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  • Why Americans will never “grow up” as long as we have Medicare

    06/04/2011 7:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2011 | J.E. Dyer
    Beth Haynes writes at Pajamas Media today that Americans need to grow up, and stop thinking we can, in her metaphor, choose and eat cake we haven’t paid for.Her point is good, as far as it goes. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. But as long as we have “Medicare,” we’re going to continue, willy-nilly, to behave as if we think there is one.It is not possible to do otherwise. When people don’t see their arrangements for medical care as a fee-for-service proposition, but rather as a collective “social insurance” scheme, in which the emotion of the...
  • Dependency and Votes

    05/24/2011 1:55:56 AM PDT · by South40 · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 24, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Those who regard government "entitlement" programs as sacrosanct, and regard those who want to cut them back as calloused or cruel, picture a world very different from the world of reality. To listen to some of the defenders of entitlement programs, which are at the heart of the present financial crisis, you might think that anything the government fails to provide is something that people will be deprived of. In other words, if you cut spending on school lunches, children will go hungry. If you fail to subsidize housing, people will be homeless. If you fail to subsidize prescription drugs,...
  • Big Gov't Edges Ever Closer To Self-Destruction

    04/08/2011 4:08:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 8, 2011 | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    We have created suicidal government; the threatened federal shutdown and stubborn budget deficits are but symptoms. By suicidal, I mean government has promised more than it can deliver and, as a result, repeatedly disappoints by providing less than people expect or jeopardizing what they already have. But government can't easily correct its excesses, because Americans depend on it for so much that any effort to change the status arouses a firestorm of opposition that virtually ensures defeat. Government's very expansion has brought it into disrepute, paralyzed politics and impeded it from acting in the national interest. Few Americans realize the...
  • Mark Steyn: Cowboy Subsidies. In Harry Reid’s world, Cowboys embody dependency without end.

    03/12/2011 12:12:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2011 | Mark Steyn
    How mean-spirited are House Republicans? So mean-spirited that they would end federally funded cowboy poetry! Last Tuesday, Harry Reid, the majority leader, took to the Senate floor to thunder that this town ain’t big enough for both him and the Mean-Spirited Kid (John Boehner). “The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 . . . eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Senator Reid. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy-poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands...
  • Thinking beyond the Deficit

    12/12/2010 4:16:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 12, 2010 | Andrew Foy, MD
    There is bipartisan agreement across the country that the debt level is out of control. As a result of previous spending and future, unfunded obligations, America faces two outcomes if nothing is done. The first possible outcome is an acute national debt crisis if creditors decide to stop buying our debt. Overnight, government programs could literally come to a screeching halt forcing austerity measures that could spark social unrest and possibly much worse. The second outcome is less drastic but no less worrying, and involves debasing our currency by printing money to pay for spending obligations; destroying existing wealth and...
  • Are Blacks Conditioned to Vote Democrat?

    11/24/2010 8:15:56 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 11/24/2010 | Fran Eaton
    Illinois' own Dr. Eric Wallace reprimands fellow black Americans in a recent controversial Freedom Journal's Magazine column for the community's misguided devotion to Democrats. He compares voting for Democrats to Pavlov's conditioning experiments:
  • Black Republican: Black Caucus preaches victimization and dependency [Allen West (R-Fla.)

    11/20/2010 6:14:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Black Republican: Black Caucus preaches victimization and dependency By Gautham Nagesh - 11/20/10 05:23 PM ET Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), who said he plans to become the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, accused the organization of failing the black community by promoting dependence on government welfare programs. "The Congressional Black Caucus cannot continue to be a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the Black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency, that's not the way that we should go," West said on Fox News Friday. "And those are...
  • I just heard it but I still can't believe it (Vanity)

    08/30/2010 7:06:16 PM PDT · by Signalman · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Hannity | 8/29/2010 | Self.
    I was just watching Hannity out here on the West Coast. Hannity had said to Bob Beckel that the polls were devastating for the Dems and Bob Beckel said, and I'm paraphrasing, "These (welfare and entitlement) programs that the Democrats have pushed...we thought we were doing the right thing but we actually have created generations of dependency, and now we have to admit that they have not worked and that they were mistakes." Hannity looked like he was in a state of shock when he heard Beckel say this and he responded that it was one of the most honest...
  • The Case For Capitalism

