Food stamps, Yes. Work, No. . . . The Great Recession ended more than 1,900 days ago, and the national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent — but many able-bodied adults in 42 states nevertheless continue to collect long-term food-stamp benefits without working, volunteering, or training for a job. Unless a state has extraordinarily high unemployment or a dearth of jobs, able-bodied adults who are younger than 50 and without a dependent must spend 20 hours a week productively if they wish to continue drawing food-stamp benefits longer than three months — or so says a policy enacted as part of the 1996 welfare reforms.
GOP riding anti-tax wave . . . They call it “crushing the middle class” or “the big squeeze” or just plain “irresponsible.” Regardless of the description they use, Republican candidates for governor in some of the Democratic Party’s most dependable strongholds are finding receptive audiences of voters fed up with too many taxes.
Red votes magically turn blue . . . Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland. “When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Remember, if they’re not requiring ID’s, vote twice, just to be sure.
Voter fraud is real . . . Investigators find that about one-quarter of the non-citizens who participated in a survey were registered to vote. Studying survey responses, investigators judge that non-citizen voters tend to favor Democratic candidates by large margins. In many states, their participation wouldn’t be large enough to make a difference, but in North Carolina in 2008, investigators calculate, non-citizens may well have tipped the state into Obama’s column.
Cop killer was deported – twice . . . A man charged with killing two sheriff’s deputies and wounding two other people in a bloody chase through Northern California was twice deported from the United States but appeared to have been living here quietly for a decade, authorities said.
Republicans vow to fight anti-speech regs . . . Republicans on the Federal Election Commission are vowing to fight regulations on online political advocacy that they say would chill free speech and potentially lead to politicized targeting of Internet writers and video-makers. The commission’s chairman is warning that such regulations would allow the federal government to impose onerous new regulations on websites such as the Drudge Report or White House Dossier.
School handout portrays Founders as racist . . . The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists. The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a “prime breeder of black people.” Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans “ape-like.” There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson (that he enslaved 200 Africans) and Abraham Lincoln.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: The only way to be sure your tax dollars are being wisely spent by your school district is to be actively involved in your child’s education. Today your child’s teachers can get away with telling kids almost anything.
[From WHITE HOUSE DOSSIER .com]
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NORM ‘n’AL, Minneapolis