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  • Escaping communism and SSI... to the Mormon church and a normal life

    07/27/2016 9:24:00 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 2 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Roger Bauer, Resides in an apartment in Orem Utah just 30 minutes from Salt Lake City where he works as an arc welder. Roger beings his mornings bright and early before the sun rises where he fashions a quick breakfast in his kitchenette. A recent convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints, he forgoes coffee and tea that he once would have had and instead enjoy a glass of orange juice or a smoothie if one is available. He goes to work just as dawn is breaking over Provo Peak and the Aspen groove hills. He...
  • As a Teen Cashier Seeing Food Stamp Use, I Changed My Mind About the Democrat Party

    07/26/2016 8:36:44 AM PDT · by milton23 · 72 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/26/16 | J. D. Vance
    Mamaw encouraged me to get a job—she told me that it would be good for me and that I needed to learn the value of a dollar. When her encouragement fell on deaf ears, she then demanded that I get a job, and so I did, as a cashier at Dillman’s, a local grocery store. Working as a cashier turned me into an amateur sociologist. A frenetic stress animated so many of our customers. One of our neighbors would walk in and yell at me for the smallest of transgressions—not smiling at her, or bagging the groceries too heavy one...
  • Varadkar proposes tying welfare payments to inflation (Ireland)

    07/22/2016 11:01:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 21/07/2016 8:12 PM | Michael Sheils McNamee
    Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has thrown his political weight behind indexing welfare payments to inflation. Speaking at MacGill Summer School in Donegal, the Dublin TD struck a socially aware tone throughout his speech — referring to the period of economic downturn as “Ireland’s lost decade” and bemoaning a stalling in living standards. “Were it not for social welfare payments over half of the country would be at risk of poverty,” he said, before he emphasized the need to “protect the value of these payments now and into the future”. “I believe this can best be done by indexing...
  • Governor Cuomo Announces 750,000 Additional Working Families Now Eligible For Nutrition Assistance

    07/08/2016 11:07:20 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 44 replies
    NY State Website ^ | 8 July 2016 | N/A
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 750,000 additional working families are now eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP– which helps fight hunger among working New Yorkers.
  • Finding workers a critical need in the county. (An article about lack of qualified workers)

    07/08/2016 6:21:06 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 52 replies
    Casey County News ^ | July 5, 2016 | Larry Rowell
    Factories such as Tarter Industries are having problems meeting current production needs because of a critical shortage of workers. And, expansion plans for 2017 may have to be put on hold if workers cannot be found, said Travis Cox, vice president and general manager for Tarter Industries. “Lack of workers is now my No. 1 inhibiting growth factor, bar none,” said Cox. “My last shortage report shows we are about 75-80 people under full budget head count. That’s just trying to keep up, not growing and expanding.” Cox said TI is aggressively searching within two counties on each side of...
  • Over a third of single-parent families depend on welfare [Germany]

    07/06/2016 2:37:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Jul 2016 09:50 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Children growing up in single-parent households are nearly five times more likely to depend on welfare payments, a study revealed Wednesday. Germany’s 2.3 million children being raised in single-parent households are disproportionately at risk of poverty. A study done by the Bertelsmann Foundation said that more than a third of single-parent families (37.6 percent) were dependent on Hartz IV social benefits. Only 7.6 percent of two-parent households are dependent on the payments. […] One in five families in Germany are single-parent households. …
  • When Technology Eliminates Jobs, We'll Want a Basic Income

    07/05/2016 7:58:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Inverse ^ | July 5, 2016 | Nickolaus Hines
    Robin Chase and Martin Ford explain why at a White House roundtable. Automation is going to make universal basic income a necessity sooner rather than later, a White House panel discussed today. Technology entrepreneur and Zipcar founder Robin Chase and author Martin Ford (Rise of the Robots) today during a Facebook Live discussion with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. “We need to start thinking about universal basic income,” Chase said, referring to the concept of a base-level of income each person would get just for being alive. “If people had that platform, that basic minimum, we could be...
  • Alaska’s Cable Company Wants to Put The Whole State on Welfare So It’ll Have Customers