    08/15/2010 3:42:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2010 | Sally Julian
    One Saturday morning, as I was sitting listening to the weekly Torah (bible) portion, I had an astounding revelation -- a revelation that there is a human compulsion towards capitalism that goes as far back as biblical times. The portion, Numbers 11: 4-9, told the story of manna from heaven. "... and the children of Israel also wept on their part and said: "Would that we were given flesh to eat! We remember the fish, which we were wont to eat in Egypt; ... the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; but now...
  • Liberalism 101: Childishness

    08/01/2010 9:11:05 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 6 replies · 1+ views
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 08-02-10 | stolinsky
    The worst effect of modern liberalism is not a host of laws and regulations designed to control every aspect of life. Laws can be repealed. The worst effect is not an increasingly intrusive government. Governments can be voted out of office. The worst effect of modern liberalism is the regression of citizens from self-sufficient adults into dependent children who rely on a parentified government to take care of them, make important decisions for them, and take responsibilities off their shoulders. Real children grow up. Childish adults rarely do. And that’s a shame.
  • I'm demotivated

    07/17/2010 4:27:20 PM PDT · by The Watcher · 13 replies
    How many times do our thoughts to ourselves start with "I wish..." and of course, these wishes just don't come true? I'd say, if you're anywhere near human, rather than superhuman, that's a relatively common occurrance. But what DO you wish for?
  • The Left's Psychological Assault on Independence

    07/14/2010 3:40:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 14, 2010 | Andrew Foy, MD
    The United States faces overwhelming fiscal problems. Our current level of government spending and future entitlement obligations are simply unsustainable. However, as concerning as these fiscal matters are, the biggest problem America faces has nothing to do with economics, but rather psychology. The strength of a nation reflects the character of its citizens. While America was once considered a nation of individuals fiercely independent and self-reliant, her citizens are moving closer to a state of dependence, characterized by irresponsibility and ambivalence. This change has been instigated by the politics of collectivism and the growth of the social welfare state. F.A....
  • Robert Byrd's Highways to Nowhere: Government pork hasn't made West Virginia prosperous.

    07/10/2010 10:24:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/10/10 | BRIAN BOLDUC
    'His heart belonged to you," President Obama told the hundreds of West Virginians who attended Robert Byrd's funeral last week. "Making life better here was his only agenda." Maybe so. But despite the $4 billion in pork that Byrd served his constituents over the past 19 years alone—not to mention the untold billions before observers started keeping tabs—West Virginia remains the third poorest state in the country. Government spending does not prosperity make. When Byrd became senator in 1959, West Virginia ranked No. 39 in median family income, and No. 42 in per capita income. Today, it's No. 48 in...
  • Government Dependency Surges; Addiction To Get Worse

    06/28/2010 11:43:39 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 6/28/2010 | David Hogberg
    Today the conservative Heritage Foundation released its 2010 version of the Index of Dependence on Government. In a word, YIKES! Americans’ dependence on government grew by 13.6% in 2009. That’s the biggest increase since 1976 and the fifth largest going back to 1962, when Heritage began tracking dependence. The index measures federal government programs that can crowd out or constrain private sector or local government alternatives.
  • The Moocher Index

    06/16/2010 1:18:36 PM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies · 845+ views
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | 16 June 2010 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Posted by Daniel J. Mitchell The Center for Immigration Studies recently put out a study arguing that immigration has had negative effects on California. One of their measures was a comparison of how many people in the state were receiving some form of welfare compared to other states. I found that data (see Table 3 of the report) very interesting, but not because of the immigration debate (I’ll leave others to debate that topic). Instead, I wanted to get a better understanding of the variations in government dependency. Is there a greater willingness to sign up for income redistribution programs,...
  • The Slave Mentality

