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  • Ryan's Anti Poverty Plan

    07/25/2014 6:56:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-14 | The Editors
    President Obama famously accused Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) of “thinly veiled Social Darwinism” for one of his budgets. It will take a special kind of cynicism to make that claim about Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal. Obama’s partisans will no doubt find a way, but fair-minded observers will see a creative, thoughtful approach to a topic that’s often politically neglected. Ryan proposes and endorses a range of ideas to fix the safety net and address the root causes of poverty. He would offer states the option of an “Opportunity Grant” to replace, dollar for dollar, the amount of money they...
  • The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

    03/24/2014 6:27:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/24/2014 | MIKE KONCZAL
    Ideology is as much about understanding the past as shaping the future. And conservatives tell themselves a story, a fairy tale really, about the past, about the way the world was and can be again under Republican policies. This story is about the way people were able to insure themselves against the risks inherent in modern life. Back before the Great Society, before the New Deal, and even before the Progressive Era, things were better. Before government took on the role of providing social insurance, individuals and private charity did everything needed to insure people against the hardships of life;...
  • The Last Generation (America's Coming Demographic Disaster)

    02/07/2013 7:05:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 7, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Are childrens’ car seats driving down the fertility rate in America?Jonathan V. Last sees car seats as part of a “huge constellation of factors in modern life” that “nudge” people toward having fewer children, he said during an interview about his book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.Last said car seats effectively create a small “tax on people who want to have more than two kids” by making it harder to fit three kids into a normal sedan, which encourages parents to buy a larger car. This penalty may not dissuade people who already want...
  • Fayyad Urges Arab Nations to Follow Up on 'Safety Net'

    12/17/2012 4:49:42 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad urged Arab League nations on Sunday to make good on $100 million a month in pledged "safety net" funds, warning that his government was facing a "dangerous" financial crisis. "I have nothing left to do but to urge our Arab brothers to activate this net, because until this point there has been no movement to deliver the $100 million," Fayyad told reporters at a briefing in his Ramallah office, according to AFP. "If this safety net is not activated quickly, I'll call for an emergency Arab summit to discuss financial situation because it's a...
  • Santorum on Obama Pushing College for All Americans: "What a Snob"

    02/25/2012 1:45:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2012 | Erica Johnson
    Well said, Santorum -- well said. At a campaign stop in Michigan on Saturday morning: Santorum On Obama 'What A Snob' "Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands... and want to work out there making things. President Obama once said, he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good decent men and women, who go out everyday to put their skills to test that aren't taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go...
  • Americans love the safety net. They just don’t know it.

    02/17/2012 11:52:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/17/2012 | Greg Sargent
    One of the central, driving questions in our politics is this: Why are people who are themselves reliant on government programs so prone to electing anti-government politicans who want to put them on the chopping block?Paul Krugman talks to experts about this conundrum and comes away with some important conclusions that are directly relevant to this year’s presidential race:Cornell University’s Suzanne Mettler points out that many beneficiaries of government programs seem confused about their own place in the system. She tells us that 44 percent of Social Security recipients, 43 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits, and 40 percent...
  • Gingrich rips Romney on "poor" comment (Newt-2 min video)

    02/01/2012 4:37:18 PM PST · by VinL · 86 replies · 1+ views
    Newt Gingrich on Wednesday ripped GOP front-runner Mitt Romney for comments he made about not caring about the poor. Gingrich went on to say he's "fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other." Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7397249n#ixzz1lBB3wXIy
  • Mitt Romney: middle income Americans are focus, not very poor [Oh boy...]

    02/01/2012 5:53:29 AM PST · by notsofastmyfriend · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2012 | Interview w Soledad O'Brien
    <p>After winning the Florida primary, GOP presidential nominee hopeful Mitt Romney explains to CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien that he is focused on a particular portion of the American population in his campaign. Romney says, "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich.... I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."</p>
  • How the 'Safety Net' Became a 'Comfort Net' [Welfare for the Nonpoor]

    11/19/2010 1:51:32 PM PST · by freespirited · 13 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 11/14/10 | David Armor
    Spending on poverty programs nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, from $350 billion to $700 billion (in 2010 dollars). In the past three years, the increase has been nearly exponential. Incredibly, spending on these entitlement programs now rivals that for Social Security and national defense. How did this happen? The rise cannot be explained by inflation, because the expenditures have been adjusted for that. Part of the increase is explained by the higher rate of inflation in health care costs, and another part by an increase in the number of people below the poverty line, but these two factors combined...
  • Social Security Is Running Out of Money (In deficit for 2010, 9 yrs earlier than predicted)

    03/30/2010 7:03:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1,171+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 03/30/2010 | Investors Business Daily.
    Social Security's chief actuary reports that the social safety net will run a deficit for 2010, nine years earlier than predicted. Put down that big gavel, Madam Speaker, we're about to hit the iceberg. No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying the gavel used when Medicare was enacted, taken a victory lap around the Capitol Building after passage of the health care bill than did the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration report that his part of the social safety net had a big hole in it and would run a deficit for all of 2010. Stephen C....
  • The Safety Net Shreds

