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  • Bring Back The Welfare Stigma

    08/25/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2014 | Daniel Payne
    The public schools in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, are not known for superb quality—one of them had so pandemic a rodent infestation that it was subsequently overrun by snakes—but give the incompetent buffoons some credit. They know a good handout when they see it: Richmond Public Schools (RPS) recently signed on to a federal program that “encourages school districts to feed everyone by eliminating many of the restrictions in the National School Lunch Program.” It’s bad enough that we’ll have more students belly up to the government food trough (if you’ve never had a taste of “free” government lunch,...
  • Bosworth 'Ruffles Feathers' With Facebook Post

    05/02/2014 1:12:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    KELOLAND.COM ^ | 5/1/14 | Jared Ranson
    SIOUX FALLS, SD - U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth is standing strongly in support of a controversial Facebook post she made on Monday. "The statement is tongue and cheek; it's meant to stir discussion," Bosworth said. Stir discussion it has. Bosworth is receiving national attention for a Facebook post she made earlier this week. The post, which has now been shared by nearly 60,000 people, is a photo comparing the country's food stamp program to a national park warning about feeding the animals, which goes on to say the animals would grow dependent on the handout. "It did ruffle...
  • Pimps Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger [Black Author]

    04/25/2014 6:05:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    amazon ^ | Star Parker
    The African-American entrepreneur describes her disadvantaged life and the convictions that prompted her to overcome the challenges of her past while presenting her personal secrets of self-empowerment. Tour.
  • Economists agree: Obamacare creates more government dependence

    02/06/2014 11:42:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/5/14 | Kyle Wingfield
    A new government estimate shows yet another way how Obamacare may ding the economy, and the law's defenders are at pains to explain how this is a feature, not a bug... It's also important to note the CBO estimate does not include the effects of Obamacare's employer mandate.... ...many employers have already cut workers' hours to get under the 50-full-time-employee threshold, beyond which the mandate kicks in. So some reduction of hours -- and not the voluntary kind -- has already taken place.
  • Food stamp stimulus money to expire, benefits to decrease

    10/13/2013 12:37:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    WATE-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | Mike Krafcik
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires October 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years. Food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, go to 47 million Americans a month. Almost half of them children and teenagers. The monthly benefits, which go to one in seven Americans, fluctuate based on factors including food prices, income and inflation. Those could affect people right here in East Tennessee as 1.3 million Tennesseans receive food stamps at a cost of about...
  • Liberal Entitlements: Popularizing Poverty And Dependence Since 1965

    09/27/2013 2:03:55 PM PDT · by Chris in VA · 3 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | 9/27/13 | Chris McAllister
    Liberals are unwillingly to realize that you cannot legislate the poor into success. When poverty becomes comfortable, it goes from being a condition to a way of life. When liberals decided to increase the amount of benefits provided to the poor (which happens every year automatically) because “with a little more help, they will be able to make it on their own” the poor become more entrenched in their entitlement mentality. They will do even less to change any aspect of their life because they are certain that liberals will continue to provide more for them so they can work...
  • The Preamble to the Democrat Declaration of Dependence

    07/04/2013 4:03:09 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-4-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Dependence Day (they need us more than we need them)

    07/04/2013 10:41:13 AM PDT · by Kolath · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 7-4-2013 | Bill Whittle
    Bill Whittle thinks that the Freedom of Speech is in peril, and so is the Freedom of Religion. Hear why on this Afterburner as Whittle reminds you of the importance of our most important civil liberties, and how each is threatened by the expanding welfare state.
  • Food Stamp Nation: R.I. Town Shows Leftism's Dead End

    03/21/2013 5:18:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2013 | IBD Staff
    Food Stamp Nation: A little town in Rhode Island shows where liberalism and all its talk of economic "security" ultimately leads — a stale economy and suffocating dependence on big government. In a surprisingly candid and lengthy expose, the Washington Post described how Woonsocket, an economically depressed town in Rhode Island, has been turned upside down by food stamps. With a third of the town enrolled, food stamps have created a huge boom-and-bust economy in Woonsocket, as residents pour into grocery stores on the first day of each month after the government pumps $2 million into their food stamp cards.
  • Extreme poverty is also a violation of human rights, says Argentinean cardinal [Pope 4 years ago!]

