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  • Sheriff David Clarke on race riots: Progressive policies hit black community like a nuclear blast

    08/15/2016 6:15:58 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/15/16 | Robert Laurie
    Hey media, they're "riots" not "protests" Dear media outlets, All the violence we’ve been witnessing in Milwaukee for the last few days? Yeah, that’s not a “protest.” You keep calling it that, but the fact is you’re just plain wrong. These are “riots.” Ugly, violent, racist, riots. I know, I know. You get all uncomfortable when you’re forced to report things accurately. You hate to use a label that you think will get you called “racist” by the left. God forbid you’re not invited to the White House correspondent’s dinner.
  • Terrorists behind Paris & Brussels attacks got over €50K in welfare

    08/07/2016 3:13:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 08/05/16
    At least five terrorists involved in the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks were receiving welfare benefits from the state, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing local authorities. Belgian financial investigators looking into the terrorist attacks found that Salah Abdeslam, charged with taking part in the Paris assaults, had collected €19,000 ($21,000) in welfare payments, which were stopped just a few weeks before the attacks were carried out in the French capital in November, WSJ reports. However, Abdeslam should not have been receiving payments as he partly owned a bar, which he was managing at the time. Belgian officials say this made...
  • The Fatherless Effect

    07/31/2016 6:26:07 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 20 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 7/31/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Over the last several months—and especially the last few weeks—much has been made of the “Ferguson effect.” The phenomenon is now so widely discussed that it has its own Wikipedia page (though I wouldn’t suggest visiting it for an explanation). St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson coined the phrase in November of 2014, but Heather MacDonald popularized it in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2015... Again, out-of-wedlock births in the U.S. are at historic highs, and the vast majority of black children in America are born to single mothers. And just as criminal gangs and other undesirables fill the...
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • Obamacare redistribution and the disincentive to work

    06/03/2016 9:40:23 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 01 June 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Reader WC Varones emailed an article he wrote on Obamacare and the Disincentive to Work. At the heart of the matter is a redistribution scheme that punishes the middle class the most, and the wealthy the least, for the benefit of the poor. “As awful as Obamacare has been at its purported goal of making health care affordable, it has been unquestionably successful at one of Obama’s other primary goals: the redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately, the poor design of the redistribution function is one of the reasons Obamacare is failing. As the Economist points out in “Healthy Dose of Redistribution“,...
  • Seattle ...East African Migrants with Suitcases of Cash Leaving US – They’re ALL ON WELFARE

    05/20/2016 8:19:52 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 28 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/19/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Seattle and King County officials have stopped several migrants with suitcases full of American dollars leaving the United States. All of the suspects carrying the suitcases full of cash were on welfare. KING5 reported: “ Travelers pulling suitcases full of cash started showing up at Sea-Tac Airport last year holding tickets for flights headed out of the United States. The people carrying the cash didn’t hide the fact from Customs. Just the opposite, they reported it. Anyone traveling out of the United States is required to declare any amount over $10,000 and fill out a one-page federal form. These reports...
  • How The Liberal Welfare State Destroyed Black America

    05/05/2016 3:35:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 58 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 5, 2016 | John Perazzo
    How The Liberal Welfare State Destroyed Black America What Democrat voters and political leaders refuse to believe. May 5, 2016 John Perazzo    When President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 launched the so-called War on Poverty, which enacted an unprecedented amount of antipoverty legislation and added many new layers to the American welfare state, he explained that his objective was to reduce dependency, “break the cycle of poverty,” and make “taxpayers out of tax eaters.” Johnson further claimed that his programs would bring to an end the “conditions that breed despair and violence,” those being “ignorance, discrimination, slums, poverty, disease, not enough...
  • Number of people needing state help in Germany at record high

    04/19/2016 6:34:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 19.04.2016 | 19.04.2016
    On Tuesday, Germany’s Federal Statistics Office released figures showing that 1.038 million people were receiving basic security benefits at the end of last year — the highest number since the benefits were introduced in 2003 and 3.5 percent more than in 2014. Anyone over the age of 18 who is unable to work more than three hours a day under normal working conditions, and those whose age pensions are inadequate to live on, are eligible for the benefits. The statistics office reported that more than half of the recipients — about 536,000 people — are senior citizens, while around 502,000...
  • Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

