Omnibus Bill Keeps Welfare Spending at Massive Levels

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By Rachel Sheffield

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Since that time, annual means-tested welfare spending has increased by 16-fold, now costing taxpayers nearly $1 trillion a year. And the omnibus bill keeps spending at this sky-high level.

The means-tested welfare system is massive and is the fastest growing part of government spending. The federal government currently operates roughly 80 means-tested welfare programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care and social services to poor and lower-income Americans. Nearly one-third of Americans receive benefits from at least one of these programs.

Food stamps is one of the largest of the welfare programs. Its cost has jumped dramatically over the last decade or so, doubling from less than $20 billion in fiscal year 2000 to about $40 billion in fiscal year 2007. By fiscal year 2012, costs doubled again to nearly $80 billion. The omnibus keeps food stamp spending at historically high levels: $82 billion.

Congress had the opportunity to make much-needed policy reforms to food stamps when it passed the farm bill earlier this year. Yet it failed to make the needed changes that would help point the program as a whole toward self-sufficiency. Instead, the bill included a work option that does not change the character of the food stamp program overall.

The most important reform to food stamps should be a work requirement that requires able-bodied adult recipients to work, prepare for work or at least look for work in exchange for receiving assistance. This would promote self-sufficiency and ensure funding is going to those most in need.

Congress also should address welfare’s out-of-control spending. Along with promoting work in programs such as food stamps, policymakers should place a cap on total means-tested welfare spending, allowing costs to increase only at the rate of inflation. A cap would make it necessary for policymakers to prioritize where welfare money is spent. A cap like this would save approximately $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

The U.S. welfare system has been expanding for decades, and its track record of helping low-income Americans achieve self-sufficiency is poor. If policymakers want to help those in need, as well as get welfare spending on a more prudent course, then they must take welfare reform seriously.

Al Sharpton Warns Gov’t to Give Blacks More Benefits So They Can ‘Take Responsibilities’

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By Eric Odom 113305:47 pm December 9, 2014

MSNBC talk show rabble rouser Al Sharpton essentially delivered an ultimatum from African Americans to the government on Sunday: give us more federal benefits or we won’t stop rioting and will never take responsibility for our families.

Sharpton, who has been crisscrossing the country for months leading riots from coast to coast, visited the Sunday political show Meet the Press where he insisted that the only thing that keeps blacks from acting irresponsibly is government freebies.

As Ben Shapiro notes, Sharpton insisted that new gov’t welfare laws need to be passed or else.

“You can’t kill a jobs bill and infrastructure and then tell men to take care of their families. You can’t have it both ways,” Sharpton insisted.

This whole idea rings hollow, though. After all, the rate of illegitimate births in the African American community is now well over 70 percent but in 1965 it was only 24 percent (as Daniel Patrick Moynihan reported). Why does that matter? Because in the early 60s, while the illegitimacy rate and divorce rates were low and the marriage rates high back then, there were almost no government programs to speak of then.

The far left-wing had not fully installed the “Great Society” that gives freebies to everyone in 1960, yet black men in America had by magnitudes less trouble taking care of their families… and that was even in a day when Jim Crow was still ruling the day in many parts of the country!

Since that time the liberal mindset of constantly giving welfare for every little reason has won the day and now we have the disintegration of the black family, a woefully high illegitimacy rate, and an attitude of entitlement pervading the community.

And now we get threats that if the freebies aren’t increased, riots will continue and blacks will refuse to take responsibility for themselves? Like I said. It rings hollow. African Americans are more than capable to look after themselves and take responsibilities. But with huckster and charlatans like Sharpton and Obama training them for dependency, they are not doing their best.

Charlie Rangel wants Whites to Pay Reparations for Slavery

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By Gary DeMar

I don’t owe anybody anything except what I’ve contracted to pay over time. I’ve never owned a slave. I’ve never denied a black person a job. Who is Charlie Rangel to demand reparations from me?

