Benefits will be stripped from the long-term jobless unless they work full time picking up litter, removing graffiti or preparing meals for the elderly. George Osborne will today announce details of the US-style ‘work for the dole’ programme, starting within six months and affecting 200,000 welfare claimants. Revealed by the Mail last week, the £300million scheme ends the concept of simply ‘signing on’, the Chancellor will tell the Tory party conference.And he will accuse Labour of allowing people to linger on benefits for years – with no questions asked – while letting uncontrolled numbers of migrants fill low-paid jobs.
Like most members of the Congress that passed it and, undoubtedly, the president of the United States who signed it, I have not read the entirety of the ill-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Yet there is one aspect concerning that legislation of which I am certain: I will not comply. I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the United States, not a subject of its government. I consider non-compliance with this monstrosity and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that are to be enforced by an unelected bureaucracy, and that have left a
During a crucial battle of the military campaign that ultimately propelled him to supreme power in Rome, Julius Caesar put himself and his outnumbered army in such a vulnerable position that he briefly considered suicide. He and most of his troops survived, however, because the man commanding the opposing force was too timid to take a tactical risk. Afterward, surprised to find himself alive and his army relatively intact, Caesar made an observation that the leadership of the GOP would do well to remember: “Today the enemy would have won, if they had a commander who was a winner.”
Democrats and their media allies have spent the past week labeling Republicans “anarchists,” “fanatics,” “radicals,” and “terrorists” who are wholly to blame for the situation that we are told will soon lead to a government shutdown. (Snip)For three consecutive years — 2010, 2011, and 2012 — the Democrat-controlled Senate did not pass a budget bill because Reid knew that it would be a political liability to do so. Passing a budget that detailed the Democrats’ plans for spending and revenue as official policy would have exposed the “something for nothing” swindle that Reid and his colleagues are perpetrating on the
Shortly before New York City Opera put on what will most likely be its final performance on Saturday night, Julius Rudel, the maestro who helped build and lead the company in its heyday, sat in his Manhattan apartment and, surrounded by mementos from the troupe’s glory days, expressed his dismay at its probable impending demise. “I would not have thought in my wildest dreams,” said Mr. Rudel, 92, “that I would outlive the opera company.” The walls of his apartment bear testament to the creation of a company that rose to ambitious heights. A framed program from its very first
AUSTIN, Texas — A tale of two Texases is about to be told in the showdown for governor here between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis. In Abbott’s version, the Lone Star State is a humming engine of low taxes and job creation, a magnet for business that’s the envy of the nation. Davis sees a distinctly darker story of a state with underfunded schools, too many uninsured residents and an economy propped up by low-wage jobs. Those clashing narratives will likely drive what looks to be a high-profile, high-dollar contest between Abbott, the state’s attorney general, and Davis, a state
WASHINGTON — The CIA is adding operatives and resources to focus on the Somalia-based militant group the Shabab as the FBI sends scores of agents to help examine evidence taken from the rubble of the shopping mall massacre in Nairobi, U.S. officials say. The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation, while the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are mining electronic data and quizzing informants in an effort to determine whether the Qaida-linked group is planning new attacks, including any against U.S. facilities or interests. The CIA´s counter-terrorism center has several analysts and operatives who work full time on the
The high-stakes Washington showdown over the debt ceiling — with a potential government shutdown and the implementation of Obamacare both looming tomorrow — will turn on whether President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid view a GOP offer to keep government going but delay the health care law for ?a year as a sign of flexibility or stubbornness, D.C. watchers said. “I don’t think (Obama) wants to compromise,” said Victor Davis Hanson of the conservative Hoover Institution. “In the past, he’s always done better when he can accuse somebody of some terrible thing and go campaign against them.
JERUSALEM – Israel’s Shin Bet security service yesterday announced the detention in Tel Aviv of an Iranian-born businessman with Belgian citizenship suspected of spying for Teheran. The suspect, named as Ali Mansouri, was arrested on September 11 at Ben-Gurion Airport as he was preparing to board a flight for Belgium. His detention was announced as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was making his way to New York where he is to address the UN. Netanyahu is expected to refocus world attention on the Iranian nuclear issue after Iran’s new president, Hassan Rowhani, attempted to defuse the subject. Israeli columnists saw the timing of
ObamaCare officially opens for business Tuesday. Unfortunately, it’s already falling short of promise. The plan: Tomorrow, Americans are supposed to be able to start purchasing insurance through “exchanges” — government-managed state marketplaces for health insurance. Individuals lacking access to “affordable” insurance are eligible to buy through the exchange. Those with incomes up to about 400 percent of the poverty level ($94,200 for a family of four) could be eligible for subsidies. At least 7 million Americans are expected to buy insurance through the exchange by Jan. 1. ‘Success’: The key words on enrollment are “at least.”
There were no tears, just cheers, when Speaker John Boehner announced his latest fiscal strategy on Saturday at a closed-door conference meeting. Even Boehner’s longtime critics praised him for pushing a government-spending bill that also delayed Obamacare for one year and repealed the medical-device tax. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, an outspoken sophomore and a participant in January’s failed coup attempt against Boehner, strolled to the microphone, glanced at Boehner, and said, “Thank you.” The speaker turned to his members — if Amash was all in, he chuckled, he was probably making a mistake.