    04/03/2016 7:21:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 29, 2016 | Editorial
    Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare. We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something...
  • Colorado SO FAR: Cruz 6, Trump -0- ... After delegates selected in 2 congressional districts

    04/02/2016 5:46:29 PM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 84 replies
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  • Abandoned Buildings, and a Window into the Soul

    03/30/2016 12:09:04 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 30, 2016 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    ...Reflections on the downgrading of Chicago’s bond rating and the mind of a Chicago politician… If you have ever attended a good old-fashioned museum, you may have seen this popular type of exhibit: the “reconstructed rooms” of the past: The Thorne Miniature Rooms of the Art Institute of Chicago… the Streets of Old Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry (down the hall from the ice cream parlor!)… and best of all, the old Milwaukee street scene in the Milwaukee County Museum. As museum-goers walk past each room – we can’t go in, we can only peer through the...
  • Kasich: 'Single Mothers With Children Are the Real Heroes in America'

    02/19/2016 5:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 19, 2016 | 6:31 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Americans "have to be sensitive" to people who are working two jobs and barely making ends meet, Republican John Kasich said Thursday night at a CNN-hosted town hall. He used the example of a single, working mother with a couple of children: "Think about that mother -- gets up early in the morning; gets the kids off to school; goes to work; comes home; makes dinner. They're the heroes. They're really -- these single women with children are the real heroes in America, in my opinion." [...] "Well, the one thing we want to make sure is they have healthcare,...
  • Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

    02/09/2016 12:17:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2016 3:15 PM EST | Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo
    Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July. The first-term Democrat delivered an approximately $33.3 billion plan for 2016-17 to the Republican-controlled Legislature as he tries again to break down resistance to a multibillion-dollar tax increase that has held up passage of a budget for the current year. Wolf delivered his message in a blunt, 25-minute speech that prompted objections from most...
  • Finns, Americans and the Income Guarantee

    12/20/2015 6:37:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Some folks think the world owes them a living. Must we appease them? Should government hand every man, woman and child a check each month to make sure we're all taken care of? Finland is looking at this basic idea, which Finns dub an "unconditional basic income" (UBI). One proposal suggests providing every Finn 800-Euros a month without regard to income, or lack thereof. Polling shows the basic idea is quite popular, with 69 percent of Finns endorsing a slightly more generous proposal. It sounds like Democrat George McGovern's "guaranteed annual income," which was mocked and ridiculed during the 1972...
  • Sessions: Omnibus Explains Why 'Voters Are In Open Rebellion' (Must See Video)

    12/16/2015 7:29:35 PM PST · by Amntn · 166 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/16/15 | Senator Sessions
    Published on Dec 16, 2015 BACKGROUND: In the dead of night after 2am this morning, Congressional leadership unveiled a more than 2,000 page 'omnibus' year-end funding bill which would, among other things: fully-fund the President's refugee expansion; fully-fund sanctuary cities; fully-fund the resettlement of illegal aliens youth and their families crossing the border; lock-in tax credits for illegal aliens; and quadruple the highly controversial H-2B foreign worker visa being used to replace Americans as truck drivers, construction workers, theme park employees, and in blue collar jobs across the nation. Sessions, the Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, issued a statement about...
  • When Sweden shut its doors it killed the dream of European sanctuary

    11/27/2015 1:52:29 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | November 27, 2015 | Andrew Brown
    ...The unprecedented scale and speed of the autumn’s refugee crisis has forced even the Swedish political class to acknowledge that the ground beneath its feet has shifted forever. There is simply no more money, and no more housing, for everyone who wants to come, and for everyone who was entitled to do so under the old rules.
  • The Chickens of Communism Have Come Home to Roost

    11/21/2015 11:05:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/21/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If people fail to understand the concept of Big Brother Government and the Welfare State, forgetting patriotism, cultural heritage, and history, all freedoms will vanish. The chickens of intolerance and communist social justice have come home to roost on the American campus. Decades of Marxist indoctrination by the vaunted communist academia are finally paying off—our cultural heritage is replaced by cultural Marxism and primitive cultures that are deemed superior to ours and worshipped. Academia has been blotting out the past and revising history for a while but with increased vengeance since Jimmy Carter founded the U.S. Department of Education on...
  • Democrats Decry Income Inequality That Their Own Policies Make Worse