    07/03/2016 7:53:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Things are not going all that well for Ron Duncan.Duncan, 62, who made $3.4 million last year as CEO of GCI, the cable and communications firm that dominates Alaska, has had recent troubles with mouthy executives and new competition from Japan. More seriously, GCI lost $26 million in 2015, nearly $9 million in the fourth quarter alone – after which he said, paraphrasing Custer no doubt: “We finished 2015 on strong operational footing, which sets us up to capitalize on opportunities in 2016.”But his real problem will come when the Alaska legislature declines to continue to fund his gravy train....
  • Sonnie Johnson on Blacks for Donald Trump: ‘We Want Greatness; We Do Not Want Free $#*+’

    07/02/2016 11:25:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 1, 2016 | John Hayward
    Podcaster and blogger Sonnie Johnson was having a pretty good time with this year’s BET Awards until Jesse Williams took the stage, as she told SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon on Friday’s Breitbart News Daily.“He gives this speech, a Black Lives Matter speech, and I wrote a responding article on Breitbart.com, entitled ‘OK, Do You Want to Talk About Freedom Now?’” Johnson said. (The current title of the article was expanded to include both Johnson and Williams’ names; it may be read here.) As Johnson pointed out, Jesse Williams has “a white mother and a black father – and that...
  • Christie vetoes $17M in welfare, women's health programs 'to protect taxpayers'

    07/01/2016 6:59:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation Thursday that would have raised monthly welfare benefits for the first time in 30 years, and would have restored $7.5 million in grants for women's clinics which he eliminated when he first took office in 2010. In veto statements released just before 10 p.m. — two hours before the start of the new fiscal year — the governor said his actions "protected taxpayers" from the "irresponsible" spending by the Democrats who control the Legislature. "Unfortunately, the Legislature has continued its annual ritual of attempting to pass additional unbudgeted spending for selected interests," according to Christie's...
  • Miss. Lawmaker Suggests Woman Buy Daughter's Diabetes Meds After She Writes for Help

    06/30/2016 8:46:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Julia Jacobo
    A Mississippi state representative suggested that a woman buy her family's diabetes medication after she wrote to him to ask for help with increasing difficulties obtaining Medicaid assistance. Richland resident Nicole Nichols wrote to the Mississippi House of Representatives Monday morning to voice her concern that children with Type 1 diabetes "aren't getting the necessary diabetes supplies and meds they need to stay healthy." "We have recently begun having a lot of problems with Medicaid/CHIPS coverage of the essential diabetes supplies needed, not only to keep our kids healthy, but to literally keep them alive," Nichols wrote to Mississippi lawmakers....
  • Cut Corporate Welfare to Help Balance State Budget

    06/28/2016 11:35:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    Michigan will collect more taxes next year, but not as much as predicted a few months ago, leaving members of the Legislature looking at a sizable gap between what they want to spend and the money available to pay for it. The most constructive and efficient way to balance the budget is to eliminate the state’s corporate welfare programs and supporting bureaucracy. The budget the Legislature enacted for fiscal year 2016 included almost $178 million in six major items over which the Michigan Economic Development Corporation controls. Cutting this would not only help balance the budget, but could improve Michigan’s...
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • The Management of Savagery

    06/26/2016 7:30:13 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 22 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    If there is a positive side to the rise of ISIS, it is that the West has had its head jerked from the sand and has been made to witness a bottomless, bloodthirsty evil: crucifixions, beheadings, enslavement of women, live burial of children, mass executions. But as one analyst writes, this violence is not “whimsical, crazed fanaticism, but a very deliberate, considered strategy” – one that seems to derive in part from a book called The Management of Savagery. In the spring of 2004 a strategist who called himself Abu Bakr Naji published online The Management of Savagery: The Most...
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Has a Consumer Protection Office

