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  • What happens when we live off the other guy?

    02/15/2012 11:38:04 AM PST · by landsbaum · 8 replies
    Nearly half of U.S. households receive government benefits. Weíve reached record highs of those relying on government-paid benefits, which is to say, benefits paid for by taxpayers, which is another way of saying redistributed wealth. Which is another way of saying socialism....
  • We Can't Fix the Budget Without Fixing Entitlements

    After Obama released his disastrous budget yesterday, I was looking through some of the historical budget data and came upon something interesting which really hit the importance of entitlement reform home.† If you look at outlays as a % of GDP, you see that discretionary spending (everything from wars to the Department of Education) has actually fallen over the last 50 years and is clearly not the source of government largesse, at least in terms of spending (regulations are a different story).† What really is busting the budget are the "mandatory" items like social security and medicare.† Just take a...
  • Satirizing liberalism with by outlining the redistribution of sex.

    02/13/2012 4:06:30 PM PST · by tjbandrowsky · 4 replies
    http://www.yankeerino.com/ ^ | 2/12/2012 | TJ Bandrowsky
    In the Fair Sex Act, yankeerino humorously attacks the left wing notions that entitlements are open ended, that equality is the absolute goal of a just society. Beginning as an open letter to "fellow" liberals, the Fair Sex Act imagines a world where economic equality has been achieved, and liberals now need to figure out what else to make equal, so as to stay employed. Complete with a faux history of Karl Marx's stages of society reworked as sex, scientific studies extolling the virtues of equality in sex, and even a sample sexual tax return, the Fair Sex Act is...
  • GOP needs bold agenda for campaign, Ryan tells activists

    02/10/2012 7:20:59 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-9-12 | Craig Gilbert
    Washington - Republicans should base their 2012 campaign on an agenda so bold and ambitious that victory would hand the party a transformational governing mandate, House budget chair Paul Ryan told a gathering of conservative activists here Thursday. "This election cannot be just a referendum on President (Barack) Obama's failed leadership," said Ryan, of Janesville. "Americans deserve a choice - a choice between two dramatically different visions for our country's future. As conservatives, we owe Americans that choice." The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off its annual event Thursday, a mecca for presidential candidates, leading lawmakers, conservative celebrities and the...
  • The Vote Pump

    02/09/2012 12:14:40 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 1 replies
    PJTV ^ | Jan 27, 2012 | Bill Whittle
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u24nH03NccI&feature=player_embedded
  • It's 2008 Again

    02/09/2012 11:45:19 AM PST · by RedMominBlueState · 16 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | Feb. 9, 2012 | Karl Denninger
    Worth watching.... and thinking about. But do so soon, because if we don't the system will collapse, and then there will be no benefits at all. Bill puts into graphs in a couple of minutes what I've been writing about for the last five years. Your choice is to either act on it or go to the store, right now, and buy all the vasoline you can find -- because if you don't act you're going to need it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u24nH03NccI&feature=player_embedded#!
  • Obama plan would prolong housing pain

    02/03/2012 8:01:58 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2-3-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government's Ė the taxpayers' Ė expense. But the president's audacity is a bit much to take, even for an election year. Mr. Obama wants to effectively bail out borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth by having taxpayers assume the risk of borrowers defaulting. . .
  • Where are the numbers?

    01/31/2012 1:08:01 PM PST · by shoff · 4 replies
    01/31/2011 | Steven Hoffman
    I saw an article a little while ago that I believe said the state of Maine had more people on the dole than there were taxpayers. I have been trying to figure out how many of the 19,378,102 persons living in New York are pulling the cart verse riding. I have tried all sorts of searches and all sorts of sites but I canít seem to get the numbers for my state (New York). I am sure these numbers were figured on the last census and I have searched the census site and canít seem to get up to date...
  • Is Obama Creating A Nation Of Dependents?