    06/15/2010 4:37:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 476+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2010 | Kevin Jackson
    When slavery is implemented by force, it is certainly a despicable institution. But is it any less despicable when the slaves are there by choice? The interesting point about slavery is that whether it's forced or voluntary, the master is responsible for the slaves. The master feeds, clothes, and cares for his slaves, some masters better than others. But masters also manipulate their slaves. Eventually, all slaves start to notice the dichotomy between their lives and the lives of their masters. There is an urban legend of a slave owner named Willie Lynch who recognized that slaves needed to be...
  • City that can't cope any more-Czech family thrilled with new council house

    04/10/2010 7:19:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies · 1,009+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2010 | Sue Reid
    Helena Horvatova is proud of her seven children. She lines them up in the back garden of her terrace house and explains that the youngest, aged four months, is called Kevin. 'It is a very British name. We want him to grow up British,' says the 27-year-old Czech mother, who arrived in Peterborough two weeks ago. In broken English, she continues: 'We came to Britain because we wanted a better life for all of our children.' Mrs Horvatova pats little Kevin on his head, before plopping down on a battered bench in the middle of her garden, which is littered...
  • THE GERIATRIC TEENAGER (Mark Steyn)

    04/06/2010 12:22:30 PM PDT · by JLS · 49 replies · 1,548+ views
    National Review and Steynonline ^ | 6 April 2010 | Mark Steyn
    “I see some young people in the audience,” said President Obama in Ohio the other day. Not that young. For he assured them that, under Obamacare, they’d be eligible to remain on their parents’ health coverage until they were 26. The audience applauded. Why? Because, as the politicians say, “it’s about the future of all our children”. And in the future we’ll all be children. For most of human history, across all societies, a 26-year old has been considered an adult, and not starting out but well into it. Not someone who remains a dependent of his parent, but someone...
  • HAPPY DEPENDENCE DAY!

    03/21/2010 5:36:48 PM PDT · by This Just In · 31 replies · 709+ views
    National Review ^ | March 21, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 Happy Dependence Day! [Mark Steyn] Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage: As the graph posted earlier shows, the governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be "insurers" in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that's clear we'll be on the fast track to Obama's desired destination of single payer...
  • Happy Dependence Day! (Great Mark Steyn)

    03/21/2010 2:17:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies · 1,514+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 21, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage: As the graph posted earlier shows, the governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be "insurers" in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that's clear we'll be on the fast track to Obama's desired destination of single payer as a fait accomplis. If Barack Obama does nothing...
  • Obama to set new Poverty Guidelines

    03/12/2010 5:01:24 AM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 12 replies · 773+ views
    An announcement from the Obama administration this week heralds a brand new way to measure poverty. American families will be considered poor if their income falls below a certain specified income level. This is nothing new; in fact that is how we measure poverty presently in this country. But let’s get a little perspective on the poverty measurement system, shall we? Originally, poverty measurements were developed in 1963-1964 by Mollie Orshansky of the Social Security Administration. This, from the HHS.gov website explains how we first officially defined poverty in the United States: “The poverty thresholds were originally developed in 1963-1964...
  • Why the Left Despises Personal Responsibility

    03/07/2010 12:04:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 82+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2010 | Kevin McCullough
    If you wish to see an enjoyable evening with friends become quite animated, then overly hostile, and end in exacting bitterness, ask those in attendance to choose between the following. As an individual citizen, is it more American to believe that you have a personal responsibility to be personally accountable for your actions, and those of your family? Or is it more American to believe that you should wait for the giant collective to take care of you? This did not use to be a controversial concept. Until liberals decided that power is more highly coveted than freedom. Once they...
  • American reliance on government at all-time high

    03/01/2010 6:07:24 PM PST · by pissant · 8 replies · 347+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 3/1/10 | Patrice Hill
    The so-called "Great Recession" has left Americans depending on the government dole like never before. Without record levels of welfare, unemployment and other government benefits as well as tax cuts last year, the income of U.S. households would have plunged by an astonishing $723 billion — more than four times the record $167 billion drop reported last month by the Commerce Department. Moreover, for the first time since the Great Depression, Americans took more aid from the government than they paid in taxes. The figures show the devastating results of the massive job losses last year and indicate that the...
  • The Fraud of Progressive Nobility

