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  • Terrorists behind Paris & Brussels attacks got over €50K in welfare

    08/07/2016 3:13:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 08/05/16
    At least five terrorists involved in the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks were receiving welfare benefits from the state, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing local authorities. Belgian financial investigators looking into the terrorist attacks found that Salah Abdeslam, charged with taking part in the Paris assaults, had collected €19,000 ($21,000) in welfare payments, which were stopped just a few weeks before the attacks were carried out in the French capital in November, WSJ reports. However, Abdeslam should not have been receiving payments as he partly owned a bar, which he was managing at the time. Belgian officials say this made...
  • Tri-care

    06/25/2016 1:39:56 PM PDT · by M.K. Borders · 63 replies
    25 june 2016 | me
    I am 59 years old and a traditional Army Guardsman with 21 years service. My retirement package is already prepared and sent in thru an excellent program run by the Indiana Guard for it's soon to be retired members. This was done last September. I officially enter the tender embrace of the VA in November. My question: How good is TRICARE? Not just me but my dependents? Because of the nightmare of Obamacare I lost my employer provided health insurance and have been running on a VERY unsatisfactory plan thru my wife's employer. We would like to go 100% TRICARE...
  • 99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Seeks Response Over Denied Benefits

    06/01/2016 12:58:46 PM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 14 replies ^ | May 31, 2016 | Emil Guillermo
    Ret. Major General Antonio Taguba, known for authoring a report on the abuse that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, has now come to the defense of a Filipino World War II veteran who is still seeking recognition and equity pay for his service to the U.S. during the war. Celestino Almeda, who will turn 99 years old this June, still fights with the spirit he had as a 1941 member of the Philippine Commonwealth Army under control of the U.S. Army. And while his service and documents have been enough to earn him U.S. citizenship and even VA...
  • Social Security: Why Congress is messing with your benefits

    05/03/2016 7:55:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/03/2016 | Lawrence Kotlikoff
    Politicians describe Social Security as "the third rail," meaning that enacting any benefit cuts will kill them politically. But this is precisely what they voted to do under the Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2015. The bill reduced the benefits of married couples and divorcees who were younger than 62 as of Jan. 2 by up to $60,000. Even $25,000 is a lot of money for most workers, given that the median household income is about $50,000. The new law prevents most people who reach age 66 from providing spousal benefits to their spouse or children while letting their own retirement...
  • "This Is Going To Be A National Crisis" - One Of The Largest U.S. Pension Funds Set To Cut Retiree

    04/20/2016 7:28:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/16 | Tyler Durden
    A dark storm is brewing in the world of private pensions, and all hell could break loose when it finally hits. As the Washington Post reports, the Central States Pension Fund, which handles retirement benefits for current and former Teamster union truck drivers across various states including Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, New York, and Minnesota, and is one of the largest pension funds in the nation, has filed an application to cut participant benefits, which would be effective July 1 2016, as it "projects" it will become officially insolvent by 2025. In 2015, the fund returned -0.81%, underperforming the 0.37%...
  • Did Philly VA shred vets' documents?

    04/19/2016 9:29:19 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Morning Call ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | Paul Muschick
    As if local veterans enduring endless waits for government benefits don't have enough to worry about, now there's this: Officials are investigating whether documents were inappropriately shredded at the Department of Veterans Affairs center in Philadelphia, which processes benefits claims from the Lehigh Valley. If a veteran's paperwork is shredded instead of added to a claim file, that could result in disability or pension benefits' being denied or delayed. The Philadelphia office and nine others were inspected without warning last month by the VA inspector general's office. The checks occurred because the inspector general discovered a claims center in Los...
  • EPA execs enjoy great pay, benefits, while being investigated over sex with minors

    11/11/2015 4:48:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    There has, fortunately, been increased media scrutiny on the number of federal employees who remain on paid leave with full, taxpayer funded benefits for months at a time, some of whom are under investigation on quite serious charges. Last month we looked at the Department of Homeland Security, where nearly one hundred workers remain in this type of holding pattern for six months or longer. Now that the calendar has flipped over to November, Katherine Mcintire Peters at Government Executive Magazine moves the focus over to the hilariously named Environment Protection Agency, where an equally anger-inducing number of workers...
  • Sick benefit for Wisconsin lawmakers could cost taxpayers millions