    01/26/2012 5:32:18 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/26/2012 | John Merline
    Is Obama turning the country into a welfare society and away from one focused on opportunity? While it's true that the country has been headed in this direction for many years ó with the explosion in entitlements since the 1960s and the aging of the population ó Obama has, in fact, greatly accelerated the trend. Examples:
  • United Welfare States of America: In 2011 Nearly Half The Population Recv'd Benefits

    01/23/2012 3:53:49 AM PST · by RobertClark · 1 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 01/23/2012 | Tyler Durden
    While politicians may debate whether or not America is the most "generous" (with other generations' money of course) socialist welfare state in the history of mankind, the undoctored numbers make the affirmative case quite clear and without any chance for confusion. The single most disturbing statistic: in 2011 nearly half of the population lived in a household that receives some form of government benefit, which in turn accounted for 65% of total federal spending, or $2.5 trillion, and amount to 15% of GDP. And yet some people out there still think these people, long since indoctrinated to do little but...
  • 1 in 3 Florida retirees who receive Social Security survive solely on government checks

    01/23/2012 11:37:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/23/12 | Donna Gehrke-White
    A third of Florida's nearly 3 million retirees, 65 and older, now rely entirely on Social Security, according to an analysis by AARP. "Folks have spent down their assets," said Jeff Johnson, AARP interim director in Florida. More Floridians are likely to end up only on Social Security than retirees in the rest of the country: A quarter of U.S. retirees, 65 and older, have only their monthly checks as income, Johnson said. Many of the most strapped are Florida's oldest, he added. Florida seniors, 80 and older, are about three times as likely to depend
  • Ode To The Welfare State Circa 1949

    01/10/2012 11:42:42 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Ironic Surrealism ^ | 12/18/11 | velvethammer
    The poem ďDemocrat DialogĒ (below the fold), allegedly by a prominent Georgia Democrat and referred to as an ĎOde To The Welfare Stateí by Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio). Who inserted it into congressional record, in response to Harry Truemanís November 3, 1949 ďpie for everybodyĒ speech: Excerpt: The policies we advocate are based on these convictions. We maintain that farmers, like businessmen, should receive a fair price for the products they sell. We maintain that workers are entitled to good wages and to equality of bargaining power with their employers. We believe that cooperatives and small business should have a...
  • Ann Coulter, I Am More of a Catholic than a Conservative, Just Like Rick Santorum

    01/09/2012 7:54:11 PM PST · by tcg · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/9/12 | Keith A. Fournier
    Ann Coulter's criticism of Rick Santorum for being "more of a Catholic than a Conservative" makes me want to do even more to help people come to understand his positions. ...Coulter's comments help explain why Catholics like me consider ourselves to be 'reluctant Republicans." She was derisive of Rick Santorum's concern for the poor. She mocked his insistence upon the connection between moral, social and economic issues. She was condescending and dismissive of his integrated campaign message. ...Santorum understands that freedom is a good of the human person. Further that he sees that the market economy, as promising as it...
  • Flashback: Santorum stands by his record of earmarks

    01/05/2012 1:50:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/05/2012 | Tina Korbe
    So it continues, this scrutiny under which Santorum now happily campaigns. (Yes, ‚Äúhappily.‚ÄĚ He sounded ecstatic to be able to legitimately target Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as his competition at his first event in New Hampshire yesterday.)So far, most of the criticisms sound like this: Santorum is of the big government, compassionate breed of conservative ‚ÄĒ and as much a part of the Republican establishment as Mitt Romney. Santorum‚Äôs earmark-laden voting record from his time in the Senate is an easy piece of evidence to prop up this idea.But, if these excerpts from an appearance at a Press Club...
  • Payroll Tax Cut Could End Social Security