    02/21/2010 4:06:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 640+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2010 | Chuck Rogér
    Barack Obama has admitted the need to break his most celebrated campaign promise. Suddenly he is "agnostic" on increasing taxes for people earning less than $250,000. Nine years ago, as an Illinois State Senator, Obama criticized the Supreme Court for not removing a roadblock that forbids Washington to redistribute income. That roadblock is the United States Constitution. Washington routinely redistributes income within American society. When Joe Taxpayer receives government benefits that exceed what he pays in taxes, the effect is what the Heritage Foundation calls a "distributional deficit." Joe's higher-earning fellow taxpayers must fill that deficit. "Each year, government is...
  • Progressives and the growing dependency agenda

    02/14/2010 9:12:15 AM PST · by ricks_place · 7 replies · 299+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2010 | George F. Will
    Only two things are infinite -- the expanding universe and Democrats' hostility to the District of Columbia's school choice program. Killing this small program, which benefits 1,300 mostly poor and minority children, is odious and indicative. It is a small piece of something large -- the Democrats' dependency agenda, which aims to multiply the ways Americans are dependent on government. Democrats, in their canine devotion to teachers unions, oppose empowering poor children to escape dependency on even terrible government schools. Unions and their poodles say school choice siphons money from public schools. But federal money funds the D.C. program, so...
  • Obama's New Math

    02/10/2010 10:00:00 PM PST · by wizkid · 6 replies · 372+ views
    JohnQuincy ^ | 02/10/2009 | JohnQuincy
    "I want to create a new electoral math. I don't want to practice division, I want to practice addition.'' -Obama
  • The liberal colonization of America

    11/10/2009 3:44:42 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 494+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | November 10, 2009 | Adrianna Ramirez
    We will see.Growing up of Mexican descent in the Southwest, I noticed that politicking often involves the cause of alleviating the suffering of the poor. The Democratic Party has successfully convinced the minority masses in the Hispanic community of their deep desire to lift them out of poverty. Liberal policies of forced equality and equal outcome, hurting the rich and sympathizing with the plight of the poor, have given Democrats the political influence that has turned the Hispanic community into an accessory that they often wear around their political neck during election time -- sparkling for everyone to see their...
  • Bribing the voters of New Jersey: How Democrats like Corzine survive

    11/01/2009 2:59:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies · 898+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 1, 2009 | STEVE MALANGA
    With just two days to go, the New Jersey gubernatorial election has turned into a horse race among three candidates, a remarkable development considering that the incumbent, Democrat Jon Corzine, has huge unfavorable ratings. As one radio talk-show host put it: “Who is voting for Corzine?” The answer is simple: people who benefit from big government. In a high-tax, big-spending place like Jersey, much of the burden of funding government falls on a narrow slice of residents who pay steeply progressive taxes, while the benefits of expanding government are enjoyed by those who receive more in services than they pay...
  • Incentivizing Irresponsibility: How the nanny state creates less responsible citizens

    09/09/2009 11:57:59 PM PDT · by JimPrevor · 1 replies · 354+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/10/2009 | Jim Prevor
    It is almost irresistible for conservatives to snicker as Democrats in Massachusetts hold hearings and seek ways to justify an attempt to change the law in Massachusetts to allow the Democratic governor of the Commonwealth to appoint a Democratic senator--presumably available to vote for President Obama's initiatives. It was just a few years ago when Senator John Kerry was running for president and the governor was a Republican that the Democratic state legislature thought it imperative to change the law to prevent governors from appointing senators. It is just too delicious, the hypocrisy too obvious, for conservatives to ignore. Yet...
  • Building a Culture of Dependency

