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  • Hook, Line & We're Sinking

    02/08/2012 9:34:09 PM PST · by katyloraley · 13 replies
    Point of Order ^ | 02/08/2012 | Katy Loraley
    Point of Order No. 4,321,458: A recent study released by the Heritage Foundation states that the depedency index under President Obama has grown an astounding 23% during his reign er I mean presidency. In just a mere two years 67 million (yes that's MILLION) people are now relying on federal aid in one form or another. Investors.com explains "In 2010, for the first time ever, average spending on dependence programs per recipient exceeded the country's per-capita disposable income." The Left would have you believe that the reason behind this spike is mainly the crap economy, but WE'RE NOT BUYING IT....
  • Study: Government Dependence Shoots Up 23% Under President Obama

    02/08/2012 5:31:42 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/8/2012 | John Merline
    The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.
  • Government assistance expands

    02/07/2012 6:43:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 7, 2012 | Tami Luhby
    New York (CNNMoney) - More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance, according to a new report. And when Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation lived in a household that received a government check, according to the analysis of third-quarter 2010 Census data done by the Mercatus Center at George Washington University. That's more than 148 million Americans.
  • Bill: No sweets with food stamps (FL)

    02/07/2012 5:00:23 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 43 replies
    WKMG ^ | 2/6/12 | Staff
    A Florida lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of food stamps to purchase snacks and sweets, such as cookies and cakes. Republican State Sen. Ronda Storms, of Valrico, says her goal is to stop a small percentage of recipients who misuse food stamps. Her bill would also require food stamp recipients to take state-run classes on healthy eating and how making your own baked goods is cheaper than store-made sweets. The bill is moving through state committees in Tallahassee. Critics say the government shouldn't be telling people what to eat.
  • Obama Cites Jesus, Misses the Obvious Point

    02/02/2012 1:22:00 PM PST · by Bodhi1 · 21 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 2-2-12 | Duane Lester
    President Obama was trying to bring Jesus in as a class warfare warrior today, saying that as a Christian, Jesus expected him to fleece the rich: The rich should pay more not only because “I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,’” Obama said at the Washington Hilton, delivering remarks at an annual event that every president has attended since Dwight D. Eisenhower. “We can all benefit from turning to our Creator, listening to him,”...
  • Romney: Welfare State So Successful We Don’t Have to Worry About Poor

    02/01/2012 11:25:24 AM PST · by Jay777 · 73 replies
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 1 Feb 2012 | John Stephenson
    So, we shouldn’t worry about the poor because we have a welfare state that keeps them on a crutch (or “a float”). I understand that his focus is on the middle class and that he believes these were the people hurt the most by the financial situation in America, but is the underlying philosophy here to just “fix holes” in the “safety net” or should we be trying to fix the entitlement mentality that helped pull us into this debt? This should be red meat for Newt who worked to reform welfare. Some are defending this as being taken out...
  • 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
  • The National Review’s Candidate Won’t Stop Digging (Rebuked by DeMint!)

    02/01/2012 6:47:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    RedState ^ | February 1, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    Standing Athwart History Yelling "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another." It is days like today that make me thankful I think they all suck. At least I’m thankful I’m in the firmly not Romney camp. Having told us only Romney was viable (with half-nods to Huntsman and Santorum) and having trotted out Elliot Abrams to smear Newt Gingrich with out of context quotes, even National Review is having trouble defending their candidate today. This morning Mitt Romney said he wasn’t concerned about the poor. The poor, after all, have food stamps and Medicaid. But don’t worry. If the safety...
  • Strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores to be eliminated from welfare debit card access

    Money meant to help families on welfare provide the necessities of life are apparently being used inappropriately by some recipients.
  • Ode to the welfare state

    02/01/2012 4:46:41 AM PST · by humblegunner · 8 replies
    email | Friday, Nov. 4th 1949 | unknown
    I got this in my email this morning and was struck by how relevant it remains even today. It may be a clever fakery but it's still pretty good.
  • House GOP seeks to bar the use of welfare funds at strip clubs (Dancers hardest hit)

    01/31/2012 4:34:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/31/12 | Russell Berman
    House GOP seeks to bar the use of welfare funds at strip clubsBy Russell Berman - 01/31/12 01:47 PM ET House Republicans don’t want Uncle Sam paying for any more lap dances. A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. Republicans included the proposal in the payroll tax bill the House passed in December, and are bringing it back up for a vote separately as part of a package of bills they want included in a...
  • Where are the numbers?

