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  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • We've Crossed The Tipping Point; Most Americans Now Receive Government Benefits!

    07/05/2014 6:38:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Forbes ^ | 07/03/2014 | Merrill Matthews
    Obamacare has pushed us over the entitlements tipping point. In 2011 some 49.2 percent of U.S. households received benefits from one or more government programs—about 151 million out of an estimated 306.8 million Americans—according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last October. Currently, around 6 million to 7 million Americans who have signed up for Obamacare are receiving taxpayer-provided subsidies (though the administration’s numbers cannot be trusted, it’s all we have to work with). There are another 3 million who have signed up for Medicaid. That means some 10 million Americans—or a total of about 161 million—are now getting government...
  • Obama cites France as standard for workplace benefits

    06/23/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 23 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama held up France as the gold standard the U.S. workplace should emulate during an event at the White House Monday. Extolling the business virtues of helping workers balance family and employment demands, including providing paid time off for the birth of a child, Obama said if France can provide the benefits, so can the United States. “Other countries know how to do this,” Obama said. “If France can figure this out, we can figure it out.” France provides some of the most far-reaching worker rights in the developed world, including limiting a standard work week at 35 hours...
  • Still paying for the Civil War

    05/09/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09 May 2014 | Michael M. Phillips
    Veterans' Benefits Live On Long After Bullets Stop Each month, Irene Triplett collects $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a pension payment for her father's military service—in the Civil War. More than 3 million men fought and 530,000 men died in the conflict between North and South. Pvt. Mose Triplett joined the rebels, deserted on the road to Gettysburg, defected to the Union and married so late in life to a woman so young that their daughter Irene is today 84 years old—and the last child of any Civil War veteran still on the VA benefits rolls. Ms. Triplett's...
  • Pentagon Cuts Military Raises And Benefits, Spends $150 Per Gallon In Green Jet Fuel

    05/08/2014 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:57 PM 05/07/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Defense was put in the awkward position of having to defend cuts to military pay raises and housing allowances as well as increasing health care fees just one day before a report saying the Pentagon spent $150 a gallon on green jet fuels. Defense officials spent $150 on jet fuel made from algae that is approved for civilian and military use, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. […] HEFA, or Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids, comes from “renewable oil (e.g., vegetable oils, animal fat, waste grease, and algae oil) … processed using...
  • Woman living in luxury sentenced for stealing up to $377,000 in government benefits

    04/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
    Palm Beach Post via WPXI ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With a round pool in the backyard, a Mercedes and a boat in the driveway and a greenhouse and an aviary nearby, the Florida house doesn’t look like it was owned by someone who qualified for public assistance. But it was. While living the life of luxury on a 1-acre manicured lot, Gloria Valle-Clas collected between $305,000 and $377,000 in food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid benefits. Using two separate Social Security numbers and as many as 12 aliases, she duped government agencies into sending her monthly assistance checks and picking up her medical bills...
  • Senators reach deal on unemployment benefits

    03/13/2014 2:58:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Senators said Thursday they have reached a deal on a bill to renew federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, announcing a bipartisan agreement that appears likely to have enough votes to clear a filibuster. The deal would provide five months of benefits, which would provide immediate relief for the 2 million who have seen their long-term benefits expire since the federal program ran out on Dec. 28. “We’re not at the finish line yet, but this is a bipartisan breakthrough,” said Sen. Jack Reed, the Rhode Island Republican who has pushed for the bill. Senate Republicans had filibustered several...
  • Pentagon budget slashes benefits

    02/24/2014 3:43:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Kristina Wong
    Benefits for active ­duty personnel and their families would be slashed under a budget proposal released Monday by the Pentagon. The budget would dramatically reduce the Army’s size and trigger a new round of controversial base closures, while cutting healthcare co-pays and deductibles and reducing the subsidies military families get for housing and low-cost goods. Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel acknowledged the cuts would be controversial, but argued they were unavoidable in a belt-tightening era following the end of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Congress has taken some important steps in recent years to control the growth in compensation spending, but...
  • Local Restaurant Adds Surcharge To Tabs To Pay For Employees’ Healthcare

