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  • Future tense, V: Everybody gets rich - On unwinding the welfare state.

    01/12/2012 10:17:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 2+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | January 2012 | Kevin D. Williamson
    I have been engaged in a little high-low reading in the past several months, alternating one highbrow work (e.g., Outer Dark) with one less exalted work (e.g. Lonesome Dove). My most recent pairing was the short stories of Raymond Carver, which I had not read, and Stephen King’s The Stand, which I had read as a youngster and wanted to revisit to see whether it retained any of the fascination it had on first encounter. There is a great deal going on in these works, though a great deal less going on in Mr. Carver’s stories than in Mr. King’s....
  • Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2006

    03/03/2006 2:46:29 PM PST · by cll · 29 replies · 634+ views
    U.S. House of Representatives ^ | 3/02/2006 | Luis Fortuo (R-PR)
    109TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION H. R. To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Fortuo introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on .......................... A BILL To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) SHORT TITLE.This Act may be cited as the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2006. (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.The...
  • Public sector strikes hit Germany

    02/13/2006 4:15:56 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 654+ views
    BBC News ^ | 13 February 2006
    German public sector workers fighting plans to extend their working hours have widened their strike action to cover most of the country. An estimated 20,000 local and regional authority staff including nurses, cooks and cleaners have joined the largest public sector strike in 14 years. They are protesting against plans to extend weekly working hours by 90 minutes, from 38.5 to 40 hours a week. The industrial action...has now spread to 10 of Germany's 16 states... Leaders at Verdi - Germany's biggest union with 2.4 million members - have warned that the strikes could last for up to six weeks.
  • Florida: Illegal alien's injury lawsuit could spark investigation

    02/17/2004 7:56:09 AM PST · by george wythe · 55 replies · 833+ views
    In a case that could bolster a long-running federal grand jury probe into Northeast Florida's construction industry, an undocumented Mexican worker permanently paralyzed on a job site is filing suit today in Jacksonville against homebuilding giant D.R. Horton. Jorge Gomez, 23, was injured Nov. 11 when a large beam fell on him and broke his neck at a D.R. Horton site in a Julington Creek subdivision, according to the lawsuit. The accident left him a quadriplegic. As an illegal alien, Gomez has no workers compensation insurance and has run up $500,000 in medical bills at Jacksonville's Memorial Hospital, which continues...
  • America the Unfree

    01/28/2004 6:47:57 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 70 replies · 526+ views ^ | 01-28-04 | Roberts, Paul Craig
    America the Unfree Paul Craig Roberts Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal's 10th annual Index of Economic Freedom pulls the wool over our eyes. The deception is unintentional and arises from a fatal flaw in the index. The index delivers the comforting conclusion that the United States is the 10th-most free country, far ahead of 155th-ranked North Korea. However, the index ignores the simple truth that people who do not own the product of their labor are not free. People subject to an income tax do not own the product of their labor. Our Founding...

    01/08/2004 3:34:13 PM PST · by kellynla · 581 replies · 892+ views
    Laura's Weekly E-Blast ^ | 1/8/2004 | LAURA INGRAHAM
    I am beginning to think John McCain actually won the presidency in 2000. Conservatives were relieved when the Straight Talk Express petered out during the 2000 primary season. John McCain, although tough on national security and runaway spending, was hardly a conservative on major issues such as campaign finance, healthcare reform and immigration. Yet this is exactly where we find President Bush today (except unlike McCain, Bush doesnt seem to have much of a problem with runaway spending). Last year President George Bush signed the McCain-Feingold bill into law, which is one of the worst assaults on political speech this...
  • Bush's Ridiculous Speech About Immigration Reform

    01/08/2004 1:10:01 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 213 replies · 840+ views
    Bush's Ridiculous Speech About Immigration Reform I just want to comment on a few of the things that jumped out at me as I read the text of Bush's speech about the horrendous new immigration legislation he is going to propose. To begin with, this line just chaps me..."As a nation that values immigration and depends on immigration, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud. Yet today we do not."No, our immigration laws don't work or make us proud. You know why? Because we don't make an effort to enforce them. It's like telling your kid...
  • Making illegal residents legal

