Tag Archive: Entitlements


86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

 

 

Entitlement Nation

 

 

 

 

” Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
 
  That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

  These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species.”

 

 

Have a look at the numbers …

 

 

” In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. “A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round),” said the Census Bureau. “For school personnel, summer vacation is counted as weeks worked if they are scheduled to return to their job in the fall.”

  Of the 103,087,000 full-time, year-round workers, 16,606,000 worked for the government. That included 12,597,000 who worked for state and local government and 4,009,000 who worked for the federal government.

  In the last quarter of 2011, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 82,457,000 people lived in households where one or more people were on Medicaid. 49,073,000 lived in households were someone got food stamps. 23,228,000 lived in households where one or more got WIC. 20,223,000 lived in households where one or more got SSI. 13,433,000 lived in public or government-subsidized housing.”

 

   Anyone can do this math , the system is unsustainable … The question is , ” By accident or by design ? ”

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Study: Income Inequality Greater, Growing Faster In Blue States

 

 

 

” President Obama has said that reducing the growing gap between high and low income earners is one of his top domestic priorities. But a new study finds that residents of states that voted for Obama in 2012 “are experiencing more income inequality than people in other states.”

“ Income inequality is worse in blue states, and has also grown more quickly in those areas over the past 10 years,” according to the study, entitled “Blue states have the income-inequality blues,” by Richard Barrington, senior financial analyst at MoneyRates.com.

  CNSNews.com previously reported that a Brookings Institute study found that the highest levels of income inequality in the nation were in large cities that overwhelmingly voted for President Obama’s reelection in 2012.”

 

The top ten states in income inequality :

 

” For now, here is a list of the states (plus Washington, D.C.) with the greatest income inequality:

State or District High income/low income
1. Washington, D.C.

2.60

2. California

2.55

3. New York

2.50

4. New Jersey

2.45

5. Michigan

2.43

6. Illinois

2.41

7. Texas

2.40

8. Louisiana

2.38

9. Maryland

2.38

10. Virginia

2.38

 

 

 

CNS News has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Worst Run States In America

 

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” For several years now, 24/7 Wall Street has analyzed how well each state within the United States is run by its elected officials and government bureaucrats. To determine how well each state is run, they looked at each state’s financial data as well the services that each provides to its residents, while also factoring in their standard of living.

  To determine how well the states are run, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed hundreds of data sets from dozens of sources. We looked at each state’s debt, revenue, expenditure, and deficit to determine how well it was managed fiscally. We reviewed taxes, exports, and GDP growth, including a breakdown by sector, to identify how each state was managing its resources. We looked at poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, violent crime and foreclosure rates to assess the well-being of the state’s residents.

  While each state is different, the best-run states share certain characteristics, as do the worst run. For example, the populations of the worse-off states tended to have lower standards of living. Violent crime rates in these states were usually higher and residents were much less likely to have a high school diploma.

  The worst-run states also tended to have weak fiscal management reflected in higher budget shortfalls and lower credit ratings by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poors.

  The better-run states tended to display stable fiscal management. Pensions were more likely to be fully funded, debt was lower, and budget deficits smaller. Credit ratings agencies also were much more likely to rate the well-run states favorably. Only two poorly run states received a perfect credit rating from either agency. California and Illinois, which are ranked worst and third worst, received the lowest ratings from both agencies.

The states that were well-managed also tended to have lower unemployment rates.

  We won’t keep you in suspense – the map below, which was produced by USA Today from 24/7 Wall Street’s data, reveals which states were reported to be the worst run in 2013:”

 

 

Is it any wonder these states produce more than their share of corrupt politicos in DC ? 

MyGovCosts.org has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Money In Pictures: The Top 5 Charts Of 2013

 

” As part of our countdown to the new year, here are Heritage’s top five must-see charts of 2013.”

 

 

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Each American’s Share of Publicly Held Debt

” As Washington lawmakers continue to spend more and pile on debt, each American’s share of public debt has risen to $36,000—about six times more than in 1970—and is set to rise astronomically in coming years. Without reform, the government will have borrowed $135,547 in public debt for each American, or almost three times the current median income, by 2036. This chart shows that serious consequences lie ahead if the government continues on its current path of reckless spending with no reform in sight.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIR AGENCY PUSHING NEW-CAR PLAN FOR POOR

 

 

” The California Air Resources Board is now embarking on a program that would help poor people buy energy-efficient vehicles. In one scenario posed by the agency, a “voucher” might even pay the full price for a Nissan Leaf, an electric car with an MSRP above $21,000, or for used cars with lower price tags.”

 

   The list of “entitlements” grows by the day … food , housing , education , medical care and now California is floating the idea that people have a “right” to a car . Where does it end ? Or is that the point ? It doesn’t end until the incentive to provide for one’s self is banished once and for all , thus insuring government dependence in perpetuity . There is already ample evidence on how well that works out . Just look at all the “help” the State has provided the black community over the past two generations . 

