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  • No Progress Since the War on Poverty Began Half a Century Ago

    05/23/2015 7:59:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Christopher Carson
    Eleven days ago, President Obama took the opportunity at Georgetown University to defend the government’s 50-year experiment in anti-poverty welfare programs. The president claimed: It is a mistake for us to suggest that somehow every effort we make has failed and we are powerless to address poverty. That’s just not true. First of all, just in absolute terms, the poverty rate, when you take into account tax and transfer programs, has been reduced about 40 percent since 1967.
  • Baltimore, a Great Society Failure

    05/01/2015 6:58:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2015 | Rich Lowry
    President Barack Obama responded to the Baltimore riots with a heartfelt bout of self-righteous hectoring. Supposedly, we all know what’s wrong with Baltimore and how to fix it, but don’t care enough. Not only is this attitude highhanded, it rests on a flagrantly erroneous premise. President Obama doesn’t have the slightest idea how to fix Baltimore. His solutions fall back on liberal bromides going back 50 years. Dating back to the Kerner Commission after the riots of the 1960s, the Left’s go-to solution to urban problems has been more social programs. Since then, we’ve gotten more social programs — and...
  • A Long, Slow Dance

    04/11/2015 8:26:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-11-2015 | MOTUS
    “We don’t want to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said during a visit to Kingston, Jamaica. “When something doesn’t work for 50 years, you don’t just keep on doing it. You try something new.” – Barack Obama, April 9, 2015 In that case, is it time to revisit “The Great Society” as well?Detroit leadership, exclusively Democratic since 1962 “If Mayors Jerome Cavanagh and Roman Gribbs had cut the workforce in the 1960s and early 1970s as the population and property values dropped. If Mayor Dennis Archer hadn’t added more than 1,100 employees in the 1990s when the city...
  • An 11-year-old reported being raped twice, wound up with a conviction

    03/14/2015 3:35:31 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/14/2015 | Joanna Walters
    Almost seven years ago, a troubled 11-year-old girl reported that she had been raped — twice — in her Northwest Washington neighborhood. Despite medical evidence of sexual assault, records show that no suspects were arrested and the cases were given only sporadic attention by the police . Instead, in the second case, the police had the girl, Danielle Hicks-Best, charged with filing a false report. After Danielle’s family agreed to what her parents say was a poorly understood plea, she was convicted and made a ward of the court. She spent the next few years in and out of detention...
  • LBJ destroyed your state's budget

    03/10/2015 8:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | March 7, 2015 | Don Surber
    As state legislatures throughout America struggle with requirements to balance their state budgets, let us pause to remember that one-quarter of the budget is dictated by Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose damage to state budgets lives on 42 years after his death. As president, LBJ pushed for Medicaid -- free health insurance for poor people. This was a boon to the medical industry, particularly hospitals, doctors, sellers of wheelchairs, and nursing homes. But Medicaid comes at the expense of schools, highways, prisons and others state services because it requires states to pony up some of the money in this federally mandated...
  • Quite possibly the most racist article you will ever read

    12/29/2014 3:23:26 PM PST · by Islander7 · 98 replies
    Allen West ^ | December 29, 2014 | Col Allen West
    Every now and then you come across an article that folks just need to read. This one written by Michael Smith entitled, “Confessions of a Public Defender” and originally posted at American Renaissance on May 9, 2014 is one of those articles. It is a profound and deeply disturbing piece, which, as we end 2014, we all need to comprehend as we move towards the 50th anniversary of the Great Society initiatives of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Smith articulates that which ails the black community — the real discussion we should be having on race, not that of victimhood and...
  • Urban Hospitals & Health Insurance: Making It Work

    10/05/2014 9:08:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/4/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Have you heard about the insurance company that provides free health coverage for the poor? Me neither. What about the hospital that provides free health care services to the poor? Of course, you say. Many of them do! Indeed, some of these hospitals even go bankrupt in the process. It is beyond the scope of this article to discern how economic values are set in a society, but rest assured that supply and demand are but one factor—especially in health care. Notably, health care is the most regulated industry in the country. With compliance comes massive additional costs, not to...
  • The Vindication of Barry Goldwater

    07/24/2014 11:05:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/24/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover...
  • Betrayal of Dr. King: Traitorous Blacks Abandoned His Dream