    03/17/2013 4:38:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 1, 2009 / 09:01 pm (CNA).- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has called for an ethical response to solve the problem of social debt, saying that, not only do terrorism, repression and murder violate human rights, but also extreme poverty and the “unjust economic structures that give rise to great inequalities.”
  • Unemployment Benefits are Becoming a Dependence Problem

    12/29/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Neil Snyder
    Imagine that you meet a young woman and after introductions, you ask, "What do you do?" "I'm unemployed," she says. "That's too bad. I hope you find a job soon." Nothing unusual so far, but the conversation is about to take an interesting turn. "I'm not looking for a job. Being unemployed is what I do." The look on your face shows your bewilderment. What on earth is she talking about? Welcome to the new United States of America, the Obama model that you voted to give another chance even though he didn't earn it. Yesterday, he said, "So if...
  • McGurn: How Obama's 'Life of Julia' Prevailed

    11/27/2012 8:00:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 27, 2012 | William McGurn
    The name of the program now escapes me. Several months ago, while flipping channels with the remote, I stopped on an MTV show about a working mom whose whole life was upended when her partner announced that he was splitting. It caught my attention because this mother lived in a nice apartment that looked like one in my suburban New Jersey town, and she was applying for food stamps. This wasn't your caricature "taker"—the woman had a real job. With her partner leaving, however, she could no longer afford the rent, and she would have trouble providing for her two...
  • Addicts in America

    09/26/2012 7:44:04 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 19 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | September 25, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Some nights ago I sat in an emergency room while a 19-year-old heroin addict was brought in. It was after midnight, the witching hour, on a weekend when the zombies and ghosts of the city's party circuit begin drifting in dressed in their best clothes, escorted by police officers, clutching bloodied rags to their faces or lying on stretchers and always at their articulate best. The girl came from a wealthy background and was articulate enough to hurriedly assemble her story. An addict since her teenage years, she had been clean for a while and never used anything but heroin,...
  • Democrats Signing The Declaration Of Dependence (pic)

    07/06/2012 11:08:31 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-6-12 | The Looking Spoon
    A follow up to this post.
  • Dependence day is every day, Independence Day once a year. Isn’t that about the current ratio?

    07/03/2012 12:20:05 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    Last we checked, about half of Americans don’t pay income tax. Is it surprising then that so many Americans want to receive benefits paid for by income taxes? When a benefit is offered at little or no cost to the one receiving it, how many people have the strength of character to turn it down on principle? Yes, we know, some people are flummoxed by the mere raising of “principle” as a basis for turning down something of value provided at little or no cost to them. What principle might that be? Might we suggest independence? As opposed to dependence...
  • Fear of independence

    05/25/2012 1:13:12 PM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 1 replies
    The Bookish Babe ^ | 4/17/2010 | unknown
    roups such as Code Pink, National Organization for Women and others within the feminist establishment share an implicit philosophy that holds that women are victims. I began thinking this through after reading a thought provoking book. Called The Cinderella Complex: Women’s Hidden Fear of Independence, writer Colette Dowling gives an in depth look at how women’s fear of independence, diminishes them. From reading this book, I believe that this fear has lasting implications for society. I found Dowling refreshing in laying the blame on women for not taking responsibility for their own lives. She states: Personal, psychological dependency-the deep wish...
  • Real Racism

    04/15/2012 7:34:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Yes, this is about race and racism. But no, it’s not about the Trayvon Martin case and how the media is pimping it. It’s not even about the equally tragic black-on-white crimes some push to expose media bias in the Martin case. I don’t subscribe to the “Yeah, sure, but what about this!” game some play to expose leftist hypocrisy. A crime is a crime, regardless of the skin tone of the victims or the perps. This is about how progressives continue to exploit race to keep us divided as a people and to manipulate voters. This is about...
  • Study: Government Dependence Shoots Up 23% Under President Obama