    11/13/2015 3:15:54 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2015 | Staff
    Welfare State: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and leftists in general love to talk about income inequality. What they don't want to talk about is how their own tax-and-spend prescriptions are largely to blame.
  • Migrant crisis: Swedish border checks introduced

    11/12/2015 12:39:48 AM PST · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/12/2015 | BBC
    Sweden has announced the introduction of temporary border checks to control the flow of migrants into the country. Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said the step had been decided because a surge in new arrivals posed a threat to public order. The controls will come into effect from midday local time on Thursday and will last initially for 10 days. EU and African leaders are to hold a second day of talks in Malta to discuss measures to stem the flow of migrants..... Nearly 200,000 migrants are expected to reach Sweden this year, more per head of population than any...
  • Greenfield: The Death of the American Welfare State

    11/01/2015 8:18:39 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 41 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Friday, October 30, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Friday, October 30, 2015 The Death of the American Welfare State Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog In 1935, the year that FDR signed the Social Security Act into law, the birth rate was 18.7 per 1,000. In 1940, when the first monthly check was issued, it had gone up to 19.4. By 1954, when Disability had been added, the birth rate at the heart of the Baby Boom stood at 25.3. In a nation of 163 million people, 4 million babies were being born each year. By 1965, when Medicare was plugged in, the birth rate...
  • The Public Sector: Standing in Our Way until We Pay Up; Just a supplementary welfare state.

    11/01/2015 5:56:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    My favorite criminals are those known in the literature — or at least in the movies — as “standovers,” criminals who specialize in victimizing other criminals. Examples of the type are Omar Little in The Wire, whose occupation is robbing Baltimore drug dealers, and the Joker in The Dark Knight, who loots and extorts Gotham’s mob bosses. The really bold ones who show up at large drug deals and rob both sides. The problem with the standover business model, obviously, is the same as the problem of scorched-earth banditry: It drives away exactly the sort of activity that the criminal...
  • Yes, America Needs to Be More Like Denmark: Here's the Part We Need to Copy, Bernie

    10/28/2015 8:14:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/28/2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    Image via Shutterstock Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a good point — America needs to be more like Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. But he’s wrong about the reason why. He thinks socialism is the cause of their success, but the true cause is their older free-market culture and their recent efforts to return toward market and economic freedom.Since the 1990s, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway have expanded private property rights, business freedom, investment freedom and financial freedom. Each of these countries has increased its score on the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom [1],...
  • Our Democrat Welfare-State Drug Lords

    10/21/2015 7:20:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Star Parker
    Five liberal Democrat presidential candidates -- one actually honest enough to label himself a socialist -- appeared before the American public in their first debate. They made it apparent that the only variation between any of them was just how much bigger and how much faster each one wants to grow government. Democratic Party politicians no longer feel any need to even pay lip service to the idea that America has anything to do with a free people. Their unabashed rendition of the American dream is increasing percentages of the American population dependent on getting money recycled to them from...
  • Why Socialists Shouldn’t Cite Sweden as Success

    10/20/2015 8:35:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/20/2015 | Rich Lowry
    Scandinavia is the American Left’s Shangri-La. It is the land of social democracy and of all good things. It is the answer to any objection that new welfare benefits can’t be adopted here: But look how well they work in Sweden. Bernie Sanders reverted to this article of faith when challenged over his socialism at last week’s Democratic debate. He invited America to sit at the knee of Scandinavia. “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway,” he said, “and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” There are a couple of...
  • No, Bernie Sanders, Scandinavia Is Not a Socialist Utopia

    10/18/2015 6:52:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/18/2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    WHEN BERNIE SANDERS was asked during CNN's Democratic presidential debate how a self-proclaimed socialist could hope to be elected to the White House, he gave the answer he usually gives: Socialism has been wonderful for the countries of Scandinavia, and America should emulate their example. "We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people," Sanders said. When the moderator turned to Hillary Clinton, she agreed that America has to "save capitalism from itself" and that, yes, Scandinavia is great. "I love Denmark," declared Clinton. It was the...
  • Bernie Sanders’s Denmark Comments Show He Doesn’t Even Understand His Own ‘Socialism’