On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed strict new limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants. Energy industry critics, along with a number of influential unions, were quick to decry them. The regulations would limit carbon emissions for new coal plants to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour. The technology to meet this standard, which involves pumping carbon dioxide deep underground, is so expensive that the coal industry says it will effectively prevent new coal plants from being built. Nonetheless, in a puffy New York Times profile earlier this summer —“After Delayed Vote, EPA Gains a Tough Leader to Tackle
On Sunday, the Democratic National Committee sent out an email from Vice President Joe Biden, asking “Do you understand this?” In the email, Biden expressed consternation that “One senator is running the show in the Republican Party right now. He´s not my senator. And he´s not your senator. But for some reason I can´t understand, the Republican Party is letting Ted Cruz lead their charge against Obamacare -- a law that they´re still fighting tooth and nail, despite the fact that every branch of the federal government has approved it, and despite the fact that we´re seeing real signs that
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which published on Friday the first instalment of its latest report, is a deeply discredited organisation. Presenting itself as the voice of science on this important issue, it is a politically motivated pressure group that brings the good name of science into disrepute. Its previous report, in 2007, was so grotesquely flawed that the leading scientific body in the United States, the InterAcademy Council, decided that an investigation was warranted. The IAC duly reported in 2010, and concluded that there were “significant shortcomings in each major step of [the] IPCC’s assessment process”, and that “significant
It is sharp analytical thinking to continue to compare the Senate theatrics and political paths of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. But only if you #StandWithRand. The real lesson from Cruz’s performance is that while both men are taking trips to Iowa, he and Paul are no longer running the same race. Cruz is running to be the Tea Party candidate. Paul is running to win the nomination, and he doesn’t mind using Cruz as a comedic foil to help him do it. While the filibuster and the not-a-buster served up an irresistible if somewhat lazy table for comparison, it
ObamaCare: A group of nuns dedicated to caring for the elderly poor is suing to prevent an uncaring administration from shutting down their compassionate order over their refusal to obey the contraception mandate. There is no clearer or sadder example of the Obama administration´s war on the First Amendment´s guarantee of religious liberty than the demand by the Department of Health and Human Services to violate their religious consciences or pay heavy fines. HHS has ruled that if the Sisters don´t offer insurance policies to their employees that include free coverage for sterilization procedures
A former conservative commentator for Fox News, who ran a $4 million super PAC against the Democrats in 2012, has started a new super PAC apparently to make independent expenditures against former Secretary of State and former Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Hillary Clinton has not announced she is a candidate. Dick Morris’ Just Say No to Hillary PAC was registered at the Federal Election at the end of this week. The treasurer is Nancy Watkins in Tampa, Florida. She is a specialist in campaign finance law and provides accounting services to many political committees. Watkins also registered a second PAC, Just
A recent CNBC poll found more Americans oppose ObamaCare than oppose the Affordable Care Act. But more Americans support ObamaCare than the Affordable Care Act. Confused? That would be understandable given that these are two names for the same law. CNBC polled two different groups, using "ObamaCare" for one and "Affordable Care Act" for the other. Forty-six percent of the group asked about "ObamaCare" opposed it. But only 37% of those asked about the health law opposed it. Conversely, ObamaCare had higher support than the law. As CNBC put it, Obama´s name "raises the positives and the negatives."
You really have to feel for federal workers. They feel so put upon because of sequestration, budget cuts, and other indignities like being criticized for holding meetings and conferences at extravagant resorts. Now, on top of all that, the government is going to shut down. You might think they’d be grateful for the vacation, but no; they are demanding that back pay be given them for the time they’re off, even if they aren’t working. The Hill: Federal worker unions are lobbying lawmakers for back pay in the event of a government shutdown. They say government employees have suffered enough under the cutbacks
His was a rags-to-riches tale. A Greek immigrant who came to the United States and made it big. A waiter who gambled in his spare time. A poker prodigy who turned $50 into $40 million in just three years. Archie Karas has described himself the "king of the gamblers," but authorities in San Diego are now calling him a cheater. On Friday, police arrested the 62-year-old Karas, whose legal name is Anargyros Karabourniotis, at his home in Las Vegas, on allegations he marked cards during a blackjack game in San Diego in July. The alleged cheating was also caught on camera, according
The latest chapter in Amanda Knox´s long legal battle began Monday in Florence, Italy, with a retrial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. But Knox, 26, who has expressed concern about returning to a country where she spent four years behind bars, was not in court. She was convicted in 2009 of murdering Kercher, a 21-year old British exchange student who was found stabbed to death in November 2007 in the villa the two young women rented in the central Italian university town of Perugia. The convictions of Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were overturned in 2011 for
The Justice Department will announce Monday that it is suing the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules. A person briefed on the department´s plans told Fox News that the suit would claim that the North Carolina statute violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and would seek to have the state subject to federal pre-clearance before making "future voting-related changes." The person also said the suit would be filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, Tenn. In asking for pre-clearance, the Justice Department will ask a federal judge to place the four provisions
A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy. He also vowed to stop flying after the world´s recent climate-change report made him cry. Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.