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  • Why Progressives Are Wrong to Long for Danish Welfare | Opinion

    01/12/2022 11:46:15 PM PST · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12 January 2022 | JAMES HECKMAN
    Democrats are doing their best to advance President Biden's $2 trillion "Build Back Better" agenda. The bill is being heralded as an engine of economic mobility for American families, and includes things like paid family leave and universal pre-K, which would be firsts for America. In making the case for these programs, progressives often draw on the Danish welfare state for inspiration, with its low levels of income inequality and high levels of mobility in income across generations... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a staunch supporter of Build Back Better, regularly points to Denmark as the model welfare state. But Sanders...
  • Republicans Should Force Democrats To Vote On The Full $5 Trillion Build Back Bankrupt

    12/13/2021 10:29:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 13, 2021 | Christopher Jacobs
    The analysis exposed the inherently gimmicky nature of using permanent tax increases to pass temporary increases in spending.In the second installment of news the Biden administration didn’t want to hear about Friday (the first being the record-breaking inflation report), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of making permanent the programs in Democrats’ Build Back Bankrupt spending spree. Democrats immediately claimed the bill they want to pass through Congress doesn’t resemble the CBO’s parameters in the slightest. In that case, Republicans should respond by bringing a legislative proposal resembling those parameters to the Senate floor, and forcing Democrats to...
  • Food stamp benefits to increase by more than 25% in October

    08/16/2021 11:34:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 16, 2021 | Ashraf Khalil and Josh Boak
    President Joe Biden’s administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food aid available to needy families — the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps — officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries. The increase coincides with the end of a 15 percent boost in SNAP benefits that was ordered as a pandemic protection measure. That benefit expires at the end...
  • Unemployment update: Nearly half of US states are ending $300 enhanced benefits early

    05/31/2021 3:16:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Cnet via MSN ^ | 5/31/21 | Oscar Gonzalez
    What is happening with unemployment benefits today? As part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021, the federal government authorized an extra $300 a week in jobless aid and extended pandemic unemployment assistance for the self-employed, with an expiration date of Sept. 6. However, governors in 24 states have pledged to cancel their participation in these programs early, leaving millions of struggling Americans in the lurch this summer. As the economy begins to recover from the pandemic, there are plenty of cries to hold on to that supplemental assistance. But the Department of Labor said the federal government won't intervene...
  • Black America Before LBJ: How the Welfare State Inadvertently Helped Ruin Black Communities

    05/07/2021 10:58:26 AM PDT · by ammodotcom · 56 replies ^ | 5/7/2021 | Sam Jacobs
    The dust has settled and the evidence is in: The 1960s Great Society and War on Poverty programs of President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) have been a colossal and giant failure. One might make the argument that social welfare programs are the moral path for a modern government. They cannot, however, make the argument that these are in any way effective at alleviating poverty. In fact, there is evidence that such aggressive programs might make generational poverty worse. While the notion of a “culture of dependence” is a bit of a cliché in conservative circles, there is evidence that this...
  • 5 Ways To Use ‘Stimulus’ Hush Money To Fight Democrats’ Plans For Your Serfdom

    03/15/2021 6:46:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 15, 2021 | Joy Pullman
    Democrats want to use stimulus money to make you into the people populating Disney's cartoon 'Wall-E.' Instead, turn it into a weapon for antifragility.Democrats’ fifth round of “coronavirus” “stimulus” will soon hand another $1,400 in government debt, plus interest, to every American man, woman, and child in 90 percent of U.S. households. It’s clear this is yet another round of hush money meant to keep Americans quiet and distracted while Democrats restructure the United States into a larger version of their failed uniparty state, California.While COVID times have been obviously worse than the four years of prosperity and freedom under...
  • Two Decades After the ‘End of Welfare,’ Democrats Are Changing Direction

    03/13/2021 9:32:43 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    New York Times via msn ^ | 13 Mar 2021 | Jim Tankersley and Jason DeParle
    WASHINGTON — A quarter-century ago, a Democratic president celebrated “the end of welfare as we know it,” challenging the poor to exercise “independence” and espousing balanced budgets and smaller government. The Democratic Party capped a march in the opposite direction this week.... ...The new Democratic stance is “a long cry from the days of ‘big government is over,’” said Margaret Weir, a political scientist at Brown University.... ...Republicans’ increasing efforts to define themselves as a party of the working class, has scrambled the politics of economic policy across the ideological spectrum....
  • Some Final Thoughts on Reparations

    03/11/2021 5:13:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 11, 2021 | Larry Elder
    How would reparations be funded? Conservative writer Michael Medved estimates that only 5% of whites in America "bear any authentic sort of generational guilt for the exploitation of slave labor." Why should anyone but Democrats pay? Scholar Dinesh D'Souza notes that all but a "handful" of slave owners were Democrats. The Ku Klux Klan, at its height of power and popularity, was known by the NAACP as the "terror wing" of the Democratic Party. The KKK was founded by Democrats; I did not say by the Democratic Party, but by Democrats. As a percentage of their party, more House Republicans...
  • 27% Of All Household Income In The US Now Comes From The Government

    02/26/2021 9:16:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Nation and State ^ | 02/26/2021 | Tyler Durden
    Following today's release of the latest Personal Income and Spending data, Wall Street was predictably focused on the changes in these two key series, which showed a surge in personal income (to be expected in the month when the $900BN December 2020 stimulus hit), coupled with a far more modest increase in personal spending.But while the change in the headline data was notable, what was far more remarkable was data showing just how reliant on the US government the population has become.We are referring, of course, to Personal Current Transfer payments which are essentially government sourced income such as unemployment...
  • Democrats’ New Welfare Baseline Is All Cash For No Work