    10/15/2015 8:21:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/15/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    It had to be Denmark, didn’t it? If you are the sort of person who has better things to do — which is to say, a fully functioning adult who is not professionally obliged to follow these things — then you probably missed the exchange between Mrs. Clinton and Senator Sanders at last night’s debate, when she lectured him that the United States isn’t Denmark and he responded with a rousing defense of the Danish model. Never mind, for the moment, that neither of these batty old geezers has the foggiest idea of what’s going on in Denmark, or in...
  • The U.S. Is Now the Real Welfare State [How we compare to Europe]

    09/09/2015 7:19:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/09/2015 | Michael Tanner
    In 2013, the New York Times reported on the case of Carina, a 36-year-old Danish single mother who had been on welfare since she was 16. Denmark has long had one of the most generous welfare systems in Europe, and Carina was able to collect about $2,700 per month in benefits, an amount that enabled her to live quite comfortably without working. A second welfare recipient discussed in the article, Robert Nielsen, had been supported by the government for more than a dozen years. He had not attempted to find work and did not intend to. As he said, “Luckily,...
  • In 2008, Fewer Than 30 Million Used Food Stamps. Now 46 Million Do

    08/30/2015 9:35:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 08/30/15 | Ed Feulner
    Unemployment has dropped in recent years, yet still—far too many people are participating. One out of every seven Americans received SNAP benefits in 2014, and the program cost $74.1 billion, making it one of the largest means-tested welfare program. You’d think the improving jobs situation would translate to the number of SNAP beneficiaries declining by a much larger margin. But that hasn’t been the case. Another reason for saying that food stamp numbers aren’t really going in the right direction? Look at how the SNAP demographic has changed. Before the 2008 recession, 55 percent of SNAP households consisted of children...
  • Government's Wasteful Spending, from the Forest to the Trees

    08/22/2015 5:59:19 PM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | August 22, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the release of the HUD watchdog's report on wasteful public housing assistance... The watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report. Some 25,000 families, only about 3% of the system, depending on how you look at it, receive federal housing assistance despite having earnings well above the income limits required to qualify for such subsidies. Major publications on both sides of the argument – such as the Daily Caller on the right and the Washington Post on the left – immediately seized on the issue and rightly blasted it. How dare the government provide...
  • Bernie Sanders is unveiling a free college tuition bill. Will it work?

    08/10/2015 11:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/10/2015 | By Rowena Lindsay
    Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) of Vermont is planning to unveil a bill that, if passed, will make tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free. In addition to eliminating college tuition at public colleges, Mr. Sanders' bill would expand work-study programs, and seeks to lower student debt and student loan rates – a system modeled after those of European countries such as Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. Earlier this year, Sanders called for free tuition for college freshman and sophomores, and recently other liberal politicians have also taken up the cause of making college more affordable for American students...
  • Disarming America

    07/15/2015 6:22:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/15/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    How Obama and Democrats are sabotaging our military from within, America’s national security will be held hostage to the welfare state A devastating report by the Heritage Foundation reveals yet another arena where the Obama administration, with the blessings of the Democrat Party, is fundamentally transforming the United States of America. “The U.S. military may be weaker than you think,” the report states. “All but one branch of America’s military and nuclear forces are currently operating at ‘marginal’ strength levels.” The Heritage Foundation’s conclusions are strikingly at odds with the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, which maintains the U.S. can still...
  • Illinois is now the biggest food-stamp user in the Midwest ( Michigan mentioned )

    07/13/2015 2:33:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 13, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois and Michigan have traded places on two key metrics for measuring prosperity and opportunity, and both changes are embarrassing for the Land of Lincoln. The first major change came in October 2014, when Michigan surpassed Illinois for total factory jobs. Michigan now has 25,000 more factory jobs than Illinois even though the Wolverine State’s economy is only three-quarters the size of Illinois’. Now, new data from the Department of Human Services shows the embarrassing role reversal has come full turn. In March of this year, Illinois bumped off Michigan to become the Midwest’s No. 1 user of the Supplemental...
  • Bankruptcy is the only way Greece can fashion a new beginning

    07/06/2015 11:52:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Almost every option facing debt-drenched Greece is bad, but there is only one that will end this Greek tragedy for good. Let Greece go bankrupt. Then let this once-rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy. What I’m suggesting for Greece is what might be called the Detroit option. Put Greece under receivership and let these new authorities figure out how to manage the debt and decide who will take a haircut and how big. Pensioners, bondholders, welfare recipients, government workers, the International Monetary Fund, all will have to settle for less — maybe a lot less. It’s...
  • The True Black Tragedy: Illegitimacy Rate of Nearly 75%

