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  • My Very Own Obamaphone

    05/29/2016 9:41:08 PM PDT · by LucyT · 4 replies
    From theTrumpet.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Robert Morley
    Last week, I almost got my very own Obamaphoneóby 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! Thatís how close I came to my very own Obamaphone. [snip] Itís a testament to the efficiency...
  • Conflict analyst: EU would have Ďsecond most powerful military on Earthí

    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 ďthe second most powerful militaryĒ 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. ďIf 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 arenít 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,Ē said Jesķs NķŮez, a conflict analyst. Ö
  • 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 hereís 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 Policeís 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, ¬ďWhen 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 ó 51 per cent ó 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. ó so much so that federal law requires them to prove they wonít end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted. But itís 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 clichť 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 clichť 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 ó 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 donít 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 RightóAmerica 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 presidentóof 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 ‚Äď part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s ‚Äď 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 ‚Äústable‚ÄĚ 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 ďa second chance, not a way of life.Ē 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 isnít 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 worldís 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. Europeís 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.
  • GOODIES: Chelsea promises Obamacare for illegals

    03/19/2016 11:02:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | March 16, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton told attendees at a Utah campaign stop that her mother is eager to extend Obamacare "to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status." The apparent promise to extend Obamacare to illegal immigrants came Tuesday at a campaign stop for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Salt Lake City, where an unidentified man questioned Chelsea about the intersection of heath care and immigration policy. "I'm a proud gay Latino immigrant, now a U.S. citizen. So I support your mom," the man said in a video of the encounter...
  • Thousands of welfare recipients still using cards at liquor stores

    03/16/2016 10:32:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 25 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 16 Mar, 2016 | Arthur Kane
    (Colorado) Between May and November last year, 5,000 welfare recipients withdrew taxpayer money more than 10,000 times at casinos, liquor stores and pot shops despite a new state law requiring agencies to block the abuse, officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The numbers, which show 9,204 withdrawals at liquor stores, 40 at racing establishments, 134 at marijuana shops and 737 at casinos are higher than the numbers Watchdog.org found in a similar six-month period in 2014, when we wrote stories that sparked the legislation. But Watchdog.orgís analysis was conservative and excluded many venues that sell both food and liquor, like Samís Clubs....
  • $10 Mil to End ďDiaper DisparityĒ after Free Diaper Laws Fail Twice in Congress

    03/16/2016 9:50:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 16, 2016
    On two different occasions Congress has rejected laws to give ďneedyĒ families government-subsidized diapersóin addition to free food and medical careóbut President Obama is determined to make it happen, allocating $10 million in taxpayer money to the highly unpopular cause. The multi-million-dollar initiative is being promoted by the White House as essential to eradicate a national ďdiaper divideĒ and the goal is to abolish ďdiaper disparityĒ by expanding access to affordable diapers for Americaís poorest families. Behind this high-priced mission is Cecilia MuŮoz, the White House Domestic Policy Director. A renowned open borders lobbyist in Washington D.C., MuŮoz was vice...
  • Michigan Workerís Compensation Reforms Have Succeeded

    03/09/2016 10:12:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/6/2016 | Gerald Marcinkoski
    Gov. Rick Snyder signed a workersí compensation reform bill over four years ago and the real world results of that legislation are now in, and they are very positive. As the Detroit Free Press recently reported, premiums for workersí compensation fell by 28 percent since 2011, while the national average rose by 11 percent. This is good news for a state competing with others for investment and jobs. Michiganís 2011 workersí compensation reform was both substantive and procedural. Most of the substantive changes were codifications of Michigan Supreme Court case law over the preceding decade. The procedural changes were largely...
  • Canada Plans To Experiment With Giving People Unconditional Free Money

    03/05/2016 7:39:37 AM PST · by blam · 97 replies
    Tech Insider/BI ^ | Chris Weller
    Chris Weller March 5, 2016 Finland and The Netherlands have already shown their interest in giving people a regular monthly allowance regardless of working status, and now Ontario, Canada, is onboard. Ontario's government announced in February that a pilot program will be coming to the Canadian province sometime later this year. The premise: Send people monthly checks to cover living expenses such as food, transportation, clothing, and utilities ó no questions asked. It's a radical idea, and one that has been around since the 1960s. It's called "basic income." In the decades since it was first proposed, various researchers and...
  • A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

    03/03/2016 8:45:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2016 | Farhad Manjoo
    Letís say computers come for most of our jobs. This may not seem likely at the moment; computer scientists and economists offer wildly varying ideas for how deeply automation will affect future employment. But for the sake of argument, imagine that within two or three decades weíll have morphed into the Robotic States of America.
  • Refugees Buying One-Way Tickets Home After Finding Germany Intolerable

    03/01/2016 9:54:19 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 88 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3-1-2016 | Erik Kirschbaum
    "With a one-way ticket home to Iraq in his hands and seven months' worth of frustration over intransigent German bureaucracy in his heart, Gazwan Abdulhasen Abdulla gave up on his dreams of a better life in Europe." "I wanted to live in peace with my family as far away from war as possible," said Abdulla, a 37-year-old who had worked as a truck driver in Iraq. "But what I've seen in Europe is not what I dreamed about. It's not what [the smugglers] told me it would be. "The food was terrible, so disgusting that not even animals should be...
  • Why Hotel Owners Hire Seasonal H1B's-Locals Don't Want to "Ruin" Their Benefits By Working