    06/26/2016 7:35:00 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jun 13, 2014 | Aaron Zelin
    No sooner had it seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and surrounding villages, than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began outlining how it would govern its dawla (state). The best way to get a sense of ISIS’s blueprint for state-building is to look at how it has ruled al-Raqqa governorate and other territory in neighboring Syria. The group’s first move is often to set up billboards around town that emphasize the importance of jihad, sharia, women’s purity, and other pietistic themes. The group also has a surprisingly sophisticated bureaucracy, which typically includes an Islamic court system and...
  • Dem who opposed welfare fraud measure indicted – for food stamp fraud

    06/26/2016 8:09:05 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    Fox news ^ | June 24, 2016 | Brooke Singman
    An Arizona Democratic lawmaker who once voted against welfare fraud protections in her state has been indicted on felony charges of defrauding the food stamp program. According to the indictment unsealed earlier this week, state Rep. Cecilia Velasquez was charged with three felony counts: unlawful use of food stamps, fraudulent schemes and practices, and theft. The Arizona Department of Economic Security began investigating Velasquez in 2014. According to the Arizona DES, Velasquez fraudulently used $1,726 worth of food stamps between 2013 and 2015. This past February, Velasquez had voted against a bill aimed at giving the same state agency stronger...
  • Democrat Wants Taxpayers to Pass Drug Test to Qualify for Deductions [semi-satire]

    06/19/2016 10:26:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) has introduced legislation that would require taxpayers to pass a drug test before being allowed to itemize deductions on their 1040 tax forms. The bill is in retaliation for state laws that require welfare recipients to pass drug tests in order to receive benefits. "I am sick and tired of Republicans forcing poor people to jump through hoops to receive the money they are entitled to under the law," Moore complained. "We enacted these programs to help the unfortunate. Few members of society are as unfortunate as drug addicts. They are slaves to chemicals that their...
  • Lawmaker wants the rich to be drug tested before receiving high-dollar tax deductions

    06/18/2016 5:40:00 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 63 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Andrew Bahl
    Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., in February. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) A Congresswoman who is “sick and tired” of drug testing welfare recipients has introduced a bill in Congress that would subject the rich to many of those same requirements. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., unveiled Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, which would require those claiming itemized deductions of more than $150,000 on their tax returns to submit to drug tests or file for less generous tax deductions. The proposal is a shot across the bow at Republican governors in states, including Moore’s home state of Wisconsin, that require the...
  • FCC: Taxpayers Footing $500M Bill for Obamaphone Fraud"4.2 million duplicate recipients..."

    06/09/2016 7:02:22 PM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    TR True Revolt ^ | 6/09/16 | Sarah Fisher |
    A letter sent by a Federal Communications Commission commissioner suggests that taxpayers are footing the bill for half a billion dollars in fraudulent "Obamaphone" subsidies. Ajit Pai, the senior Republican commissioner at the FCC, says there may be as many as 4.2 million duplicate recipients of Lifeline Assistance subsidies, also known as the “Obamaphone” program. In a letter to chief executive of Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC), Pai requests an audit of how carrier sub-contractors vet the applications for new subsidies. In the letter, first published by The Hill, Pai says that cell phone carriers may have bypassed a safeguard...
  • Ryan’s Welfare Reform Plan: Right Diagnosis But A Weak Prescription

    06/08/2016 1:31:00 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/8/2016 | Staff
    War on Poverty: Everyone who thinks the government “must do more” to help the poor should read the House Republican blueprint on welfare reform. The report is the result of years of work head by Speaker Paul Ryan to reform welfare and improve upward mobility.
  • Feds spend nearly $20,000 to settle every refugee