    01/31/2012 1:08:01 PM PST · by shoff · 4 replies
    01/31/2011 | Steven Hoffman
    I saw an article a little while ago that I believe said the state of Maine had more people on the dole than there were taxpayers. I have been trying to figure out how many of the 19,378,102 persons living in New York are pulling the cart verse riding. I have tried all sorts of searches and all sorts of sites but I can’t seem to get the numbers for my state (New York). I am sure these numbers were figured on the last census and I have searched the census site and can’t seem to get up to date...
  • Outrageous! Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare Recipients

    01/29/2012 8:56:46 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TEC ^ | 1-29-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Outrageous! The Government Is Giving Out Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare RecipientsMichael SnyderJanuary 29, 2012 Did you know that the federal government is giving out free cell phones and free cell phone minutes to welfare recipients? It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Right now, there are companies that are running advertisements specifically targeted at low income Americans informing them of the fact that all they have to do is sign up and they can get a free cell phone and hundreds of free cell phone minutes every single month and it...
  • Kan. lawmakers want to review food stamps change

    01/29/2012 8:01:50 AM PST · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | January 25, 2012 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. - Some legislators said Wednesday they plan to review a state policy that has reduced or cut off food stamp benefits to hundreds of U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants...lawmakers acknowledged that they're sympathetic to Gov. Sam Brownback's administration trying to ensure that families with illegal immigrants aren't being treated more generously than families whose members are all legal residents. The administration said the change means all Kansas families are treated the same. ...lawmakers worry that the effect will be felt by children whose families were eligible for food stamps under the old standard but have since lost the...
  • Socialism = Bribery = Welfare State

    01/26/2012 9:34:34 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-26-12 | Warren Beatty
    Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 - 30 July 1898), better known as Otto von Bismarck, is credited with being the father of socialism, the modern-day welfare state. He said, "My idea was to bribe the working classes, or shall I say, to win them over, to regard the state as a social institution existing for their sake and interested in their welfare." Politicians were quick to see the power and simplicity of Bismarck's concept. Convincing the public that government existed for their sake and their welfare enabled politicians to expand into areas...
  • Will Generation 'Gimme' Work for the American Dream?

    01/25/2012 5:55:30 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Jan 25,2012 | swampsniper
    Scary stuff.
  • 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...
  • My Solutions. You're Welcome.

    01/17/2012 11:45:47 PM PST · by gabriellah · 15 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 01/18/2012 | Christine Rouselle
    “My Time at Walmart” looked at the incredible and outrageous abuses of the welfare system that I observed while working summers at Walmart. My follow-up looked at how those who didn’t like my message made me the message. This one will blow your mind. Some like to make the issue of welfare a complicated mess, filled with statistical anomalies and outliers. The solutions, while not always politically correct, are simple. And they meet the standards of common sense. 1. Welfare recipients should pass a drug test before they receive benefits of any kind. I had to be drug tested to...
  • (Vanity) The "Making Work Pay" credit

    01/17/2012 2:35:05 AM PST · by Little Pig · 9 replies
    Self | 17 Jan 2012 | Self
    So I live overseas, and due to the vagaries of my employer, I wasn't able to file my taxes until late last year. I filed the 1040A, and due to a brief period of work in the US before moving here, I did have some taxes withheld. I completed my form, ignoring the "other credits", including the so-called "Making Work Pay" credit (which I figured I didn't qualify for, and didn't really want anyway), and mailed it in. I was expecting a refund of about $1400 for the taxes I had had withheld, since I was withholding for a high...
  • How Long Is Too Long For Unemployment Benefits?