    02/08/2012 5:31:42 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/8/2012 | John Merline
    The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.
  • Obama’s Declaration of Dependence

    07/02/2011 8:28:15 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/2/2011 | Mark Steyn
    The self-reliant citizenry is history. Dozens of countries have “Independence Days.” November 25th, for example: Independence Day in Suriname. In that instance as in most others, the designation signifies nothing more than transfer of de jure sovereignty and de facto operational control from a distant European capital to a more local regime. 1975 in Suriname’s case. They had the first military coup seven years later. But in America “Independence” seemed as much a statement about the character of a people as a designation of jurisdictional status. The first Americans were British subjects who had outgrown a British king as benign...
  • From Seasonal Libertarianism To Long-Term Welfare

    05/31/2011 8:27:46 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 37 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 1, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Happy with high taxes America? Thank an unwed single mother! From The Heritage Foundation: In fact, roughly 75 percent of all families on welfare are single-parent families. With the number of unwed births skyrocketing over the last five decades (more than 40 percent of births in the United States today are to single moms), the cost of federal welfare has mushroomed. Currently, Washington operates more than 70 welfare programs at a cost edging toward $1 trillion annually. Yet poverty and government dependence aren’t the only problems connected to single-parent families. Children raised without fathers are at greater risk for a...
  • The Black Left Needs Right Policies

    10/01/2010 1:54:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 01, 2010 | Chidike Okeem
    Since the start of Obama's administration, black liberals have been fulminating against his lack of focus on the black community and issues regarding their plight. These black liberals accuse him of being aloof, indifferent, and more dedicated to aiding his big-business cronies than creating economic policies to better the black middle class and the poor. Curiously, despite massive ideological differences, these are precisely the same complaints that many white conservative Americans have towards Obama. Irrespective of the red herring of race, everyone wants America to thrive economically and for all people to have enough resources to live prosperously. The bonds...
  • The Spirit of Independence: The Social Psychology of Freedom

    07/08/2010 2:17:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    The American ^ | 07/02/10 | Lee Harris
    The Spirit of Independence: The Social Psychology of Freedom By Lee Harris Friday, July 2, 2010 Filed under: Culture, Government & Politics, Public Square Intellectuals routinely give undue weight to people’s ideas. They tend to believe that ideas cause attitudes, though it is far more often the other way around. Consider the natural libertarians. Several years ago, while attending a street festival in the small town of Tucker, Georgia, I came across a booth sponsored by the local libertarian society. At the time, I did not realize that my encounter would generate my next book. I only remember being struck...
  • Obama: End dependence on fossil fuels (jeopardizes U.S. security and "smothers our planet.")

    06/02/2010 11:33:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 153 replies · 3,063+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/10 | Julie Pace - ap
    PITTSBURGH – Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance his agenda, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and send him a clean-energy bill that would help the nation end its "fossil fuel addiction" for good. Obama predicted that he would find the political support for legislation that would dramatically alter the way the nation fuels its homes and its cars, including placing a price on carbon pollution, even though such legislation is politically divisive and remains bogged in the Senate. "The votes may not be there...
  • The Left's Biggest Fear: The Black Conservative

    04/16/2010 12:20:29 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 15 replies · 560+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 16 April 2010 | Patrick Truax
    Of all the political boogeymen the Left have to fear, nothing frightens them more than someone who can think for themselves. Minorities, the weak, and the infirm have always been in the crosshairs of the Democrat Party and by extension the Left. By focusing on these groups, the Left has been able to foster a perpetual underclass or dependent class in which to derive votes. New Orleans is a classic example.
  • The Declaration of Dependence

    03/23/2010 7:38:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 367+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | 22 March 2010 | Doug Gamble
    With the passage of so-called health care reform, the United States of America that we have known will eventually cease to exist. This legislation begins the end of an America with emphasis on the individual and the beginning of an America with emphasis on the government. The transformation will eventually kill the American spirit and America’s greatness forever. Anyone who thinks the new law is only about health care does not understand the ramifications. Now that a former community organizer has succeeded in the start of reorganizing the way of life of the once most free country on earth, anything...
  • The 2009 Index of Dependence on Government (Are We Socialist yet?)