    06/08/2016 11:42:20 AM PDT · by milford421 · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/8/16 | Paul Bedard
    "Federal taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $20,000 just to settle each refugee and asylum seeker, who are then immediately eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing and medical aid, according to a new report on the "refugee industry."" "The report from the Negative Population Growth Inc. said that the U.S. is currently accepting about 95,000 refugees and asylees. That is in addition to the over 500,000 legal and illegal immigrants coming to the U.S."
  • Ryan starts rolling out policy agenda he’d push under Trump

    06/07/2016 10:12:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Welfare work requirements, defunding of programs . . . and more. It’s just a start, and he says as much. It has to be. It doesn’t mention what to do with ObamaCare or entitlements, so we can expect that he and his colleagues in the House are still working on those and we’ll hear about them soon enough. This stuff is basic blocking and tackling, but that doesn’t mean it’s without value. Paul Ryan told us last week that he’s voting for Donald Trump for precisely this reason: A Republican legislative agenda has no chance if Hillary becomes president. With...
  • Sowell: Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

    06/06/2016 11:09:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 7, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious people and socialists were agreed on the proposition that "he who does not work, neither shall he eat." Both would come to the aid of those unable to work. But the idea that people who simply choose not to work should be supported by money taken from those who are working was rejected across the ideological spectrum. How we got...
  • Sowell: Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?: Part II

    06/06/2016 11:08:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 7, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what "we" can do for "them." After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from "not very much" to "making matters worse." Undaunted, people in a number of countries are coming up with new proposals that are variations on the theme of government-provided income — which amounts to relieving people from personal responsibility. Yet even some conservatives and libertarians are coming up with proposals for more "efficient" versions of the welfare state — namely direct cash grants for life to virtually all adults, instead...
  • (Video) Furious Woman Filmed Destroying a Convenience Store When Her Welfare Card is Rejected

    06/03/2016 6:03:38 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6-3-2016 | LiveLeak
    A woman destroyed a convenience store in the US after being told her benefits card would not be accepted. Shocking footage shows the woman throwing stock from shelves and screaming before being restrained and physically removed from the store.
  • Y Combinator Wants to Test a Revolutionary Economic Idea (Guaranteed basic income)

    06/01/2016 12:48:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | May 31, 2016 | Kia Kokalitcheva
    Can giving people money help solve wealth inequality? Y Combinator, a prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator program for startups, is wading into a new “world changing” project: basic income. On Tuesday, Y Combinator said in a blog post that it would conduct a short pilot study in Oakland, Calif., “a city of great social and economic diversity” that “has both concentrated wealth and considerable inequality.” The accelerator has also hired Elizabeth Rhodes, a PhD in social work and political science from the University of Michigan, where she completed research on health and education in slum communities in Nairobi. Y Combinator defines...
  • My Very Own Obamaphone

    05/29/2016 9:41:08 PM PDT · by LucyT · 8 replies
    From theTrumpet.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Robert Morley
    Last week, I almost got my very own Obamaphone—by accident. I own a Tracfone; it is one of those prepay plans. The carrier was upgrading from 2G to 3G, and I was sent a new phone to replace my old one. And then the discovery! My perfectly good Tracfone had been mysteriously transformed into an Obamaphone. I might have had a tax payer-provided phone with free monthly minutes and unlimited text messaging for life! Plus a whole lot of free Internet access too! That’s how close I came to my very own Obamaphone. [snip] It’s a testament to the efficiency...
  • Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’

    05/21/2016 10:44:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 20, 2016 | Catalina Guerrero, euroefe.es | Translated by Samuel Morgan
    The EU would have “the second most powerful military” in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EurActiv Spain. “If we added the capabilities we have in the EU together, we would automatically become the second most powerful military force on Earth and the reason we aren’t is because there is no political will. This is because each national government would rather be the head of a mouse rather than the tail of a lion,” said Jesús Núńez, a conflict analyst. …
  • Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    05/16/2016 1:34:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2016 | James Hohman
    A report from the state House Fiscal Agency shows that there has been a steady decline in the number of police officers in Michigan, falling 15.4 percent from 1990 to 2015. The report does not go into why this is, but here’s one theory: Pension underfunding is crowding out government spending, including hiring decisions. Consider that the state police retirement system now costs between 57 percent and 63 percent of the Michigan State Police’s total payroll. It is not because the benefits are lavish. It is because the state is trying to pay for promises that it made in the...
  • What Is Really Holding American Workers' Back?

