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  • Report: Welfare government’s single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion

    The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee. The total sum taxpayers spent on federal welfare programs was derived from a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on federal welfare spending — which topped out at $745.84 billion for fiscal year 2011 — combined with an analysis from the Republican Senate Budget Committee staff of state spending on federal welfare programs (based on “The...
  • Healthcare.gov has been temporarily fixed

    10/21/2013 6:41:42 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 25 replies
    Rex Harrison's Hat ^ | Oct 21, 2013 | rexharrisonshat
    Yes, finally Healthcare.gov has been patched. If you would like to sign up for Obamacare, go to the following link and click "Apply now." Healthcare
  • Study: Welfare pays more than work in most states

    08/20/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 20 Aug 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Looking for a good paying job? Well, look no further. No, really, stop looking. In 35 states, welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the libertarian Cato Institute, and in 13 states welfare pays more than $15 per hour. “One of the single best ways to climb out of poverty is taking a job, but as long as welfare provides a better standard of living than an entry-level job, recipients will continue to choose it over work,” said Michael Tanner, senior policy analyst and co-author of the study. The study is an...
  • The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer

    05/06/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 6, 2013 | Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
    Executive Summary Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue: Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy...
  • Migrants strangle France alive [French government cuts immigrants welfare by 83%]

    04/29/2013 4:52:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Pravda/RU ^ | 28 December 2012
    It seems that migration policies of a leading country in Europe, France, are seriously changing. The country is no longer able to hold back the crowd of migrants, many of whom do not want to integrate into the social and economic life of their new home country. The upcoming radical changes for migrants were announced by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls. After a meeting on the National Immigration and Integration, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced significant changes in the countryÂ’s migration policy. The government will reduce financial assistance to immigrants, and this reduction will be substantial. Starting March 1...
  • Disability Trust Fund Ran Record $31.2B Deficit in 2012; In Deficit Every Year Under Obama

    04/04/2013 12:48:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/3/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, which takes in money via a federal payroll tax and pays it out in disability benefits, ran a record $31.2 billion deficit in calendar year 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. That means the trust fund has run a deficit in each of the first four years of the Obama presidency. For fifteen straight years before Obama took office—from 1994 through 2008—the Disability Insurance Trust Fund ran a surplus. In 2007, for example, it ran an $11 billion surplus and in 2008 it ran an $889-million surplus.
  • Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to live on the dole

    11/23/2012 10:13:46 AM PST · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-23-12 | DrJohn
    Among the eligibility requirements for immigration to the United States are these: Job or Employment BasedPeople who want to become immigrants based on employment or a job offer may apply for permanent residence or an immigrant visa abroad, when an immigrant visa number becomes available according to the following employment based preferences: First Preference: Priority Workers, including aliens with extraordinary abilities, outstanding professors and researchers, and certain multinational executives and managers Second Preference: Members of professions holding an advanced degree or persons of exceptional ability (including individuals seeking a National Interest Waiver) Third Preference: Skilled Workers, professionals and other qualified...
  • Sandra Fluke Now Has a Human Right to Taxpayer-Financed Birth Control

    11/23/2012 7:26:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/23/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Every so often, I share breakthrough stories about advances in “human rights” around the world. In France, it is against the law to say your husband is under-endowed or that your wife is fat. Across Europe, a satellite dish is now a human right. In Finland, broadband access is a basic right. There’s now an entitlement for free soccer broadcasts in Europe. In Italy, you have the right to…um…your testicles. Now, in honor of Sandra Fluke, the United Nations has decided that contraception is a human right. Not just a human right, a universal human right. The New York Times...
  • (CT)State-issued debit cards used at ATMs at bars, casinos, strip clubs

    11/14/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    Debit cards are given to less fortunate families in Connecticut by state officials to help them purchase food, but Eyewitness News learned that some people were using the cards at strip clubs, casinos and tobacco shops. Sarah Tresselt of Meriden is enrolled in a program called EBT cards that allow cash withdrawals at any ATM. She said her state benefits are her lifeline. "I'm a single mom. I don't receive child support. It's just me and my son. You know, I work full-time," Tresselt said. "I don't make that much so the money that I get for food. I usually...
  • Slow path to progress for U.S. immigrants: 43% on welfare after 20 years

    08/08/2012 1:31:13 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigrants lag behind native-born Americans on most measures of economic well-being — even those who have been in the U.S. the longest, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, which argues that full assimilation is a more complex task than overcoming language or cultural differences. The study, which covers all immigrants, legal and illegal, and their U.S.-born children younger than 18, found that immigrants tend to make economic progress by most measures the longer they live in the U.S. but lag well behind native-born Americans on factors such as poverty, health insurance coverage and homeownership. The study,...
  • Over $60,000 in Welfare Spent Per Household in Poverty

