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  • 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...
  • Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

    12/07/2014 2:24:35 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 8 replies
    The Register - UK ^ | December 7, 2014 | Tim Worstall
    Worstall @ the Weekend The general impression we've all got is that the US is a place where the poor are simply left to starve in the gutter, unlike in soft and cuddly Europe, where we do our best to help our fellow man. That the political mantras shouted at us to keep us coughing up to pay for these welfare states might not be wholly and entirely true should not come as all that much of a surprise. So here's your cut-out-and-keep guide to what really goes on in the American welfare state. The first and most obvious thing...
  • Big Government Works Great... But for Whom?

    11/25/2014 9:38:35 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 25, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Ever since the Depression-era enlargement of the Leviathan, successfully marketed as the "New Deal," conservatives have argued against proposed government programs by shouting “They’re Unconstitutional!” and “They Don’t Work!” Such complaints often fall on deaf ears, because the Constitution is barely taught or respected nowadays, and the question of whether they work or not so often appears to be subjective. Perhaps it’s time for a new approach. I would submit that it’s time to stop saying that "Big Government Programs Don't Work".... because the fact is, they usually do. It usually isn't that they don't work, it's that they work...
  • Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy (welfare photo ID)

    11/21/2014 12:19:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2014 2:09 PM EST | Alanna Durkin
    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about state’s decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits. Federal officials said in a letter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday that recipients are being given information that makes it seem like they’re required to have their photos placed electronic benefit transfer cards, even though the program is voluntary. The Republican governor’s administration must make it clear to recipients that their decision to not have their photo placed on the card...
  • Lax system let ineligible people get public health care aid

    11/13/2014 4:40:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    MPR ^ | 11-12-14 | MPR News Staff
    Minnesota human services officials didn't verify that low income people enrolling in health plans through MNsure were eligible for benefits they got, the state legislative auditor said Wednesday. The state Department of Human Services did not check key eligibility criteria, such as Social Security numbers, citizenship, income, and household sizes for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program), MinnesotaCare, and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients. That screening breakdown "resulted in ineligible persons receiving public health care benefits," the auditor said in its report. "They're not getting it right," Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said. "We design these systems to make complex eligibility determinations....
  • Thoughts on the Coming Election

    10/31/2014 7:39:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/31/14 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Twilight of our Republic and about to enter the sunset of liberty and the dawn of an America with a living constitution, a herd mentality, and a cradle-to-grave welfare state The Progressives in both parties may be the establishment now but they have always been and continue to be revolutionaries seeking to turn the American dream into a socialist nightmare. Since the 1890s the Progressives have worked to change our American Experiment from a federal republic operating on democratic principles that recognized our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness into a democracy where the government grants...
  • Wife of Alan Grayson, named 17th richest member of Congress, receiving food stamps to feed his kids

    10/30/2014 8:16:31 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 48 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | October 29, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    Not that the timing makes it any more egregious, but six days after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, it’s being reported that U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson‘s estranged wife has been issued an EBT card to help feed his children. Lolita Grayson was approved for public assistance by the state of Florida, and their four minor children — they have five children altogether — are also enrolled in the free lunch program in Orange County schools, according to ABC affiliate WFTV. The stay-at-home mom was asked if she ever thought she’d be on food stamps. “No,” Lolita responded....
  • Record 92,584,000 Not in Labor Force; Participation Hits 36-Year Low

    10/05/2014 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 3, 2014 - 9:19 AM | Ali Meyer
    A record 92,584,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in September, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.7 percent, a level it has not seen in 36 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. Six times in the last twelve months, the participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent; but September’s 62.7 percent is the lowest since February of 1978. The participation rate is the percentage of the civilian non-institutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job or actively seeking one. Those not in...
  • Top Arizona Republican Official Resigns After Forced Sterilization Remarks [War On Women!]