    05/14/2016 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    Even though the official unemployment rate fell below 5%, most of us who live in the real world know better: there are still an estimated 30 million Americans who have either given up looking for work or are underemployed. According to the latest Pew Research, the American middle class has shrunk for the first time in decades and is no longer the economic majority. In the mean time, the number of low-income Americans is rising. Who should we blame for this economic reality? Many point their fingers at immigrants. Maybe you have heard this saying, “When you point one finger,...
  • Millennials are more open to idea of slavery reparations: Study shows...

    05/11/2016 5:11:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/11/16
    Millennials are more open to idea of slavery reparations: Study shows majority of young people think African Americans should be compensated for ancestors' suffering **SNIP** Baby boomers between ages 51-69 are similar, with a 79-17 per cent margin against reparations. The numbers start changing when it comes to Generation Xers, with Americans between the ages of 35-50 breaking 73 per cent to 25 per cent against reparations. The biggest shift comes with millennials, with a majority — 51 per cent — saying that reparations should be paid or they were unsure of whether reparations should be paid.
  • Half of immigrant-led households collect welfare as admission rules go unenforced

    05/04/2016 6:52:41 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigrants are supposed to be beneficial to the U.S. — so much so that federal law requires them to prove they won’t end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted. But it’s a stricture honored more in the breach than in compliance, according to statistics obtained by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which found that of the millions of legal immigrants living in the U.S. and collecting welfare or other public benefits, only a single person was kicked out of the country over the last three years for becoming a public burden. That seems to fly...
  • AT&T offering $5 internet to low-income families (under deal with FCC)

    05/02/2016 9:12:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2016 | Heather Kelly
    Any home where at least one person receives food stamps will be eligible for the new program, called Access from AT&T. The offering is part of an agreement AT&T (T, Tech30) made with the FCC as part of last year's DirectTV merger and will be available until 2020. The company is the latest to offer discounted internet to low-income households in the United States, joining Comcast (CCV), Google Fiber, and some local government and nonprofit. These programs help close the so-called "digital divide" for families who would otherwise be forced to rely on school connections or cell phones. A lack...
  • Dramatic success in 2 states that innovated on subsidies for poor people

    05/01/2016 7:45:15 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    I suppose that I ought to offer a cliché alert with this post, because the lessons from Kansas and Delaware are obvious to anyone other than a progressive. Yet, those lessons are still not put into practice in most places in this country, so please forgive me for praising innovation in applying a rudimentary understanding of human nature to government policies regarding the poor. The first cliché to be cited is the old one about federalism constituting the laboratory of democracy. Maybe it is trite, but I really wish my state, California, would pay attention to what Delaware and Kansas...
  • There's an even better solution to poverty than a $15 minimum wage (Basic universal income)

    04/20/2016 2:16:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | April 20, 2016 | Chris Weller
    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton spent a great deal of time debating the merits of raising the minimum wage at the last Democratic debate on April 14. Sanders, ever the radical, stood behind the popular $15 minimum wage figure that will soon take hold in California and New York. Clinton, who's long pushed for $12, updated her position in support of $15 figure. Both could be misguided. While raising the minimum wage does make sense on paper — working people need to make more to survive than they can on today's minimum wage, so we should give them more money...
  • Simple Math Shows America Is Headed for an Economic Disaster