    10/26/2012 1:17:43 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 26, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services. "According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795," the Senate Budget Committee notes. "If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average...
  • The 46 Million Foodstamp Man March - An Infographic

    10/24/2012 12:02:34 PM PDT · by Snuph · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/24/2012 | Tyler Durden
    America has over 46 million people on Food Stamps. The food stamps program's real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food Stamp program is "hidden" from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards that work just as credit cards. This article visualizes the size of the program and the vast amounts of people participating.
  • USDA mum on details USDA-Mexico food stamp partnership, non-citizen participation in welfare

    10/19/2012 10:53:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 19, 2012 | Caroline May
    On the same day that Senate Budget Committee Republicans revealed that spending on federal welfare programs constituted the single largest expenditure in the 2011 budget, the Department of Agriculture failed to meet a key deadline to further explain its food stamp partnership with the Mexican government....(SNAP), or food stamps, which recently reached an all-time high enrollment of nearly 47 million participants. Non-citizen participation in SNAP has quadrupled since 2001 and doubled since 2008.
  • Alleged Crack-For-Votes Scandal In Brazil (coming to an urban precinct near you)

    09/25/2012 3:46:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    DE TERESINA - Federal Police in the northeastern state of Piauí are investigating allegations of a drugs-for-votes ring. Candidates for the city council in the capital Teresina used crack to lure dealers and addicts to vote for them, accuses a prominent lawyer in the region Lúcio Ribeiro, who heads the local Commission for Human Rights. The formal accusation was submitted to the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB), though names of those being investigated were not initially made public. According to Folha de Sao Paulo, police are also looking for evidences that drug dealers and addicts have teamed up to...
  • Antonovich: Illegal Aliens Cost County $100+ Mil. in June-July

    09/27/2012 7:06:13 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    SCVNews.com ^ | Sep 26, 2012 | Supervisor Mike Antonovich
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported that more than $100 million in welfare benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in June and July alone, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The $100 million consists of nearly $40 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $70 million in food stamps — representing 22% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County. At this rate, the projected annual cost is more than $625 million. “With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to...
  • Bellefontaine Mayor Gets WIC Assistance (DemocRAT)

    09/26/2012 7:04:57 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 26 replies
    WSYX ABC6, Columbus, Ohio ^ | 25 September 2012 | Reporter: Carol Luper, WSYX ABC6
    BELLEFONTAINE -- Mayor Adam Brannon of Bellefontaine posted on Facebook that his family is receiving food on the W.I.C. program. He was responding to Republican Presidential Candidate Mitch Romney's comment about the 47% of Americans. He tells ABC 6/FOX 28 his salary is under $27,000 and he qualifies for the poverty level help. W.I.C provides milk, cheese, fruits and cereals and is not food stamps. His job as Mayor is part-time, but he feels the people expect him to work full time, so he has given up other jobs. He was just re-elected, so he can't get a raise during...
  • USDA Partnering With Mexico to Boost Food Stamp Participation.

    07/19/2012 4:15:19 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/19/2012 | By Caroline May
    The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/19/usda-partnering-with-mexico-to-boost-food-stamp-participation/#ixzz216eEQ2WL
  • Government wants more people on food stamps

    06/25/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25, 2012: | Tami Luhby
    More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics. The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area. "Research...
  • Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent on Welfare But Poverty Levels Unaffected

    06/25/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | June 25, 2012 | Matt Cover
    “The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable … rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.” (CNSNews.com) – The federal government is not making much headway reducing poverty despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study by the libertarian Cato Institute. Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the study finds. “[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year,” the study says. Federal welfare spending...
  • Food Stamp Fiasco:The Senate refuses to cut $20 billion out of $770 billion.

    06/20/2012 5:07:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-19-12 | WSJ
    The next time someone moans about Washington "austerity," tell them about the Senate's food stamp votes on Tuesday. Democrats and a few Republicans united to block even modest reform in a welfare program that has exploded in the last decade and is set to spend $770 billion in the next 10 years. Yes, $770 billion on a single program. And you wonder why the U.S. had its credit-rating downgraded?
  • 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...
  • Pedophilia Added to Greece’s Recognized Disability List

    01/09/2012 5:48:50 PM PST · by massmike · 41 replies · 1+ views
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | 01/09/2012 | Associated Press
    Greek disabled groups are angry at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs. But the Labor Ministry on Monday said categories added to the expanded list — that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists — were included for purposes of medical assessment and used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance.
  • FCC’s Genachowski proposes broadband reform