    01/16/2012 3:02:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2012 | Tom Gantert
    A little more than 74,000 people in Michigan exhausted their state unemployment benefits through the first 11 months of 2011. That still left about 232,000 receiving unemployment benefits through the end of November, the most recent data the state has released. How long unemployed workers should receive benefits has been a hot topic. Michigan’s unemployed have had the opportunity to receive benefits up to 99 weeks via 26 weeks of state benefits and a combination of federal extensions. Michigan recently reduced the number of weeks someone can claim state unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks before the federal...
  • Investigator finds overpayments in food-stamp system

    01/16/2012 10:13:29 AM PST · by Sopater · 22 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 15, 2012 | Jason Stein
    Madison - In just two months, private investigators found nearly a half-million dollars in overpayments and cost savings in two state aid programs for the needy in Milwaukee County, with much more expected to be added up in the coming weeks. The findings of fraud in public food assistance and health care programs come after budget cuts left such investigations painfully neglected in many parts of the state, including Milwaukee County - the state's largest urban area. For the past year, the Journal Sentinel has been reporting about fraud and other problems in the FoodShare program. The contractor looked at...
  • I Got Food Stamps and So Can You!

    01/16/2012 7:02:07 AM PST · by Sopater · 46 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | January 16, 2012 | Sydney Phillips
    My recent excursion into the welfare system has left me scratching my head. Prior to writing and researching this project, my only impression of food stamps and similar welfare programs was that the credit only worked for certain items at certain stores and that an individual had to be in a particularly dire financial situation to receive such aid. I was wrong. An EBT card works and looks like a debit card, but instead of the user withdrawing money from a checking account, the government prepays an amount of money it deems necessary for the user’s food expenditures. Several of...
  • Welfare recipients outnumber taxpayers

    01/13/2012 3:33:51 PM PST · by Baynative · 55 replies
    Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, mentioned an uncomfortable truth in a radio address this month: Maine has more welfare recipients than income tax payers. Democrats challenged the accuracy of this assertion. The Bangor Daily News fact-checked LePage and discovered that 445,074 Mainers paid state income tax, while 453,194 received some sort of state aid.
  • Rick Santorum and Welfare Reform

    01/13/2012 9:48:20 AM PST · by FresnoRobert · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/13/2012 | Josh Hicks
    Rick Santorum - “I wrote the welfare reform bill in the Contract with America. I was the ranking member on that subcommittee. And when I came to the Senate, through a quirk, I ended up managing the bill on the floor of the United States Senate and working with President Clinton and getting a bill signed after he vetoed it twice to end welfare. We bloc-granted the program, got rid of the federal entitlement -- the only one in the history of the country that’s ever been done. And I was the principal author of it in the United States...
  • Biblically, does everyone qualify for charity?

    01/11/2012 8:56:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 01/11/2012 | Chuck Bentley
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- On a recent Saturday morning, I was waiting to pick up my son, John, from a musical practice at church, so I decided to walk around the building for some exercise. While walking, I encountered a man knocking on the front door of the building. Allow me to describe him to give you a better context of my experience. "Bill" (a pseudonym to protect his identity) is a healthy, white male about 50 years old. He was visibly angry, agitated and seemed ready to explode. Although I was a little frightened by his demeanor, I told...
  • 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.
  • Plundering the American Dream: College Students Demonstrate the Idiocy Of Our Education System

    01/06/2012 2:29:42 PM PST · by SteelToe · 37 replies · 1+ views
    shtfplan ^ | January 5, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    Economics Professor Jack Chambless of Valencia College in Florida had his sophomore students write a short essay on what the American dream means to them and what, specifically, they wanted the federal government to do to help them achieve that dream. The results demonstrate the sheer magnitude of the idiocy of a public education system dead set on indoctrination rather than education: I took the essays from three classes – about 180 students… About 10% of the students said they wanted the government to leave them alone and not tax them too much and let them regulate their own lives....
  • Welfare Lines Overflow