    09/16/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 33 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 16 September 2014 | David Schwartz
    A top Arizona Republican Party official and former lawmaker who championed a strict immigration law that sparked a national debate in 2010 has resigned after saying women on Medicaid should be required to use birth control or be sterilized.
  • Democratic Party Loses Support of Every Group but Black Americans

    09/12/2014 10:36:44 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 46 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 12, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    As the 2014 midterm races heat up Democrats across the nation are faced with the reality that they have lost the confidence of nearly every demographic group who will cast their votes in November. Recent polling indicates that women voters, a long-held Democratic Party constituency now prefer the Republican Party, leaving black Americans as the only group the Democratic Party has not lost the support of. As President Obama has suffered through historically low public support heading into his final election of consequence, he still maintains 89 percent approval ratings among African-Americans, compared to only 38 percent of all likely...
  • Almost Half of America on Welfare

    08/24/2014 7:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Breakdown by Category 82,679,000 Medicaid51,471,000 Food Stamps22,526,000 Women, Infants and Children Program20,355,000 Supplemental Security Income13,267,000 Public Housing or Housing Subsidies 5,442,000 Temporary Assistance to Needy Families 4,517,000 Other Forms of Federal Cash Assistance Population Estimates (2013 estimates) California 38,332,521Texas 26,448,193New York 19,651,127Florida 19,552,860 Those four states have a population of 103,984,701. Those on welfare nearly totals that amount. Full Time Employment BLS figures show 115.735 million "usually" working full time at the end of 2012. There are currently 118.489 million "usually" working full time. Obamacare Welfare Expansion Inquiring minds may be asking "How did Obamacare effect welfare numbers?" Let's take...
  • More Than A Thousand Stood Under Heat & Sun For Free Food In Miami

    08/22/2014 12:54:49 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 71 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 8/22/14
    More than a thousand locals lined up Friday morning for several hours under the scorching sun and heat in Miami for a box full of food. The event located at the Central Shopping Plaza at 3825 NW 7th Street started at 9:00 a.m.
  • Are we becoming more STUPID?

    08/21/2014 12:43:50 PM PDT · by 3Fingas · 69 replies
    Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing - and some experts argue it's because humans have reached their intellectual peak Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2730791/Are-STUPID-Britons-people-IQ-decline.html#ixzz3B3dLJfeH Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • The case for free tampons

    08/16/2014 1:58:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jessica Valenti
    The cost of a product that half the world’s population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much.When I got my first period, I was in the most embarrassing place my then-11-year-old self could have imagined: my grandparents’ house. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just put on extra pairs of underwear and threw them away one-by-one, scrunched at the bottom of the bathroom trash bin, as I bled through them. Finally, with nary a pair of panties in sight, I was forced to tell my mother. I have never been...
  • Uncontrolled Immigration and Welfare State

    08/11/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Towards the end of July a would-be illegal immigrant to the UK, a stowaway who had clung underneath a coach for 200 miles from Calais to Norfolk, was killed when the coach's driver accidentally reversed over him. One cannot help feeling sorry for the poor chap, illegal or not. This news emerged in conjunction with that of a group of illegal immigrants first caught by the French border police while they were trying to leave Britain and smuggle themselves into France, and then returned to Dover. Several Facebook users left comments to the effect that, with all the illegal...
  • 'City of big hearts' can take in 1,000 immigrant kids, Rahm says

    07/30/2014 6:27:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Citing his immigrant grandfather’s frightening flight from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to open the city’s arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America. Some have suggested that the humanitarian effort funded by the federal government is a diversion and that Emanuel should concentrate all of his efforts on protecting Chicago’s children from the gang violence that has claimed far too many innocent victims. But the mayor argued Wednesday that a city of big shoulders with an even bigger heart can walk and chew gum at the same time....
  • Student Loan Forgiveness May Be Coming In The Future

    07/06/2014 11:33:09 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 6, 2014 | Sharon Epperson
    Student Loan Forgiveness May Be Coming In The Future Sharon Epperson CNBC.com For many members of the class of 2014 who borrowed money to attend college, the clock is ticking on what is likely to be their biggest expense after graduation. They'll have to start paying back their federal student loans in November or December—as the six-month grace period that lenders give new grads comes to an end. But depending on their income—or lack of income, if they're still looking for work—some borrowers may be eligible for much lower payments than they'd anticipated. And eventually they could have their federal...
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill Endorses Welfare State