 

” In a staff report released on Nov. 19, the agency analyzes its Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program authorized in 2007. Funded by a $1 surcharge on vehicle registrations, the $30-million-a-year program is essentially a “cash for clunkers” deal. It provides motorists with $1,000 to $1,500 to retire their high-polluting vehicles.”

 

 

    Given the fact that the original “Cash For Clunkers” program from the feds worked out so well it’s no surprise that the moonbats that rule California would decide to try to emulate that success . In the name of the environment , of course .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss Of Your Homeland , Your Dignity And Your Liberty

Is What Uncontrolled Immigration Brings About

 

 

 

  Ask a native American what happens when you don’t control immigration . And while you are at it , as a commenter suggests :

 

 

” Also ask them what happens when the government tells you they will give you everything you need. Food and housing, Ha. The reservations are hideous and in 1 generation, they made diabetics and alcoholics out of them . “

 

 

    The promises granted to the native American populations of the continental US by the government and the inevitable betrayal of those self same promises offer a cautionary tale to the rest of us . Is there really any reason we citizens should expect to be better “taken care of” by the State than were the Tribes?

    That’s a rhetorical question , but still an answerable one … in a word , NO . At the end of the day we are all just chattel to the self -perpetuating bureaucracy to which all governments devolve . There is no such thing as benevolent government … such is an oxymoron of the highest order .

  Benevolence as defined by Dictionary.reference.com is :

                   be·nev·o·lence

                                            [buh-nev-uh-luhns]  Show IPA

noun

1.

desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one’s fellow creatures.

2.

an act of kindness; a charitable gift.

 

     The definition is plain enough … benevolence is an act of charity or good faith that is given freely and at a cost only to the benefactor . You cannot be benevolent with someone else’s time , effort or money . There is nothing charitable about robbing Peter to pay Paul and in the final analysis that is all that it is possible for the State to do . It creates no wealth of it’s own and so relies on picking your pocket to pay their (take your pick) whatever . 

 There is one more part to the definition of the word benevolence though and it is much more in keeping with State entitlements than with charity as we have come to know it and that is this , again from Dictionary.reference.com : 

 

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                                                                                  English History . a forced contribution to the sovereign.

 

 

   In the end there is benevolence as might be seen through the doings of the Church : good for it’s own sake at no cost to the beneficiaries , and then there is The State : ham-fisted , plunder-funded , uncaring , and unaccountable … nothing benevolent about it . 

    “State benevolence” has destroyed the Native Americans and if left unchecked will do the same for the rest of it’s citizens as well . Our fortieth president described it best with his famous quote about the nine most terrifying words in the English language  ” I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” 

 

 

   There is very little helpful about the State even though it may appear to be doing good . Often the unseen costs of these State sponsored “benevolent” programs are many times greater than the benefits received and perhaps the whole process of dulling the public’s senses and lowering expectations as they slowly bring about the demise of the middle class and do to us what they’ve done to the Native Americans .

  They’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause … Anybody ? … 

“They’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause they’re easier to please …”

 

Big Government Doesn’t Work … Never Has , Never Will

 

 

 

” People shouldn’t be surprised about the botched roll-out of Obamacare and all the damaging effects of the law that are now generating headlines. Over the decades, federal efforts to subsidize and manipulate the economy have failed over and over again.

That lesson has been driven home to me in researching Downsizing Government. Farm policies, for example, have been an ongoing boondoggle for more than eight decades. President Herbert Hoover’s Federal Farm Board blew $500 million trying to stabilize crop markets, but it did the opposite by inducing overproduction and depressing prices. Every farm bill since then—including the one moving through Congress right now—has been based on two very dumb ideas: that farm businesses need welfare and that agriculture needs government central planning.

I recently came across “The Sickness of Government,” (PDF) a 1969 essay by famed management theorist Peter Drucker. It is strikingly relevant to the problems we see in Washington today from Obamacare, to farm programs, to IRS abuse, to NSA spying. Unlike, say, Ayn Rand–who at the time was writing about government from the standpoint of individual freedom–Drucker was writing from the practical perspective that Big Government simply wasn’t working.

Modern government has become ungovernable. There is no government today that can still claim control of its bureaucracy and of its various agencies. Government agencies are all becoming autonomous, ends in themselves, and directed by their own desire for power, their own narrow vision rather than by national policy.” “

 

 

 

   In simple terms , big government runs contrary to human nature . Competition , ambition and self-interest are the motors of the human spirit and government is the antithesis of all . Big government , by it’s very nature , contradicts the natural order of things as it attempts to do FOR the individual that which should be done BY the individual . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Normal: Welfare Is Now America’s Most Popular Occupation

 

 

 

” New data has revealed what is perhaps the most depressing economic statistic of the year: More people in America are on welfare than have full-time jobs. Yes, you read that correctly. Welfare is now America’s most popular occupation.