    08/21/2009 9:51:18 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 8 replies · 474+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | 08/21/2009 | Scott Michaels
    Combined with the overall lack of adult supervision in the Congress, I can pretty much say with a great deal of confidence (at least as much as Barack Obama has when he says he can deliver health care at lower cost, and with greater access and no change in your doctor) that what we’ve been seeing since last January is a concerted effort to yoke Americans even more to a dependency on their government that is not only ill-advised but also ultimately tragic. I say ”tragic” because programs like Cash for Clunkers and ObamaCare — both of which are nothing...
  • BEWARE OBAMA’S TROJAN HORSE (Morris was right)

    06/22/2009 7:35:38 PM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies · 1,166+ views
    Dick Morris ^ | 1/22/09 | Dick Morris
    Now that Obama is the president, fasten your seat belts. During his first year in office, and particularly during his first hundred days, we are about to witness the most prodigious output of legislation since 1981-2 (under Reagan), 1964-5 (under Johnson), and 1933-36 (under Roosevelt). The combination of top heavy Democratic majorities in Congress and a mood of public fear bordering on panic over the financial crisis and the looming depression will speed his legislation through a compliant Senate and House. We will enter his Administration as the United States, buoyed by an aggressive free market economy. We will exit...
  • 'Shock the Monkey' Healthcare

    06/19/2009 3:15:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 927+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 19, 2009 | Andrew Thomas
    Many years ago, I took a class in behavioral psychology. The professor was a rather sadistic proponent of B. F. Skinner. He loved to experiment in behavior modification using various reinforcement schedules of pain and reward to change the behavior of monkeys. The monkeys were taught to pull a lever to receive a pellet of food. Later, he added the element of electric shock to the reinforcement schedule. Every time the monkey pulled the lever, he would get a shock along with his food pellet. As typical in behavioral experiments, the professor varied the schedule, in this case increasing the...
  • Is Continued Aid Bad for Africa? Why I Agree with Zambian Economist Dambisa Moyo

    05/28/2009 12:09:22 PM PDT · by jxb7076 · 10 replies · 311+ views
    hubpages.com ^ | 5/27/09 | JXB7076
    Dambisa Moyo, the Zambian economist, educated at Harvard and Oxford and a former employee of The World Bank and Goldman Sachs, has created an inspiring, and provocative argument in her book titled “Dead Aid" - Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. It’s a small volume book which suggests that foreign aid to African nations, totaling over a trillion dollars in the past 60 years was a waste. She argues that it's bad for Africa, and for Africans. In her opinion Aid keeps Africa and Africans in a sub servant’s role at a...
  • Towns Rethink Self-Reliance as Finances Worsen

    05/26/2009 6:53:17 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 24 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 27, 2009 | Bobby White
    As the recession batters city budgets around the U.S., some municipalities are considering the once-unthinkable option of dissolving themselves through "disincorporation." Benefits of this move vary from state to state. In some cases, dissolution allows residents to escape local taxes. In others, it saves the cost of local salaries and pensions. And residents may get services more cheaply after consolidating with a county.
  • Opposition to anti-aid campaigner grows

    05/23/2009 9:25:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 523+ views
    FT ^ | 05/22/09 | William Wallis
    Opposition to anti-aid campaigner grows By William Wallis in London Published: May 22 2009 19:54 | Last updated: May 22 2009 19:54 A swell of opposition is building in the aid world to a new protagonist who has thrown down a strident challenge to the rock stars and liberal economists who have long dominated debate over foreign assistance to developing countries. Galled by the ease with which Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian economist and former investment banker, has risen to prominence this year, activists are circulating detailed critiques of her ideas and mass mailing African non-government organisations to mobilise support against...
  • Into the Fire

    05/17/2009 8:09:38 AM PDT · by joeystoy · 2 replies · 319+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | J. Martini
    A business colleague once told me that rewriting your life story line-by-line and chapter by chapter is a futile exercise. "If you want a new life," she said, "you have to throw your old life into the fire."A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.
  • A Carelessness Now Bordering On Lawlessness (Obama's agenda: Maximize dependency)

    05/14/2009 6:14:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 984+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 05/14/2009 | George Will
    <p>Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones. And anyone could govern as boldly as their whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil — the rule of law.</p>
  • Telling Africa to Drop Dead (How aid is killing Africa)