    04/18/2016 7:21:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jody Chudley
    Stan Druckenmiller ... when I look at the current picture of expected tax revenues combined with benefits promised to future generations, this is the most unsustainable situation I have seen ever in my career. The disaster that Druckenmiller sees coming for the United States is all about changing demographics and entitlement spending. They don’t add up to a sustainable situation. In 1940, entitlement payments, which include everything from disability payments to Social Security to Medicare, amounted to just over 20% of annual government spending in the United States. Today, entitlement spending has swelled to nearly 70% of the annual federal...
  • Bernie's Right—America Should Be More Like Sweden; But not in the way he thinks

    04/19/2016 8:27:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/19/2016 | Johan Norberg
    Bernie Sanders thinks the U.S. should look to Sweden and other Scandinavian countries to "learn what they have accomplished for their working people." The Vermont senator has said so repeatedly throughout his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting GOP rival Marco Rubio to say, "I think Bernie Sanders is a good candidate for president—of Sweden." As a native of Sweden, I must admit this makes me Feel the Bern a bit. Sanders is right: America would benefit hugely from modeling her economic and social policies after her Scandinavian sisters. But Sanders should be careful what he wishes for. When...
  • Maine On Track to Uncover Record Amount of Welfare Fraud

    04/13/2016 4:03:40 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that it expects to surpass last year's record number of uncovered welfare fraud. "We're seeing an awful lot of welfare fraud," Director of Fraud Operations Tom Roth told WCSH-TV. "We definitely have more calls coming in than we have people to handle. Having the support from the state and the public is paramount, I think, to our success."
  • FCC plans $51 million fine over Lifeline program abuse

    04/08/2016 9:15:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    WMUR ^ | April 8, 2016 | Charles Riley
    The Federal Communications Commission has announced plans to fine a mobile provider $51 million for defrauding its Lifeline program, which subsidizes wireless service for low-income Americans. The FCC accused California-based Total Call Mobile of fraudulently enrolling tens of thousands of duplicate and ineligible consumers in the Lifeline program. The company received an estimated $9.7 million dollars in improper payments since 2014, according to the FCC. In the fourth quarter of that year, 99.8% of the company's enrollments allegedly involved overriding a system designed to stop the registration of duplicate customers.
  • Maine Senate backs welfare reform bill, but penalty conflict looms

    04/08/2016 4:02:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Michael Shepher
    The Republican bill would hold those who intentionally make illegal purchases under the law to existing penalties for violations including making false statements on forms. A first violation is a one-year suspension, the second is two years, and the third is a lifetime ban. Democrats have said that is too harsh for a violation as small as buying a pack of cigarettes. In their version, the penalty for a first violation would be restitution, the second would be a maximum three-month suspension, and it would be a six-month maximum for subsequent violations. Advocates of the bill have said the department...
  • Welfare Queen says Working is Stupid

    04/06/2016 4:35:41 PM PDT · by Right-wing Librarian · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 6, 2016 | Political Ears
    Welfare queen from Austin, Texas says that she makes at least twice as much money on public assistance as she could at any job. AND SHE GIVES DETAILS on how she scams/leeches the system. God help us.
  • The Real Welfare Queens Are Our Legislators, Not Food-Stamp Recipients

    04/06/2016 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/4/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    Let's not be coy. There's a certain population in this country that expects unlimited government handouts despite its piggish unwillingness to work. Don't tell me this is about their child-care responsibilities, or lack of access to transportation or education. Nonsense. These people simply don't want to work. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new welfare queens: your democratically elected U.S. legislators, the laziest, most do-nothing generation of federal politicians in decades. Sure, they talk a big game about work ethic and personal responsibility. With the stated goal of promoting personal responsibility, the House Republicans' 2017 budget proposes newly attaching work requirements...
  • IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn't

    04/05/2016 6:26:48 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/2016 | Phil Galewitz
    Nearly a third of people without health insurance, about 10 million, live in families that received a federal earned income tax credit in 2014, according to a new study. But the Internal Revenue Service doesn't tell those tax filers that their low and moderate incomes likely mean their households qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to buy coverage on the insurance exchanges. That's a lost opportunity to identify people who are eligible but not receiving government assistance to gain health coverage, the researchers say. More
  • Renewed requirement of work for SNAP recipients produces predictable liberal backlash