    12/22/2011 12:06:01 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/22/2011 | David Hogberg
    Washington is engaging in a game of chicken over the payroll tax holiday, but this likely won't be the last time Congress and the White House try to extend it. Some say it will become a "permanently temporary" feature of American politics. And the consequences could be dramatic. "We could be having this conversation 15 years from now and talking about how President Obama, as a Democrat, was the president that started the path to killing Social Security," said Jason Fichtner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Mercatus Center.
  • Professor Cornel West: Battle For Entitlements Will Be ďFought In the StreetsĒ

    12/05/2011 6:18:45 PM PST · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12/5/11 | Mac Slavo
    Civil disobedience will only work until the people realize nothing has been done Ė and that nothing can or will be done. When they finally understand that politicians, bureaucrats and corporate interests have completely destroyed their way of life, then we can fully expect violent confrontations and mid-east style, potentially armed, riots in the streets of America. This isnít going away. In fact, the frustration, anger and desperation will continue to build pressure. Whether its the Tea Party movement, Occupy Wall Street, or other third-party protests, the momentum is gaining speed and strength.
  • Cornel West: Ultimate Fight For Entitlements Will Be In "The Streets"

    11/28/2011 5:26:22 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 79 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 28 Nov 2011 | Cornel West
    "I think the problem is that the poor children, keep in mind it's 42% of poor children who live at or near poverty, it's 25% in poverty. Our audience needs to keep that in mind." Cornel West said on MSNBC this afternoon. "Poor children need more than just a $1,000 for their family, they need a war against poverty to make it a major priority in the way which we have a priority for Afghanistan, and a priority to bail out banks, and a priority to defend corporate interests when it comes to environmental issues," West said about more and...
  • Entitlements, Not Tax Cuts, Widen the Wealth Gap. Eating the rich will leave us all hungry

    11/28/2011 7:22:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2011 | Michael Barone
    What should be done about income inequality? That basic question underlies the arguments hashed out in the supercommittee and promises to be a central issue in the presidential campaign. Supercommittee Democrats argue that income inequality has been increasing and can be at least partially reversed by higher tax rates on high earners. They refused to agree on any deal that didnít include such tax increases. Supercommittee Republicans offered a plan to eliminate tax preferences and reduce tax rates, as in the 1986 bipartisan tax reform. They argued that high tax rates would squelch economic growth. They didnít make the case...
  • 25 Bitter And Painful Facts About The Coming Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis That Will Blow Your Mind

    11/25/2011 11:26:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 11/23/2011 | Michael Snyder
    For decades we were warned that when the Baby Boomers started to retire that this country would be facing a retirement crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Well, that day has arrived ladies and gentlemen. Back on January 1st, the Baby Boomers began to retire and more than 10,000 of them will be retiring every single day for years to come. Most of them have not saved up nearly enough money for retirement. At the same time, private sector pension plans are failing all over the place, hundreds of state and local government pension plans from coast to coast are woefully...
  • Navy Blue Angels fly into era of budget questions

    11/23/2011 7:07:09 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 23 Nov 2011 | MELISSA NELSON
    <p>PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. ó The Navy's Blue Angels have been thrilling audiences for more than six decades with their acrobatic flying in fighter planes, but a new era of federal budget worries and proposed deficit cutting has some inside and outside the military raising questions about the millions it costs to produce their shows.</p>
  • Fifty Percent Welfare Nation

    11/11/2011 5:39:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2011 | Rachel Alexander
    It has become all too easy today to receive government assistance. Half of all babies born in the U.S. today receive food assistance, and half of all children live in a home that will use food assistance at some point during their childhood. 40 percent of the population in Washington, D.C. is on welfare. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of Americans receiving food assistance more than doubled, expanding to over 47 million, which is more than one-seventh of the population. Forty years ago, only 4.3 million Americans received food assistance. According to a Heritage Foundation study, means-tested welfare has...
  • 40 House Republicans Ask Super Committee for Higher Taxes (List of Names)