    02/18/2014 12:42:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 17, 2014 10:39 PM
    HANCOCK PARK (CBSLA.com) — A local restaurant has added a surcharge to every tab in order to pay for its employees’ healthcare. République, located on La Brea, is emerging as one of LA’s more popular, newer restaurants. However, the three percent surcharge is bringing about mixed reactions from the restaurant’s customers. One critic on the review site, Yelp, claimed: “It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job.” “Everyone has the same policy that I do as the owners,” owner and chef Walter Manske said. “And we offer it to everyone; (the) dishwasher, busboy, waiters,...
  • 81% of people receiving public housing benefits vote Democratic – and that’s just the tip

    02/13/2014 10:11:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    rare ^ | 2/13/14 | Matt Palumbo, Rare Contributor
    Perhaps I spend too much time lurking around left-leaning blogs, but there are many myths taken as fact without any additional analysis. One of the most prominent? The notion that red states take the most aid from the government. Mitt Romney sparked outrage during the 2012 election for his comments about the “47 percent” of Americans who are dependent on government. Romney was actually quoting the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income tax, not the percentage of people who receive government aid, which is a slightly larger 49 percent. In an article published before Romney’s gaffe, liberal economist...
  • Migrants must pay £2,000 'advance' before they can enter Britain.

    01/30/2014 5:54:49 AM PST · by managusta · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 January 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Migrants would be forced to pay a £2,000 bond to enter Britain to cover the cost of them claiming benefits and using services, Nick Clegg's favourite think tank said today. The National Insurance Advance would be paid by anyone from outside the EU and would only be refunded once they have paid enough tax or left the country without becoming a drain on the welfare state. Alasdair Murray, the report’s author, said: ‘Politicians are engaged in an arms race around immigration policy which appears to have more to do with looking tough than genuinely addressing people's concerns with practical policy....
  • New figures show a THIRD of all people who applied for sickness benefit were found fit to work.

    01/25/2014 5:59:57 AM PST · by managusta · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    Almost a million people who applied for sickness benefit have instead been found fit for work, according to figures published today. A third (32 per cent) of all new claimants for employment and support allowance (ESA) were assessed as being fit to work and capable of employment between October 2008 and March 2013 - totalling 980,400 people, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said. More than a million others withdrew their claims before reaching a face-to-face assessment - this can be because of individuals recovering and either returning to work, or claiming a benefit more appropriate to their situation....
  • Cutting benefits is a moral mission like ending slavery

    01/24/2014 2:05:36 PM PST · by managusta · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 January 2014 | Matt Chorley and James Chapman
    Conservative welfare reforms are part of an 'historic mission' in the tradition of the fight to end slavery, Iain Duncan Smith claimed today. The Work and Pensions Secretary said his determination to cut benefits and get people back to work is like the work of William Wilberforce who campaigned for the end of the slave trade and Lord Shaftesbury, who enacted laws to protect women and children in Victorian factories. Signalling further welfare reforms that will be central to the Conservative election manifesto, he also cautioned colleagues that ‘casual disapproval of those on benefits is too easy’, pointing out that...
  • Target will drop health insurance for its part-time employees

    01/21/2014 7:29:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-21-14 | JACKIE CROSBY
    Target Corp. said Tuesday that it will stop offering health insurance to its part-time employees because new online health exchanges offer workers an opportunity to buy coverage. The Minneapolis-based retailer will give each worker $500 to help buy health insurance, and has arranged for one-on-one consultations with benefits manager Towers Watson to help with the transition. The retailer announced the decision through its online site, “A Bullseye View: Behind the Scenes at Target,” in a Q&A with Jodee Kozlak, Target’s executive vice president of human resources. In the article, Kozlak acknowledged the disruption to workers. But she said the exchanges...
  • Obamacare impact: Cutting hours, going part time

    01/19/2014 5:56:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    El Paso Inc. ^ | 1/19/14 | David Crowder
    **SNIP** Many of his students who work to pay for their education and living expenses are complaining about being cut to 28 hours. “They’re saying they couldn’t pay their bills at 40 hours, so now they’re having to get a second job,” Diaz said. “That is the new trend.” But it’s not just restaurant workers and sales clerks who are feeling the squeeze. Universities and community colleges that rely heavily on part-time faculty have had to make the hard choice of cutting the number of classes they teach because the schools can’t afford to offer them health insurance.
  • It's All About Vote Buying: Unemployment Benefits Extension Not About Helping Unemployed