    07/04/2014 10:22:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    “Hope that in the future, all is well, everyone eats free, no one must work, all just sit around feeling love for one another.” — George Saunders Believe it or not, the above statement is printed on the bag issued by the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. Saunders, a fiction writer who teaches at Syracuse University, has been converted to Buddhism and has adopted an anti-consumer, anti-corporate-culture and anti-capitalist philosophy. It’s a sad commentary when a major consumer corporation buys into his hippie-style philosophy and encourages people to live off of others and to adopt the welfare, no-workfare mentality. Food,...
  • We've Crossed A Tipping Point: Most Americans Now Receive Govt. Benefits (Happy Dependence Day!)

    07/03/2014 11:57:08 PM PDT · by quesney · 301 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/02/2014 @ 4:45PM | Merill Matthews
    Obamacare has pushed us over the entitlements tipping point. In 2011 some 49.2 percent of U.S. households received benefits from one or more government programs—about 151 million out of an estimated 306.8 million Americans—according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last October. Currently, around 6 million to 7 million Americans who have signed up for Obamacare are receiving taxpayer-provided subsidies (though the administration’s numbers cannot be trusted, it’s all we have to work with). There are another 3 million who have signed up for Medicaid. That means some 10 million Americans—or a total of about 161 million—are now getting government...
  • We're All Infants Now (That "pony tail guy" may have been more prescient than we know)

    06/26/2014 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 10 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 6-25-2014 | Chris Shugart
    Bear with me as I relate an incident I witnessed a couple of years ago; an important point lies at the end of this true story. I was standing in the checkout line at a Barnes & Noble bookstore when I noticed a mother pushing her two toddlers through the store in one of those tandem strollers. One child began moaning, not loudly, but persistently. I’ve raised two children, and I’m familiar with the sounds they can make to express their feelings. This wasn’t an expression of pain, hunger, tiredness, or any kind of stress that I could sense. The...
  • Open Borders & the Welfare State: The Cloward-Piven Strategy on Steroids

    06/26/2014 2:14:01 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 26, 2014 | Lauren Thomas
    Milton Friedman, a renowned economist and conservative intellectual once said that we can have open borders, and we can have a welfare state, but we cannot have both. Open borders will collapse the welfare state because there isn’t enough money to redistribute in order to prop up low-skilled laborers from third world countries who rely the most on the benefits of the welfare state. So why then does the Left in this country, who believes so strongly in the welfare state, continue to try to collapse it with illegal immigration? To understand the answer to this question, we have to...
  • Biden Plans to Live off Taxpayers Forever

    06/23/2014 8:57:56 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 23 2014 | Bill McMorris
    Admits to lack of savings, desire to subsist on six-figure government pension Vice President Joe Biden plans on relying solely on taxpayers to fund his retirement. Biden declared that he had neither a savings account, nor any stocks to pay off his golden years on Monday. “I have no savings account, but I have a great pension and a great salary,” Biden told the crowd at the White House Summit on Working Families. Biden proudly admitted that he was “the poorest member of Congress” over his four-decade career in Washington. The line garnered laughs and applause at the plush Omni...
  • Mass. EBT cardholders spent $50M out of state

    06/14/2014 6:23:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 14, 2014 | Erin Smith
    Bay State EBT card carriers spent nearly $50 million in welfare cash out of the state last year — including destinations as far away as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, officials said yesterday. A total of nearly 27,000 welfare recipients used their state benefits elsewhere between July 2013, and this past April, the Department of Transitional Assistance reported. The DTA reported 2,741 food stamp accounts were shut off in the past year after the recipients spent more than 90 days out of state. Another 246 cash assistance accounts were also closed during the same time period after recipients lived...
  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Man drives car into murder scene crowd

    05/08/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    A car barreled into a crowd of people near a murder scene in Houston. News crews were already on the scene and caught it on video.
  • Man kept dead mom in Kentucky freezer for 3 years