    01/08/2004 10:41:37 AM PST · by kellynla · 28 replies · 313+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 1/8/2004 | JAMES O. GOLDSBOROUGH
    President Bush's immigration reform plan, delayed three years because of Sept. 11, is a politically expedient confession of the massive failure of U.S. immigration policy for two decades. Bush's plan would legalize 8 million to 9 million people in this country illegally, and does nothing to shut off the flow of more illegal immigrants. In fact, it will encourage more to come. Bush is not solely to blame for this misguided policy. He has simply signed on to policy Congress has followed since the last so-called reforms, in 1986, 1990 and 1996, from which our government has apparently learned nothing....
  • Fox Praises Bush's U.S. Immigration Plan (But Wants More)

    01/08/2004 10:49:35 AM PST · by sarcasm · 61 replies · 602+ views
    AP ^ | January 8, 2004
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Vicente Fox on Thursday praised the immigration reform proposed by President Bush and claimed it as an achievement for his own administration.But Fox and other Mexican officials indicated the new American proposal did not meet all their goals. ``We're going for more. We're going for more,'' he told reporters during a visit to a shelter for street children.Fox has repeatedly urged Bush to legalize the millions of Mexicans who cross the border illegally to work in the United States. The money they send home is Mexico's second-largest source of foreign income, behind oil.Bush's plan, unveiled...
  • Contact Tom Tancredo (R-Co), Chirman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus

    01/07/2004 8:18:04 PM PST · by Remember_Salamis · 223 replies · 13,497+ views
    Contact Congressman Tancredo ^ | 1.7.04 | Remember_Salamis
    Contact Tom Tancredo (R-Co), Chirman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus (HIRC). He's one of the few elected republicans with his head on straight. Here's their platform: Rep. Tom Tancredos Four-Point Plan for Immigration Control The United States has lost control over its immigration policy. Over one million persons enter our nation illegally each year and we have antiquated and error-prone systems for knowing who our legal visitors are and for enforcing their visa time limits. Every poll shows that over 75% of citizens support border security and strict enforcement of our immigration laws. They want our immigration policies fixed....
  • Plan has 'fatal flaw,' congressman says

    01/08/2004 5:01:57 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 70 replies · 299+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 01/08/04 | Ann Imse and M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    President Bush's proposal has thrust Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., back into the national spotlight as one of the most outspoken advocates of tougher measures against illegal immigration. On Wednesday, Tancredo appeared on numerous national network telecasts, and press secretary Carlos Espinoza said he had the busiest day of his career fielding interview requests. Tancredo condemned the proposal as dangerous for national security. And he publicly cast doubt on the sincerity of his own party's president: He believes Bush's package may be just an election year ploy to win Hispanic votes. In Tancredo's view, the measures would reward illegal immigration and...
  • The selling out of America

    01/08/2004 5:25:19 AM PST · by AbsoluteJustice · 120 replies · 490+ views
    Myself ^ | 01/08/04 | AbsoluteJustice
    Well Freepers our President has sold us up the river and hopefully this is a wake up call to conservatives. The guest worker program is a DISASTER waiting to happen. One of President Reagan's mistakes in 1986 was to give blanket amnesty to illegals prior to sealing up the border and overhauling INS. It was stated that by doing this it would curb and put an end to illegal immigration. Since then it has doubled. Now we are seeing the same thing all over again. O'Reilly pulled current numbers from the census bureau and foun the following. It costs this...
  • Say It Ain't So, Dubya

    01/07/2004 6:06:39 AM PST · by shortstop · 261 replies · 654+ views ^ | 1/7/04 | Bob Lonsberrry
    In politics, its good to be up for grabs. And its miserable to be a sure thing. As President Bush will prove today. In an expected announcement of sweeping amnesty and Social Security benefits for illegal Mexican aliens, the president will kick conservatives in the teeth in order to woo Latino voters. Its clear proof that the adage Dance with the one what brung ya doesnt apply in the GOP. In the GOP, conservatives exist to donate money and vote a straight ticket, and then be ignored. At least in this Administration and by this Congress. Time after time, the...
  • America's fate in hands of illegal aliens?