    01/12/2014 7:07:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2014 | Warren Beatty
    Last month, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said: "Economists agree that unemployment benefits remain one of the best ways to grow the economy in a very immediate way." Pelosi continued, "[It's an] ...essential lifeline that millions of Americans and their families depend on..." and "about the 1.3 million Americans who will lose the federal unemployment compensation on December 28 -- right in the middle of the holidays," and "...1.9 million more Americans will lose their state benefits in the first half of next year." Pelosi said that "economists agree," but I could not find where Pelosi identified those economists, nor could I...
  • DHS Facilitating Illegal Immigration

    01/09/2014 1:06:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 9/1/14
    From my e-mail: You can find this fax request by proceeding to https://www.numbersusa.com/faxes?ID=15663 Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Al.) has proposed an amendment to the unemployment benefits extension bill, S. 1845. This amendment, number 2626, would mandate use of the E-Verify system. While NumbersUSA takes no position on the overall legislation or the extension of unemployment benefits, everything needs to be done to make sure this bill protects Americans from increased foreign worker competition and illegal workers. With 20 million Americans unable to find a job, and 7 million illegal aliens holding jobs, mandating use of the E-Verify system for all employers...
  • What happens when jobless benefits are cut? North Carolina may offer some clues?

    01/08/2014 2:49:15 PM PST · by freedom462 · 29 replies
    Capitol Report ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    Last summer, North Carolina slashed the amount of cash it gave to people after they lost their jobs and the state also reduced the number of weeks they could receive benefits. Within several months, the unemployment rate fell a few ticks and by November it fell to a five-year low. Similar though less dramatic declines occurred in Georgia and South Carolina after they made benefits less generous starting in 2012.
  • The Dishonesty of Democrats' Push for an Extension of Unemployment Benefits

    01/06/2014 2:49:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    As lawmakers get ready to settle back into their seats on Capitol Hill after the Christmas recess, the battle over the extension of unemployment benefits is back on the table. For months, in an effort to shift focus away from Obamacare, Democrats have argued that the economy is recovering and that jobs are being created. But if this is the truth, then why is it necessary to continue the extension of unemployment benefits? Here's Harry Reid's push for an unemployment benefit extension on CBS Face the Nation Sunday.
  • Is Paul Ryan Trying To Get a Section 8 Discharge From Politics?

    01/05/2014 2:24:16 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1-5-14 | Mike Henkins
    The award winning sitcom M*A*S*H of the ‘70s and early ‘80s was based on a surgical unit in Korea during the Korean War. One of the characters was Corporal Klinger, a soldier who dressed in woman’s clothing hoping to convince the Army he was insane and therefore would qualify for discharge per Section 8 of United States Army Regulations. I mention this because it is the only explanation that fits Paul Ryan’s agreement to cut military veteran benefits or, at least, the only acceptable explanation for veterans and the Republican Party base. In December of 2013, Paul Ryan (R.,WI) and...
  • Charter Schools Serve More Low-Income Students Than Conventional Districts

    01/03/2014 9:28:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/1/2013 | Tom Gantert
    In his newspaper blog, Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Justin Hinkley stated that because school choice doesn't provide transportation, low-income families often are unable to access choice while wealthier families take advantage and leave their home districts. "That's turned some schools into ghettos of poverty," Hinkley wrote. However, a 2013 study on Michigan charter public schools done by Stanford University, and a recently released study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy proves Hinkley's claim is wrong. The Stanford University study found that charter public schools had significantly more "economically disadvantaged" students than traditional public schools. Dev Davis, research manager at...
  • Cabinet to Approve Benefits to Residents of South

    12/28/2013 10:23:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will on Sunday submit for Cabinet approval a 166 million shekel plan for economic benefits for Sderot and the area adjacent to Gaza. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the goal of the plan is to strengthen residents, local authorities and the regional economy in light of the security situation and the difficulties regarding daily life. The 2014 plan includes a series of benefits for residents of the area: Tax benefits, local property tax benefits, exemptions from leasing fees, daycare benefits, investments in infrastructures and local authorities, benefits for industry, agriculture, trade and...
  • Pelosi: Tack cost of more unemployment benefits onto deficit