    04/13/2009 5:47:06 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 14 replies · 1,211+ views
    RealClearWorld.com ^ | 4/13/2009 | Heather Wilhelm
    When it comes to African poverty, everyone, it seems, wants to help—and “help” usually means foreign aid. ... Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work—and it might even make things worse. That’s the argument of Dead Aid, a new book by Dambisa Moyo, an economist born in Zambia, educated at Oxford and Harvard, and who is currently raising major hackles in development circles. In Dead Aid, Moyo does not mince words. Despite the fact that over $1 trillion has gone to Africa over the past 50 years (according to Moyo, nearly $1000 for every person on the planet), “millions in Africa...
  • Why Team Obama Hates Poor People

    03/29/2009 3:14:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 933+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2009 | Kevin McCullough
    We heard a lot about those who were unable to "make it in America" during the 2008 campaign. Despite the clear record of opportunity that America has delivered for more people across every race and from every nation in the history of this earth, we were reminded again and again from then candidate Obama that poor people existed. We were told a lot of things about them as well. We were told that they were inept in their efforts to help themselves. We were told they were too dumb to make clear choices. And we were told constantly that the...
  • More on Jesus and government programs.

    03/14/2009 7:08:56 PM PDT · by freemike · 27 replies · 581+ views
    Libertas ^ | 3/14/09 | FreeMike
    We hear a lot about the poor and those going through hard times. I remember it wasn’t long ago some politicians were attempting to use the name of Jesus to sell their government programs. Implying or outright saying Jesus would support government programs for the poor,, Jesus would tax the rich,, I even heard some were saying Jesus would drive a Hybrid. The question is,, is it morally right to accept government programs when you know the money that is paying for those programs has been forcibly taken from another? A practical example would be,, to accept a stimulus check,,,...
  • Welfare Reform, Phase Two (Will 0Bama Get in The Way?)

    03/01/2009 1:44:11 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies · 856+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter, 2009 | Steven Malanga
    In social-services jargon, Debra Autry had “multiple barriers to work” when the state of Ohio told her that she had to start earning her welfare benefits. Autry had been out of work and on public assistance for more than two decades, and she lacked many of the skills necessary for a modern economy. She was a single mother, too, like most welfare recipients, with three kids at home. Autry was skeptical about working in the private sector, so the state placed her in a publicly subsidized program that had her cleaning government offices in exchange for her benefits. Disliking the...
  • Obama, the Wonderful Wizard of US. (Pronounced “Us”)

    02/22/2009 9:12:43 AM PST · by Lloyd Marcus · 6 replies · 541+ views
    President Obama's recent town hall meeting brought visions of a classic movie. It felt like with great anticipation many followed the Green Brick road to Obama's Emerald City town hall give-a-way singing, “We're off to see Obama, the Wonderful Wizard of US....because, because, because, because, because...because of the wonderful things he does!” The straw woman asked for “a kitchen and a car. The cowardly kitty student asked for “more benefits”. This disturbing entitlement mindset is a far cry from JFK's, “Ask NOT what your country can do for you, but what you can do for you country”. From corporate tin...
  • Moving back to Uncle Sam's plantation

    02/07/2009 2:31:24 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 837+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 07, 2009 | Star Parker
    Six years ago, I wrote a book called "Uncle Sam's Plantation." I wrote the book to tell my own story of what I saw living inside the welfare state and my own transformation out of it. I said in that book that indeed there are two Americas. A poor America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism. I talked about government programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS), Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children (EANF), Section 8 Housing and Food Stamps. A vast sea of perhaps well-intentioned government programs, all...
  • Obama's 'Blue Wall' Locks in Democratic Gains