    03/29/2010 4:15:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,250+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Entitlements: Social Security's chief actuary reports that the social safety net will run a deficit for 2010, nine years earlier than predicted. Put down that big gavel, Madam Speaker, we're about to hit the iceberg. No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying the gavel used when Medicare was enacted, taken a victory lap around the Capitol Building after passage of the health care bill than did the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration report that his part of the social safety net had a big hole in it and would run a deficit for all of 2010. Stephen...
  • Get to Work : Anglophile reader compares U.S. job scene, safety net to UK equivalents

    10/28/2009 6:28:03 PM PDT · by thecodont · 5 replies · 541+ views
    san Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | October 28 2009 at 08:00 AM | Tom Abate
    Santa Rosa resident Nancy Roberts lived in England for five years in the 1970s and got her master's degree there. She wrote this note in the wake of a recent Chronicle article and SFGate blog posting about the underemployment rate -- a measurement that adds people forced to work part-time and discouraged job-seekers to the unemployed. California's unemployment rate is 12.2 percent. Its underemployment rate is 21.9 percent. -- Tom Abate Thank you for raising this question, which has been much on my mind. Here's the situation for some of my American friends. (Their names have been changed.) -- Todd:...
  • Safety Net: The Path to Slavery

    09/28/2009 5:38:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies · 1,346+ views
    whiskeyand gunpowder.com ^ | 9-28-09 | Anthony De Maio
    I am haunted by the specter of the people on that overpass during hurricane Katrina. They stood there and waited for help. It never occurred to them to help themselves by walking north. When no help was forthcoming, they began to chant, “We want help. We want help. We want help.” It was very clear to ME that they perceived that the way to get help was to “demonstrate” and demand it—to create a disturbance until someone took notice of them and helped them so they would be silent. It was so similar to a child throwing a tantrum that...
  • Money Market Safety Net Ending (guaranteed money fund deposits expires on Sept. 18, 2009)

    09/04/2009 6:46:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,353+ views
    Money News ^ | 9/4/2009 | Marc Davis
    Money funds, once considered a safe place to park cash, could become moderately risky again when the government program hastily initiated last year to guarantee money fund deposits expires on Sept. 18. In 2008 the colossal Reserve Primary Fund, with $62.5 billion in its portfolio "broke the buck" when Lehman Brothers defaulted on $785 million in bonds which the fund held. Investor redemptions skyrocketed. This prompted then Treasury secretary Henry Paulson's unprecedented intervention to protect all money market assets, approximately $3.5 trillion, and thus avert a panic, writes Joe Nocera in The New York Times. "Here we are a year...
  • Madoff Investors May Be Protected By Government

    12/16/2008 2:33:41 AM PST · by ninonitti · 46 replies · 1,667+ views
    NEW YORK (CBS) ^ | Dec 15, 2008 7:24 pm US/Eastern | John Slattery
    Judge Says Those Duped Need Aid Under The Securites Investor Protection Act ― Federal investigators remain at the investment offices of disgraced investor Bernard Madoff, scouring through records to learn the scope of what may be the biggest Ponzi scheme ever in the United States. The numbers are staggering, the losses far-reaching, but help may be on the way for investors thanks to an order for protection from a federal judge. The scheme was operated out of the so-called "Lipstick Building" on Third Avenue. Bernard Madoff Investment Securities LLC occupies three floors and may have bilked investors of $50 billion....
  • No more 'hungry' Americans: US government says

    11/21/2006 3:04:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies · 1,716+ views
    Breitbart ^ | November 21, 2006
    The US government has tweaked its terminology in referring to the nearly 11 million Americans who face a constant struggle with hunger to refer to them as people with "very low food security." According to a report released this month by the US Department of Agriculture, roughly 35 million Americans had difficulty feeding themselves in 2005 and of those some 10.8 million went hungry. But unlike last year's report on hunger in America, which labeled families who don't get enough to eat as having "food insecurity with hunger," this year's report referred to them as having "very low food security."...
  • America Wants Security [Paul Krugman Says Americans Want Socialism]

    05/23/2005 8:23:04 AM PDT · by JBW · 29 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2005 | Paul Krugman
    It was a carefully staged Norman Rockwell scene. The street was lined with American flags; a high school band played "God Bless America." Then, under the watchful gaze of Wal-Mart's chief operating officer, Maryland's governor vetoed a bill that would have obliged large businesses to spend more on employee health care. The news here isn't that some politicians wrap their deference to corporate interests in the flag. The news, instead, is that Maryland's State Legislature passed a pro-worker bill in the first place. In fact, the bill passed by a veto-proof majority in the Maryland Senate, and fell just short...
  • Bush's Medicaid plan could slash safety net

    02/23/2003 10:43:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 243+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 2/23/03 | Editorial Board
    <p>PRESIDENT Bush's plan for Medicaid represents a fundamental change in the philosophy behind the health care program for poor and disabled Americans.</p> <p>It's a change California's congressional delegation should resist.</p> <p>Here's the current philosophy: The federal government will match the money states pay for health services to poor children and disabled adults. All states offer a basic level of services; if they offer more, the feds will match those dollars, too. Wealthier states like California receive roughly one federal dollar for every state dollar; poorer states like Mississippi receive more than $3.</p>