    05/19/2015 1:09:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 19, 2015 | 6:50 AM EDT | Walter E. Williams
    Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let’s look at some of it. Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to...
  • Nearly half of states expect to confront big budget gaps

    05/09/2015 10:44:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 9, 2015 11:25 AM EDT | Christina A. Cassidy
    With the nation’s economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states—large budget gaps. An Associated Press analysis of statehouse finances around the country shows that at least 22 states project shortfalls for the coming fiscal year. The deficits recall recession-era anxiety about plunging tax revenue and deep cuts to education, social services and other government-funded programs. The sheer number of states facing budget gaps prompted Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service to call the trend a sort of “early warning.” …
  • Baltimore: The Intersection of the Grievance Culture and the Welfare State

    05/07/2015 5:04:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2015 | Larry Elder
    After the mysterious death of suspect Freddie Gray, the Maryland state's attorney for Baltimore charged all six Baltimore police officers involved with his arrest and transport. The crimes ranging from "second-degree depraved-heart murder" to involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. Locals cheered her decision to charge all six. The charges followed three days of riots triggered by Gray's funeral and came almost immediately after the medical examiner filed his report calling Gray's death a "homicide." Now for the hard part. Not only will the charges be difficult to prove but three of those charged are black. The...
  • Off The New Plantations

    05/06/2015 4:14:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | John Warren
    Reflecting upon Ferguson and Baltimore—along with Detroit and other cities—reveals what they all have in common: most of their African-American residents are captives on what some might call the new plantations—urban islands of poverty surrounded by the fetid waters of political disinterest. The new plantations aren’t so new, created as they were by The Great Society, when Lyndon Johnson wrapped himself in the mantle of the brave new world, and despite presumably noble instincts, laid the foundations for a social slavery he would never have imagined. It’s debatable, of course, but when one peruses the photographic journals compiled by Pittsburgh’s...
  • Baltimore Riots as Criminal Culture Writ Large

    05/01/2015 8:12:37 PM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 17 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | April 30, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [Which party governed Baltimore for 50 years? Hint: It wasn't the GOP. This is the result!] Baltimore Riots As Criminal Culture Writ Large By Edward Hudgins The rioting in Baltimore represents criminal culture writ large. It is what happens every day on a smaller scale in poor minority communities: theft, vandalism, and violence. The flames in Baltimore hideously illuminate the fact that the culture of the welfare state creates the criminals and rioters that plague this city in my native state. The cycle of poverty and violenceThe ostensive cause of the riots was outrage at the death of Freddie Gray,...
  • Singapore: A Fascinating Alternative To The Welfare State

    04/04/2015 6:23:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/04/2015 | John C. Goodman
    Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, died last week at age 91. Almost every obituary has remarked on the radical transition his leadership heralded. As John Fund wrote at National Review: "By embracing free trade, capital formation, vigorous meritocratic education, low taxes, and a reliable judicial system, Lee raised the per capita income of his country from $500 a year to some $52,000 a year today. That’s 50 percent higher than that of Britain, the colonial power that ruled Singapore for 150 years. Its average annual growth rate has averaged 7 percent since the 1970s." Part of...
  • Singapore Has Found A Workable Alternative to the Welfare State

    04/04/2015 6:29:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, died last week at age 91. Almost every obituary has remarked on the radical transition his leadership heralded. As John Fund wrote at National Review: “By embracing free trade, capital formation, vigorous meritocratic education, low taxes, and a reliable judicial system, Lee raised the per capita income of his country from $500 a year to some $52,000 a year today. That’s 50 percent higher than that of Britain, the colonial power that ruled Singapore for 150 years. Its average annual growth rate has averaged 7 percent since the 1970s.” Part of...
  • Manatee school bus offers spring break lunch to hungry students

    03/31/2015 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Bradenton Herald (FL) ^ | March 31, 2015 | BY MEGHIN DELANEY
    PALMETTO -- Gripping a squirt bottle of hand sanitizer in her gloved hands, school food bus driver Debra Valdez called to four children shyly making their way toward the brightly colored school bus with mom pushing the youngest one forward. "Y'all ready to eat?" Valdez asked with a smile. The four children were the first of more than 70 students who ate a free lunch Tuesday courtesy of the Manatee County School District Food and Nutrition Services Department. The district retrofitted a school bus last summer to feed students and brought the program back for spring break this week. The...
  • When Liberals Blew It (Holy Cow...Is the NYSlimes shifting rightward?)