    11/09/2011 9:30:04 AM PST · by Rational Thought · 35 replies
    Late last week, a group of 100 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the so-called Super Committee urging the handpicked group of twelve legislators to consider ďall options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenuesĒ in order to reach the committeeís goal of $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years. In Washington speak, this is code for raising taxes. Among this list is 40 Republicans whose capitulation encouraging the committee to raise taxes is troubling. We shouldnít be surprised to see 60 Democrats seizing on the opportunity to drive a wedge between conservatives intent on restoring economic...
  • Rep. Simpson: Revenues, not tax hikes, 'key' to supercommittee deficit deal

    11/06/2011 6:41:41 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/6/11 | Mike Lillis
    Rep. Mike Simpson said Sunday that new revenues are central to Congress's efforts to reduce the deficit, but the Idaho Republican drew a line in the sand in his opposition to tax hikes. "The reality is you can't get to $4 trillion without including additional revenues," Simpson told Fox News Sunday. "We might have different ideas what those revenues would look like. I think you could get additional revenues by actually lowering the tax rates and eliminating all of the exemptions underneath. Ö More revenue is key to this." But Simpson was quick to make a distinction between new revenue...
  • Memo to Canadian Occupiers: Go south

    11/03/2011 8:36:52 AM PDT · by Clive · 14 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-11-03 | Eric Duhaime
    MONTREAL - Over the past few weeks, leftist activists invaded public spaces in all major cities across Canada, beginning in downtown Toronto. Their actions were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) encampment in Zucotti Park. There are, however, a few differences. American protesters are outraged by: The widening gap in wealth between the poor and the rich, to the benefit of the 1% of the most fortunate. Bank bailouts with public money. The impoverishment of the middle class. The drop in the home values. Growing poverty. Increases in health insurance premiums. The phenomenal public deficit. None of these problems...
  • A Letter from an Enraged Lady

    10/30/2011 10:43:06 AM PDT · by dvan · 75 replies · 1+ views
    EMAIL | NA | Patty Meyers, WYO
    I Think She Is Upset! Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of Obama's deficit commission, called senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Wyoming ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is! "Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight.. 1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS. 2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15...
  • Perryís tax plan strikes chord, one-ups Romney

    10/26/2011 1:59:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | Oct 26, 2011 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    GRAY COURT, S.C. Ė Rick Perry, Republican presidential candidate and Texas governor, has released an economic plan full of long-held conservative goals, including personal accounts for Social Security, an optional flat tax, major spending cuts and a series of tax cuts. The plan would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, eliminate taxes on dividends and many capital gains and essentially cap individual tax rates at 20 percent. Perry argues these tax cuts will spur economic growth by creating a more favorable environment for wealthy people and corporations to start or expand businesses. But without significant...
  • IWF: Fresh Start for Rick Perry?

    10/25/2011 9:23:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | October 25, 2011 | Sabrina Schaeffer
    I expect Gov. Perryís flat tax plan to give him a significant boost in the polls. Many conservative and Republican voters who were initially attracted to Herman Cainís 9-9-9 plan were likely enthused with the idea of bringing simplicity, transparency, and fairness to our tax system. Still, as details of Cainís plan Ė and the additional consumption tax Ė unfolded, voters have been looking for an alternative. In fact, despite Cain's recent surge, his tax plan is likely the reason thereís still so much uncertainty surrounding him as a candidate. By putting forth a promising Ė and more realistic tax...
  • Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements

    10/19/2011 11:05:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 175 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 19, 2011 | Daniel Halper
    Las Vegas - In a brief speech this morning at the Western Republican Conference, Texas governor Rick Perry announced that in six days he would reveal an ďeconomic pro-growth package that will create growthĒ and encourage investment in America. The plan will involve major tax reform, entitlement reform, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, an abolishment of earmarks, and a recommitment to energy exploration in the United States. ďOur long term growth requires a fundamental tax reform,Ē Perry said. Therefore, his plan ďstarts with scrapping the three million words of the current tax codeóstarting over with something simple: a...
  • THIS is Where Your Taxes are Going! (Yer Gonna Wanna Smack this Guy)