    03/09/2021 7:50:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 9, 2021 | Christopher Jacobs
    Washington’s welfare-industrial complex both discourages work and leads people to expect that government will solve the problems government has created.Even before President Biden’s new $1.9 trillion COVID “stimulus” package goes into effect, multiple news stories make clear the flaws in its approach. Washington’s welfare-industrial complex, which the “stimulus” will bloat even further, both discourages work and leads people to expect that government will solve the problems government has created.The coronavirus pandemic caused very real economic hardship for millions of American families. But many of the well-meaning efforts to address those hardships—along with welfare expansions Democrats proposed long before COVID hit...
  • A Terrific Quote by Ayn Rand on the Welfare State

    “Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites.” -Ayn Rand I think that this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state is, like most quotations of hers, absolutely spot on. It perfectly sums up the negative current and after-effects of the welfare programs enacted by “looters” in the government to please...
  • New Study Confirms That The Welfare State Discourages Work

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

    02/21/2020 12:38:49 PM PST · by Theoria · 147 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 Feb 2020 | Michelle Hackman
    The Trump administration plans to allow 45,000 additional seasonal guest workers to return to the U.S. this summer, the highest number since the president took office, according to three administration officials. The Department of Homeland Security plans to announce the additional seasonal-worker visas next week, an administration official said. They will become available in two waves: the first 20,000 will be immediately available, while employers can apply for the remainder for jobs beginning June 1. It wasn’t clear whether the White House has fully signed off on the numbers, and an administration official cautioned they could change. The additional visas...
  • Sanders, Biden campaigns ramp up attacks over Social Security

    01/21/2020 9:22:20 PM PST · by bitt · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/2020 | Tal Axelrod
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden ramped up attacks on each other Tuesday night as part of an escalating battle over their records on Social Security. Sanders has hammered his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, arguing that he backed proposed cuts to Social Security during his years as a senator. Biden said he was committed to not only maintaining but also strengthening the program and released an attack ad Tuesday dinging the Vermont Independent as “flat-out wrong.” “Democrats, we can’t launch dishonest attacks against fellow Democrats. We have to beat Donald Trump,” says a narrator...
  • Study finds Republicans are more likely to consider leaving California

    California — According to a study conducted by UC Berkeley, more than half of California voters have considered leaving the state. The study was conducted for the L.A. Times and found that California Republicans are three times more likely to consider leaving the state compared to Democrats.
  • ‘I’m Black, I’m Supposed to Be a Democrat’: 2 Women Explain Why They Veered Right

    11/04/2019 8:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 1, 2019 | Bill Walton
    Bill Walton recently welcomed Star Parker and Winsome Sears to his video podcast for a discussion of why so many black Americans continue to vote for the failed liberal agenda. Here is a transcript of their conversation, edited mostly only for style and clarity. Bill Walton: Welcome to “The Bill Walton Show.” Race just seems to dominate so much of our political debate in the United States. Today, I want to explore and learn about the past, present, and future state of black America. Who has the better policy answers, conservatives or liberals or libertarians? What’s been the impact of...
  • CFR: U.S. Needs More Mass Migration, Bigger Welfare State

    10/23/2019 9:25:33 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    New American ^ | October 23, 2019 | Alex Newman
    Under the guise of keeping America “competitive” in the looming high-tech future, the globalist Council on Foreign Relations is urging policymakers at all levels to dramatically expand the size and scope of government. The bloated welfare states in Sweden and Denmark are cited as examples of the “advantages” of massive government programs to take care for people. Without the sort of fundamental transformation of America envisioned by the CFR, the nation will supposedly be left behind in the emerging new paradigm, the organization claimed. Critics, though, blasted that idea. In its new report, dubbed “The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and...
  • Trump Prepares 2019 Food Stamp Change – Directly Affects Welfare Slugs In 43 States

    09/18/2019 8:04:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 50 replies ^ | Sept 18, 2019 | admin
    Democrats thought Donald was done – he’s just getting started! Thanks to President Trump, the U.S. economy is on fire like never before. Jobs are coming back and wages are on the rise. Companies are competing to keep Americans workers. In fact, there are more open jobs than people looking for work! But as good as things are, Trump wants them even better. The economy can only thrive when people are jumping in and getting back to work. But there’s one program that keeps people poor and out of the workforce. A program that also costs the taxpayers billions a...
  • The Fall of Rome - Are There Lessons We Can Learn?

    09/04/2019 1:32:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 04, 2019 | Bill Federer
    GREAT WALL OF CHINA By 220AD, the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended sections of the Great Wall of China along its Mongolian border. This resulted in the Northern Huns attacking west instead of east. This caused a domino effect of displaced tribes migrating west across Central Asia, and overrunning the Western Roman Empire. OPEN BORDERS Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Alemanni, Thuringians, Rugians, Jutes, Picts, Burgundians, Lombards, Alans, Vandals, as well as African Berbers and Arab raiders. Will and Ariel Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization (Vol. 3-Caesar and Christ, Simon...
  • Trump Administration to Deny Green Cards to Legal Immigrants Who Draw From Social Programs

    08/12/2019 7:32:36 AM PDT · by oblomov · 79 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12 Aug 2019 | Louise Radnofsky and Andrew Restuccia
    WASHINGTON—Immigrants legally in the U.S. will be ineligible for green cards if they use any of an array of social programs, and prospective immigrants will be barred from entry if they can’t convince a consular officer that they will never use such programs, as part of a final rule published by the Trump administration. The rule, issued by the Department of Homeland Security, is one of the most ambitious and sweeping elements of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, according to administration officials as well as immigrant-rights advocates opposed to the change. The administration was all but guaranteeing fresh criticism from...