    03/12/2015 5:31:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | Nicholas Kristof
    Fifty years ago this month, Democrats made a historic mistake. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, at the time a federal official, wrote a famous report in March 1965 on family breakdown among African-Americans. He argued presciently and powerfully that the rise of single-parent households would make poverty more intractable. “The fundamental problem,” Moynihan wrote, is family breakdown. In a follow-up, he explained: “From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families...
  • 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...
  • Is the Star Trek Economy a Welfare State?

    02/24/2015 9:34:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 92 replies
    Slate ^ | 2-12-2015 | Ara Ogle, Quora
    As an example, Sisko's father runs a restaurant. Seats at that restaurant have to be a finite resource (because they require labor), so they would not be “free” to everyone—the owners get to choose whom they give it to. (That brings up the interesting question of whether the Federation would have anti-discrimination laws, but I digress.) Let's say Sisko chooses to feed people in his neighborhood; choosing to live in that neighborhood is the “price” his customers pay for his food. Similarly, Picard's brother makes real wine; since that requires real grapes and, again, labor, that would also be a...
  • Liberals Cannot Understand Why Poor Whites Vote For the Republican Party

    02/21/2015 7:15:46 AM PST · by pinochet · 78 replies
    Liberals have been wailing over the past two decades on why poor whites vote for the Republican Party. In 2012, the New Yorker Magazine published an article on poor Republicans, that was full of all the crude stereotypes about poor whites. http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/poor-white-and-republican After all, the Democrats are offering free stuff to the poor, such as free health care, free welfare payments, free food stamps, and other free goodies. In the opinion of the Democrats, poor whites are voting against their economic interests by voting for the Republican Party. Liberals have coined the term "Trailer Park Republican" to describe poor whites...
  • Economic Lessons from Scandinavia

    01/18/2015 1:09:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In my younger years, I oftentimes would have arguments with statists who wanted me to believe that countries in Northern Europe like Sweden “proved” that generous welfare states were compatible with economic prosperity. That doesn’t happen as often today because the Nordic nations in recent decades have not enjoyed rapid growth. Moreover, some of the nations – such as Sweden in the early 1990s and Iceland last decade – suffered from serious financial downturns.So I stand by my position that free markets and small government are the recipe for prosperity.That being said, there are still some interesting lessons to be...
  • Prospects for Immigration Reform

    Mark Krikorian and Frank Sharry talked about the prospects for immigration reform in the Republican-led 114th Congress, which would convene January 6, 2015, and the effect of President Obama’s executive action on the issue.
  • Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had Pocket Full of $100 – But No Job or Home

    12/23/2014 1:36:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/23/14 | Jim Hoft
    Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos in cold blood on Saturday.On Monday New York police officials announced that Brinsley had attended a Mike Brown rally in New York City.He took video at the protest.On Tuesday police Commissioner William Bratton said Ismaaiyl was carrying $100 bills in his pocket. But he had no job or home.The Yeshiva World reported: New York City’s police commissioner says investigators are looking into how the gunman who killed two officers had money despite not appearing to have a job or a home.
  • Woman on welfare bullied into abortion by her social worker

    12/20/2014 11:21:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | September 17, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    A woman who had a baby on welfare describes her social worker’s attitude when she became pregnant a second time: “After having our baby in May, a caseworker at the Department of Social Services made us feel like we’d been irresponsible for having a second child. She lectured Jim [her husband], telling him, “You can’t keep your wife barefoot and pregnant the rest of your life. You’d better do something about it.” She wanted to stop us having children and insisted on making an appointment for us to go to Planned Parenthood for counseling and birth-control supplies – conveniently located...
  • Insurers in New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says

    12/11/2014 12:16:09 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | Anemona Hartocollis
    Lee Albertorio felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body. After serving in the Air Force, he began taking hormones, which deepened his voice and made his physique more masculine. He changed his passport to reflect that he was male, and last year he decided to have a mastectomy, known as top surgery. But his insurance company told him the operation was cosmetic and refused to cover it, he said Wednesday. Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is warning insurance companies that they will no longer be allowed to deny gender reassignment surgery or other treatment to change a person’s...