From the U.S. Census Bureau, reported by Investor’s Business Daily:

At the end of 2011, the last year for which data are available, some 108.6 million people received one or more means-tested government benefit programs — bureaucratese for welfare.

Meanwhile, there were just 101.7 million people with full-time jobs, the Census data show, including both the private and government sectors.”

 

 

This aspect of Obama’s “Hope & Change” can only end badly , for as Alexis de Toqueville said : 

 

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe

the public with the public’s money.” 

   It would appear that we’ve reached the endgame , which has been the progressive goal all along . A nation of dependents will continue to elect those that dole out the “entitlements” but another wise , departed soul had the last word on government largesse …. Lady Thatcher’s famous quote immediately comes to mind as we tumble headlong into insolvency : 

 

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

For those that haven’t noticed , we’ve run out of other people’s money .

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” At the end of the day it’s our Kids and their kids who are going to have to pay off the Washington Spending Spree. Think about it! Washington is getting ready to add a couple of more Trillion to the National Debt with the debt ceiling and all the cuts they talk about will still make the Debt over 20 Trillion Dollars within 10 years. And yes that does not include the unfunded liabilities. America needs leadership not games. Call Washington and tell them it’s time to stop spending our future.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Real Dysfunction: A $17 Trillion National Debt

 

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” Once again the media are full of talk about dysfunction and default, as the partial government shutdown threatens to linger until the federal government hits the limit of its borrowing capacity, possibly on Oct. 17. The parties in Congress are still far apart on passing a budget bill to keep the government running, and Republicans are also promising not to raise the debt ceiling without some spending reforms.

Back in that summer of discontent I talked to a journalist who was very concerned about the “dysfunction” in Washington. So am I. But I told her then what’s still true today: that the real problem is not the dysfunctional process that’s getting all the headlines, but the dysfunctional substance of governance. Congress and the president will work out the debt ceiling issue, if not by October 17 then a few days later. The real dysfunction is a federal budget that doubled in 10 years, unprecedented deficits as far as the eye can see, and a national debt bursting through its statutory limit of $16.699 trillion and heading toward 100 percent of GDP.”

 

 

IT’S THE SPENDING , STUPID ! SPENDING HAS DOUBLED IN ONE DECADE ! 

 

 

” And where did all this debt come from? As the Tea Partiers know, it came from the rapid increase in federal spending over the past decade: “

 

 

Federal Spending 2000-2011

 

 

    As the above graphs make plain , we are governed by a bi-partisan group of wastrels . There is no significant difference between the two parties when it comes to spending other than the rhetoric . 

 

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De Tocqueville’s Prophesy Has Been FulFilled

 

 

De Tocqueville

 

 

“The American Republic Will Endure, Until Politicians Realize They Can Bribe The People With Their Own Money.” -Alexis de Tocqueville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Spying Will Continue Uninterrupted

 

 

 

 

” I say “so-called” government shutdown because most federal activities will continue and most federal employees will continue to work. If you had plans to visit Yellowstone National Park, you’re out of luck until the government reopens. However, the NSA will continue to track our private conversations, the military will continue to expend blood and treasure protecting the interests of wealthy allies, and the federal entitlement system that’s the source of our future fiscal imbalances will continue to pump out the checks.

So while it is true that some of the federal leviathan’s tentacles will take a brief respite, its reach into practically every facet of our lives will continue largely uninterrupted.

Unfortunately, one of those tentacles that will live to see another day is Obamacare. As a libertarian, I would obviously like to see it completely dismantled. But the political environment is not friendly to this stated aim of House Republicans. Democrats still control the Senate and the law also happens to be the current White House occupant’s signature policy “achievement.” It would take overwhelming public opposition against reopening the government with Obamacare in place for the president to even consider agreeing to such a deal. The law might not be popular, but neither is shutting down the government over it. A mainstream media that is less sympathetic to an interventionist federal government would be helpful to the House Republican cause, but the opposite is reality.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Gives 1/3 Of Puerto Rico Food Stamps

 

” The USDA does confirm, however, that an average of 1.37 million people received food stamps in Puerto Rico each month in fiscal year 2012. The island, which is a U.S. territory, has a population of 3.7 million, which means that 37% of Puerto Ricans get food stamps from Uncle Sam. Though the figure of 47.7 million in the U.S. shatters records, it still marks only 15.2% of the nation’s population of 313 million.”

 

 

 

 

President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis

 

 

 

 

” There has been no shortage of dire warnings about the mounting US national debt, but President Obama is now offering a different assessment: no big deal.

