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  • Why ‘entitlement’ programs aren’t really entitlements

    01/21/2013 6:57:44 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 56 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1-21-13 | jim huffman
    Almost everyone seems to agree that some combination of Social Security reform, Medicare reform and Medicaid reform is essential to any long-term fix of the federal government’s fiscal woes. But few in Washington are prepared to face the political challenges of such reform. Perhaps it would help if we stopped calling these federally financed benefits “entitlements.” In any legal sense of the term, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not entitlements. Unlike public employee pensions, which are contractual obligations now threatening to bankrupt state and local governments, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits can be modified, or even eliminated, by...
  • U.S. Must Give Convicts Lawyers To Fight Deportation

    12/28/2010 9:49:11 AM PST · by La Lydia · 45 replies · 4+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 28, 2010
    Shy of her first anniversary on the federal bench, an Obama-appointed judge known for promoting “racial tolerance” has ordered U.S. taxpayers to provide criminally convicted immigrants with “diminished mental capacities” lawyers to fight deportation. The ruling is believed to be the first ordering government-financed legal representation in an immigration case. Foreign nationals embroiled in deportation proceedings must pay for their own attorney, unlike criminal defendants who get court-appointed lawyers—financed by American taxpayers—as part of due process when they can’t afford it. In this case a southern California federal judge, Dolly Gee, ruled that two area immigrants who are “mentally disabled”...
  • St. Paul schools expands takeout breakfast program

    09/07/2010 2:43:27 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    wkbt ^ | 8-30-10 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When St. Paul students return to school Sept. 7, they'll find another dozen schools offering the district's unusual breakfast-to-go program. It's called Breakfast 2 Go, or B2G, a national nutrition program that distributes takeout breakfasts that students can eat in classrooms. The St. Paul district is 1 of the first in the state to offer it. In addition to B2G, the school has earned accolades for its ethnically diverse menu and emphasis on serving locally grown foods. The 12 new schools offering free breakfast...
  • One In Six Americans Now Receives Government Aid

    08/30/2010 9:00:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    The number of Americans receiving financial aid from the government has soared since the financial crisis, and this fact is frequently used as evidence of American failure. The Drudge Report highlights today that 'one in six' Americans are now receiving government aid, which is truly a shocking statistic. Programs such as Medicaid are already overwhelmed, and new health laws haven't even taken effect yet: USA Today: "Virtually every Medicaid director in the country would say that their current enrollment is the highest on record," says Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates, which surveys states for Kaiser Family Foundation. The program...
  • Welfare Bureaucrats Swarm Like Locusts Upon The States

    08/20/2010 9:43:04 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/20/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Mark Tapscott has an odd idea of a fun time, but I'm glad he does. He was casually tooling through the info posted on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau and decided to see how many welfare bureaucrats there were working in the states. I know, I know, Tapscott needs to take up bowling or something. But, still, the numbers he found are instructive. He found, for instance, that out of every 100,000 residents, the State of New York has 256 welfare bureaucrats and Wisconsin has 249. That's quite a number, isn't it? That means that New York, having...
  • Crowd waiting for housing vouchers gets rowdy

    08/11/2010 9:46:46 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 78 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 11, 2010 | Mike Morris
    A crowd of people hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd. Thousands of people were lined up at the Tri-Cities shopping center, hoping to apply for a voucher from the East Point Housing Authority that will give them a discount on their rent. People began lining up at the shopping center two days ago, and by Wednesday morning the crowd had grown to over 1,000 people. East Point police, some wearing riot helmets, were patrolling the area. Firefighters and EMTs were attending to people who were overheating in...
  • Minnesota's census response rate: above average ... of course

    04/02/2010 6:27:40 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 254+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 4-2-10 | nancy ngo
    While Minnesotans are outpacing much of the nation when it comes to filling out U.S. census forms, people are noticing some hiccups in the system. Some say their forms were addressed to the wrong cities. Others say they didn't even get forms. "By whatever omission or glitch, some people didn't receive one. We're working with residents," said Luz Maria Frias, director of St. Paul's human rights and equal economic opportunity department.
  • Minn. Bill Would End Asset Test For Food Stamps

    03/17/2010 5:43:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 37 replies · 695+ views
    wcco ^ | 3-16-10 | ap
    A Senate panel looks at legislation Tuesday that would allow more people to qualify for food stamps. The bill from Democratic Sen. Linda Berglin of Minneapolis would repeal a requirement to show no more than $7,000 in assets such as cash, money in the bank and stocks to qualify for food support. Vehicles already are not counted.
  • “Do not post to me” - Repost

    10/06/2009 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 557 replies · 10,275+ views
    Free Republic | 10/06/09 | Admin Moderator
    We've received many requests from freepers requesting that other freepers not post to them. There are several problems with this. 1. It's impossible for us to enforce.2. We don't have the time to enforce these requests.3. We don't have the software to keep track of these requests.4. Thick skin helps.5. Ignore the poster, if you don't reply, they won't reply. Free Republic does not need a bozo filter, bozo filters are for wimps. Final note: Trolls, troublemakers, disruptors, forum pests, malcontents, RINOs, liberals, stalkers, et al, would continue posting to (harassing) someone after being asked to stop. Conservative FReepers would...
  • Chaotic Scene at Cobo, Thousands Seek Aid

    10/07/2009 10:59:40 AM PDT · by Westlander · 60 replies · 2,702+ views
    wxyz.com ^ | 10-7-2009 | wxyz
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Thousands of people jammed into Cobo Hall and lined up around the building to seek out housing aid from the federal government. It quickly turned into a mess with reports of fights and nearly a stampede. People started lining up around midnight, but the real chaos broke out near the front entrance that leads to the ballroom. Thousands of people jammed into too tight of a space. There were reports of fights and people passing out in the crowd.
  • Suck on this Exxon-Mobil!! (Zotted by the Texas oil billionaire mod)

    04/19/2006 8:23:25 AM PDT · by Eddy t · 108 replies · 4,342+ views
    Suck on this Exxon-Mobil!! This seem plausible . . .   GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It ' s worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas...
  • Queer Eye 4 The Monday Night Football?

    09/27/2004 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 90 replies · 1,987+ views
    ABC | 9/27/04 | Who shot Dandy Don?
    What the hell has ABC done to Monday Night Football? The opening was stupid, and now at halftime they've dressed up an NFL player in drag (makeup and a ballerina costume) while a gay guy does a photoshoot of it? Not to mention that all of their promos for upcoming ABC shows are full of innuendo. Cosell must be spinning in his grave.
  • High rise fire in Downtown Chicago

    08/27/2002 10:35:40 AM PDT · by newsperson999 · 93 replies · 10,437+ views
    wgntv
    Local news is saying.."very series" high rise fire in downtown chicago...parts of Michigan avenue have been closed.