    03/20/2010 5:38:12 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 18 replies · 612+ views
    Heritage.org ^ | March 4, 2010 | William Beach
    Abstract: Despite the famed 1996 Welfare Reform Act and the more recent welfare adjustments in 2006, 60.8 million Americans remain dependent on the government for their daily housing, food, and health care. The number of taxpayers is shrinking--and the country may be rapidly approaching the point where more than one-third of Americans do not pay taxes for benefits they receive. In February 2009, the Democrat-controlled Congress and the new Obama Administration may have driven the final stake into the heart of any semblance of fiscal responsibility when they enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act--essentially overturning the fiscal foundation of...
  • UK: Almost a third of parents remortgage their home to fund adult children (Yuckies)

    02/17/2010 7:09:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 590+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02/17/10 | Myra Butterworth
    Almost a third of parents remortgage their home to fund adult children Almost a third of parents are remortgaging their home to raise the Ł30,000 typically needed to help support their grown up children, it can be disclosed today. By Myra Butterworth, Personal Finance Correspondent Published: 7:00AM GMT 17 Feb 2010 The rise of so-called YUCKIES – Young Unwitting Costly Kids – is forcing 28 per cent of parents to take the drastic and unexpected measure to help their 18 to 30 year old children. The latest figures suggested as many as half of parents borrow the money needed, with...
  • In some schools, everyone gets free lunch

    07/06/2009 6:43:03 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 44 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2009 | Kathy Matheson
    PHILADELPHIA - For students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, there really is such a thing as a free lunch - and a free breakfast, too. With no strings attached. The Philadelphia school district's unique program provides free food for all children in schools with a high percentage of low-income students, dispensing with the cumbersome forms parents must fill out elsewhere to qualify their kids for free meals. Although federal officials recently threatened to kill this paperless model, other cities are looking to replicate it. Food service directors say it eliminates the costly bureaucracy that both deters needy families from applying...
  • Raising America

    11/05/2008 11:39:59 AM PST · by Writingwhiz · 274+ views
    Stacia Gallagher ^ | November 5, 2008 | Stacia Gallagher
    None of us know at what point this seemingly paternal beneficence could morph into a frightful, coercive stranglehold over every aspect of our lives, including, in times of material scarcity, what cars we may drive, how warm we can keep our homes or, even more frighteningly, what medical care we are permitted to seek or how long we are permitted to exhale carbon.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong

    10/09/2008 12:46:13 PM PDT · by lonelawyer · 3 replies · 284+ views
    Ward of the Court a Townhall blog ^ | 10/09/2008 | Steve Ward
    At the dawn of our Republic, Samuel Adams stated, "If you love wealth more than liberty, and the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us..." Patrick Henry famously said, "Give me liberty or give me death." The United States of America was founded upon the belief that an all powerful government, even a benevolent one, was by its very nature a tyrannical one. One of our guiding principles has always been that a dependent people cannot be a free people.
  • Will the Fourth of July Become Dependence Day?

    07/07/2008 9:31:11 AM PDT · by Dukes Travels · 3 replies · 274+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | July 7, 2008 | Herman Cain
    The founding fathers of this country had a passion to be independent of the persistent tyranny and irresponsibility of the then-king of England, George III. They even delineated many of his abuses toward the American colonies in our nation’s most landmark document, the Declaration of Independence. The founders felt so strongly about these abuses that it led to a revolution against Great Britain, which ultimately led to our independence. Our independence today is not bound by any external sovereign power, although we are under constant threat of a different kind of external tyranny – Islamic fascism. However, our independence today...
  • Declaration of Dependence