    01/26/2009 2:42:43 PM PST · by mojitojoe · 40 replies · 1,300+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/25/2009 | David A. Patten
    Led by President Obama, Democrats are leveraging the nation’s economic crisis and the aura of inaugural goodwill to build a “blue political wall” — new constituencies dependent on expanding government programs — that could lock in 2008 Democratic political gains for decades to come. Unless Republicans act to counter those initiatives, pundits and pollsters warn, they could find themselves on an extended vacation from power in Washington. The combination of former Rep. Rahm Emanuel, described by former Bush adviser Karl Rove as a “sharp-edged partisan,” and President Obama’s strategic mindset, could spell big trouble for Republicans hoping to return to...
  • Obama's Trojan Horse: Bailout Signals Return of Welfare State

    01/18/2009 7:09:24 PM PST · by luv2ndamend · 18 replies · 1,094+ views
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | January 18, 2009 5:50 PM | By: Newsmax Staff
    President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed $775 billion stimulus package, being sold as a cure-all for the ailing economy, is little more than a checklist for funding the pricey social-services agenda that he promised during his campaign. Some experts say that the Trojan horse of pork and welfare spending will ultimately worsen the recession and drive the nation deeper into debt, according to financial experts. Most of Obama’s costliest promises have found their way into the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which now includes everything from an expansion of Pell grants for college students, to health care for the unemployed, to...
  • How Tom Daschle Might Kill Conservatism [Obamacare: make us dependent, then how to shrink gov't?]

    11/21/2008 4:15:41 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 43 replies · 1,156+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | November 21, 2008 | James Pethokoukis
    The GOP strategist had been joking about the upcoming presidential election and giving his humorous assessments of the candidates. Then he suddenly cut out the schtick and got scary serious. "Let me tell you something, if Democrats take the White House and pass a big-government healthcare plan, that's it. Game over. Government will dominate the economy like it does in Europe. Conservatives will spend the rest of their lives trying to turn things around and they will fail." And it turns out that the fearsome harbinger of free-market doom is the mild-mannered ex-U.S. senator with the little, red glasses, Tom...
  • Ted Nugent: Obama's victory is sad vote for state of dependency

    11/16/2008 6:37:46 AM PST · by LA Woman3 · 92 replies · 2,135+ views
    The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | 11/16/08 | Ted Nugent
    Before the election, Howard Stern's Sirius radio show conducted interviews in Harlem, N.Y., in which the interviewer, not identified with the show, recited John McCain's economic proposals but portrayed them as Barack Obama's. Not knowing whose ideas they actually were, these people raved and gave them their full support. The election of Obama is an example of Americans voting against their own self interest. It's also further evidence of the dumbing down of America. Trying to explain how our economy works and why lowering taxes is always better for them and America than imposing higher taxes is an economic bridge...
  • Liberalss Clinically Mad, Concludes Top Psychiatrist

    11/14/2008 3:08:18 PM PST · by word_warrior_bob · 67 replies · 1,924+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/12/08 | World Net Daily
    Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by: Creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization; Satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation; augmenting primitive feelings of envy; Rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government. "The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains...
  • N.J. expects more aid once Obama takes office

    11/09/2008 4:56:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 167+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | November 9, 2008 | HERB JACKSON
    Pack away that "Drill, Baby, Drill" T-shirt with the old disco clothes. While President-elect Barack Obama said in his victory speech Tuesday that some of the changes he promised will take time, New Jersey Democrats expect a lot to happen quickly. Within days of inauguration, the new administration might reverse policies on offshore drilling, chemical plant security, stem-cell research and children’s health care — issues that have bedeviled New Jersey Democrats during the Bush years. Even before the inauguration, change appears to be happening. WHAT NJ WANTSWish list for our sharePresident Bush indicated Wednesday he is open to discussing another...
  • And the 2008 Election Winner Is: Peggy the Moocher! (Michelle Malkin)

    11/06/2008 11:53:56 AM PST · by lewisglad · 45 replies · 3,811+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/05/2008
    Sorry to break the bad news to Joe the Plumber. But the winner of Campaign 2008 is Peggy the Moocher. Who is Peggy the Moocher? She's Peggy Joseph, a voter in Sarasota, Fla., who exulted earlier this week at a Barack Obama rally that this was "the most memorable time of my life." Why? As she told a Florida reporter on a YouTube video that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands: "Because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won't have to worry about paying my...