Trillions of dollars have been paid out to poor people for more nearly 50 years. It’s only made many of them poorer and slaves to the State.
They live on Uncle Sam’s Plantation. Democrats and Republicans are guilty for developing, promoting, and voting for these programs. If anybody is due reparations, it’s the tax payers. I want my money back – with interest!
Charlie Rangel was again haranguing about social and economic injustice and calling for reparations:
“Some people may talk about payment for restitution for past crimes committed against human beings, but that restitution could be the ability to say that we’re going to make certain that people of color in this country would be able to have access to the same type of education, live where they want to live, compete against anybody for the job, and not feeling that they’re inferior because people have been taught that just because they have a different complexion that they are superior.”
Rangel will say it’s not you and me that will pay; it’s the government. This may fool low information voters, but it’s not fooling anybody with a brain. The government doesn’t have any money of its own. The only money it has, it gets from us.
I paid enough in taxes to the thieves in Washington last year that I could have hired two people. Rangel doesn’t like people like me. He doesn’t want blacks to get good jobs and become part of the middle class. He wants the government to be the savior of the poor, in his case, poor blacks. He wants to be the political house slave to whom blacks in the field (Democrat voters) must pledge allegiance.
Reparations will only solidify the black vote for Democrats and keep the poor in poverty.
My grandparents immigrated to the United States in the early part of the 20th century. They didn’t have anything to do with slavery. Neither they nor I, or anybody in our family, had anything to do with slavery. I don’t owe descendants of former slaves anything.
Let’s not forget that African blacks sold other African blacks into slavery. There’s a lot of guilt to go around.
Rangel has used the race card to enrich himself while blacks generally have been turned into servants to a single political party. While government programs alone can’t be blamed for all the ills that are found in the black community, they certainly have contributed to it.
Black unemployment is at an all-time high, abortion rates among blacks is over 50 percent. “Data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals that black women had more abortions than live births in 2012.” Then there’s gang violence and a high dropout rate from high school. Am I responsible for any of this? No.

These grinding statistics are the result of a long history of government interference in the lives of the poor. The Great Society Program of the 1960s was the major factor in crippling black families.
If Charlie Rangel wants to talk about slavery, he’s been one of the biggest contributors to it. Some black politicians have noticed how the welfare state has negatively affected black families.
E.W. Jackson, who is black and was the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia in 2013, said the following about modern-day government slavery:
“I am a direct descendent of slaves. My grandfather was born . . . to a father and a mother who had been slaves. And by the way, their family was more intact than the black family is today.”
“I’m telling you that slavery did not destroy the black family, even though it certainly was an attack on the black family. It made it difficult.”
What was the Democrat response? They circulated a video of Jackson’s speech claiming “comparing things to slavery is insulting,” calling it “extreme rhetoric.”
So a black Republican can’t reference slavery but a liberal Democrat can.
Charlie Rangel’s field slaves keep electing him to Congress. Like Morgan Freeman’s character Red said in The Shawshank Redemption, they’ve been institutionalized.
“These walls are kind of funny. First you hate ‘em, then you get used to ‘em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized. They send you here for life, that’s exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyways.”

The welfare state has made poor people prisoners to the State.


Georgia’s New Plan To Arrest Welfare Abusers

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As many know, the food stamps program is intended to help low income families afford food. Recently, however, more and more stories are coming to light revealing dishonesty and abuse of the system. It appears that when given the chance, many people tend to trade the food stamps for cash, and end up buying whatever they want. Such action is illegal.

Georgia authorities have discovered this new type of fraud, and 54 people were arrested for opening “grocery stores” that service welfare recipients. According to reports, food stamps were being traded in for cash at the store, for only a percentage of their actual value. 90 people were arrested for using the service to commit fraud.

Although there is currently no indication of legal penalties for committing welfare fraud, the first punishment that occurs for an offender is to lose funding. In that case, the person facing charges will not be able to obtain food stamps for a period of time, and could even be permanently banned for the program.

What do you think of welfare abusers?

You Won’t Believe What This Illegal Alien Mother of 7 Collected – For 20 YEARS

by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

“Emperor Obama” (by his own definition), in his speech tonight selling his lawless executive amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens, assured Americans that every illegal “comes here to work” and “not for a handout.”

Then there is reality: the vast majority of illegal aliens are on welfare, and will be for life. And far from contributing to our society and economy, illegals depress wages, and the average illegal alien takes in $19,000 more in public benefits each year than they contribute in income, sales taxes and social security contributions combined.

Illegal immigration is literally bankrupting this nation. And this woman is Exhibit A.

Illegal alien and mother of seven, Florida resident Marita Nelson, receives $240 in food stamps, monthly medications, $700 in Social Security and a housing allowance. And she has been receiving government assistance for over 20 YEARS – ever since she illegally entered the U.S. by swimming the Rio Grande — which up to 290,000 illegals have done since January.

And even though she initially had a job, Nelson hasn’t worked a day in 17 years – but still collects her checks.

She celebrates it…and is on a crusade to get other illegals to sign up for as many programs as possible – which as you can see in the disgraceful video clip below, the Obama Administration is paying “recruiters” to sign up as many people as possible!

One more reminder of how you cannot believe anything Emperor Obama says about immigration.