    07/06/2008 2:42:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 52+ views
    Irish Calvinist ^ | 3 July 2008 | Erik Raymond
    The 4th of July is a great American celebration. It is always enjoyable to watch fireworks, eat a lot of barbecue, spend time with family and enjoy a mid-summer relaxation. Our country is truly a great place to live and it is active and merciful grace that we are enabled to enjoy such freedom as we do. However, when I hear the word Independence Day and its celebration I think of my daily celebration of just the opposite, namely my dependence. For instead of my pride and value coming from a nation and our independence from another nation, it is...
  • Democratic Senators, Energy Expert Showcase New Technology [One Car Fits All]

    07/04/2008 7:20:48 AM PDT · by Son House · 57 replies · 127+ views
    Democrats.senate.gov ^ | June 12, 2008 | Senate Newsroom
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senators Debbie Stabenow, Amy Klobuchar and David Sandalow, an energy expert from the Brookings Institute, held a press conference today to showcase new automotive technologies that can help reduce our dependence on oil. With oil and gas prices expected to remain at record highs in the near future, rapid technological innovations in the transportation sector are critically important to help reduce energy costs, end our nation’s addiction to oil and reduce global warming pollution. “We need a clean energy revolution to unleash our brightest and most creative scientists, engineers and corporate leaders because we cannot...
  • THE LESSON OF KATRINA

    08/29/2006 8:27:05 AM PDT · by shortstop · 40 replies · 1,162+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/29/06 | Bob Lonsberry
    The lingering lesson of Hurricane Katrina is the great value of self-reliance and the terrible danger of dependence. It was a huge storm. Possibly the largest natural disaster ever to hit the United States. It was the storm of the century. But it taught us more about human nature than it did about the power of nature. More frightening than the storm itself, was the widespread personal failure demonstrated in its wake. It was a peek into the entitlement culture and a sad display of the unwillingness and inability of some Americans to take the slightest responsibility for themselves and...
  • No Vacancy at Gracie: Mike's City of Illegals (RINO mayor sucks-up to illegals)

    07/12/2006 6:00:35 AM PDT · by Liz · 6 replies · 465+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 12, 2006 | Opinion--Letters to the Editor America Speaks
    *****.....the problem with having a billionaire for mayor. Is Mayor Bloomberg planning to put these illegals up at his mansion? Maybe they can cut his lawn and do his laundry in their spare time. Herminie, Pa. ***** Bloomberg swore to uphold all laws, not just the ones he likes. Manhattan ***** Bloomberg is a closet Democrat who favors illegal immigration and cheap labor......he's not worried about his millionaire neighbors in tony Bedford turning their mansions into flophouses with scores of illegals sleeping on cots in cellars. Ossining ***** .....half a million illegal immigrants in New York City,......on welfare, collecting food...
  • Happy Independence Day!

    07/04/2006 2:05:38 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 274+ views
    Self ^ | 7/4/06 | Dan Cross
    Happy Independance Day! "Independence" is a bit of an unfortunate misnomer as it yields the impression that our liberties do not depend upon anything. True, they are such "inalienable rights" ordained by God Himself, nevertheless most countries do not experience them, and none to the degree that we do here in America. They are, in fact, dependent upon certain qualities unique to our great land, yet waning rapidly as we respond to the lure of other nations, seeking to be like them.
  • Oil's New Ball Game

    06/24/2006 5:36:04 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 2 replies · 251+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 21, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    In the 1960s, 85% of the oil in the world was available for ownership, development, partnerships, and such. At the time, 14% of the oil reserves belonged to the Soviet Union. Today it is the reverse of that: 16% of the world's oil is available. 65% is owned by the nations that possess the fields and 19% has limited access -- that is, nations, including Russia, will allow others to invest in and partially own their oil fields. It's different now. And, shall we not forget there are some nations that will allow investment and development and then, when all...
  • California's Limited Energy Supply Options Highlight U.S. Oil Import Dependence

