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  • New Yorkers ‘lose hope’ while applying again and again for city’s affordable housing lottery

    02/28/2018 10:46:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    WPIX, CW 11, NYC ^ | 03:02 PM, February 27, 2018 | Shirley Chan
    As any New Yorker knows, finding an apartment is not easy. The city’s affordable housing lottery was set up to assist residents, but applying for the lottery takes time and patience. Brooklyn resident Maria Martinez told PIX11 she’s been applying faithfully for 20 years, since the inception of the lottery program. Speaking through a translator, she said the process is frustrating. “You keep applying. You hope you end up with a home, but it hasn’t happened for me yet,” Martinez said. Martinez currently rents a one-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg. She lives with her husband and two teenage children. “Sometimes I...
  • Why do liberals attack conservatives for "shaming the poor" and glorifying "taxpayers concerns"?

    01/15/2018 9:40:37 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Cronistas ^ | January 16, 2018 | Guava Cheese Puff
    I got a hold of this far-left book, "The Emotional Politics of Racism". The author, as usual, using the same liberal talking points, attacking Aemrican middle class taxpayers for worrying about "welfare recipients", attacking "law and order as racist", etc. "Shaming the poor". "Shaming illegal immigrants". Is their goal really to keep people poor or to play political games? It's sickening and sad.
  • A New Trial in Scotland May Bring Universal Basic Income to Life

    12/27/2017 6:22:44 PM PST · by confederatecarpetbag · 28 replies
    Futurism ^ | Lou Del Bello
    Advocates of universal basic income believe that the unconditional offer of a regular, though tiny, sum of money could help many get back on their feet, and even encourage them to invest in new business ideas. However, people from both sides of the political aisle have engaged with the proposal, which would cost money upfront but could deliver important savings by replacing unemployment benefits...
  • [UK] Government backs down on Universal Credit wait

    11/15/2017 6:56:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Beth Rigby
    The Government is to cut the controversial six-week wait for Universal Credit payments in the comings days in a bid to see off a Conservative rebellion. Universal Credit combines six benefits into one single benefit and is designed to simplify the welfare system and to "make work pay". It was the flagship welfare reform of David Cameron's coalition government, but has been plagued with delays since its inception and by criticism over its design. One flaw is the six-week wait time which has been criticised across the political divide amid concerns it is pushing claimants into arrears on rent and...
  • Life with Nanny Norway: What it's really like to live in a social-democratic "paradise."

    09/27/2017 7:45:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/27/2017 | Bruce Bawer
    For thirteen years in a row, Business Insider – citing its standard of living, health-care system, and high life expectancy – has put Norway at the top of its annual list of “best countries to live in.” The high life expectancy is an objective fact; the other items are a matter of debate. Norwegian health care? It works admirably, unless you require an operation or treatment that the government considers too expensive or for which there's a waiting list. Standard of living? Incomes are high, but so are taxes. But I'm not here to argue with Business Insider's rankings. I'm...
  • Walter Williams: Democrats Destroyed the Black Family and Only They Benefit from It

    09/26/2017 11:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush ^ | September 26, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This will be a great opportunity to delve into the Walter Williams column that I referred to earlier. It’s got nothing to do with the NFL. I mean, that’s not why he wrote it. It comes from way back on September 20th, about a week ago, and the title of his column… Where did this run? The link is so tiny, I can’t read it. It looks like the Daily Signal. “The Black Family Is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery.” Now, Walter Williams is a former guest host here. He’s brilliant guy, very conservative individual. Let me...
  • A $1,000 per month cash handout would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion, new study says

    09/04/2017 11:04:34 PM PDT · by blueplum · 157 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02 September 2017 | Catherine Clifford
    Giving every adult in the United States a $1000 cash handout per month would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion by 2025, according to a new study on universal basic income. The report was released in August by the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute. Roosevelt research director Marshall Steinbaum, Michalis Nikiforos at Bard College's Levy Institute, and Gennaro Zezza at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio in Italy co-authored the study. [snip] These estimates are based on a universal basic income paid for by increasing the federal deficit. As part of the study, the researchers also calculated the effect to the...
  • Medicare Is in Deep Trouble: Here’s How to Rescue It