    12/23/2013 1:31:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/23/13 | Stephen Dinan
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday she’ll push for a vote for more unemployment benefits and said the additional $25 billion cost should be tacked onto the deficit rather than paid for by cuts elsewhere. On a conference call with fellow House Democratic women, the California lawmaker said Republicans acted “cruelly” when they went home for a three-week vacation earlier this month without approving more weeks of unemployment payments for the long-term jobless. As many as 1.3 million people will lose benefits on Saturday, when enhanced benefits expire. Republicans have said they would consider taking up a bill, but...
  • Patty Murray: 'Technical error' that cuts disabled veterans benefits will be fixed

    12/18/2013 12:58:18 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/18/2013 | Sean Lengell
    Sen. Patty Murray said a "technical error" in the bipartisan budget deal accidentally would cut pension benefits for retired disabled military veterans, but vowed the problem will be fixed immediately. The Washington state Democrat, who brokered the deal with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., took to the Senate floor Wednesday and promised the "unintended inclusion" would be remedied before the chamber votes on the bill and that benefits for disabled military pensioners wouldn't be cut. "All of us know that our disabled veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation and deserve the peace of mind that their benefits will not...
  • Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote

    12/17/2013 6:11:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    AP and Fox News ^ | 17 Dec 13 | AP Staff
    <p>Republican senators were making a last-ditch bid to undo cuts to military retiree benefits in the House-passed budget deal ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday morning in the Senate.</p> <p>Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions filed an amendment late Monday to restore money that was cut from veteran and military retiree pension benefits by closing a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for child tax credits.</p>
  • Senate Dems Favor Illegal Aliens over Disabled Vets

    12/18/2013 6:19:59 AM PST · by safetysign · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/18/2013 | Caroline May
    Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday evening. The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years, leaving some Senate Republicans scrambling to stop the cuts. “Removing this unbalanced treatment of our military retirees ought to be one of the key actions we should take before this legislation moves forward. In fact, greater savings than this...
  • 1.3 million Americans to lose unemployment benefits

    12/17/2013 6:11:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    PressTV ^ | 12/17/13
    More than 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits on December 28 as a budget deal proposal in Congress fails to extend the federal program. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program is not included into the budget deal that would likely pass the Senate this week. Senate Democrats have admitted that they would miss the deadline to extend the benefits and Senate Republicans have not paid attention to the issue at all.
  • Report: Defense Department asks for plan to close all U.S. commissaries

    11/22/2013 5:37:40 AM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 35 replies
    dailypress.com ^ | 21 Nov 13 | Karen Jowers
    The Defense Commissary Agency is reportedly tasked with making the plan [to close all US commisaries] after being asked to look at cutting its budget by a third to two-thirds. There are 178 commissaries in the U.S. and about 70 stores overseas
  • Hackensack’s homeless Samaritan loses benefits over $850 he found and turned in

    11/10/2013 12:53:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    NorthJersey.com—Bergen Record ^ | Sunday November 10, 2013, 11:25 AM | Hannan Adely
    James Brady, the formerly homeless man who earned national praise for turning in $850 he found on the street in Hackensack, learned the hard way this week that no good deed goes unpunished. Brady was denied General Assistance and Medicaid benefits by the Hackensack Human Services Department through Dec. 31 because he failed to report new income he received. The income, according to the agency, was the cash he found on Main Street last spring and that police returned to him in October after no one claimed it. The good deed turned Brady, who was homeless at the time he...
  • Carr: Call 911! EBT benefits get cut (Hussein's porkulus runs out)

    11/02/2013 3:51:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/01/13 | Howie Carr
    **SNIP** If you have any questions, dial 800-645-8333 on your Obamaphone. There’s only one way to cope with this mean-spirited Republican attack on the leisure classes — get more EBT cards. You just go down to the welfare office and make a “self-declaration,” meaning nobody checks. That’s how come you read so often nowadays of illegals being pinched, and just before the traditional paragraph about the immigration detainer, you learn that the “dreamer” had two, or three, or even four EBT cards. Poor Campeo Armando Diaz-
Carola, sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this week after being caught with a...
  • Means-Tested Government Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

    10/26/2013 6:47:32 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 24, 2013 - 11:32 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov't Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers October 24, 2013 - 11:32 PM By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines. There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who...
  • Big Lebowski Nation: 49.2% Of Americans Receive Gov't Benefits, Manufacturing Output Drops

    10/24/2013 7:52:05 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs in the fourth quarter of 2011. And, of course, When Obamacare is fully implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, Americans earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level will qualify for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance. Meanwhile, manufacturing output plunged to the lowest level since 2009. Markit PMI Output_0 This is not all that surprising given that the USA has the second lowest labor force participation rate in the world, after Mexico. And M2 Money Velocity spirals...
  • Census: 49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits; 82M in Households on Medicaid

    10/23/2013 6:27:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/23/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In the fourth quarter of 2011, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population. This included 82,457,000 people--or 26.9 percent of the population--who lived in households in which one or more people received Medicaid benefits. Also among the 151,014,000 who received benefits from one...
  • WH Pressed: When Did Obama Know Military Death Benefits Halted?