    10/18/2011 3:52:20 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 18, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    An utterly shameless sense of entitlement can† justify just about anything, apparently... ________________________________________ Judge Judy: (you receive) $437/mo from "the government"-†which government? 20-something welfare sponge/'music student': (laughs) The, uh, the Ramsey County -uh- †Aid Office, that's where I live, in St. Paul. †You know, they got an aid office where- you can't find no job†and you're a student- they give you money to live on -youknowwhatI'msayin... JJ:†Well, if you were getting money, why didn't you give Miss Reid any money for rent (Plaintiff/fat roommate chick)? 20sWS: Because our agreement was I didn't have to pay any rent... JJ: What...
  • OccupyWorkSpace! Join the Movement

    10/13/2011 5:08:12 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 2 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | 10/13/11 | John Ransom
    Itís a simple concept thatís been around since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden: Get a job. Thatís how all the stuff you have is paid for, even if you live in a socialist country. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return - Genesis 3:19 KJV Of course capitalism produces more bread, more efficiently, and there is more innovation and surplus than in socialist countries. Out of that surplus bread come things...
  • McCotter Trailblazes Social Security Prosperity

    10/13/2011 11:38:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2011 | Peter Ferrara
    On September 12, the pioneering Rep. Thaddeus McCotter introduced trailblazing legislation providing workers the freedom to choose personal savings and investment accounts to finance half of their future Social Security benefits. This legislation would completely solve the future Social Security financing problem, without cutting benefits or raising taxes, as officially scored by the Chief Actuary of Social Security. Indeed, because standard, long-term market investment returns are so much higher than what Social Security even promises, workers with personal accounts will enjoy higher rather than lower benefits. Moreover, the legislation would result in the greatest reduction in government spending in world...
  • Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit (Totally Unsustainable!)

    10/06/2011 3:47:58 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 10/5/2011 | Sara Murray
    Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year. Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008. The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years. (See a timeline on the...
  • Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit

    10/05/2011 8:21:11 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year. Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008. The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years. (See a timeline on the...
  • Are Americans soft? Not as Obama says, but if weíre honest, we could stand to toughen up a bit

    10/03/2011 8:55:20 AM PDT · by rzman21 · 8 replies
    ConservativeHomeUSA ^ | October 3, 2011 | Ryan Streeter
    Obamaís claim that Americans have grown soft has received a lot of justified criticism. Having blamed his troubles on everything from ATMs to Japanese tsunamis to the Arab Spring to FoxNews, heís finally resorted to going after you and me. Not satisfied with the backlash he got by telling black Americans they are complainers, the President decided to dish on everyone. He's ended up looking a bit silly in all of this. But we shouldnít let our criticism of Obama prevent us Ė even in these economically troubling times Ė from reflecting on the question of whether we have the...
  • Perry promotes his years of experience taking on illegal immigration, tries to blunt criticism

    10/01/2011 8:55:43 AM PDT · by Clairity · 177 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 1, 2011 | AP
    His aides believe that his decade of experience as a border-state governor bolsters his credibility on immigration and border security. He said he vetoed a Texas bill that would have given illegal immigrants driver's licenses, helped pass a bill requiring voter identification at the polls, spent $400 million on security measures to help secure the state’s border with Mexico, and strongly opposed granting amnesty to people who illegally entered the United States. "I'm a governor. I don't have the pleasure of standing on the stage and criticizing," Perry said. "I have to deal with these issues."
  • Inflation and Debt (huge deficits may cause hyperinflation)

    09/29/2011 11:19:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Fall 2011 | John Cochrane
    For several years, a heated debate has raged among economists and policymakers about whether we face a serious risk of inflation. That debate has focused largely on the Federal Reserve ó especially on whether the Fed has been too aggressive in increasing the money supply, whether it has kept interest rates too low, and whether it can be relied on to reverse course if signs of inflation emerge. But these questions miss a grave danger. As a result of the federal government's enormous debt and deficits, substantial inflation could break out in America in the next few years. If people...
  • Germany reaps rewards of entitlement cuts (How It Manages to Weather the European Meltdown)