    04/03/2016 6:32:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There used to be a rule in place – part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s – which required food stamps recipients to do at least some work in order to receive the benefits if they were childless and able bodied. That rule was suspended in most places since the beginning of the crash in 2007, but now that unemployment is allegedly back down to nominal levels and the economy is “stable” across most of the country, that exception is being rolled back. This, of course, has liberals up in arms. (WaPo) The...
  • States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients

    03/29/2016 6:41:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | William La Jeunesse
    States are moving to once again require able-bodied adults to put in work hours in exchange for food stamps, after the requirements largely were suspended by the Obama administration. The slow-moving reversal follows the administration pulling back on Clinton-era changes that required recipients to work for government welfare benefits. Signing the reform bill in 1996 alongside then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, then-President Bill Clinton said the goal was to make welfare “a second chance, not a way of life.” But during the last recession, President Obama allowed states to suspend a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours...
  • State paying $390,000 a year in rent for Liberty Place call-center space [EBT, SNAP etc...]

    03/28/2016 8:03:26 PM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | March 28, 2016 | Tim Mekeel
    The [PA] state Department of Human Services will pay about $390,000 a year to rent space in Liberty Place for its newly opened call center there, a state official said Monday. . . . The call centers field calls from consumers seeking or receiving various types of public assistance. Consumers typically call to report changes in their address, income or household, to request replacement of EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards and to inquire about the status of an application for benefits.
  • Europe is now drowning under the cost of welfare bills

    03/24/2016 5:57:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/24/2016 | Matthew Lynn
    When she isn’t shipping in more Syrian refugees, or trying to find new ways to destroy the Greek economy, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is fond of quoting an alarming statistic: Europe accounts for just 7pc of the world’s population, and 25pc of its GDP, and yet it also accounts for a massive 50pc of its welfare spending. The point is an important one. Europe’s welfare spending is out of control, and is on a scale that is both lavish and unaffordable compared with the rest of the world. There is a problem, however. Neither she, nor any other political...
  • Second Generation Welfare Person's Viewpoint

    03/21/2016 12:01:08 PM PDT · by econjack · 18 replies
    Safeshare.tv ^ | 3/21/2016 | Radio Interview
    This is a radio interview with a 32 year old in Austin, TX, who thinks there is nothing wrong with taking welfare even though she's capable of working. She's a second generation welfare con artist and expects her kids to be the same. Listen at: http://safeshare.tv/w/csrqsTAmSx
  • Florida Man Tries To Buy $60,000 BMW SUV With Food Stamps

    03/20/2016 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 20, 2016
    The farcical American welfare-state has a new posterchild. Meet Florida-resident Nicholas Jackson, who tried to purchase a brand new $60,000 BMW X-6 SUV with his Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card ... That's not what Food Stamps are for!! But, as New York Daily News' Sasha Goldstein explains, after failing to use his us-taxpayer-funded credit card to buy the high-end German luxury car, he decided to steal it...but was caught when he ran out of gas (according to police). Nicholas Jackson, 36, showed up to a Pompano Beach dealership with little in the way of currency and was sent away, the...
  • 'Housing first': Dallas's new strategy for the city's most costly homeless people

    03/20/2016 8:46:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 20, 2016 | Tom Dart
    For rent: brand new one-bed apartments in the shadow of downtown Dallas, a short walk from one of the city's trendiest areas. On-site concierge. Successful applicants will be homeless, mentally ill and possess criminal records. . . . All for a rent of 30% of the tenant's monthly income - whether it is $1,000 or $10. The only requirement? "Be a good tenant," James says. That means no criminal or disruptive behaviour; but no pressure on residents to immediately go sober if they are addicted to alcohol, for example.