    06/22/2006 12:19:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 354+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/22/06 | Tarek El-Tablawy
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Just two Arab countries have supplied almost 50 percent of California's imported oil over the past five years, a dependence that leaves the state more vulnerable than the rest of the country to disruptions in the world oil markets. The finding, based on an analysis of state and federal crude oil import statistics, underscores the challenges confronting both California -- the biggest gas-consuming state in the U.S. -- and the country as a whole as lawmakers grapple with consumer outrage over high prices at the pump and a U.S. deficit that has widened on the back...
  • Too few Latinos visiting food pantries

    03/20/2006 5:47:43 AM PST · by spintreebob · 69 replies · 1,524+ views
    Harvest of help: Study shows too few Latinos visiting food pantries Estudio demuestra que pocos latinos visitan las despensas. (excerpts) Although there are myriad food pantries in Chicago and the suburbs, not enough Latinos take home the free food (that the pantries) offer, according to a 2006 America's Second Harvest study.Last year the Chicago network of almost 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters served almost 500,000 people, but only about 14 percent of them were Latinos, according to GCFD spokesman Bob Dolgan.In the collar counties the situation is similar - only 13.2 percent of its 187,500 yearly clients are...
  • Apple Feels the Squeeze From Linux

    12/10/2005 6:41:44 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 34 replies · 403+ views
    Linux Insider ^ | 12/06/05 | James Middleton
    Apple Computer has quietly voiced its concerns about the growing threat it faces from Linux in the desktop market. The Californian manufacturer's concerns emerged in its Form 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission late last week. The 10-K is an annual report on the company's business, and an effective disclaimer on factors that may affect the company's future performance
  • Eating Our Independence for Breakfast

    10/17/2005 11:19:31 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 9 replies · 460+ views
    The Atlas Society and Objectivist Center ^ | October 13, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Eating Our Independence for Breakfast by Edward Hudgins As many major public policy matters are being debated in Washington -- a Supreme Court nomination, runaway federal spending -- seemingly small erosions of our independence and, thus, our freedom continue with very little attention. District of Columbia school officials have just announced that all students will be offered free breakfasts, regardless of family income, under a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. School system official Mark Truax argues that, "Studies keep showing the benefits of a good breakfast: increased attendance, better behavior and better performance." What he fails to say is that...
  • How to achieve full energy independence in fifteen years...

    10/04/2005 6:57:30 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 14 replies · 464+ views
    EconoPundit ^ | September 23, 2005 | Steve Antler
    Here's the EconoPundit national energy policy. 1. Impose an immediate and permanent oil import tax set on a sliding scale between $95/bbl and current world price. If world price is $70, the tax is $25/bbl. If world price sinks to $35, the tax automatically rises to $60/bbl. This tax is permanent. Energy costs as seen by households and businesses will initially rise substantially but will quickly stabilize and won't fluctuate even one tiny bit from year to year. What now goes "up and down" is import tax revenue, not domestic energy costs. It is possible there are massive cost reductions...
  • Katrina exposed America's harmful culture of dependence

    09/12/2005 3:36:09 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 22 replies · 1,287+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | September 12, 2005 | Ken Gorrell
    WHAT IS a culture of dependence? It is generation after generation of families existing on direct government financial support and sapped of ambition to take care of their own immediate needs or prepare themselves for a better future. For those trapped in this dysfunctional culture, the normal cost-benefit equations of life don't apply. The government safety net becomes a smothering blanket, insulating citizens from the consequences of their actions while reinforcing the poisonous idea that the problems they create for themselves should become someone else's problem to solve.
  • Racism Isn't the Problem ~

    09/08/2005 10:51:40 PM PDT · by cowdog77 · 333+ views
    CNSNews.com - Senior Editor | Sept 8, 2005 | Susan Jones
    Dependence on Government, Not Racism, Hurting Black People, Pastor Says By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Senior Editor September 08, 2005 (CNSNews.com) - A black conservative leader says don't blame racism or President Bush for what happened to thousands of black people during and after Hurricane Katrina. "The truth is black people died, not because of President Bush or racism, they died because of their unhealthy dependence on the government and the incompetence of Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco," said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny). Peterson singled out...
  • A Whiff of 'Reefer Madness' in U.S. Drug Policy