    10/17/2015 11:46:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 10-16-15 | Paul Brennan
    It’s enough to make any Wisconsin taxpayer sick. For 40 years, state legislators have enjoyed a special benefit that not only grants them sick leave but also allows them to bank all unused sick days and use the cash value of those days to pay for health insurance after they retire from the Legislature. “It’s a health-care golden parachute for legislators,” said State Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay. Because lawmakers aren’t required to call in sick when they miss a day in the Capitol, few ever use any of their sick leave. The unused days pile up over the years,...
  • Asylum seekers SUE Germany for not paying them benefits FAST ENOUGH

    10/15/2015 8:33:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    UK Express ^ | 10/15/2015 | Rebecca Perring
    A GROUP of asylum seekers are SUING Germany for not allowing them to register asylum quick enough so they can access benefits, throwing the Government’s goodwill back in their faces. Around 20 Syrian migrants have filed a case against the Berlin state Government demanding immediate access to shelter and benefits after waiting for more than a week to be registered by the authorities. It comes as serious splits emerged in Angela Merkel's Government over how to divide economic migrants from genuine refugees fleeing war-torn countries. Hundreds of asylum seekers are still waiting to be registered due to huge backlogs at...
  • Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More Than Private Sector

    10/08/2015 3:57:33 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year. The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014, compared to the private sector’s average of $56,350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). But when adding in benefits pay for federal workers, the difference becomes more dramatic. Federal...
  • Democrats Begin the Long, Tortuous Retreat from Obamacare

    10/01/2015 12:35:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Ed Morrrisey
    After 5 years, two midterm disasters, and a rollout that reminded Americans why they fell out of love with big government in the 1970s, reality has finally begun to dawn on some Democrats about Obamacare. With open enrollment about to start and a third straight round of premium spikes about to hit voters’ pockets, the Democrats’ leading presidential candidate has offered a “major break” with the Obama administration on its signature domestic policy achievement. Hillary Clinton will speak out against the so-called Cadillac tax on high-coverage health care plans, as early as this week, according to The New York Times....
  • 8 reasons manufacturing is great for America

    08/11/2015 9:16:38 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 38 replies
    Inc magazine online ^ | 8/10/2015 | Drew Greenblatt
    In a scathing rebuke of the importance of U.S. manufacturing in The New Yorker ("What's So Great About Manufacturing?") James Ledbetter attempted to dismantle the benefits of manufacturing in our transformational age. Ledbetter, who is editor of Inc. Magazine and this website, is wrong. Here are 8 reasons U.S. manufacturing is great for America and critically important to focus policy solutions to help this job machine thrive. 1. Manufacturing creates strong middle-class jobs. 2. Manufacturing jobs create dignity. 3. Manufacturing creates wealth for a nation. 4. Manufacturing is critical during wars. 5. Factories are safer than ever before. 6. U.S....
  • Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent

    07/13/2015 5:23:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 41 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    There are 314,000 fewer people in Michigan collecting unemployment benefits than six years ago, a nearly 90 percent decline. Some see this as another indicator of the state’s economic rebound. There were 363,212 people collecting unemployment as of Jan. 24, 2009. That number dropped to 49,060 as of June 20, 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. “Michigan’s growing economy is putting people back to work,” said James Hohman, the assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “Fewer people on unemployment insurance is one of the added benefits.” From 2006 to 2010, Michigan led...
  • Bankruptcy is the only way Greece can fashion a new beginning

    07/06/2015 11:52:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Almost every option facing debt-drenched Greece is bad, but there is only one that will end this Greek tragedy for good. Let Greece go bankrupt. Then let this once-rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy. What I’m suggesting for Greece is what might be called the Detroit option. Put Greece under receivership and let these new authorities figure out how to manage the debt and decide who will take a haircut and how big. Pensioners, bondholders, welfare recipients, government workers, the International Monetary Fund, all will have to settle for less — maybe a lot less. It’s...
  • End Domestic Partner Benefits (Vanity)

    07/01/2015 6:29:18 PM PDT · by Teotwawki · 18 replies
    Teotwawki | July 1, 2015 | Teotwawki
    My company, like many others, offers the same benefits to same sex domestic partners as it does to opposite sex spouses. With the recent supreme court ruling on same sex marriage, we should all call on all of these companies to end domestic partner benefits or offer the same to hetero couples as well. If pushed, think most companies would offer benefits only to married couples of the same or opposite sex. If they want the benefits, make them get married. In a lot of cases, I think we'll find out that they aren't such a dedicated couple as just...
  • Looking for a forum to ask i.r.s. / ssa questions