    01/05/2012 12:34:41 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies · 1+ views
    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.
  • Santorum’s Fight for Welfare Reform (Despite his public image, he is a quiet, smart negotiator)

    01/04/2012 4:29:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/04/2012 | By Brian Bolduc
    As the junior senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum shepherded welfare reform through the U.S. Senate in 1996. Given his limited tenure — he’d been elected to the Senate only two years before — the fact that Majority Leader Bob Dole selected Santorum to lead the effort is nothing short of remarkable, Santorum’s former colleagues say. It also is a testament to an overlooked virtue of the ex-senator’s: his pragmatism. Santorum first entered the House in 1991; two years later, he became ranking member of the subcommittee on human resources. “How I got to be ranking member of that subcommittee does...
  • Nation's largest welfare state makes deep cuts

    12/30/2011 8:58:48 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 29, 2011 | Sheila v Kumar
    California ...has one-eighth of the nation's population but one-third of all welfare recipients. ... The main reason California has such a high percentage of the nation's welfare cases is because it is one of the few states that continue to provide welfare checks for children once their parents are no longer eligible.
  • Don’t Shoot the Brunette Messenger

    12/29/2011 2:40:49 PM PST · by gabriellah · 24 replies · 1+ views
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 12/28/2011 | Christine Rouselle
    To say that the past two weeks have been a little crazy would be like saying Ronald Reagan “squeaked by to win reelection” in 1984. I had my first television interview, I’ve appeared on countless radio shows, and was featured on The Blaze, National Review, and HotAir.com. The Associated Press ran a story about me throughout the country. Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch, Mark Levin and Howie Carr all gave my blog post either a shout-out or an on-air discussion. To say I’m floored would be an understatement. This has been the most exciting week of my life. One...
  • The Democratic Party's War on the Poor

    12/29/2011 4:21:54 AM PST · by radioone · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12-29-11 | John F. Di Leo
    It was a proud day in Medellín, Colombia. Mayor Alonso Salazar smiled as he announced the city's latest accomplishment, and a sycophantic press reported his happy message verbatim. The 12,000 desperately poor people of Medellín's Comuna 13, a shantytown set high atop a steep hill, had spent generations climbing up and down some 530 mountainside stairs to reach their homes. It has always been a 35-minute walk, each way, a challenge for even the healthiest among them. But it is no longer. What did the city do to alleviate the pain of its most destitute? The city of Medellín, long...
  • Congress ends corn ethanol subsidy

    12/28/2011 9:29:12 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | December 28, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Interesting timing, especially when some biomass companies are switching from wood chips to corn, because they couldn’t turn a profit on wood chips. Looks like all the wheels are coming off the bus now.To Survive, Some Biofuels Companies Give Up on Biofuels – Technology Review Gevo, a prominent advanced-biofuels company that has received millions in U.S. government funding to develop fuels made from cellulosic sources such as grass and wood chips, is finding that it can’t use these materials if it hopes to survive. Instead, it’s going to use corn, a common source for conventional biofuels. What’s more, most of...
  • American Civilization Could Be Next To Collapse

    12/28/2011 7:41:33 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 24 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | Silvio Laccetti
    Can American civilization collapse? You bet. All others have. We don't need a Mayan calendar to foreshadow the end. Signs are everywhere, we just need a brain to process the onslaught of information. Of the various cataclysms that 2012 may herald, the first significant one is the Dissolution of the American State. In America, when we speak of "the state" we mean something like New Jersey. In Europe and elsewhere, it is the central government, including provincial and local governments. It is an entity or apparatus with a life of its own. For most of the history of the world,...
  • Obama's Poverty Politics

    12/27/2011 5:24:29 AM PST · by radioone · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    Barack Obama's manifold failures over the last three years have left him in a political tough spot as we enter 2012. He will have a challenging time running on a record that has resulted in massive unemployment, stagnant income growth, a record number of people on food stamps, and a gargantuan level of debt that Americans will be paying off for decades after Obama has retired to the golf courses of Hawaii. As was clear from his recent speech calling forth the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt, he will campaign on the idea that he will bring "fairness" to struggling Americans....
  • LePage: More Mainers receiving welfare than paying taxes