    06/14/2014 8:49:55 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | June 13, 2014 | by Lloyd Marcus
    Sipping a hot cup of unsweetened green tea at 3am, I felt compelled to revisit Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the internet. These excerpts leaped out at me. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have...
  • Great Society's decline: The high cost of Lyndon Johnson's grand project

    tanding on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier. Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, “but that is just the beginning.” It would “rebuild the entire urban United States” while fending off “boredom and restlessness,” slaking “the hunger for community” and enhancing “the meaning of our...
  • A Vision that Hasn’t Aged Well

    05/23/2014 11:00:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    A birthday is often a time to celebrate, but just as often a time to reflect. What’s been accomplished so far? What’s left to do? So let’s take a moment to reflect on the legacy of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” as it turns 50. In May of 1964, LBJ had been president for just six months. He’d been sworn in after the tragic murder of John Kennedy the previous November. But Johnson was a man in a hurry to implement big changes. He traveled to the University of Michigan to challenge the graduates. In his 1964 speech, LBJ celebrated the...
  • The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society

    05/17/2014 6:43:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/17/2014 | George Will
    Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier. Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, “but that is just the beginning.” It would “rebuild the entire urban United States” while fending off “boredom and restlessness,” slaking “the hunger for community” and enhancing “the meaning of our...
  • If you liked Kira Davis's comments about Cliven Bundy, here's EW Jackson's speech from last summer:

    04/25/2014 10:33:41 AM PDT · by Early2Rise · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 2013 | EW Jackson
    EW Jackson's comments last summer, similar to those of Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, and Kira Davis.
  • Doblin: 50 years later, 'The Great Society' is under attack

    04/14/2014 12:19:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | April 14, 2014 | Alfred P. Doblin, editorial page editor
    WHEN I WAS young, public service television commercials were not uncommon. One of the more famous ones featured an American Indian looking at a polluted landscape. At the commercial's close, there was a tear in his eye. Less iconic was a commercial about fair housing. A superintendent is showing a substandard apartment — it needs a lot of work. If I recall, he shows the bathroom and how getting a nickel washer from the hardware store would fix the plumbing. The commercial's goal was to educate people of color that there were laws protecting them against housing discrimination. I was...
  • Jimmy Carter on civil rights: Still work to do [B. Clinton, Obama, G.W. Bush at LBJ Library]

    04/09/2014 2:36:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 8, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    Former President Jimmy Carter championed racial equality Tuesday evening, saying "there's no difference with people in the eyes of God" during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act. Carter, 89, hailed the landmark 1964 law that outlawed discrimination against minorities and women as a stepping stone, but insisted there's still more work to do. "We're pretty much dormant now. We accept self-congratulations about the wonderful 50th anniversary — which is wonderful — but we feel like Lyndon Johnson did it and we don't have to do anything anymore," said Carter, the first president to speak at the three-day...
  • Obama's Loafer Nation

    02/10/2014 6:59:46 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/10/2014 | Ed Lasky
    President Obama has broken many promises. One that he has not broken is his boast that he would "fundamentally transform America." He and his fellow Democrats are on the verge of doing just that by turning us into a nation of loafers. A loafer is an idle person who lives off others. Barack Obama seemingly has no problem with such people. He might even relate to them. He does have a serious problem with his own work ethic, and finds work boring.
  • What I Learned Fighting Poverty in Little Rock

    01/19/2014 10:32:10 AM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/18/2014 | JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    It was 1964 and I was a liberal confident that society could be greatly improved by large infusions of money. With all the talk currently being bruited about the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, I am reminded that for a year, between 1964 and 1965, I was the director of the antipoverty program of Pulaski County, Ark., which included Little Rock, the adjoining city of North Little Rock and the surrounding rural area. I was then 27 years old, appropriately left-wing, and confident that society could be greatly improved with the help of large infusions of money and...
  • 50 Years Hence: Reviewing LBJ’s "War on Poverty"

    01/09/2014 6:25:26 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-9-2014 | MOTUS
    When Lyndon Baines Johnson announced his War on Poverty in 1964, I wonder if he expected we’d still be waging it 50 years later? We’ve now spent over $20 trillion on the War on Poverty, and what have we got to show for it? A welfare system that has been institutionalized into one of the country’s main industries, the creation of a new, permanent, underclass of non-contributing members of society, and the destruction of the black family: in short, a system that does more to perpetuate the existence of poverty than eliminate it. You could call it collateral damage. By...
  • Democrats Celebrate 50 Years of Defeat in the War on Poverty

