Food stamps vs. work, and other current stories…

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.

But Congress temporarily suspended this work requirement during the Great Recession, and the number of able-bodied, childless beneficiaries on the welfare rolls ballooned, accounting for more than one in ten of all recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Today, 28 states continue to waive the work requirement altogether, despite an average unemployment rate of 6.72. An additional 13 states have waived the work requirement in some parts of their states, despite an average unemployment rate of just 4.58.
Civil rights leader: Amnesty will hurt blacks . . . A top civil rights advocate is warning President Obama that extending executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will deeply harm black workers. Peter Kirsanow, as U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner, says in an Oct. 27 letter to Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ recently revealed preparations for a huge ID “surge” upped his alarm over what the president has planned.
Top reporter: Obama White House “dangerous” . . .  USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act.
Dems fret debilitating losses . . . The political environment continues to deteriorate for House Democrats ahead of a midterm election that’s certain to diminish their ranks. Obama’s unpopularity hindering their candidates and Republican cash flooding into races across the country, Democrats are increasingly worried that the election will push them deep into the minority and diminish their hopes of winning back the majority in 2016 or beyond.

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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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

 

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