    08/23/2017 9:40:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | August 23, 2017 | by Sally Pipes
    Medicare’s trust fund will run out of money in just over 10 years, according to a new report from the program’s trustees. Once that happens, the federal government won’t collect enough in payroll taxes to cover beneficiaries’ hospital bills. Congress could hike taxes to cover the shortfall. Or it could ration care to save money. Or it could modernize and restructure Medicare — by giving beneficiaries means-tested vouchers to buy private insurance. Doing so would protect taxpayers now, preserve the program for future generations and even provide higher-quality care to seniors. Medicare‘s spending isn’t sustainable. Congress can stave off massive...
  • Virginia EBT System Down For SNAP Recipients

    08/17/2017 4:13:20 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 148 replies
    WDBJ ^ | 08/17/17
    ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) The contractor that maintains EBT services for Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is experiencing multi-state service problems. This has resulted in an EBT System outage. It is unknown when the system will be restored. SNAP clients can call (866) 281-2448 to check on the status of the system restoration. Clients can also call 2-1-1 to learn of food resources that might be available to supplement their needs during the temporary outage. Also, clients can call the Enterprise Customer Service Center at (855) 635-4370 with any additional questions related to their benefits.
  • L.A. County hands $1.3B — Billion! — to illegals for welfare

    08/10/2017 6:49:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 8/9/2017
    llegals living in Los Angeles County were handed almost $1.3 billion in welfare payouts between the months of 2015 and 2016, Fox News reported, citing data. That’s billion with a capital “B.” That’s a quarter of what the county distributed to its entire needy population in those same months. Liberals and government elitists always like to make the case that citizens ought to support some cheap-sounding fee- or tax-paying cause by grandly pronouncing, “It’s just the cost of a cup of coffee,” or “If everyone just gave up their Starbucks lattes, it’d pay for itself.” Well, guess what $1.3 billion...
  • More Than 1.1 Million Fewer Americans on Food Stamps Under Trump

    08/07/2017 1:24:29 PM PDT · by be-baw · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 7, 2017 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    [snip] According to the latest data, SNAP enrollment during the first few months of Trump’s presidency decreased by 2.79 percent. Food stamp participation on average in 2017 has dropped to its lowest level since 2010, and the latest numbers show that this trend is continuing. [snip] Federal lawmakers are also working on legislation that would seek to expand food stamp work requirements and put time limits on how long those enrolled in the food stamp program can receive benefits. At the state level, food stamp enrollment dropped significantly in places such as Georgia and Alabama once they instituted work requirements...
  • Advocates to push Merced County [CA] to help undocumented receive healthcare

    07/31/2017 11:23:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | July 31, 2017 | By Monica Velezmvelez
    Thousands of undocumented immigrants in Merced County don’t have health coverage, but advocates supporting the #Health4All campaign say there are ways Merced County could help that could possibly benefit everyone. This week, Building Healthy Communities Merced, or BHC, a nonprofit group funded by the California Endowment, released a report outlining ways the county could potentially provide services for undocumented immigrants. BHS has estimated there are about 25,000 undocumented residents living in Merced County. Last year in California, undocumented children under age 19 became eligible for full-scope health benefits under Medi-Cal, that was able to give thousands of children insurance. Elizabeth...
  • Oregon finds nearly half the Medicaid recipients checked in recent months no longer qualified

    07/30/2017 12:53:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies ^ | July 29, 2017 | Jeff Manning & Hillary Borrud
    Oregon has determined it awarded Medicaid health benefits to more than 37,000 people during the past year who earned too much money or otherwise failed to qualify, new figures show. That high number represents nearly half the Medicaid recipients whose incomes the state rechecked this spring and summer. It has come to light as the state health authority works through a backlog of eligibility checks caused by technology problems and the spike in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The count surpasses predictions to the Legislature by agency director Lynne Saxton, who pegged the number at 32,000. And it almost...
  • Why not fund the welfare state with a 100% inheritance tax? (The mentality of the left)