    01/08/2014 1:42:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Today it's the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Did you know that? So today we're celebrating 50 years of defeat in the War on Poverty. But it's a valiant effort that we continue to make, 50 years of defeat in the War on Poverty. Robert Rector has rerun the numbers. The amount of money that we have spent in income redistribution is stunning. I have that number. I have to make my own number here. Take a break. We'll be back and continue in mere moments. Don't go away. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Robert Rector, Heritage...
  • 50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag (NY Times Painful Admission)

    01/05/2014 7:30:05 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 4, 2014 | Annie Lowrey
    WASHINGTON — To many Americans, the war on poverty declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson has largely failed. The poverty rate has fallen only to 15 percent from 19 percent in two generations, and 46 million Americans live in households where the government considers their income scarcely adequate. But looked at a different way, the federal government has succeeded in preventing the poverty rate from climbing far higher. There is broad consensus that the social welfare programs created since the New Deal have hugely improved living conditions for low-income Americans. At the same time, in recent decades,...
  • My Response To Yesterday's Stupidity

    09/11/2013 6:05:51 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 17 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 9/11/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Here's my response to Commander Zer0's verbal assault on reason that took place last night. I realize that our Dear Leader's plans to provide al-Qaeda air cover may not materialize, but keep this in mind: We have a failing dictator who's willing to start world War III to distract the country from his varied scandals and Zimbabwe-like economy. Anything is still possible with this pile of human debris in the White House. Without further ado: *** For the last couple of days, we've been exposed to an endless stream of war propaganda in support of Chairman Obama's Syrian adventure. Without...
  • A Bumper Crop of Food Stamps

    05/25/2013 12:12:20 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    (Cartoon by Glenn Foden) Where do food stamps come from? They come from taxpayers—certainly not from family farms. Yet the “farm” bill, a recurring subsidy-fest in Congress, is actually 80 percent food stamps and other government nutrition programs. The food stamps sweeten the farm deal for lawmakers, who admit that the combination works for their political purposes. As Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Diane Katz explain: The food stamp portion creates a reason for urban representatives to support farm subsidies, and for farm-state lawmakers to support food stamps. Talk of de-politicizing agriculture programs and welfare policy is met with...
  • Feds Dish Out $4 Million to Increase Food Stamp Usage at Farmers Markets

    05/02/2013 5:56:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 2, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending $4 million to increase the use of food stamps at farmers markets, claiming it is beneficial to the economy. As a record one-out-of-five households are on the benefit, the USDA says allowing food stamp use at farmers markets is a “win-win-win situation.” … The $4-million outreach is part of a two-year project that expires Sept. 20, 2013. With the funds, farmers markets can purchase equipment to accept EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards and wireless access in order to operate the equipment. Already, there are 2,091 farmers markets that accept food stamps, as...
  • Obama's CDC says "rate of new HIV infections for black women was 20 times that for white women"

    03/27/2013 6:09:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 45 replies
    President Barack Obama's Center for Disease Control ^ | 2011 | Center for Disease Control
    In 2010... the estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women (38.1/100,000 population) was 20 times as high as the rate for white women...
  • Mayor Booker: 'Legal Gun Buyers Aren't Causing Murders in Newark and Chicago and Other Places'

    02/03/2013 2:35:27 PM PST · by opentalk · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker made a statement on HBO's Real Time Friday that should please gun rights advocates across the fruited plain. Despite being for stronger gun laws, Booker said, "Legal gun buyers are not causing murders in Newark and Chicago and other places" … CORY BOOKER, NEWARK MAYOR (D-N.J.): To me, the data should drive our decision making. So I know, I’m not afraid of people having guns who are law abiding citizens. In the analysis of gun murders and shootings in my city, I could only find one in the entire time I’ve been mayor...The guns that are...
  • The Department of Illiteracy

    12/17/2012 6:19:43 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/14/2012 | Staff
    One of the tragic legacies of the Great Society is the violence inflicted upon the family as an institution. Through a series actions, calculated or not, the family has been devalued as the bedrock of civil society and replaced with the government acting in loco parentis for not only the children it comes into contact with but also for the parents. While we are all familiar with the incentives provided by the government to discourage marriage by women living in poverty through the provision of various allowances and services so long as they are unemployed and unmarried and have...
  • PITCHING POLITICS: Deadbeat Nation (America's descent into country of dependents and takers)

    10/23/2012 8:50:09 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 22, 2012 | John Rocker
    Unless you’re a member of the lucky sperm club or have just been unusually fortunate you’re entire life, you, like most of us, have experienced financial hardship and distress at some point. Some of this country’s greatest entrepreneurs have struggled mightily at different periods during their process to succeed. Walt Disney, one of the world’s most legendary icons, for example, was forced into bankruptcy and destitution before his perseverance and hard work finally paid off and he became “Walt Disney.” More times than not in this life failure and hardship dwell on the road to success, and at some point...
  • Why Did AP Do a 1,500-Word Expected Poverty Rate Writeup Months Before Census Bureau's Report?