    06/27/2015 7:59:27 PM PDT · by George from New England · 7 replies
    Been looking for an internet forum to ask a few questions and interface with others in the know. My wife has an employee/employer job. I am self employed. I am on her employer's health insurance. They deduct premiums every two weeks from her paycheck. Example: 800-200, net 600 There has been lawful pre-tax med calculations being done meaning ss tax is paid on the 600 not 800. Now we find this is directly impacting her benefits when she retires, 3 years hence. Can this be changed going back a few years and tax returns amended to reflect this? Has the...
  • Generous welfare benefits make people MORE likely to work, study claims

    04/01/2015 11:36:17 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | April 1, 2015 | Victoria Woollaston
    Benefits and welfare schemes are often blamed for making people less likely to want to work. But a study has found that the opposite may be true. A Europe-wide survey of 19,000 people revealed that the more a country paid to the unemployed or sick, and invested in employment schemes, the more likely its residents were to want a job.
  • Army Refuses Vet Benefits To Rape Victim

    03/28/2015 11:38:33 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 69 replies
    The Philadelphia Public Record ^ | January 22, 2015 | Cassie Hepler
    Joining the US Army at 19 years of age is an exciting and intimidating move. But with youth and vigor readily available, a promising recruit can climb the ranks of success and dream of a bright future. DAN SICKMAN, non-attorney veterans’ advocate, is representing rape victim Diana Moore, from Bensalem, Pa., in her fight for justice and veteran’s benefits. Diana Moore, who is now 29 and lives in Bensalem, Pa., never had that opportunity. While stationed in Ft. Campbell, Ky. as an automated logistical specialist, she was raped by a superior. Not only did she find no justice in the...
  • Say goodbye to employer-provided health insurance

    03/17/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Richard Eisenberg
    Could employer-provided health insurance be going the way of employer-sponsored pension plans? Rick Lindquist, president of Zane Benefits, which specializes in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses, says: Not only could it happen; it’s happening already. Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer (who founded Zane Benefits), argue that case in their new book, “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance.” As surprising as you may find the title, get a load of its subtitle: “Why It’s Good for You, Your Family and Your Company.” Lindquist and Pilzer’s company stands to profit if employers shift from traditional health insurance and toward their...
  • 370,000 migrants on the dole

    02/23/2015 9:06:20 AM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 19, 2012 | Robert Winnett
    More than 370,000 migrants who were admitted to Britain to work, study or go on holiday are now claiming out-of-work benefits, according to official figures compiled for the first time. The migrants, who can claim unemployment, housing and incapacity benefit, are costing taxpayers billions of pounds a year. In other countries, many would have had to return home after their visas expired or their employment ended. But Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister, today blamed the Government and said the situation would only get worse due to lax border controls, rising migration and increasing unemployment. He said: "Tory ministers are resorting...
  • Report: Pay and benefits panel to recommend killing 20-year retirement [Getty, AP Photos]

    01/28/2015 6:35:47 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 88 replies
    Getty, AP Photos; Stars & Stripes ^ | January 28, 2015 | Stars and Stripes
    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday, which will propose fundamental changes to military benefits including ending the 20-year retirement, according to the Military Times, citing sources familiar with the report. The plan calls for Congress to create a hybrid system of smaller defined-benefit pension along with more cash-based benefits and lump-sum payments. A significant portion of retirement benefits would come in the form of government contributions to 401(k)-style investment accounts, those familiar with the report told Military Times. In addition to the 401(k) for troops serving less than 20 years, the commission will...
  • Mexico Issuing Birth Certificates at U.S. Consulates

    01/16/2015 5:08:12 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | FNC Staff
    Mexico is now issuing birth certificates at its United States consulates so illegal immigrants can avoid deportation. Until now, Mexico has required its citizens to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico. Many of those living in the U.S. ask friends and relatives back home to retrieve the paperwork, but the delay can hold up their applications for various benefits.
  • UK: Benefits Pay Much More than a Job