    01/07/2004 2:45:15 AM PST · by ovrtaxt · 119 replies · 705+ views ^ | 1/7/2004 |
    WND BOOKS America's fate in hands of illegal aliens? New WND book shows immgration issue could determine future of U.S. Posted: January 7, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern With the U.S. government poised to make sweeping changes to immigration laws critics say amount to de facto mass amnesty, WorldNetDaily's publishing division, WND Books, announces a powerful new book destined to supercharge the debate over illegal immigration. In "Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border," veteran journalist Jon E. Dougherty documents the hard truth that both major political parties have missed namely, that sustained high immigration levels...
  • Court: N.C. must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants

    01/07/2004 4:49:45 AM PST · by AppyPappy · 60 replies · 998+ views
    Court: N.C. must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants to allow for longer-term treatment of serious health problems, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The ruling could expand the kinds of medical treatment that illegal immigrants receive under the Medicaid program. For hospitals that are already treating illegal immigrants, the decision could also mean more Medicaid reimbursements.
  • How Illegal Aliens are Bankrupting and Disenfranchising the American Middle and Working Classes

    12/28/2003 10:49:51 AM PST · by mrustow · 516 replies · 1,717+ views
    A Different Drummer/Middle American News ^ | December, 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    Legend has long held that illegal aliens give American citizens cheap lettuce and cheap child care. Excepting for agribusiness and the upper classes, that legend is, in reality, a nightmare, in which the American middle and working classes pay and pay and pay for illegal immigration, and get nothing but grief in return. In states with heavy illegal alien populations, the budget of a middle-class family is full of hidden illegal alien surcharges. As a result, todays middle-class American family with two full-time working parents has less discretionary income than its traditional forebear, in which the father alone was...
  • Bush to Propose Broad AmnestyTell Congress to Say No!

    12/24/2003 10:32:04 AM PST · by Klickitat · 274 replies · 1,020+ views
    FAIR ^ | 12-24-03 | Fair staff
    Bush to Propose Broad Amnesty Tell Congress to Say No! We regret having to interrupt your holiday season with bad news on the immigration reform front, but the Washington Post reports this morning that President Bush and Karl Rove-in order to appeal to Hispanic voters-are poised to announce a sweeping amnesty plan during the second week of January. If you like amnesty, mass legal immigration, and the continued unprecedented decline in the American economic standard of living, you'll love President Bush's proposal. While the details of the plan remain unclear, President Bush is expected to propose an outline modeled after...
  • Senate adopts state budget with 10 percent income-tax increase [PA]

    12/20/2003 2:38:53 PM PST · by Glenn · 18 replies · 286+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 12/20/2003 | Tom Barnes
    <p>HARRISBURG - The state Senate approved a $1.3 billion tax increase shortly after dawn today- including a 10 percent income-tax hike - but was unable to fashion a deal that would have brought slot machines to the state's racetracks, big cities and resorts.</p>
  • Freeloading on the Taxpayer's Dime

    12/19/2003 7:29:22 AM PST · by AndyObermann · 137 replies · 429+ views
    15 December 2003 | Andy Obermann
    Freeloading on the Taxpayers Dime By: Andy Obermann 14 December 2003 The other day I was at the grocery store doing some shopping. I patiently waited in line to purchase a few miscellaneous items. In front of me, a woman, no older than forty, was buying two sodas, two packs of gum, and a personal size bag of potato chipstrivial purchases, a snack perhaps. She proceeded to pull out what appeared to be a credit or debit card to pay for the goods. An unnecessary step for such a menial purchase, I thought. Much to my surprise, however, she was...
  • Pell grants aid confined sex offenders

    12/18/2003 8:23:56 AM PST · by AreaMan · 7 replies · 818+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | October 27, 2003 | LEONORA LaPETER
    Pell grants aid confined sex offenders A stretched grant program is giving college money to offenders who served their time but are deemed unfit to rejoin society. By LEONORA LaPETER, Times Staff Writer Published October 27, 2003 David Depuy is a twice-convicted rapist who has been behind bars all but two of the last 31 years. In prison, he turned to education, and the government helped. He began taking classes in 1973 and continued on and off until 1994, when politicians decided that giving criminals financial aid grants for college wasn't a good idea. Then in 1999, Depuy finished his...
  • Sex predators getting federal grants

    12/17/2003 11:43:04 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 308+ views ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2003
    YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORKSex predators getting federal grantsFlorida law loophole allows offenders to receive cash for education Posted: December 17, 200311:08 a.m. Eastern Sexual predators confined to mental-health facilities in Florida are receiving federal grants to take college courses. The taxpayer-funded tuition grants are allowed because the offenders are considered "residents," not "inmates," Fox News reports. A 1994 federal law prohibits "inmates" from getting financial aid. In Florida, jurors are allowed to confine the worst sexual predators to mental-health facilities rather than prisons. As such, they are able to take advantage of their status as "residents" and qualify to...
  • Three years after Fox took office, Mexican migrants say return home safer, easier