    07/24/2017 8:42:16 AM PDT · by NRx · 81 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07-24-2017 | Abi Wilkinson
    ...The idea that we should be able to pass on our life’s accumulated wealth to descendants is deeply embedded. It appeals to the fundamental biological urge to protect your offspring and propagate your genes. Though only a small minority of estates are subject to inheritance tax in Britain as it currently stands, opinion polls consistently find that the majority of people oppose it. Instinct seems to override common sense. VAT falls disproportionately on people with low incomes, but it’s far less hated. Understandable sensitivity around issues relating to death make it difficult to discuss, but it’s time this conventional wisdom...
  • Food stamp rolls plummet in states that restore work requirements

    07/05/2017 4:03:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 4, 2017 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    After the food stamp rolls swelled for years under the Obama administration, fresh figures show a dramatic reduction in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements. [Snip] Alabama began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. According to, the number of those recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May – an 85 percent drop. Similar changes were implemented in select counties in Georgia and...
  • Obamaphones Fraud As High As 65 Percent

    06/30/2017 6:04:43 AM PDT · by davikkm · 47 replies
    A massive portion of Obamaphone recipients are receiving the benefit after lying on their applications, according to a new 90-page report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). An undercover sting operation showed ineligible applications were approved 63 percent of the time, and a review that found that 36 to 65 percent of beneficiaries in various categories had lied in easily-detectable ways but were approved anyway. The fraud reached unheard-of proportions because the Federal Communications Commission let the task of screening for eligibility fall to phone companies that profit off of enrolling as many people as possible. GAO undercover investigators applied...
  • Germany Admits 75 Percent of Refugees Will Be on Public Dole for Life

    06/24/2017 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Oatka · 42 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | June 23, 2017 | Geller Report Staff
    Germany’s refugees — and there are many — will by and large be on the public dole for life, according to a new study provided labor officials. For the rest? Public assistance and taxpayer benefits would be their lifetime reward, he said. From the Express: “The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) found only 45 per cent of Syrian refugees in Germany have a school-leaving certificate and 23 per cent a college degree. “It said 484,000 of the refugees are looking for work, up from 322,000 last July — an increase of 50 per cent. “Of those, 178,500 are officially unemployed,...
  • Ricky Gervais Rips Trump: ‘Hollywood Liberal Elites Are Not the Enemy’

    06/22/2017 9:57:09 PM PDT · by Lera · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jun 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    <p>Actor-producer Ricky Gervais says President Donald Trump convinced his supporters to see “Hollywood liberal elite” as their enemy.</p> <p>In an extensive interview with Vulture, The Officer creator says the liberal celebrities who want politicians to raise tax rates “are the ones willing to pay more.”</p>
  • Fear of deportation drives people off food stamps in US

    06/06/2017 2:04:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/6/2017 | CLAUDIA TORRENS and GISELA SALOMON
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of federal food assistance because they are fearful of deportation, activists and immigrants say. People who are not legal residents of the U.S. are not eligible to take part in what is formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.But many poor families include a mix of non-legal residents and legal ones, such as children who have citizenship because they were born in the U.S. In those cases, it is often an adult who is...
  • 85% drop in food stamp recipients in AL counties where work requirement restarted

    06/06/2017 7:16:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2017 | Rick Moran
    From our file named "Duh." The Alabama Department of Human Resources says 13 counties that reinitiated a work requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, saw an 85% drop in recipients. The counties had been exempt from the work requirement due to high levels of unemployment. But with the economy recovering, the state of Alabama restarted the work requirement on January 1 this year, which resulted in the massive drop in SNAP participants. ... Nationwide, there are about 44 million people receiving SNAP benefits at a cost of about $71 billion. The...