    12/18/2014 12:36:41 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 18 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Here's a well-researched and well-argued article that, after investigation, reliably shows that the presence of food banks doesn't mean that welfare cheques are not high enough, but only that "sometimes the state messes up benefit payments and leaves nasty delays. They prove that people aren’t good at managing money. They suggest that not everyone puts rent and food before fags and booze (but we don’t want to get into a discussion about the deserving and the undeserving here). They confirm that supply creates its own demand." My disagreement with the writer is that she seems to be in favour...
  • Republicans ready to reform public assistance in Wisconsin

    12/03/2014 10:20:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Some of the boldest reforms to public assistance in the nation may arise from the Wisconsin Legislature in coming months. Armed with the largest Assembly majority in 57 years and comfortable control of the state Senate, Republican leadership appears to be putting together the kind of ambitious reform agenda that could rival 2011, when the Republican-led majority introduced and passed a spate of conservative — and controversial — initiatives. On Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, announced the creation of the Public Benefit Reform Committee. While the new committee’s chair or its members have yet to be...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Late-hour benefit fight has defense bill on the ropes

    11/29/2014 1:06:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 31 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill. “This is as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said one armed service committee staffer, describing the impasse between House-Senate negotiators striving to reach a defense policy bill compromise two months into the new fiscal year. If no deal can be struck, this Congress would be the first in 52 years not to enact a bill to shape defense policy and resets budget priorities. It would mean...
  • Under Obama’s action, many of those protected from deportation will also be eligible for benefits

    11/25/2014 1:46:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/2014 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama's new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official confirmed. In his speech on Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken system. "We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or [legal] residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay...
  • Levin backs Pentagon proposals to cut benefits

    11/19/2014 2:27:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Wednesday he’ll work to save the Pentagon’s proposals to cut health and housing benefits for armed services members and their families. “There’s a few issues that are really important to our military leaders, including the Joint Chiefs, I’m going to keep fighting for,” the retiring chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said. Lawmakers are working on a defense policy bill. The Pentagon wants the legislation to include measures that would boost out-of-pocket fees for Tricare, the health plan for military families, and require service members to kick in for up to six percent of...
  • Franken: Ebola Victim's Widow to Get Benefits

    11/03/2014 3:17:10 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies ^ | 11/3/14 | AP
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken says the widow of the first American to die from Ebola will get survivor benefits. Franken says the Social Security Administration notified him Monday that the benefits were approved for Decontee Sawyer of Coon Rapids.
  • Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers

    10/07/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by Signalman · 32 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 10/7/2014 | Katy Lobosco
    Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer, is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. The cut applies to part-timers who work fewer than 30 hours a week, Wal-Mart said Tuesday. It impacts 2% of the company's U.S. workforce. More of Wal-Mart's employees signed up for health benefits this year than the company expected, which boosted the company's costs.. Obamacare requires everyone to have coverage, which has prompted people to compare plans available to them at work with plans offered on government exchanges. The cheapest and most popular Wal-Mart plan currently costs employees as little as...
  • MK Feiglin: Take Gaza, Pay People to Leave

    07/31/2014 2:33:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Feiglin does not believe in going after rocket launchers or tunnels. Gaza should be retaken in whole, he said, by directly attacking the Hamas leadership and striving for victory, and doing so according to Jewish law, without sacrificing soldiers in order to save members of the local population, which voted Hamas into power. Once this is accomplished, the terrorists who fight Israel must be destroyed, he said, and the remaining population should be encouraged to leave through monetary compensation. Surveys show that 80% of Gazans would like to leave the Mediterranean coastal strip and move elsewhere in the world. The...
  • Fed study: Shorter jobless benefits lead to higher employment

    07/22/2014 6:18:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | 7/21/14 | Greg Edwards
    If unemployment benefits were cut off earlier in 2013, the long-term unemployed would have been more likely to be re-employed, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. If the benefits, called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, expired earlier in 2013, “workers with 46 or more weeks of continuous unemployment would have been 1.2 to 2.1 percentage points more likely to become re-employed,” the St. Louis Fed reported. “Similarly, the long-term unemployed would have been 0.4 to 0.5 percentage points more likely to exit the labor force entirely.”
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 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 ^ | February 17, 2014 10:39 PM
    HANCOCK PARK ( — 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 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 ^ | 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.