    07/22/2012 12:50:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 22, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    In September 2010, the Associated Press prepared an advance report on the expected surge in the Census Bureau's official poverty rate, which rose from 13.2% to a 15-year high of 14.3%. Their stated preoccupation was not with the associated pain, but with "the unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when Congress is at stake." Well, this year's official poverty rate will very likely be the highest seen since the mid-1960s, and there's a presidential election coming up. What's the AP, aka the Administration's Press, to do? It looks like the strategy is to get...
  • For those old enough to remember...

    07/06/2012 8:21:02 AM PDT · by MNDude · 68 replies
    I am curious, how were race relations before LBJ's great society? Would you have walked, relatively safe, down the streets of Harlem back in 1960?
  • Facts show Democrats are job creators (barf alert)

    05/20/2012 3:20:42 PM PDT · by bishop22 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/12 | Jennifer Granholm
    I delivered the faculty graduation address last weekend at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. It’s one of the nation’s best and the reason is its emphasis on rigorous data analysis. Any public policy wonk worth her salt must be focused on data in order to replicate policy successes.
  • As the Boomers Head for the Barn

    05/15/2012 6:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    When the April figures on unemployment were released May 4, they were more than disappointing. They were deeply disturbing. While the unemployment rate had fallen from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, 342,000 workers had stopped looking for work. They had just dropped out of the labor market. Only 63.6 percent of the U.S. working age population is now in the labor force, the lowest level since December 1981. During the Reagan, Bush I and Clinton years, participation in the labor force rose steadily to a record 67 percent. The plunge since has been almost uninterrupted. Here is a major cause...
  • Bob Tur, the L.A. Riots’ Eye in the Sky, on Reginald Denny & More (re Rodney King verdict)

    04/28/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 30 replies
    daily beast ^ | 4-2012 | DeLuca
    (VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH BOB TUR AT THE LINK) Bob Tur, the L.A. Riots’ Eye in the Sky, on Reginald Denny & More by Matthew DeLuca Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Bob Tur invented the news helicopter—and used it to film the beating of Reginald Denny on live TV. He tells Matt DeLuca about his strange souvenir, his wife's warning, and more. Well before the Los Angeles riots broke out on April 29, 1992, Bob Tur knew what was missing from television news: images. Footage of what was happening as it was happening. Not shot from a news van or...
  • Did 'The Great Society' Ruin Society?

    02/24/2012 6:02:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it." Thus did Mitt Romney supposedly commit the gaffe of the month -- for we are not to speak of the poor without unctuous empathy. Yet, as Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation reports in "Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America's Poor," Mitt was more right about America's magnanimity than those who bewail her alleged indifference. First, who are the poor? To qualify, a family of four in 2010 needed to earn less than $22,314. Some...
  • Ignore subsidiarity, pay the price

    02/21/2012 10:47:24 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/21/2012 | Jerry Todd
    I met my neighbor Rus Walton in 1974 before a financial disaster moved us from our lovely country home near Sacramento. We also enjoyed some of Governor Ronald Reagan’s staff. Rus gave me a copy of his new book, “One Nation Under God.” Rus ran The Plymouth Rock Foundation for many years and was a noted Christian speaker and prolific writer. People of faith have understood the principle of subsidiarity for a long, long time. It just means taking personal responsibility. When needed, the hierarchy of assistance offered or given begins with the family; then the community; the state; the...
  • Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores

    01/01/2012 9:45:00 PM PST · by blam · 177 replies
    Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering SoresJanuary 1, 2012 Once upon a time, the people of the United States constructed beautiful, shiny cities from coast to coast that were the envy of the entire globe. We had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen and life was quite good in America. But now all of our prosperity is coming crashing down and many of our formerly great cities are turning into open, festering sores. Unfortunately, we are drowning in so much debt that we can barely even slow down...
  • Parent twist at Bronx HS (25% of students are pregnant or teen parents...)