    08/18/2005 5:15:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 56 replies · 1,131+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 16, 2005 | SALLY SATEL, M.D.
    Patients arrive broke, busted or abandoned at our methadone clinic in a raw section of Northeast Washington. They are opiate addicts, primarily dependent on heroin, though some take vast doses of street-bought painkillers like OxyContin. Drinking the pink methadone solution every day prevents withdrawal sickness. About half of our patients have also spent years on crack or alcohol. Not all have stopped, but at least they have cut back. We see almost no methamphetamine users, but that is a simple accident of geography - the corrosive drug hasn't yet reached epidemic proportions in this part of the country. The personal...
  • (Randy) Moss admits marijuana use 'every blue moon'

    08/18/2005 3:41:47 PM PDT · by bikepacker67 · 33 replies · 780+ views
    NEW YORK (Aug. 18, 2005) -- Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss admits he has used marijuana since entering the NFL seven years ago and still smokes it "every blue moon." "I have used, you know, marijuana ... since I've been in the league," Moss said in an interview for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel scheduled to air Aug. 23. "But as far as abusing it and, you know, letting it take control over me, I don't do that, no." When pressed whether he still smokes marijuana, the star receiver with the checkered past said: "I might. I might have...
  • Did bad heroin kill two coeds?

    08/17/2005 11:44:14 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 391 replies · 5,722+ views
    New York Daily News and lastnightsparty.com ^ | 8/16/05 | AUSTIN FENNER, ADAM LISBERG and ROBERT F. MOORE
    Two college coeds used cocaine with a pair of convicted drug dealers and had fresh needle marks on their arms when they overdosed in a lower East Side apartment, sources said yesterday. Police believe a bad batch of heroin may have contributed to the deaths of Mellie Carballo and Maria Pesantez, both 18 and with promising futures. It was unclear who supplied the drugs, but heartbroken relatives of the victims blamed Roberto Martinez, 41, and Alfredo (Tito) Morales, 33, who were with the teens Friday when the students apparently overdosed. "How is it possible that they are free?" asked distraught...
  • Conservative US Braced for Drugs and The Suburbs

    08/09/2005 4:58:51 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 6 replies · 480+ views
    The Guardian Unlimited ^ | August 8, 2005
    Conservative US Braced for Drugs and The Suburbs United Kingsom -- A smartly-dressed young mother, the head of the healthy children's committee, stands before the parent-teacher association to demand that fizzy drinks be removed from the school vending machines. Moments later she is negotiating a deal to buy a large quantity of marijuana to sell to teenagers and their parents. Welcome to Weeds, the latest sitcom to delve into the dark side of American suburbia. But where Desperate Housewives deals with the fantasy of life and death in a gated community, Weeds, set in the fictional Californian town of Agrestic,...
  • Aid and Development - Will it Work This Time? [Aid hurts recipients]

    07/02/2005 9:05:16 PM PDT · by StopGlobalWhining · 4 replies · 267+ views
    International Policy Network ^ | June 2005 | Fredrik Erixon
    For fifty years, proponents of `aid' have argued that poor countries are poor because they lack the funds to invest in the infrastructure that would enable economic activity to take place, which in turn means that they are unable to attract investment. Originally used to justify mega-projects, such as roads and dams, these arguments continue today in modified form, ostensibly justifying investments in schools and hospitals. Donors have justified aid with various theories and political motivations, but its core justification, the `gap theory', is fundamentally flawed. This theory assumes that poor countries are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty...
  • July 4th: What is Independence?

    07/01/2005 9:43:54 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 6 replies · 577+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | July 1, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    July 4th: What is Independence? by Edward Hudgins July 4th is Independence Day. But at our picnics, parties and cookouts we might well ask, “Independence from what?” In 1776 we Americans declared our political independence with Britain. Tired of high taxes and a long train of abuses, and with no democratic controls on those who governed us, we decided it was time for us to run our own affairs. Besides, bowing on our knees before kings and lords was for slaves and serfs, not free men like us. But it was not just our break with Britain but also other...