    09/20/2011 2:49:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/19/2011 | By Michael Birnbaum
    The financial crisis has turned Europe topsy-turvy, with governments freezing pensions, unions voting away privileges and a thick web of safety nets disappearing one strand at a time. But as the role of the state is being reexamined, one country stands apart: Germany, where reforms a decade ago made the country less generous than some of its peers but also helped ease the blow when the rest of the world stopped snapping up BMWs and Bosch washing machines. Now, as its neighbors are being forced to retrench, and the future of the euro appears imperiled, Germanyís social services are running...
  • Facing Liberal Backlash, Obama Changes Tune

    09/19/2011 7:55:29 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/11 | Jim Angle
    President Obama has tried for months to convince critics on the left that entitlement programs such as Medicare had to be cut in order to save the programs, but he seems to have yielded under pressure from his political base. In his new $1.5 trillion deficit-cutting plan, unveiled Monday at the White House, Obama backed away from the changes he had been talking about for months. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/19/obama-yields-to-liberal-outcry-on-entitlement-reform/#ixzz1YSPew3Kd
  • Minnesota: 'New day' for fraud, waste accountability, top sleuth says

    09/20/2011 5:08:31 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-19-11 | Martiga Lohn
    With a two-year budget of more than $22 billion in state and federal funds, the Human Services Department is involved in the lives of more than a million Minnesotans who rely on state programs for health care, food support, welfare, mental health treatment, home care, nursing homes and child care aid. The agency also licenses 24,000 medical and social service providers.
  • What If the Tea Party Wins?

    09/17/2011 3:04:40 PM PDT · by bronxville · 39 replies
    center for american progress ^ | 09-16-2011 | staff
    What If the Tea Party Wins? They Have a Plan for the Constitution, and It Isnít Pretty Download this issue brief (pdf) Read the issue brief in your web browser (Scribd) In the Tea Partyís America, families must mortgage their home to pay for their motherís end-of-life care. Higher education is a luxury reserved almost exclusively to the very rich. Rotten meat ships to supermarkets nationwide without a national agency to inspect it. Fathers compete with their adolescent children for sub-minimum wage jobs. And our national leaders are utterly powerless to do a thing. At least, thatís what would happen...
  • Democrat: Gov't Has No Contractual Obligation to Pay Social Security Benefits

    09/14/2011 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 168 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 9/14/11 | Matt Cover
    Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) said that most Americans do not understand that federal entitlements are not ďbank accountĒ programs that hold their money, adding that Social Security is not even a legal guarantee -- "Legally, they're not even promises." Cooper, asked about potential reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, said that the core problem was that the public does not understand the true nature of entitlements. ďMany Americans donít really realize that Medicare is a government program,Ē Cooper said at a press conference with fellow Blue Dogs on Wednesday.
  • Presidential Proclamation -- National Grandparents Day 9/11

    09/11/2011 2:20:36 PM PDT · by DManA · 31 replies
    The White House Proclimations ^ | Septemeber 11, 2011 | President Obama
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2011, as National Grandparents Day. I call upon all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.
  • Entitlement Reform

    09/07/2011 5:09:40 AM PDT · by evilrooster · 2 replies
    Now that‚Äôs something we‚Äôve been hearing for years‚Ķwe have to fix entitlements to get control of the budget. Government revenues can‚Äôt keep up with growing demands.Revenue...if I hear another politician use the term revenue I‚Äôm going to go nuts. Tell me, what good or service does the government produce that generates revenue? Absolutely nothing!Government obtains funding through taxation ‚Äď which means they are funded by the people. Why don‚Äôt they call it what it really is, an allowance. And much like the weekly allowance provided to a child, once it‚Äôs gone you have to wait until it‚Äôs replenished!The problem with...
  • Want a real stimulus? Forgive student loan debt! (Not sure about this...just informing)