    12/27/2011 8:06:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/27/11 | YOAV GONEN Education Reporter
    A shocking one in four students at a Bronx high school slated for closure is a teen parent or pregnant, The Post has learned. That startling statistic is buried in thousands of pages of documents the city Department of Education submitted to the state earlier this year when it initially sought funds to fix the long-struggling Grace Dodge HS in Belmont. It has since proposed shuttering the school — with, critics charge, no regard to the parenting teens.
  • Entitlement Programs: A Plan to End Them

    10/30/2011 5:19:53 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 34 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/30/2011 | Amit Ghate
    Untangling ourselves from entitlements will restore our solvency and our spirit. America’s financial situation is precarious. Over the past eight years our national debt has doubled to $14.5 trillion, and our total unfunded liabilities now exceed an astonishing $114 trillion. That’s $1,115,000 per federal income taxpayer. Even the most unrepentant spendthrift understands that these debts and liabilities are unsupportable, nor can they be solved by immorally targeting the rich. Instead, we must enact immediate, across-the-board spending cuts, with special emphasis on the biggest components of our financial wreck: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These entitlement programs constitute the majority of...
  • Urban Warming and Racial Climate Change

    08/14/2011 9:55:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 11, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    In one of those lapses of news judgment that with regrettable frequency make mainstream journalists resemble characters in Scoop, the media herd that gathered in Wisconsin to chronicle the great Democratic triumph in the state senate elections has gone back to the coasts — and missed what could grow into a much more consequential story than the failure of organized labor’s second attempt to punish the Wisconsin GOP: the outbreak of racial hate violence at the Wisconsin State Fair. A story that involved Scott Walker getting his just deserts, even if it didn’t quite work out that way, was infinitely...
  • Obama would veto Republican budget bill (Obama wants to bankrupt this country)

    07/18/2011 3:31:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies · 1+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 7/18/2011 | By Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — President Barack Obama would veto a House Republican bill that requires Congress to add a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution before raising the country’s debt limit, the White House said Monday, as action in the debt-ceiling debate moved to Capitol Hill. The House GOP’s “Cut, Cap and Balance Act” “would undercut the government’s “ability to meet its core commitments to seniors, middle-class families and the most vulnerable, while reducing our ability to invest in our future,” the White House said in a policy statement about the bill, which would also cut spending from the 2012 budget and...
  • WELFARE RIPOFF STORY

    07/01/2011 7:51:53 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 35 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/30/2011 | Marshall Frank
    Here's one story (true) about entitlements and welfare, of which I am intimately familiar. For the sake of protecting identity, we'll call him Billie. Billie was 19 years old in 1979 when he had formed a teenage history of aberrant behavior, including the use and selling of drugs, skipping school, etc., but no violence toward others. His father took him to a psychiatrist who diagnosed him as a manic-depressive, prescribing more drugs that put Billie into a near stupor. That lasted a few months. Billie spent a few days in jail now and then for stealing, but always had someone...
  • Walter E. Williams on welfare: As gov’t plays ‘father,’ ‘black males have become dispensable’

    06/04/2011 7:04:49 PM PDT · by NCjim · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    It’s perhaps not the most politically correct take on welfare in America’s black community, but an interesting one nonetheless. Walter E. Williams, a George Mason economist and author of “Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?” is not a fan of the welfare state that exists in the country. In an appearance on Thursday night’s “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network, Williams argued that welfare has done more damage to black society than slavery or Jim Crow. “[T]he welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery could not have done, the harshest Jim Crow laws and...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s honesty deficit--President still wants to tax and spend his way to prosperity

    04/13/2011 4:48:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2011 | Editorial
    President Obama outlined what he called a framework for deficit reduction Wednesday. It was a tacit admission that his 2012 budget submission did not go far enough. That shows Republicans succeeded in seizing the initiative with their own comprehensive, pro-growth proposal to restore America’s solvency. Mr. Obama’s flimsy “me, too” smacks of desperation. The White House describes its latest plan as “comprehensive” and “pro-growth” but that’s deceptive. The GOP used the phrases to describe House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s package of discretionary spending cuts, entitlement reforms and tax relief. Mr. Obama hijacked the words to describe a combination of...
  • Exclusive: Free Isn't Freedom

