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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. We’ve 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 ^ | 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
  • 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.!
  • 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 – the taxpayers' – 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 can’t 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 can’t 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 — with the explosion in entitlements since the 1960s and the aging of the population — 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 “Democrat Dialog” (below the fold), allegedly by a prominent Georgia Democrat and referred to as an ‘Ode To The Welfare State’ by Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio). Who inserted it into congressional record, in response to Harry Trueman’s November 3, 1949 “pie for everybody” 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, “happily.” 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 — and as much a part of the Republican establishment as Mitt Romney. Santorum’s 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 “Fought In the Streets”

    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 – 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 isn’t 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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. — 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>