    09/03/2011 4:43:43 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 116 replies
    Sign on ^ | 09/03/11 | Robert Applebaum
    ďForgiving the student loan debt of all Americans will have an immediate stimulative effect on our economy. With the stroke of the President's pen, millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy. As consumer spending increases, businesses will begin to hire, jobs will be created and a new era of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will be ushered in for all. A rising tide does, in fact, lift all boats - forgiving student loan debt, rather than...
  • Perry's Campaign Against the New Deal

    09/02/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT · by rob777 · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 9/1/2011 | Michael Gerson
    It is an ideological milestone that the emerging Republican front-runner is as skeptical of the New Deal as anyone in his position since the New Deal. During the 1936 election, Republican nominee Alf Landon called Social Security "unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted and wastefully financed." Now, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" that tells young workers a "monstrous lie." It is a "failure" that "we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now." It is true that Barry Goldwater, during the 1964 campaign, said, "I think Social Security ought to be voluntary."...
  • [Rasmussen] 11% Think Government Should Provide Basic Income Grant for All

    09/02/2011 7:53:35 AM PDT · by fwdude · 74 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 09/01/2011 | Scott Rasmussen
    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that only 11% favor a proposal for the federal government to provide every single American with a basic income grant, or enough money to enjoy a modest living regardless of whether they choose to work or not. Eighty-two percent (82%) oppose this idea. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Michael Barone: The Price of Entitlements - We face not only current budget problems but a...

    08/31/2011 4:42:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 29, 2011 12 | Michael Barone
    The Price of Entitlements We face not only current budget problems but a Western European future. Some of a society’s most intractable problems come not from its failures but from its successes. Often you can’t get a good thing without paying a bad price. A prime example is our public old-age-pension system, Social Security. It has been completely successful in wiping out poverty among the elderly. Old ladies no longer have to eat cat food to survive. But we pay some prices for this. One is a lower savings rate. China has a humongous savings rate, in part because it...
  • Barone: Obama, rivals duck the entitlement crisis

    08/28/2011 5:01:25 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2011 | Michael Barone
    Some of society's most intractable problems come not from its failures but from its successes. Often you can't get a good thing without paying a bad price. A prime example is our public old-age pension system Social Security. It has been completely successful in wiping out poverty among the elderly. Old ladies no longer have to eat cat food to survive. But we pay some prices for this. One is a lower savings rate. China has a humongous savings rate in part because it has no reliable old-age pension system. People have to save if they don't want to starve....
  • In An Unsustainable System, A Warning of Collapse

    08/25/2011 11:33:52 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    The International Forecaster ^ | 8-24-2011 | Bob Chapman
    In An Unsustainable System, A Warning of CollapseBob ChapmanAugust 24, 2011 We do not believe that Americans, particularly elderly Americans, understand what the elitists are up to in regard to Social Security and Medicare. The Council on Foreign Relations and the Peterson Foundation has for years been working on plans to terminate Social Security and Medicare. Cuts in these paid for programs were impossible to get through Congress. Thus, the ruse was born of getting around Congress. A flash issue was raised regarding a short-term debt extension that could have been passed in 15 minutes that demanded budget cuts for...
  • A Critical Mass in America

    08/24/2011 7:19:17 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 11 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 08-25-11 | stolinsky
    ¬† A Critical Mass in America David C. Stolinsky Aug. 25, 2011 In high-school physics ‚ąí assuming our high school offered physics ‚ąí we learned that when radioactive material reaches a critical mass, a chain reaction begins. No further input of energy is required. The reaction becomes self-sustaining. And if the right radioactive material is chosen, and the critical mass is achieved suddenly, a nuclear blast occurs, wiping out the nuclear material, the container enclosing it, and everything else within range. But the concept of a critical mass may also apply to politics. I believe that when the number...