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  • DC to Pay Criminals to Refrain from Crime [semi=satire]

    02/07/2016 11:16:48 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    Washington, DC Councilman Kenyan McDuffie proposed and the City Council unanimously adopted a measure that will pay criminals to refrain from committing crimes. Under the plan, residents with a sufficiently impressive rap-sheet will be paid up to $9,000 in cash per year for each year they aren't convicted of a crime. "This is not some lame-brained scheme that any smart aleck can game," McDuffie boasted. "Only those who can document their criminal behavior will be eligible for the stipend. By paying the 'worst-of-the-worst' members of our community to cool it we will have a greater impact than if we put...
  • Isn't It Strange? (Walter Williams)

    02/01/2016 3:04:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 3, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity. It starts off asking, "Isn't it strange that after a bombing, everyone blames the bomber, his upbringing, his environment, his culture but ... after a shooting, the problem is the gun?" In other words, after a shooting, it is the gun, an inanimate object, that is the culprit, but after a bombing, it is not the bomb that receives the blame but the evil individual. In both...
  • Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

    01/30/2016 10:50:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 11:20 AM EST | David A. Lieb
    More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month. The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy - specifically, falling unemployment. But it is raising concerns among the poor, social service providers and food pantry workers, who fear an influx of hungry people. Recent experience in other states indicates that most of those affected will probably not meet the work requirements and will be cut off from food stamps. ...
  • Florida Sheriffs Make This BRUTAL Move Against Gang Of Welfare Leeches… The Party’s OVER

    01/27/2016 4:58:01 PM PST · by Duke C. · 56 replies
    AFF ^ | 1/23/16 | Dean James
    Law enforcement officers in Polk County, Florida have arrested 11 people for using stolen Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. The arrests were made as the result of a year-long investigation.
  • Federal Report: 40 Percent Qualify for Need-Tested Benefits

    01/27/2016 12:34:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | Terry Jeffrey
    As of December 2012, the total population of the United States -- including members of the Armed Forces stationed overseas -- equaled 315,255,012, according to the Census Bureau's estimate. At some time during 2012, according to a study the Congressional Research Service published last month, approximately 134,800,000 people qualified for one or more of "nine major need-tested benefit programs" and approximately 106,000,000 actually received benefits from at least one of them. That means about 42.7 percent of the U.S population was eligible for one or more of these government benefit programs at some time during 2012 and about 33.6 percent...
  • Tell the truth about benefit claimants and the left shuts you down (UK)

    01/26/2016 8:44:38 AM PST · by RightGeek · 9 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 1/16/2016 | Toby Young
    [snip] Dr Adam Perkins [is] a lecturer in the neurobiology of personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. [snip] Over the past five years, he has accumulated a mass of evidence about the personalities of welfare claimants and concluded that individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and anti-social tendencies - what he calls the 'employment-resistant personality profile' — are over-represented among benefit recipients. He also found that their children are likely to share those traits, which helps explain why poverty has a tendency to be passed down from one generation to the next. Now, none of...
  • German Dentists Warn Treating Migrant’s ‘Catastrophic’ Teeth Will Cost Tax Payer BILLIONS

    01/26/2016 6:55:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 26, 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    That mass migration is adding enormous pressure to public services has been confirmed by German dental professionals, who have warned the teeth of many immigrants are so bad they require significant work, which will cost the tax payer billions of Euros.
  • Daugaard: Drug Testing for Welfare 'Somewhat Insulting'

    01/25/2016 12:02:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    KSFY ^ | Jan 22, 2016
    Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a measure to require some welfare applicants to pass drug tests would be a waste of money and "somewhat insulting." Daugaard said Friday that he hasn't previously been enthusiastic about similar proposals. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto is the measure's main House sponsor. Her plan would require applicants under 65 to be drug tested before receiving food stamps or cash assistance.
  • Men with more than one wife will get extra benefits under new rules

    01/25/2016 9:41:02 AM PST · by rktman · 55 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1/24/2016 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Men with more than one wife will qualify for extra benefits under the new welfare system, according to official House of Commons research. Under the universal credit welfare system, which is not expected to be fully introduced until 2021, polygamous households will be rewarded with higher benefits, The Sunday Times reports. In the UK, it is illegal to marry more than one person. Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are only recognised in Britain if they took place in countries where they are legal, such as Middle Eastern states, Pakistan and Zambia.
  • American oil companies are starting to scream "mayday."