    10/10/2013 10:57:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/10/13 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - President Obama was "very disturbed" to learn that the Defense Department would not pay death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. But if the Defense Department knew this several weeks ago, why didn't the president? When did President Obama learn about the problem? White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked that question at least six times on Wednesday, but he wouldn't or couldn't say.
  • Death Benefits Denied to Families of Fallen Troops

    10/09/2013 1:12:36 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Military.com News ^ | 10-8-2013 | Richard Sisk
    The families of four soldiers and one Marine killed in Afghanistan over the weekend have been told that they will be denied death benefits while the government shutdown continues, leaving at least one mother in despair and disbelief. The families will also be denied travel re-imbursement should they choose to go to Dover Air Force Base, Del., for the solemn return of the caskets of their loved ones, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. "For the sacrifice our kids are making, at the age that they're making them, I don't understand how this can be a benefit that's withheld. I won't ever...
  • White House: Obama orders military death benefits paid to families

    10/09/2013 12:28:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/8/18 | Justin Sink
    President Obama has ordered officials to resume paying death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers and was "very disturbed" they had been halted due to the government shutdown, said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Carney said Obama had ordered the Office of Management and Budget to work with White House lawyers to find a way to restart the benefits and expects a fix Wednesday. "He was not pleased to learn of this problem," Carney said, adding it was "unthinkable" that those who had lost family members would go without benefits. The White House said that Congress was warned that...
  • Shame on You, President Obama

    10/09/2013 10:33:59 AM PDT · by Thomas_More_Law · 15 replies
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | 10-9-13 | Thomas More Law Center
    In one of the most despicable and immoral acts of any president in the history of the United States, President Obama, the Commander in Chief, is playing politics over the dead bodies of American soldiers killed in action during the government shutdown. These soldiers were killed following his orders. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “I cannot conceive of any other president in our history doing what Obama is doing in this situation. As Commander in Chief, he signed the orders sending these young men into harm’s way. They died following his orders....
  • Ryan Pushing Means Testing for SS Benefits?

    10/09/2013 10:15:32 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 163 replies
    10/9/13 | Originalbuckeye
    I just heard my Conservative radio hosts discussing what is being put on the table by the Republicans in the House. They said Ryan is pushing means testing for SS benefits.
  • For the families of four U.S. soldiers

    10/08/2013 8:22:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    reuters ^ | Oct 8, 2013 | Phil Stewart
    The Pentagon says it is not allowed to pay these families a death gratuity, so long as the shutdown continues. The same goes for the family of a Marine who died in Afghanistan on Saturday and any others who die during the budget impasse.
  • VA: Veterans’ Benefits Will Be Suspended in Prolonged Shutdown

    10/08/2013 4:13:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    WRC-TV / NBC News ^ | October 8, 2013 | Scott MacFarlane
    Military veterans will lose many of their veterans’ benefits in “late October” if the government shutdown persists, according to newly-released U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs documents. The VA has been continuing to make payments to veterans in the days since the Oct. 1 government shutdown, but agency officials say the pool of available money is dwindling. “Claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October. However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted,” said...
  • Hyundai defers payments for government workers

    10/02/2013 4:38:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Hyundai is offering to defer car payments for federal workers kept from their jobs by the government shutdown. The automaker announced on Tuesday that it would allow Hyundai owners to stop making car payments for as long as the shutdown keeps them out of work.
  • Seniors Advice from Wise FReepers ~ 1 October 2013

    10/01/2013 4:12:55 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 10 replies
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  • Labor Dept.: Same-sex spouses have benefit rights

    09/18/2013 8:46:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2013 8:06 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    Legally married same-sex couples enjoy the same federal rights as other married couples when it comes to pensions, 401(k)s, health plans and other employee benefits, even if they live in states that don’t recognize their union, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The new guidance is the latest effort by the Obama administration to clarify questions left unanswered after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in June which invalidated part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. … “This decision represents a historic step toward equality for all American families, and I have directed the department’s agency heads to ensure that they...
  • Walgreens Drops Employee Health Insurance Coverage (180,000)