    01/06/2011 6:21:50 PM PST · by captjanaway · 3 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | January 6, 2011 | Ralph Peters
    My childhood was spent in the hardscrabble world of Pennsylvania’s coal towns, where hard-working anthracite miners drove the economy. As my awareness of the world around me grew, from the 1950s into the early 1960s, I was struck again and again by the pride of the men who worked underground in a dangerous profession: Those who avoided work were considered a blot on the community, and being forced onto “the dole” for any reason humiliated not only the immediate family involved, but even distant relations. Men expected to earn their way, taking pride in maintaining their simple “company” houses as...
  • Dropout rate for Calif. black students hits 37%

    12/09/2010 10:51:40 AM PST · by Amerikan_Samurai · 79 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 8, 2010 | Jill Tucker,
    More than a third of California's African American public high school students dropped out before graduation day, a startling number and one that's on the rise, according to 2009 data released Tuesday. The 37 percent African American dropout rate, up three percentage points from the prior year, was far above that of any other ethnic subgroup. Hispanic students had the second highest rate at 27 percent. Locally, San Francisco cautiously celebrated a 9 percent overall dropout rate, a stark contrast to Oakland's 40 percent, numbers still under review for accuracy. The statewide statistics highlight a pervasive achievement gap in test...
  • The Emerging Consensus : Challenge of our time is cleaning up the mess left by the Great Society

    12/05/2010 10:57:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2010 | Yuval Levin
    While I think the deficit commission’s final product was less than adequate to its mission (as I argue below), it is worth remarking on the extraordinary moment we appear to be in on the deficit and debt questions—a moment which the commission has had a lot to do with creating. Between the Simpson-Bowles proposal, the Rivlin-Ryan proposal, the Domenici-Rivlin proposal (which came from outside the commission), and a number of other ideas thrown around in recent weeks, people in the center and on the right (helped no doubt by the election results) appear to be moving closer together on the...
  • Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate

    11/06/2010 10:53:29 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 158 replies · 2+ views
    ap.org ^ | November 6, 2010 | Jesse Washington
    Snips from Excerpt only website: Seventy-two percent of black babies are born to unmarried mothers today, according to government statistics. This number is inseparable from the work of Carroll, an obstetrician who has dedicated her 40-year career to helping black women. The black community's 72 percent rate eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008, the most recent year for which government figures are available. The rate for the overall U.S. population was 41 percent.
  • New York City: More Blacks Aborted than Born

    07/10/2010 1:01:59 PM PDT · by nhungerford · 56 replies · 2+ views
    Racist eugenicist and Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger would be so proud: "According to the city Health Department, 2008 saw 89,469 abortions performed in New York City — seven for every 10 live births. Among black women, abortions out number live births by three to two." These statistics from New York City more closely resemble the abortion mill culture of post-communist countries like China and Russia (who have historically devalued the worth of individual human life in favor of the collective good), than the old Clintonian mantra, “safe, legal and rare.” I realize that many people, liberal and otherwise, are...
  • Ghetto parenting dooms kids

    07/08/2010 7:29:14 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 6, 2010 | Mary Mitchell
    Deck stacked against those who were raised by the streets. The horrible death of Eric Morse, the 5-year-old boy who was dropped from a CHA building in 1994, became a metaphor for the horrors of urban living. The ages of the boy's killers, 10 and 11, compounded the tragedy, as did the fact that Eric's half-brother, Derrick Lemon, was in the 14th-floor apartment when his brother was dropped to his death. » Click to enlarge image Mary Mitchell Derrick was 8 years old, unable to protect his younger brother from his tormenters even before the killers took him to the...
  • What the sneaky left has really been doing to America

    06/27/2010 1:09:57 PM PDT · by USALiberty · 49 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Posted: June 07, 2010
    Sometime during the last half-century, America – the most magnificent and prosperous nation in the world – was stolen, according to June's special issue of Whistleblower magazine. "Just 50 years ago, in the 1950s, America was a great place," writes author William Lind in the issue, titled "STEALTH ATTACK." "It was safe. It was decent. Children got good educations in the public schools. Even blue-collar fathers brought home middle-class incomes, so moms could stay home with the kids. Television shows reflected sound, traditional values. "Where did it all go? How did that America become the sleazy, decadent place we live...
  • Report: 90% of youth in Philly cannot serve (in military)

    06/14/2010 2:07:13 PM PDT · by pabianice · 47 replies · 1,564+ views
    Navy Times | 6/14/10
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