    12/17/2003 7:57:25 AM PST · by yonif · 11 replies · 240+ views
    SignOnSanDiego ^ | December 17, 2003 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico The holiday trip home for many Mexican migrants has gotten easier under President Vicente Fox. Instead of insisting on bribes, some police offer to guide caravans of migrant cars, and customs agents allow gifts that in the past were often confiscated. Since taking office, Fox has made changing government officials' attitudes toward migrants one of his top priorities. He has focused on the annual return trip home before Christmas, a time when the majority of migrant families return to Mexico, clogging highways with pickup trucks and U.S. sedans overflowing with bicycles, television sets and computers. Fox...
  • 2 illegal workers just want jobs

    12/16/2003 4:31:40 AM PST · by Holly_P · 31 replies · 243+ views
    Tucson Arizona Star ^ | 12/16/03 | Ernesto Portillo
    Ramiro Cruz doesn't know who Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge is. But he appreciated what Ridge said last week about legalizing undocumented immigrants. "The man is right. I hope he can do something for us," said Cruz while he waited for a drive-by job offer on South Ninth Avenue Monday morning. Gonzalo Mendoza, who was waiting on the street which serves as an unofficial day laborer hiring site, agreed with Cruz who was about a block away. "I can't believe that someone in the United States government would say something like that. It seems that the politicians in Mexico and the...
  • Bush: No blanket amnesty for illegals

    12/16/2003 3:47:13 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 184+ views ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2003
    COMING TO AMERICABush: No blanket amnestyfor illegals But wants policy linking 'willing employer with any willing employee' Posted: December 16, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern Responding to recent comments by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, President Bush said yesterday he is against offering an across-the-board amnesty to illegal workers living in the United States. President Bush at news conference yesterday (White House photo) Last week, Ridge told a town hall meeting in Miami, Fla., the U.S. should give illegal immigrants legal status. At a news conference in Washington, Bush replied, "I have constantly said that we need to have an immigration...
  • Social Security for Mexicans closer to reality (Millions of immigrants to collect benefits)

    12/11/2003 7:55:33 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 193 replies · 2,178+ views ^ | December 11, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    The prospect of millions of Mexicans receiving United States Social Security checks is moving closer to reality. The Gannett News Service reports U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing a "totalization" agreement that would transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in payments south of the border. The plan would allow documented and undocumented immigrants to return home but still collect U.S. benefits. WorldNetDaily reported the idea to merge both countries' Social Security systems was pushed late last year by Mexican President Vincente Fox as payback from President George W. Bush for failing to secure major new immigration reforms beneficial to Mexico...
  • AMNESTY CRISIS: Fight Tom Ridge's new plan

    12/10/2003 1:28:20 PM PST · by Klickitat · 198 replies · 962+ views
    Numbers USA ^ | 12-10-03 | Roy Beck
    The country needs your faxes and phone calls immediately and steadily over the next few days. Tom Ridge, the head of the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security, yesterday advocated legalizing (giving amnesty) to 8-12 million illegal aliens. Click here to read the story titled: "Homeland security chief endorses legalizing undocumented immigrants." "Click for article" This creates an immediate crisis that must be met with massive outcry -- like the outcry in August of 2001 that stopped Pres. Bush's July proposal for a massive amnesty for some 3.5 million illegal aliens from Mexico. The most important thing is shoot this...
  • Phoenix: Is this what we want in our city (The effects of illegals)

    12/15/2003 11:03:47 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 118 replies · 788+ views
    PhxNews ^ | azred
    Something I often see missing in the news about illegal immigrants, is what they bring to America. We all know about the financial drain on health care, and welfare, but what about the culture shock to American citizens? Have you seen how some of our cities are looking lately? Illegals are coming over in such great numbers that we are starting to live in their cultural standards. My neighborhood is now filled with people that think the front yard is a parking lot, and that standing in the front yard drinking Bud Light and partying after work is OK. Businesses...
  • Mexican immigrants sending $1 billion a month to families back home

    12/14/2003 11:28:29 AM PST · by traumer · 32 replies · 832+ views
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | December 14, 2003 | Juan Castillo
    Inside his little Western wear store tucked in a corner on East Riverside Drive, Francisco Javier Aceves can't help but feel a kinship with the angular young men who come in to buy jeans, cowboy boots, phone cards and cell phones. As sure as a regular payday, they come in also to wire money to their families back home in Mexico, in places such as Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca. "Sometimes they come three or four in a car," Aceves said about his customers. "Sometimes they just start lining up to wire money." The young men live and work in...
  • Latino boycott -- widespread, low-key Turnout modest in protests against repeal of license law