    12/17/2011 6:18:22 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    ap ^ | Dec. 17, 2011 | Clarke Canfield
    There are more Mainers receiving welfare benefits than there are income tax filers paying taxes, Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday. ... the governor said in his weekly radio address that Maine had 453,000 people receiving welfare benefits in 2010. At the same, he said, the state had only 445,000 people who paid taxes.
  • College Student Exposes Welfare Abuse (& Fraud?)

    he Blaze/AP) — A 20-year-old college student has developed a following and gotten at least five marriage proposals after writing a column about her experiences with welfare recipients as a Wal-Mart cashier. She says she wants to be the next Ann Coulter. Christine Rousselle, who attends Providence College in Rhode Island, wrote on the website The College Conservative about her experiences working as a teenager at a Wal-Mart store in her hometown of Scarborough, Maine.
  • How to Shut Down the Welfare State (It's really easier than you think).

    12/16/2011 7:45:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2011 | Richard B. Jones
    Welfare workers are constantly trying to figure out how to make their jobs effective, how to do something to actually combat poverty. Their jobs are very high-stress, so they often meet after work on Fridays, when happy hours encourage them to philosophize. If only the clients had to look for work -- no, they're already under such a requirement. If the government built more public housing so the slumlords didn't grab every increase in benefits -- no, that's been tried. If food stamps and cash assistance were combined into one check -- no, that resulted in a class action suit,...
  • Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    12/15/2011 5:33:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 71 replies
    See BS ^ | 12/15/11
    Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families. "Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses,...
  • Why Conservatives Can’t Fix Poverty: Gingrich’s new idea offers a stark reminder (Barf Alert)

    12/14/2011 10:27:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    In These Times ^ | December 11, 2011 | James Thindwa
    Newt Gingrich’s recent utterances about poor children–they “have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works”–reflect not only the inability of conservatives to talk seriously about poverty, but a mean-spiritedness that, unfortunately, largely eludes public scrutiny. Apparently, Gingrich and the approving Iowa crowd have never heard of “the working poor”–folks stuck in low-wage jobs (often more than one), but still unable to escape poverty. Based on the crowd’s reaction, Gingrich’s November 28 speech achieved a key objective. Conservatives enjoy being told that poverty is caused by the bad behavior of its victims, a belief famously reaffirmed by...
  • Poverty Doesn't Make Thieves -- Liberalism Does

    12/14/2011 9:54:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, the Los Angeles Times reported a wave of theft plaguing area high schools. The objects at stake? Tubas. According to South Gate High School music teacher Ruben Gonzalez Jr., thieves broke into the band room and stole nothing but tubas. A few weeks before, thieves took eight sousaphones from a Compton high school. Either the original cast of "The Music Man" is criminally eager for a revival, or these thieves are selling the horns on the black market. Now the left loves to claim that crime waves like this are caused by poverty. If you're poor, the logic...
  • My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform

    12/13/2011 12:23:23 PM PST · by gabriellah · 190 replies · 3+ views
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 12/13/2011 | Christine Rouselle
    During the 2010 and 2011 summers, I was a cashier at Wal-Mart #1788 in Scarborough, Maine. I spent hours upon hours toiling away at a register, scanning, bagging, and dealing with questionable clientele. These were all expected parts of the job, and I was okay with it. What I didn’t expect to be part of my job at Wal-Mart was to witness massive amounts of welfare fraud and abuse.
  • Feds, cops launch EBT card raid