    05/07/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader ^ | May 7, 2014 | Bill Estep
    SOMERSET, Ky. — A Kentucky man kept his dead mother in a freezer for three years while spending her Social Security checks, then killed himself as police tried to unravel the mystery of what happened to her, according to the Pulaski County sheriff’s office. Police suspect that Jon Whiteford dumped the body of his mother, Faye B. Whiteford, who would have been 96 this year, at an empty house after he was forced to move out of the home they had shared. A detective found the body on April 23, wrapped in a tarp and lying in the yard, according...
  • Hillary: Jesus’ loaves and fishes thing was his way of teaching us liberal policies

    04/29/2014 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 28, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    A good rule of thumb with Hillary Clinton is this: If it comes out of her mouth, it’s insincere. You will never lose money taking that bet 100 times out of 100. And a good corollary to that rule is this: When she tells you what something is supposed to mean, that’s not what it means at all. Especially when she’s talking about the Bible. Pay attention: When a liberal who “rarely mentions his or her faith” suddenly shows up in a church quoting Scripture to you, it’s a pretty good bet that liberal is trying to pervert the Scripture...
  • CLIVEN BUNDY'S COMMENTS ON RACE & THEIR IMPACT

    04/25/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 86 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 25 April 2014 | Jeff Head
    MY TWO CENTS: BUNDY'S COMMENTS ON RACE & THEIR IMPACT On April 20, 2014, Cliven Bundy, who is at the heart of a large confrontation with the Federal Government over land and property rights and the over-reach of the Federal Government as a result of the Bundy Cattle Ranch, made some caustic comments about race in America. Most of the networks are not playing Cliven Bundy's full comments. I think it important, despite the fact that his words have understandably caused an uproar, to have the full context of what he said. So, before he talked about seeing black...
  • Welfare State Squeezing Private Sector Workers

    04/17/2014 10:28:16 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In the last presidential election, Mitt Romney was savaged by the media and the cultural elites for pointing out that 47 percent of voters will vote for Obama as they're getting subsidies from the federal, state, or local governments. Romney was vilified as an evil, out-of-teach aristocrat that despised the less fortunate. The truth is the exact opposite as we know that Romney gives generously to the charity, unlike Obama and his progressive liberal allies, and that he created companies that actually hired people and paid them wages, again unlike most liberals. The 47 percent number was mocked as not...
  • National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

    04/13/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    The USDA has managed to make school lunches stink even more. So why does the government continue?>School lunches still stink. But now unprecedented numbers of students are refusing to eat them.Last month I noted that a GAO report had found that last school year's disastrous rollout of the updated USDA National School Lunch Program helped drive 1.6 million paying students from the lunch rolls. The new rules led some schools to abandon the program, as I reported in 2012. What's more, the new rules, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, have also resulted in unprecedented mountains of food waste.As I...
  • CLARKE: Liberal policies have destroyed the black family

    03/24/2014 5:10:41 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 20 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | 03/24/2014 | David A. Clarke, Jr.
    The latest attempt by liberals to help black people is underway in our K-12 urban public schools. These do-gooders are now defining down socially acceptable behavior for black students in school. Bad behavior is being excused and attempts to hold black kids accountable by enforcing codes of conduct are called racist. Having a sense of discipline has always been considered a virtue, a redeeming quality, but now its roots are claimed to lie in racism. White liberal elites have chimed in about school codes of conduct. The Capital Times newspaper of Madison, Wis., recently chronicled bad behavior by black students...
  • Swedes tire of tax cuts as welfare state shows strains

    03/18/2014 6:22:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:16am EDT | Daniel Dickson and Alistair Scrutton
    To glimpse Swedish angst under its picture postcard prosperity, look no further than film director Lisa Ohlin, who has enjoyed years of tax cuts in an economy the envy of Europe. Homes in her Stockholm neighborhood cost around $1 million. But this leafy, well-heeled area is a microcosm of Sweden, where eyes are on a struggling school with strained finances, not enough teachers and poor results. Like many Swedes, Ohlin wants her cherished welfare state back. […] Voters like Ohlin are returning to faith in cradle to grave welfare after eight years of center-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who cut...