    01/24/2016 9:05:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 January 2016 | Heather Long
    Last year, 42 North American drillers filed for bankruptcy, according to law firm Haynes and Boone. It's only likely to get worse this year. Experts say there are a lot of parallels between today's crisis and the last oil crash in 1986. Back then, 27% of exploration and production companies went bust. Defaults are skyrocketing again. In December, exploration and production company defaults topped 11%, up from just 0.5% the previous year, according to Fitch Ratings. That's a 2,000%-plus jump. It's just the beginning, says John La Forge, head of real assets strategy at Wells Fargo. If history repeats, people...
  • W-a-l-m-a-r-t does not spell welfare

    01/22/2016 12:49:36 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/22/16 | David Hunter
    Unlike government, which never has a bottom line and seems not to care one whit for economic consequences in U.S. deficit spending and counting)--such is not the case for any business or any rational person managing a household budget Apparently the liberal MSM and politicians confuse the name Walmart with the concept of welfare. The first is a publicly-traded retailer with stockholders that expect the company to remain profitable. The second is a government-sponsored entitlement program for the needy. The two are examples of entirely different economic animals: the first provides purpose, the semblance of independence and potential upward mobility,...
  • Group Makes Sure Taxpayers Know About Earned Income Tax Credit (Another $6,000 Cash Welfare Scam)

    Taxpayers could be losing up to $6000 of they don't apply for a certain tax credit, Channel 9's Steve Barrett reported. Volunteers from Heart of Florida United Way's (HFUW) "Financially Fit" are going door to door to some homes in Central Florida to make sure taxpayers are aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit. The group said it is also making sure low-income taxpayers know that they qualify for free tax assistance. "It's around $6,000 that they can get for the Earned Income Tax Credit. It's based on your income and the number of people in your household. Then, getting...
  • Gov't Hails Gains in Able-Bodied Adults on Food Stamps [semi-satire]

    01/16/2016 1:23:34 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2016 | John Semmens
    Since President Obama took office the number of able-bodied-without-dependents who are receiving government food subsidies has soared by 370%. This increase in participation by persons who in another era would have been expected to fend for themselves was hailed as "great progress on the President's goal of transforming America," by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. "Relieved of the burden of feeding themselves, these individuals are free to pursue goals higher on Maslow's hierarchy of needs." One of the favorite "higher goals" of this segment of the population is smoking. Fully 50% of the subsidized beneficiaries are smokers...
  • Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive

    01/14/2016 1:43:16 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2016 | Jack Spencer
    Here’s a question: Why should lawmakers bother trying to inject transparency into the operations of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation? Wouldn’t it make more sense to apply their efforts to just dumping the MEDC altogether? Given the obstacles, the answer may be “probably not.” As Michigan’s corporate welfare arm, the agency spends the public’s money to entice businesses to start operations in the state, or pay firms already located here not to move elsewhere. The primary goal is to create jobs. Yet according to state audits and independent studies, the MEDC's success rate for creating the number of jobs it...
  • Bernie Sanders: No, I won’t explain how I’ll pay for everything for everyone

    01/14/2016 1:35:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Bernie Sanders’ “Democrat socialist” policies sound good and have a lot of popular support among certain demographics, but when pressed on how he would pay for all the free stuff he’s promising, he’s a bit nonplussed. Pesky details like that just don’t interest him; it’s all about the utopian ideal in his dreamy little head, not about reality.For example, although he pledged to release his plan for paying for his health care plan before the Iowa caucuses, he’s now decided that might be a mistake and is considering breaking that particular pledge.CNN reports: Bernie Sanders could break his pledge...
  • Stop Sucking Your Thumbs, Liberals, and Get a Clue

    12/29/2015 7:31:41 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 7 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | December 29, 2015 | Christopher Chantrill
    It must be the holidays, because a lot of liberal media types are publishing end-of-year thumbsuckers on democracy. In the Atlantic, Peter Beinart writes that Americans are becoming more liberal; in the New Republic, David Dayen says no, they are not. And over at Vox, Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk show with the World Values Survey that democracy is in trouble as Americans, and people all over the world, are losing faith in it.
  • Benefits of 'Corporate Welfare' Exaggerated, Unverified