    12/13/2011 12:03:19 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/13/11 | Dave Wedge
    Federal, state and Lynn cops busted up a welfare fraud ring at a pair of convenience stores today, arresting several people for allegedly ripping off taxpayers with government-issued EBT cards, the Herald has learned. Agents from the federal Department of Agriculture, state troopers assigned to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office and Lynn police raided two downtown stores this morning and arrested at least six people on fraud-related charges, sources told the Herald. The investigation focused on allegations that people with EBT cards — which are issued to the needy to purchase food — were being misused. Officers were still...
  • A larger welfare state can mean a lower deficit(barf alert of the century)

    12/09/2011 3:14:28 PM PST · by radioone · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-8-11 | Ezra Klein
    Speaking of things that the European crisis is not about, while I was in Germany, my colleague Robert Samuelson wrote that “Europe’s turmoil is more than a currency crisis and was inevitable, in some form, even if the euro had never been created. It’s ultimately a crisis of the welfare state, which has grown too large to be easily supported economically.” snipIn a broad sense, I don’t think the crisis in Europe is really even about debt. It’s about the interplay of slow growth, heavy debts and weak institutions. But it’s really not about welfare states.
  • Where are the Welfare Population Centers?

    12/08/2011 1:29:38 PM PST · by pgyanke · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 12/8/2011 | pgyanke
    I'm in a conversation with a lib. I'm sure that the welfare receiving populations are concentrated in the cities... but I can't find an article to show that (and you know libs need proof from a published source). Can anyone help me prove my assertion?
  • Girl Posted on Facebook During 7-Hour Welfare-Office Standoff

    12/08/2011 7:42:51 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/07/2011 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    A 12-year-old girl whose mother shot and critically wounded her before killing herself made several cryptic posts on Facebook during a nearly seven-hour hostage ordeal at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services office in Laredo. "May die 2day," Ramie Marie Grimmer wrote on Facebook at 7:50 p.m. during the Monday night standoff. "i'm here for you guys. No reason to be afraid," Nancy Harrop, who the girl listed as her grandmother, replied. "Im bored," came at 10:34 p.m. Eighteen minutes later: "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahhhhhhhh." And finally, at 11:28 p.m.: "tear gas ..." Rachelle Grimmer, 38, pulled a gun on the...
  • Gingrich’s poor excuse for a big idea ("Leave Poor Children Alone, Newt")

    12/07/2011 5:05:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/07/2011 | Kathleen Parker
    It is a rare day when Al Sharpton emerges as the voice of sagacity, but when Newt Gingrich has the microphone, all things are possible. Just four weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich — swinging like a trapeze artist over the heads of his fellow Republican contenders — has done what everyone knew he would, said something mind-blowingly wrong. Not just wrong as in incorrect but off-the-charts insensitive, insulting and, most important, Out. Of. Touch. He might as well have wrapped his remarks in a Tiffany box and handed them to Mitt Romney, who could exhale for a moment....
  • The Welfare State Neutralizes Opponents by Making Them Dependent on Government

    12/07/2011 9:29:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Robert Higgs
    From time immemorial—from Etienne de la Boitie to David Hume to Ludwig von Mises—political analysts have noted that because the number of those in the ruling elite amounts to only a small fraction of the number in the ruled masses, every regime lives or dies in accordance with “public opinion.” Unless the mass of the people, no matter how objectively abused and plundered they may appear to be, believe that the existing rulers are legitimate, the masses will not tolerate the regime’s continuation in power. Nor need they tolerate it, because they greatly outnumber the
  • Wealthy couple who live in 1.2m home and drive a Jag have been claiming $2,000-a-month welfare...

    12/06/2011 10:03:01 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-6-2011 | DM reporter
    A wealthy chiropractor who has been in practice for more than 20 years and his wife were living in a $1.2million waterfront home while claiming almost $2,000-a-month welfare benefits and even food stamps, according to documents.
  • State: Mom who shot kids, self during standoff at Texas welfare office denied food stamps

    12/06/2011 3:02:31 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies · 1+ views
    WAPO ^ | 12-6-11 | ap
    SAN ANTONIO — A Texas woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps pulled a gun in a state welfare office and staged a seven-hour standoff with police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said Tuesday. The children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, remained ...