    02/26/2016 8:40:03 AM PST · by Be Careful · 33 replies
    Friends who own resort hotels dependent on high season occupancy on the West Coast tell me the same story over and over...Locals 'pretend' to apply for a job, so that they can check the 'Job Search' box on their unemployment requirement. They call by phone, hang up and are no shows for interviews. Or, they show up stoned. Or, they only want to work enough hours so that they don't 'ruin' their benefits....they actually say this. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the issue at hand. They 'pretend' to look for work, while the Employment Office 'pretends'...
  • Germany can withhold welfare from foreigners: EU court

    02/25/2016 7:07:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Feb 2016 15:03 GMT+01:00
    European nationals who move to Germany cannot expect to receive social welfare for the first three months of their stay in Germany, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday. This exclusion can be applied universally to all EU citizens, meaning the German welfare center will not need to consider each application for benefits individually, the EU's highest court ruled. The point of contention was a rule in the German social law which excludes all non-German EU citizens from picking up unemployment benefits or child support benefits during the first three months in Germany. ...
  • Jobs wanted in Australia, but not if they clash with golf, involve chickens

    02/24/2016 12:00:12 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 02/24/16
    The Australian government is tired of having unemployed people say they cannot take a job because it might interfere with their golf plans or dreams of becoming an actor. The government said it plans to tighten the rules on who qualifies for unemployment benefits to encourage a growing number of jobless - including some with creative excuses to stay off the job - to go to work. "Australia's income support system is there as a safety net for people who genuinely cannot find a job - not as an option for those who simply refuse to work," Australian Minister for...
  • Polygamous church leaders indicted, arrested for fraud

    02/23/2016 12:39:12 PM PST · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | February 23, 2016 | Nate Carlisle
    Lyle Jeffs, who has been running the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for his imprisoned brother, has been indicted on food stamp fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney for Utah announced Tuesday. The indictment was unsealed the same day FBI and sheriffs deputies searched businesses in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., that are owned by members of the FLDS. Also indicted was Seth Jeffs, brother to both Lyle and FLDS President Warren Jeffs. [Snip] They are accused of conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, the new...
  • The ‚ÄėSteak and Lobster‚Äô Food-Stamp Myth Refuses to Die

    02/19/2016 10:38:02 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 150 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | February 19, 2016 | Claire Landsbaum
    The concept of the food-stamp queen was first proffered by Ronald Reagan during a 1976 campaign speech. "In Chicago, they found a woman who holds the record," he told the assembled crowd. "She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans' benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year." Reagan's story turned out to be a gross exaggeration of a minor case of welfare fraud, but since their patron saint conjured her up, conservatives have been unable to rid...
  • The "Show Me State" shows taxpayers they're serious about stopping welfare fraud

    02/18/2016 6:08:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Welfare fraud is an expensive problem that taxpayers everywhere are paying for, but in Missouri there is a movement in the state legislature to help stop the fraud. State Representative Marsha Haefner has filed legislation that ‚Äúwill allow the Department of Social Services to contract with a third party vendor and establish a eligibility verification system.‚ÄĚ This is a central component of the Stop the Scam reforms being implemented recently in several other states. Modern technology allows multiple databases to be compared and can determine if people who are signed up for welfare services are actually qualify for taxpayer funded...
  • Maine Food Stamp Work Requirement Cuts Non-Parent Caseload by 80 Percent

    02/15/2016 6:48:43 PM PST · by grimalkin · 30 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 1/15/16 | By Robert Rector, Rachel Sheffield and Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D.
    Growth in the food stamp caseload occurred particularly rapidly among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). These are work-capable adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have children or other dependents to support. The ABAWD food stamp caseload grew by nearly 150 percent between 2008 and 2014 and has risen from nearly 2 million recipients in 2008 to around 5 million today. In response to the growth in food stamp dependence, Maine's Governor, Paul LePage, recently established work requirements on ABAWD recipients. In Maine, all ABAWDs in the food stamp program are now required to take a...
  • Trump Winning Over Black Women, says Herman Cain

    02/12/2016 1:18:21 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    According to Cain, the Trump phenomenon can be summed up in three words: "Leadership, fighter and winner." Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, says the "Trump phenomenon" is so powerful that black women are leaving the Democratic Party to support Trump, a current Republican presidential candidate. Cain might not be that far off base, at least according to political consultant Frank Luntz, who told the online Politico page recently that Trump has a good chance of winning the black vote should he win the Republican nomination. "If he were the Republican nominee, he would get the highest percentage of black...
  • Maine required healthy, childless food stamp recipients to work, and ... Guess What Happened?

    02/10/2016 1:19:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s a case of miracles and wonders up in the Pine Tree State, folks. A report from Rachel Sheffield and Robert Rector at the Daily Signal takes a look at welfare programs and efforts to reform them, particularly in the area of food stamps. They note that one of the fastest growing segments of welfare programs over the last decade has been applications for food stamps by ABAWDs, or able bodied adults without children between the ages of 18 and 49. These are folks who are determined to be otherwise able to work but without a source of income....
  • 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‚Ķ The Party‚Äôs 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' ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs ‚ÄėCatastrophic‚Äô 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...