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  • Perverse Welfare Incentives

    12/10/2012 8:23:52 AM PST · by eagleye85
    Eagleye Blog ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    What if you had to choose between your child learning to read and making ends meet each month? Before child labor laws were passed, the solution for the poor seemed to be to pull kids out of schools and place them to work in factories or other employment. For some today, argues Nicholas D. Kristof in a recent column, the solution may be to make sure their kids don’t learn to read. That way the parents can continue to collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks. “This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country...
  • Most So-Called Conservatives Are Dead Wrong

    06/20/2010 6:00:36 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 13 replies
    From SeaTto Shining Sea ^ | 6/20/10 | Purple Mountains
    As author Kohlmayer says in the following article, regaining power in order to fix the government will fix nothing. We are in need of a wholesale slashing of government agencies. People sometimes look at me as though I’m crazy, but I’ll say again some things I’ve been saying for years: to improve education and reduce its cost, get rid of the federal Department of Education; to have cheaper and more plentiful domestically produced energy, get rid of the federal Department of Energy; to reduce skyrocketing medical costs, get rid of the federal Department of Heath and Human Services, etc. All...
  • One Good Thing about Obama’s Candidacy

    07/18/2008 7:18:21 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 13 replies · 106+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 7/18/08 | Purple Mountains
    Like most white, middle-class Americans, I was astounded, shocked and disgusted by the comments and beliefs of Reverend Wright, and, given the applause and cheers, he mirrored the beliefs of most in his congregation. I thought, “well, maybe the people in this church hate America this much, but this has to be a tiny sample of what black people think”. Then, for weeks afterward, I watched black talking head after black talking head appear on various cable news channels – some disagreeing with the Obamas and Wright, but many agreeing with them – that America is a terrible country, for...
  • The Change America Really Needs

    06/25/2008 11:41:44 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 67+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 6/25/08 | Purple Mountains
    As a retired college professor I may live in a bubble of comfort, but I realize full well that millions of Americans live in poverty and hopelessness. It is truly unfortunate that every scheme advanced by liberals over the years aimed at helping people out of poverty has failed so miserably. AFDC Welfare has created millions of fatherless children to their detriment and to the great detriment of society as a whole. AFDC should be converted into a temporary emergency program for new recipients. In my last column I discussed the total failure of the Section 8 Housing program, and...
  • Finally, A Beginning to the End of Welfare

    03/11/2008 1:57:42 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 193+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/11/08 | Purple Mountains
    The corrosive effects of AFDC on America's families - especially African-American families whose incidence of unwed motherhood has tripled since President Lyndon Johnson greatly expanded welfare (the Great Society), will finally begin to end if RI Governor Carcieri's plan passes, and the idea spreads. I have long advocated that AFDC should be an emergency program, with benefits ending after six months and eligibility denied for at least two years afterwards, as the way to help out families in crisis without creating the horrible system of dependence we have now.
  • Tom Brady Is a High Priced Bum

    09/24/2007 3:00:17 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 94+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/24/07 | Purple Mountains
    I’ve been a big supporter of the New England Patriots since they began playing in the old Schaeffer Stadium in the nineteen-seventies. I used to ride with one of my sons to the games on a motorcycle so we could weave through the horrendous traffic and chain the bike to the stadium fence. Until recently, Tom Brady, their brilliant quarterback, was one of my heroes; but, no more. He’s not a hero any more; he’s just a high-priced bum who just fathered another bastard into a society that is crumbling from the overwhelming number of fatherless children in our midst.
  • Some Omphaloskepsis Musings About the Future

    08/02/2007 6:58:49 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 14 replies · 314+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/02/07 | Purple Mountains
    If we look back 100-200 years, we find it hard to believe that people in civilized countries like the United States and Great Britain actually lived the way that they did. It offends us that slavery was condoned and practiced, and that life was so primitive. Children worked long hours in factories in appalling conditions, and some factories were literally death traps with locked doors. Doctors and barbers drew blood to cure us of disease, and most infections led to death or amputation in a population whose life expectancy ranged in the 40’s to 50’s. If we go forward 100...
  • Federal incentives exist to make children Fatherless

    05/10/2005 5:48:07 AM PDT · by Orlando · 21 replies · 848+ views ^ | May 9th 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Why has Congress appropriated taxpayer money to give perverse incentives that break up families and deprive children of their fathers ? The built-in financial incentives in the current child-support system have expanded the tragedy of fatherless children from the welfare class to MILLIONS of non-welfare divorced couples..... more
  • Welfare; a history, results and reform

    09/05/2004 6:01:13 AM PDT · by traviskicks · 2 replies · 255+ views
    neoperspectives ^ | 9/4/04 | Travis
    I first became interested in the subject of Welfare from reading various articles and commentary on the effects of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. The reforms are generally claimed as being successful, but the lack of exploration and depth in which the media and even academic papers covered this was frustrating to me. How successful were they? What was the rhetoric of opponents and proponents before and after the bill passed and as the results came in? If Welfare Reform was so successful why was Welfare allowed to continue for so long? Was Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty a success?...
  • Judge orders couple not to conceive.

    05/08/2004 7:19:53 PM PDT · by GODFEARINGWOMAN · 36 replies · 342+ views
    The New York Times | May 8,2004 | AP
    Judge Orders N.Y. Couple Not to Conceive By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 8, 2004 Filed at 12:14 a.m. ET ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A couple has been ordered not to conceive any more children until the ones they already have are no longer in foster care. A civil liberties advocate said the court ruling unsealed Friday was ``blatantly unconstitutional.'' Monroe County Family Court Judge Marilyn O'Connor ruled March 31 that both parents ``should not have yet another child which must be cared for at public expense.'' ``The facts of this case and the reality of parenthood cry out for...
  • New Jersey Court Upholds Family Cap Law Promoting Abortion, Court backs welfare limit for families

    08/06/2003 1:56:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies · 684+ views
    <p>The law has divided pro-life and pro-family groups. Some pro-family groups oppose welfare and extra public funding for welfare moms, while pro-life groups say the family caps have been proven to encourage poor women to have abortions.</p> <p>The court, in a 7-0 decision, upheld the family caps.</p>
  • Sharp Reduction in Black Child Poverty Due to Welfare Reform

    06/14/2003 12:02:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 47 replies · 1,053+ views
    Heritage Foundation PolicyWire ^ | June12, 2003 | Melissa G. Pardue
    Over six years ago, Congress overhauled much of the nation's welfare system. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 19961 replaced the failed social program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The reform legislation had three primary goals: (1) reduce welfare dependence and increase employment, (2) reduce child poverty, and (3) reduce illegitimacy and strengthen marriage. At the time of the law's enactment, many liberal groups made dire predictions about the terrible effect these reforms would have on America's children. In particular, the Children's Defense Fund claimed that welfare...