We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama said in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos for “Good Morning America.” “In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”

It’s an assessment that will throw cold water on the latest attempt to achieve a so-called grand bargain to reduce the deficit. After all, a grand bargain would require excruciatingly difficult decisions for both sides – for Republicans, it would mean raising taxes, and for Democrats, cutting future spending on cherished programs like Social Security and Medicare. If there is no crisis, why would either side do it?

So, what happens if this latest effort to reach a deficit agreement falls through? Once again, the president’s answer was, essentially, no big deal.

“Ultimately, it may be that the differences are just too wide” to get a deal, President Obama said. “That won’t create a crisis. It just means that we will have missed an opportunity.”

 

 

No , there is no debt problem

 

 

No Debt Crisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PoliticalCorrectnessGoneWild.com

 

Do You Live In A Death Spiral State

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  ” Don’t buy a house in a state where private sector workers are outnumbered by folks dependent on government.

  Thinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don’t put it in a state at high risk of a fiscal tailspin.

  Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii.”

If your career takes you to Los Angeles or Chicago, don’t buy a house. Rent.

Elderly Lose Milk and Butter Because Of Rising Cost Of Muslim Immigrants

 

 

” This story is about a municipality in Sweden, but it could be about any number of countries in Europe, and for that matter it could also be about the United States.

Muslim immigration leads to high costs in violence and welfare, and the elderly end up suffering as all the money goes to pay for integration course for violent Muslim teens and their father and his four wives and their nineteen kids.

The money has to go somewhere and the social safety net paid into by the natives is embezzled, hijacked and looted to pay for the medical and criminal expenses of the Islamic colonists and settlers.”

 

 

EBT BOYZ- You’re Everything (Food Stamps Song)

 

PROMINENT MUSLIM CLERIC: COLLECT GOV’T WELFARE AS A ‘JIHAD SEEKER’S ALLOWANCE’

 

 

 

” A prominent Muslim cleric in the United Kingdom reportedly urged a group of fellow Muslims to collect government benefits as a “jihad seeker’s allowance,” saying non-Muslims who work 9-5 jobs will end up “committing suicide” at the end of their lives when they realize it wasn’t worth anything.

Sun News secretly filmed the man’s remarks at three different meetings where he said, among other things, that it is natural for Muslims to take money from the kuffar (derogatory term for non-believer), that Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama are the devil, and that Islam is taking over Europe.

He explained the benefits of not working (all subsequent emphasis added):

“You find people are busy working the whole of their life. They wake up at 7 o’clock. They go to work at 9 o’clock. They work for eight, nine hours a day. They come home at 7 o’clock, watch EastEnders, sleep, and they do that for 40 years of their life. That is called slavery.

“And at the end of their life they realize their pension isn’t going to pay out anything, the mortgage isn’t going to pay out anything. Basically they are going to lose everything, commit suicide. What kind of a life is that, honestly? That is the life of kuffar (non-believer)…”

CBO Director on How Absolutely Gigantic The Deficit Will Be Over the Next Decade

 

CBO 7Trillion Deficit

 

 

 

” What’s that Liberals? You don’t want to let some Republican politician tell you how bad the budget looks? Okay, then let the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office Director tell you.”

 

Seven TRILLION dollars in additional debt over the next decade !

 

ICE Union Head On Deporting Welfare-Dependents: ‘We Are Not Permitted To Enforce That Statute. Period’

 

 

” The legal prohibition on new immigrants becoming primarily reliant on government assistance for subsistence — or public charges — is never enforced, Chris Crane, an ICE agent and president of the ICE agent’s union told reporters on a conference call Thursday afternoon.

“It is certainly part of what we are supposed to be doing, it is definitely a federal statute within the [Immigration and Nationality Act],” he said when asked about the enforcement of the century-old public charge restriction. “However I will say this: that in my career, I have never seen or heard of the charge being applied in any case to anyone.”

Crane — whose union is in the midst of a lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, ICE Director John Morton, and U.S. Customs and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas over the administration’s changes to immigration policy — noted that even officers who have been in the agency longer than his ten years have told him they have never seen or heard it employed.”

 

 

Obama Has Screwed The Next Generation

 

 

 

” Young people overwhelmingly supported President Obama in both his elections in the hope that he might make their lives better.

But over at BuzzFeed, Ben Smith has written an insightful piece, “Obama prepares to screw his base,” explaining how young people will bear a disproportionate share of the costs of .

My major quibble with Smith’s piece? Obama isn’t preparing to screw young people. He and other politicians have been doing it for years.

Obamacare is an obvious example. A central tenet of the plan and the purpose of the individual mandate is to shift costs from older, sicker people to younger, healthier people. Unsurprisingly,  costs are projected to nearly triple under Obamacare for Americans under the age of 27.

It’s also no surprise that AARP, which Smith called the “implacable lobby for retired people,” has been “energetically making the case that young people should pay up.” “

 

 

Illustration By David Horsey

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