    12/14/2015 12:52:04 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/12/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Currently, there’s a multilayered debate taking place in the Michigan Legislature. At issue is whether the state should give tax exemptions to all data centers; give exemptions to just a single proposed data center near Grand Rapids; or learn from the past and forget about the tax exemptions altogether. If the deals that produce special breaks like tax exemptions were routinely subject to meaningful public transparency, there might be a good chance of resolving this debate based on facts rather than speculation. That, however, is not the case. On the other hand, if such deals were routinely subject to meaningful...
  • Two N.J. cities named among the worst to celebrate New Year's Eve

    12/09/2015 4:24:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    If you're thinking about ringing in the New Year in two New Jersey cities you want want to think again, according a new study by WalletHub. Analysts at the consumer and small business web site probed the 100 biggest cities based on 17 levels of criteria ranging from the average price of a New Year's Eve party ticket, weather and the legality of fireworks. As for the two New Jersey cities on the list? Jersey City and Newark brought up the rear at No. 98 and 99 respectively.
  • Here's What Happens When A Family Runs Out Of Food Stamps

    12/09/2015 10:43:49 AM PST · by blam · 146 replies
    BI - Washington Post ^ | 12-9-2015 | Emily Badger,
    Emily BadgerDeember 9, 2015Toward the end of every month, hospitals in California see a curious uptick in admissions for hypoglycemia, the kind of low blood sugar that can affect diabetics. The pattern, detected in a recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is almost entirely driven by low-income patients. The non-poor don't show much change in admissions at all. The researchers suspect this trend may point to an underlying challenge for the poor: Food stamps, given out in a lump sum at the start of each month, run out for many families before they reach the...
  • VIDEO: Woman Finds Out She's Approved For Welfare

    12/07/2015 1:52:04 PM PST · by Wolfie · 44 replies
    VIDEO: Woman Finds Out She's Approved For Welfare A video has been leaked on the internet which perfectly captures what life is like in President Barack Obama's America. Watch (below) as the woman reads a letter about welfare as if she might be winning the lottery. She opens it excitedly as she tells her children to leave her alone. At first, she can't understand what the letter means, but ultimately decides she's officially eligible to recieve taxpayer-funded benefits from the state. Another welfare queen who refuses to work. This is outrageous and is going viral! Watch before they take it...
  • Finland’s residents may be given a monthly income of $868 – for doing nothing

    12/07/2015 12:19:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-7-15
    Finland's citizens could soon receive tax-free payouts of roughly $868 a month - just for living in the country. Proposals being drawn up by the Finnish Social Insurance Institution call for a national basic income that would replace other benefit payments, regardless if the recipient is working or not, The Telegraph reports. It's not clear how Finland would shore up enough cash to make the payouts each year, according to Bloomberg. Still, government officials say they're trying to encourage more people to return to work. More than 10 percent of Finland's workforce is unemployed, with figures soaring to 22.7 percent...
  • Impeach Obama. Well, It's a Start

    12/07/2015 8:19:01 AM PST · by huckfillary · 25 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | December 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    I just returned from the grocery store. While waiting in line, as usual, I checked out the tabloid headlines. One particular headline, from The Globe I believe, caught my immediate attention. It read: IMPEACH OBAMA: He’s a disgrace. No thinking person could be opposed to such a thing. It would make for the ultimate national Christmas stocking-stuffer. On the way home, however, I asked myself, “Would impeaching Obama really change anything, I mean, fundamentally and systemically? And the answer was unequivocally, “No.” Even if you impeached Obama, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid, it wouldn’t...
  • City workers spent $120K in food stamps on Red Bull, authorities say (New York)

    12/02/2015 5:10:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 2, 2015 | Michael Gartland
    Two city workers exploited flaws in the city’s welfare system to swipe $2.1 million worth of food stamps and rental subsidies — and then spent $120,000 on Red Bull, authorities said Tuesday. Petronila Peralta of The Bronx and Cherrise Watson-Jackson of Queens — both longtime employees of the Human Resources Administration — were charged with fraud, along with 11 co-conspirators who allegedly helped carry out the scam between 2008 and 2013.
  • 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," (https://www.dosomething.org) 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 · 16 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...