    09/18/2013 5:29:59 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 18 Sept 2013
    Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, reportedly will no longer offer health insurance coverage to about 180,000 employees at its approximately 8,000 US stores. Going forward, workers will need to buy coverage on so-called healthcare exchanges with an employer-provided subsidy. The company apparently attributed the major change to its benefits package to healthcare cost increases as well as Obamacare, according to the Wall Street Journal. Healthcare exchanges or marketplaces are supposed to be up in running as of October 1 under Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act. During an August 2009 town hall meeting, President Obama promised that “If you...
  • Wal-Mart expands benefits to domestic partners

    08/28/2013 4:50:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2013 5:22 PM EDT | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will extend its health care benefits to its U.S. workers’ domestic partners, including those of the same sex, starting Jan. 1. The nation’s largest private employer, which has been a target of attacks by labor groups for what they criticize are skimpy wages and benefits, said Tuesday that the changes were made so it could have one uniform policy for all 50 states at a time when some states have their own definitions of what constitutes domestic partnerships and civil unions. Employees can enroll their domestic partners from Oct. 12 through Nov. 1. Wal-Mart defines domestic partners...
  • Walmart to Offer Health Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, Domestic Partners

    08/27/2013 2:18:39 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 38 replies
    KARK News 4 ^ | August 27, 2013 | KARK
    Health insurance benefits for same-sex couples and domestic partners will soon be offered by the nation's largest retailer. According to CNNMoney.com, Walmart sent workers a postcard this week informing them that domestic partners of U.S. employees will be eligible to receive benefits starting Jan. 1. Domestic partners of opposite genders that have been in a committed relationship and living together for at least one year will also be covered under the upcoming changes, according to the article. Workers will be able to enroll from Oct. 12 through Nov. 1.
  • Military same-sex couples to get full benefits (Fort Hood victims get nothing)

    08/14/2013 2:30:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/14/13 | David S. Cloud
    WASHINGTON — Same-sex military couples will qualify for full benefits, including government-provided healthcare and housing allowances, as long as they are legally married, under new rules announced by the Pentagon. The requirement for same-sex couples to be married is a shift for the Pentagon, which in February announced that full benefits would be provided to members of the military and same-sex spouses if they attested they were in a “committed relationship.” But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that finding a way for unmarried, long-term couples to qualify for benefits “is no longer necessary,” since a Supreme Court ruling in...
  • North Carolina: First State To Reject Federal Aid For Long-Term Unemployment

    07/03/2013 1:32:46 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 4 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 3, 2013 | Tim Brown
    The “First in Flight” State, North Carolina, has now become the first state in the Union to reject federal money and put an end to unemployment benefits for 70, 000 people on Monday. The state legislature made the decision citing saving businesses money and to make extra payments on a debt they have which is due in 2015, rather than had been assumed in 2018. WRAL reports: State officials adopted the package of benefit cuts and increased taxes for businesses in February, a plan designed to accelerate repayment of a $2.5 billion federal debt. Like many states, North Carolina had...
  • Pathological Altruism

    06/27/2013 7:56:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Helping another person even when doing so could adversely affect you is considered a virtue by many. People are often applauded as heroes, as they should be, when they help others. But what happens when a well-intended action results in unanticipated harm? Expand that thought one more step: What is the effect if the resulting harm should have been known, but the persons taking action out of supposed "altruism" based their actions on emotions rather than on data? They meant to help, but they ended up hurting someone or some group -- either themselves, the intended beneficiary of the action...
  • Plan to shut military supermarkets shows difficulty of cutting defense spending

    06/02/2013 8:34:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's National Security ^ | June 1, 2013 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Motion sensors and razor-wire coils ring the ammunition depot on this vast Marine Corps base. Sentries stand watch in the lobby of the headquarters complex. Military police officers patrol the barracks every few hours. But no building here boasts the defenses of the giant, government-run supermarket, whose bright, wide aisles are stocked with seemingly every brand of every food product available in America — Heinz ketchup, Oscar Mayer bacon, Lay’s chips — all sold at close to wholesale prices. The cost of ordering the goods, filling the shelves and checking out customers is all borne by...