    01/09/2012 10:08:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    WaPo ^ | at 11:38 AM ET, 01/09/2012 | Hayley Tsukayama
    In his remarks, Genachowski said the program has been successful, but has also been plagued with problems of accountability and efficiency. Multiple service providers are often supplying Lifeline subsidies to the same households, he said, because there is no centralized system. To address the issue, Genachowski said, the draft proposal creates a national database of Lifeline users to prevent duplicative billing. It also sets a budget for Lifeline aimed at connecting eligible consumers while staying within budget, and requires that participating companies be subject to independent audits every two years.
  • Welfare Lines Overflow

    01/05/2012 12:34:41 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1-3-12 | MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL And ALISON FOX
    Growing numbers of New Yorkers seeking food stamps have created an unwelcome spillover effect at some of New York City's job centers: overcrowding that in some cases has grown so severe, benefits were jeopardized. The crush of people grew so large at one Brooklyn center in November that the Fire Department intervened and prevented anyone from entering the building.
  • Clinton, Obama target bias

    12/06/2011 2:01:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/6/11 | GLENN THRUSH
    President Barack Obama is issuing a memo today that will make it official U.S. policy to consider a country’s treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender bias when doling out foreign aid while making it easier for those being persecuted for their sexual preference to be granted asylum. Obama’s memo, which will be followed by a speech in Geneva by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “will coordinate US government agencies with respect to LGBT Issues and make it a component of US foreign policy to decriminalize LGBT status, make it a consideration for foreign aid and coordinate the asylum process for...
  • Over 46 Million Americans On Foodstamps For The First Time Ever

    12/05/2011 11:36:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 5, 1011 | Tyler Durden
    While the capital markets may be cheering that in the past month 120,000 people supposedly found jobs, even if these were largely temporary or part-time just in time for the year end shopping sprees, we wonder how they will react when learning that according to the latest update from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), some 423,000 Americans found their way to minimum way subsistence, courtesy of Food Stamp handouts from Uncle Sam. Since the start of the Second Great Depression, food stamp participation has increased by 18.7 million, and is now at an all time higher 46.3 million. All...
  • Occupy Wall Street's Latest Plan: Refuse to Repay Student Loan Debt

    11/22/2011 2:49:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | November 22, 2011 | Brian Koenig
    Occupy Wall Street’s latest grievance centers on student loan programs and higher education reform, and the group’s most recent campaign involves a movement-wide boycott on student loan debt repayment. Early Monday afternoon, a crowd of faculty and student organizers assembled at the southeast corner of New York City's Zuccotti Park to announce Occupy Student Debt, a national initiative directed at recruiting student loan borrowers and requesting that they willfully default on their loan payments. The campaign consists of three pledges: 1. A refusal to make loan payments. This pledge will take effect after a million debtors have signed on to...
  • 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...
  • Cable cos. to offer $9.95 broadband for poor homes

    11/09/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    AP ^ | November 9, 2011 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband. One third, or about 35 million homes, don't have broadband. That affects people's ability to educate themselves and find and apply for jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.
  • Bachmann says all Americans should pay taxes

    11/03/2011 6:39:14 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 65 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-3-11 | Philip Elliott
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is telling college students in politically important Iowa that all Americans should pay taxes since they all benefit from services such as roads and bridges, national defense and the courts. Her position, which she was outlining today at Iowa State University in Ames, is a direct challenge to rivals Rick Perry and Herman Cain, who are advocating plans that would allow low-wage earners to continue paying no taxes while implementing a form of a flat tax on all other workers. The Tax Policy Center estimates that some 46 percent of households...
  • How Did Occupy D.C. Protesters Respond to a Table Full of Job Applications?

    11/04/2011 5:13:51 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 11-4-11 | chris santarelli
    The news media watchdog Accuracy in Media (AIM) released a video Wednesday that may denounce the notions from some that the Occupy protesters are primarily concerned with jobs. In it, “head hunters” set up a table full of job applications near the protest and start offering them to protesters. But the reception they get, according to the video, is less than warm. To many, that might seem odd considering the protesters have camped out in our nations capital for over a month following the Occupy Wall Street protest that began on September 17, partly because of no jobs. Accuracy in...
  • Born In The U.S.A.: Birth Tourists Get Instant U.S. Citizenship For Their Newborns

    10/28/2011 10:16:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 28, 2011 | Anna Schecter
    Born In The U.S.A.: Birth Tourists Get Instant U.S. Citizenship For Their Newborns Oct 28, 2011 By Anna Schecter A curious global industry has emerged that caters to wealthy foreign women willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to give birth in the United States and get instant U.S. citizenship for their babies. The hefty price is worth it, according to these women, because it paves the way for easy access to American public schools, universities and jobs as the children get older and green cards for the whole family once the child turns 21. The women stay at...
  • Obama unveils student debt-relief plan