    12/13/2003 3:23:11 AM PST · by sarcasm · 18 replies · 599+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2003 | Vanessa Hua, Cicero Estrella, James Sterngold
    <p>Thousands of Latinos throughout California Friday protested Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's repeal of a state law that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.</p> <p>From Los Angeles, where the push for a boycott originated, to Ukiah in Mendocino County, where a protest was held, Latinos skipped work, stayed out of school and refused to patronize businesses, but the turnout was modest, given the state's large Latino population.</p>
  • Impact of Latino boycott limited (Organizers railed against repeal of license law)

    12/13/2003 7:51:36 PM PST · by South40 · 33 replies · 264+ views
    The San Diego Union Tribune ^ | December 13, 2003 | Leonel Sanchez and Elena Gaona
    Celestina Gregorio of Encinitas said she gave up a day of work yesterday to protest the repeal of a state law that would have allowed undocumented immigrants like herself to apply for a driver license. The 18-year-old restaurant cook was among Latinos who participated in rallies here and across the state in support of a one-day boycott of stores, schools and work places to protest the Legislature's action last week. "It's worth it because we want to be driving legally. We don't want any problems," Gregorio said. She was among 100 people who demonstrated near a Wal-Mart store in Vista....
  • Hispanic boycott hits hard at school

    12/12/2003 1:54:28 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 116 replies · 272+ views ^ | Friday, December 12, 2003
    <p>Roosevelt School in Tulare appeared to be the only elementary school affected by today's planned statewide boycott by Hispanics.</p> <p>"We have almost 200 kids out," Principal Barbara Xavier said, noting the campus has the most Hispanic students in the Tulare City School District.</p>
  • Hispanics take to California streets in protest, boycott

    12/12/2003 1:09:46 PM PST · by MikalM · 78 replies · 298+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/12/03 | ROBERT JABLON
    <p>Hundreds of people angered by the repeal of a law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses took to the streets of cities around the state Friday to kick off a daylong boycott.</p> <p>The protest came in response to the Legislature's action last week and as part of an effort to highlight the economic contribution of California's Hispanic community, the nation's largest. The protest was planned to coincide with the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe.</p>
  • Boycott by immigrants urged

    12/11/2003 8:24:56 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 60 replies · 486+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Wed, Dec. 10, 2003 | Edwin Garcia
    Boycott by immigrants urged STATEWIDE ACTION PUSHED FOR FRIDAY TO PROTEST DRIVER'S LICENSE LAW REPEAL The message to Latino immigrants in the Bay Area and around California is sweeping: Keep your kids home from school Friday, don't go to work and stay away from stores. The unprecedented request, made by immigrant advocates to protest the repeal of a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses, is intended to show state leaders the collective economic and social clout of California's growing immigrant population. While it's impossible to measure the success or failure of the daylong economic...
  • CA: Hispanic advocacy groups call for statewide boycott Friday (Barf Alert- MAPA/CHIR sponsored)

    12/11/2003 10:50:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 925+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/11/03 | Deborah Kong - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates are asking Hispanics throughout the state to flex their economic muscle Friday by refusing to go to work, school or stores. The planned statewide boycott, organized by two Southern California advocacy groups, is a response to last week's repeal of a law that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. "Latino and immigrant communities don't have to roll over," said Edward Headington, a spokesman for the Mexican American Political Association, one of the organizers of the boycott. "It's saying that there is strength in numbers." At 11.9 million, Hispanics make up about a...
  • Social Security for Mexicans closer to reality; U.S. discussing plan

    12/11/2003 3:48:26 PM PST · by yonif · 37 replies · 796+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 11, 2003
    The prospect of millions of Mexicans receiving United States Social Security checks is moving closer to reality. The Gannett News Service reports U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing a "totalization" agreement that would transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in payments south of the border. The plan would allow documented and undocumented immigrants to return home but still collect U.S. benefits. WorldNetDaily reported the idea to merge both countries' Social Security systems was pushed late last year by Mexican President Vincente Fox as payback from President George W. Bush for failing to secure major new immigration reforms beneficial to Mexico...
  • California Hispanics urged to stay home tomorrow

