Cardinal Dolan’s outburst represents a long line of liberalism on the part of America’s bishops — a position based not only on their “Social Justice” leftism, but because the welfare state which they celebrate doles out over a billion dollars a year to their Non-Government Organizations (Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Migration and Refugee Services, and so on)....
  • 46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

    08/16/2015 5:07:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | By Michael Snyder, on August 13th, 2015 | By Michael Snyder, on August 13th, 2015
    Those that run food banks all over America say that demand for their services just continues to explode. It always amazes me that there are still people out there that insist that an “economic collapse” is not happening. From their air-conditioned homes in their cushy suburban neighborhoods they mock the idea that the U.S. economy is crumbling. But if they would just go down and visit the local food banks in their areas, they would see how much people are hurting. According to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser, 46 million Americans got food from a food bank at least one...
  • 12 Signs That An Imminent Global Financial Crash Has Become Even More Likely

    08/16/2015 4:24:40 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 11 Aug 15 | Michael Snyder
    Did you see what just happened? The devaluation of the yuan by China triggered the largest one day drop for that currency in the modern era. This caused other global currencies to crash relative to the U.S. dollar, the price of oil hit a six year low, and stock markets all over the world were rattled. The Dow fell 212 points on Tuesday, and Apple stock plummeted another 5 percent. As we hurtle toward the absolutely critical months of September and October, the unraveling of the global financial system is beginning to accelerate. At this point, it is not...
  • The Question They Dare Not Ask

    08/07/2015 6:48:16 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 6 replies
    Self | August 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    There is one question that should be asked of every presidential candidate at a presidential debate. It is also a question no one dares ask: In 1794, as you are of course well aware, James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, was asked about the constitutionality of publicly funded charity. He responded: "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending on objects of benevolence the money of their constituents." Given Mr. Madison's remarks, it is beyond contention that the welfare state in its entirety is unconstitutional. If...
  • U.S. To Accept More New Immigrants On Green Cards Within Decade Than The Entire Combined Populations

    08/06/2015 5:03:07 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 23 replies
    Press Release from U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions ^ | August 3, 2015 | U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions
    This has been posted by news sites with links to their sites. I post this again this time with a direct link to the Senator; but most of all I reformatted the text with HTML to emphasize the startling facts equal to or more than what the colorful chart conveyed.
  • Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads

    08/04/2015 5:59:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/1/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan's Earned Income Tax Credit is a welfare-like program that transfers income from taxpayers to low-income wage earners who have little or no state tax liability. The costs vs. benefits of the program are hotly debated, but no one disputes that it does provide a real if modest benefit to working poor families. In contrast, there are heated disputes about the value of the even larger amounts this state spends on corporate welfare programs administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation — and there are good reasons to believe they are a waste of money. Lawmakers should keep this contrast...
  • 'Britain's generous welfare system behind pupils' lack of ambition,' say Chinese teachers

    08/03/2015 12:52:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Daily Telegraph - UK ^ | August 3, 2016 | Javier Espinoza
    "... The five teachers, who are part of a TV series in which they take over the education of a class of 50 teenagers, have said British pupils unruly behaviour is directly linked to welfare handouts that has produced adolescents with rude behaviour. The teachers are starring in BBC Two's “Are Our Kids Tough Enough Chinese School” as part of a three-part documentary that begins Tuesday. .. Yang Jun, a science teacher who taught in schools in Xian before moving to the UK, said: “In China we don't need classroom management skills because everyone is disciplined by nature, by families,...
  • [Church of Scientology Press Release] Medicare at 50 - Still Flawed, After All These Years

    Medicare at 50--Still Flawed, After All These Years ST. PAUL, Minn.—This Thursday, Medicare will mark a milestone—50 years since it was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965. Designed as part of LBJ’s “Great Society” initiative, Medicare was intended to provide low-cost hospitalization and medical insurance for the nation’s elderly. But the program has been in crisis for years and needs an escape plan, not a rescue plan, says Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF,, a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and...
  • How Many Wives Can a Muslim Have on Welfare in Michigan? [VIDEO]

    07/25/2015 7:17:22 PM PDT · by · 28 replies
    The state of Michigan has a large and growing population of Muslims, and a majority of them have congregated in and around the Detroit area. In fact, the city of Dearborn has such a large Muslim population, that it has become colloquially known as “Dearbornistan,” and has even begun implementing aspects of Shariah law. Shariah law is a code of laws based on and guided by the Islamic faith. It generally allows for the mistreatment of women and views them as property, allowing a Muslim man to “own” multiple wives. Although polygamy is illegal in the United States, it is...
  • Progress: Illinois passes law preventing welfare payments to the dead

    07/25/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    What a state to live in! What a state to die in. With nearly the full complement of lifely civic benefits for the deceased—voting and welfare receipt—Illinois is the place for the active, modern expired citizen. Until today. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun his attack on this recently vibrant Prairie State constituency by cutting benefits to them. Even food stamps will no longer flow to those who until recently needed daily sustenance. Only in Illinois.Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 3311 on July 21, requiring the Department of Human Services to conduct a monthly crosscheck of its aid...
  • Five Consequences of America's Moral Collapse

    07/25/2015 4:08:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | July 25, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Americans have become so “non-judgmental” that many people can no longer tell the difference between good and evil. We congratulate ourselves for being “nicer,” more sensitive and less prejudiced than past generations of Americans, but we don’t stop to consider how much more there is to morality than that. An America that isn’t full of good people won’t remain a good nation, nor will it remain strong and free over the long haul. Our country’s lack of morality has real consequences that are capable of eventually sinking us as a nation. 1) The Collapse Of Marriage: There used to be...
  • New Mexico tells burgeoning ranks of freeloading Food Stamp recipients to go to work

    07/18/2015 10:08:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/18/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    From the Conservative Tribune: “Right now American conservatives are arguing over the idea that the US should provide at least a minimum safety net for citizens who fall on economic hard times and need assistance to get back on their feet. One thing conservatives are not arguing about, however, is the idea that too many freeloaders consider such assistance an entitlement and abuse it for as long as they can. The use of food stamps is a case in point. More and more families use food stamps as their primary means of receiving not only groceries but also questionable items...
  • Would Americans riot if entitlements were taken away?

    07/17/2015 11:18:42 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 106 replies
    Senator Jerry Moran discusses dangers of national debt, and entitlements and warns what's happening in Greece may foretell America's fate. When the Gov't teat runs dry, have a SHTF plan.