    10/26/2011 11:50:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    Continuing his recent tack of bypassing Congress and enacting reforms “without them,” President Obama on Wednesday announced a package of student loan reforms designed to lower college graduates’ monthly payments, arguing his plan will redirect some of that borrowed money into the economy to promote job growth. Speaking to a friendly audience of college students in Denver, Mr. Obama said the changes “won’t cost taxpayers a dime but will save you money and will save you time,” and tied the ever-rising cost of education to the nation’s lagging economy. “Living with that kind of debt means making some pretty tough...
  • Five Ways the White House Is Changing Federally Backed Mortgages

    10/25/2011 10:39:03 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    national journal ^ | 10-24-11 | Julia Edwards
    President Obama’s message to spur the economy has changed from “pass this bill” to “we can’t wait.” And mortgage rates are the impatient administration’s first target. Rather than waiting for congressional action to improve the outlook for homeowners, the White House is making it easier to refinance loans backed by the Home Affordable Refinance Program. Though the executive branch can’t legally reach into the practices of private lenders, here is a look at a list of changes (and nudges) the administration plans to implement beginning on Nov. 15:
  • Why You Shouldn't Compare Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party (Massive Barf Alert!)

    10/18/2011 7:22:32 AM PDT · by edpc · 11 replies
    Time via Yahoo News ^ | 18 Oct 2011 | Ishaan Tharoor
    With the Occupy Wall Street protests gaining steam in the U.S., it seems obvious to link it with the other grassroots movement that recently shook up American politics — the Tea Party. My colleagues' pieces number among a flurry of others pondering the parallel. Michael Scherer recast Occupy Wall Street as the Tea Party of the American left. Roya Wolverson suggested how the two movements, coming from diametrically-opposed sides of the political spectrum, could find common ground (and perhaps actual policy influence) in their mutual distaste for a Washington dominated by the vested interests of corporations. But while the similarities...
  • Don’t Occupy Education?

    10/18/2011 6:55:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 17,2011 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The number of people participating in the Occupy Wall Street sit-ins because they are angry that their education has not yielded the fruits that they hoped it would becomes more apparent by the day. Many of the protesters I have met are understandably ruffled that they are unemployed, and they often finish their remonstrations with a non-sequitur, delivered as if it were a knockout blow: “And I went to college!” Well, one might ask, “So what?” In the West, we are hard at work establishing a culture that fetishizes education, and instills the belief that college — regardless of its...
  • Illegal immigrants get boost in new California laws

    10/11/2011 8:14:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Mercury news ^ | 10/11/11 | Matt O'Brien - Contra Costa Times
    As states such as Alabama and Georgia make waves with a hard-line approach to illegal immigration, California took a leap in the other direction this weekend when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a host of bills that make the nation's biggest state one of the most accepting of immigrants living here illegally. Some saw the flurry of new laws, especially the California Dream Act, as a rejection of the political fervor against illegal immigration in other parts of the country. "Wherever California goes, so does the nation. It may put a halt to some of this," said Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino,...
  • 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...
  • 17 Facts That Prove That The Average Family Is Getting Absolutely Pulverized By This Economy

    10/04/2011 8:04:13 AM PDT · by bkopto · 42 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | Sept 28, 2011 | Staff
    How in the world does the average American family survive in this economy? The median household income is a little bit less than $50,000 a year right now. So let's call that about $4000 a month. But before any of that money gets spent, you have to take out at least $1000 in taxes. That leaves about $3000 a month to pay all the bills with. With that $3000 you have to pay the mortgage (or rent), make the car payments, make the student loan payments, pay for power and water, pay for health insurance, pay for home insurance, pay...
  • Michigan governor signs 48-month welfare limit [Gov. Rick Snyder - Republican]

    09/07/2011 9:50:53 AM PDT · by Justaham · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9-6-11 | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
    Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1. Michigan's first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can't work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don't qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits. Some recipients who are the victims of domestic violence also may...
  • 99 arrested in Mexican Mafia crackdown in Calif.

    07/13/2011 3:06:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 13, 2011 | Salvador Hernandez
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nearly 100 purported gang members have been arrested, along with weapons, cash and drugs, in what law enforcement officials are calling a devastating blow on local gangs and leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia. Among those named in one of several indictments unsealed Wednesday was Peter Ojeda, a Santa Ana native indicted in 2005 and currently in federal prison. But despite his incarceration, Ojeda is accused of continuing to hold a grip in Orange County's Latino street gangs, ordering punishment on local gangs that refused to follow his commands and giving the "green light" on rivals...
  • New Zot for Anti-Capitalists

    04/15/2005 5:27:27 PM PDT · by Mukhin · 157 replies · 2,848+ views
    Indymedia (Link destroyed by imperialist running dogs) | 16th March 2005 | John Bissett
    Calling all ant-capitalists. This is to alert you to a new film – “Capitalism and other Kids’ Stuff” – that has recently been uploaded to the www and can be seen at www.socialist-tv.com , and which argues the anti-capitalist case in simple language.