    12/11/2003 3:51:25 PM PST · by yonif · 124 replies · 229+ views
    KFOR ^ | December 11, 2003 | Associated Press
    San Francisco-AP -- Hispanics in California are being urged to stay home from school, work and stores tomorrow to protest the repeal of a driver's license law. The measure, which would have allowed undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, was signed by former Governor Gray Davis. However, it has been repealed by Governor Schwarzenegger. A spokesman for the Mexican American Political Association says the strike is a matter of "respect and dignity." Edward Headington says protesters hope to remind legislators that the driver's license issue has not been forgotten. However, some people are expressing reservations about the protest. An official...
  • Bush Signs Sweeping Medicare Bill That Includes Drug Benefit

    12/08/2003 12:25:37 PM PST · by snopercod · 166 replies · 641+ views
    New York Times via yahoo ^ | December 8, 2003 | CHRISTINE HAUSER The New York Times
    President Bush signed legislation today that creates a prescription drug benefit for the elderly, launching the biggest changes to the Medicare system since its creation in 1965. "For the first time, we're giving seniors peace of mind that they will not have to face unlimited expenses for their medicine," Mr. Bush said just before sitting down at a desk in Constitution Hall, near the White House, and signing the new law, surrounded by applauding supporters and an audience of several hundred people. Presidential bill signings typically are set at the White House, on smaller scale. The bill, which the government...
  • Kidnapping in Candelaria: Jon Dougherty on recent battle in escalating border war with Mexico

    12/04/2003 11:48:15 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 31 replies · 143+ views ^ | Friday, December 5, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    Kidnapping in Candelaria Posted: December 5, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern Ever hear of a place called Candelaria, Texas? Few have, but it's the most recent battleground in the escalating border war between Mexico and the United States the one officials on both sides of the Rio Grande try desperately to ignore, even as their own citizens become further entangled in a mess that gets worse by the month. Details are sketchy, but they are clear enough to know that essentially this is what happened. According to law-enforcement sources I spoke with, a squad of armed Mexican paramilitary police or...
  • Immigration: A Better Way

    12/01/2003 11:28:35 PM PST · by farmfriend · 139 replies · 786+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12/01/2003 | Arnold Kling
    Immigration: A Better Way By Arnold Kling "I have met wealthy elites, academics and journalists from Mexico City who privately laugh that they are exporting their Indians and Mestizos, their unwanted, into the United States. Their smile disappears when I reply that we instead figure what they suppose to be riffraff are the real cream of Mexican society...who in fact are superior people to those who oppress them at home." -- Victor Davis Hanson, Mexifornia, p. 31 Hanson's book is passionate, hot-headed, disjointed, and self-contradictory -- much like our immigration policy. In this essay, I do not propose a way...
  • Someone Will Have To Pay

    12/02/2003 9:54:00 AM PST · by Texas Federalist · 55 replies · 260+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/2/02 | Neil Boortz
    Last week was a particularly good one for the Bush presidency. Just leave it to me to say other than the tax cuts and the war on terror, there is no real compelling reason to re-elect George Bush. We just might be better off with the stalemate that comes from a president from one party, and a Congress under the control of the other. It might at least slow down the growth of government. Granted, right now fighting the war on terror is clearly the most important job this president has, but it's not the only job he has. The...
  • Illegal Aliens Eligible for Social Security Benefits

    02/19/2003 8:55:02 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 57 replies · 2,534+ views
    Fox ^ | 2/19/03 | Matt Hayes
    <p>Annie was an ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia who had legally emigrated to the U.S. decades ago. She entered my law office with her mother, who clutched a well-worn copy of a Chinese language book called What You Need to Know About Life in America that is eventually encountered by most immigration lawyers.</p>
  • Schools Help to Dress, Feed Kids They Teach

    11/11/2003 5:14:43 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 3 replies · 161+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | November 11, 2003 | Chastity Pratt
    <p>Felicia McCray's daughter came home last year from Carstens Elementary School on Detroit's east side with a new burgundy coat.</p> <p>Kayja, now 9, also showed her mother her new hat, gloves, shoes, uniform, hair accessories and a voucher to Payless ShoeSource to get another pair of shoes.</p>
  • Surfing for food stamps

    06/09/2003 4:06:03 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 10 replies · 235+ views ^ | Saturday, June 7, 2003 | The Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --A new Web site could help low-income families learn whether they qualify for federal food stamps and how much assistance they could get, even if some cannot get on the Internet at home.</p> <p>Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said needy families who believe they qualify for food stamps can go to food banks and other centers or to government offices where local or state workers can help them access the "Food Stamps Step 1" site on the Internet.</p>