An attempt by Colorado lawmakers to ban welfare recipients from withdrawing their benefits at ATMs located inside strip clubs was killed by Democrats Thursday night, even though the state House’s third-ranking Democratic legislator supported the measure. Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon lent his support to the Republican-led proposal, offered as an amendment during a debate on the state budget Thursday night, because it would hew to a similar federal rule, according to the Denver Post. Pabon introduced a bill on the issue two years ago, but it didn’t clear the state Senate. State welfare recipients receive their benefits
It is not and never was about convenience of ATM locations. What the Republicans and sensible Democrats (sorry for the oxymoron)are saying is that the dole money belongs to taxpayers. The recipient has done nothing to earn it. So the taxpayers have a right to control how it should be spent. The Libs however, hold that the receiver is a victim of society´s repression and neglect and is getting reparations that are rightfully his. This chasm is simply too deep and wide to bridge. People like Preibus and Shields are totally insensitive to this and therefore unfit to lead.
Where are the Republicans on this; we are signing up more and more welfare recipients; the government advertises to get more people on this dole. It is full of fraud, but no one does anything about it. I am really sick of this.
If congres would address the fraud in this country instead of issues that certainly aren´ considered urgent, we wouldn´t be in such a mess. Fraud in the IRS, outrageous welfare benefits to people who don´t even qualify, jobless going on disability, benefits paid to illegals, money going to terrorist organizations in the ME, they wouldn´t have to waste their time trying to cut our SS and medicare benefits and necessities that citizens and businesses need to survive. Almost the entire government needs to go and get some experienced patriots running the show.
Today, the first-ever program-wide reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”), also known as food stamps, will take place. The reduction amounts to $5 billion out of a program that spent nearly $80 billion in the most recent fiscal year, more than double what food stamps cost taxpayers when Barack Obama took office and more than five times the cost in FY2002. Food stamp benefits are distributed to a shocking 47 million people, about 14 percent of all households in the United States, up more than two-thirds from five years ago despite the unemployment rate having dropped far below the
Here is just one small, possibly illustrative, sideshow of Cirque du Weiner, and it has to do with how the Candidate and Huma Abedin designed the rollout of the ill-fated mayoral campaign, right at the start of the Summer Without Shame, and how it came to be that he managed to cheat The New York Times Magazine, yet walk away himself feeling cheated. In the early months of spring, having spent his very brief “retirement” consulting and planning his next move, Weiner and Huma Abedin agreed that a run for mayor was now possible. This could work. Abedin was the perfect
The blond dancer who shared a romantic meal with the married captain on the Costa Concordia just before it crashed and capsized took the stand at his manslaughter trial Tuesday — and finally admitted they were having an affair. “When you are somebody’s lover, they don’t ask for a ticket,” a bashful Domnica Cemortan, 26, told an Italian court as she explained how she got a free ride on the 110,000-ton cruise ship. Cemortan, who had repeatedly denied a relationship with Captain Francesco Schettino, 53, refused three times on the witness stand to admit it. But she changed her tune when the
Obamacare is, once again, turning Capitol Hill upside down. Congressional offices this week have been forced into a frenzied, late-hour scramble to decide which of their staffers will be pushed onto the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchanges and which will be able to keep their current health insurance plans. Under rules created in the wake of Obamacare’s implementation, House and Senate personal office staffers — dubbed “official office” aides by the House administrative office — are supposed to get their health insurance through D.C.’s health insurance exchange. Committee and leadership staffers — labeled “official staff” — are allowed to keep
They have spent their lives in research facilities, been injected with miserable diseases, and used by National Institutes of Health scientists to research new medicines, but now, after being designated by the NIH as “permanently ineligible for biomedical research,” 60 chimpanzees, slated for retirement, are unable to be moved to a special sanctuary because of congressional inaction. At issue is an obscure piece of legislation, The Chimp Act, which puts a cap on the amount of money the NIH can spend, from its appropriated budget, on the care of NIH owned or supported chimpanzees housed in sanctuaries. Currently, there are 60 chimpanzees
Rrrrrchaelogists have recovered five big six pounders from t´ wreck o´ t´ famed scurvy dog Blackbeard´s ship off t´ coast o´ North Carolina. Now, for those of you who don´t speak pirate:. Five cannons from the Queen Anne´s Revenge, the sunken flagship of Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), were recovered Monday by scientists from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources after nearly 300 years under the water of Beaufort Inlet. The team, working with the Coast Guard, brought the big guns -- 2,000 and 3,000 pounds -- to the surface of Beaufort Inlet on Monday. Billy Ray Morris, who manages the expedition,
Taxpayers shell out $52,000 a year to maintain the home of Black History Month founder Carter Woodson. Yet the tiny, dilapidated row house in northwest Washington D.C., with a "No Trespassing" sign and iron bars blocking the front door and windows hasn’t seen a visitor in the seven years since the National Park Service bought it for $2.1 million and designated it a National Historic Site. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,points to the house as one tiny symbol in a sea of dysfunction in the National Park Service. The Service, with its comparatively small budget, is, he says, a microcosm for wasteful
JOHN F. KENNEDY’s daughter CAROLINE has the image of a dignified lawyer and an all-American princess. But behind that mask lurks a greedy phony who’s shamefully hawking her family’s mementos to the highest bidder! That is the shocking accusation made by insiders who insist that the heiress’ staggering $278 million fortune isn’t enough to stop her from peddling historic items many feel should be in museums. A Kennedy family insider told The ENQUIRER: “Clearly Caroline’s greed knows no bounds. She has infuriated family and friends. Frankly, they feel like she’s cashing in on the Kennedy family’s terrible tragedies and selling out Camelot.” Just
Where´d she go? The smiling young woman whose visage for more than three weeks greeted visitors to Healthcare.gov has vanished from the site. Gone with her are the middle-aged Asian women and other faces that frequent visitors to the site have come to know. All have been replaced by additional instructions and information designed to answer health-insurance shoppers´ questions and direct them to the three other ways they can begin the process of getting insurance other than the website they are looking at. The identity of the woman who became the face of Obamacare had become a subject of much speculation
A few months back we were treated to MSNBC identifying George Wallace as a Republican. Yesterday, CBS News proved itself unable to distinguish J. Edgar Hoover from Herbert Hoover. (See about the 21-second mark in the video below. Hat tip: Ann Althouse.) It’s a wonder they can still tell the Kennedys apart.
The Obama administration is assuring immigrants that applications for Obamacare will not be used to enforce immigration law. “[Immigration and Customs Enforcement] does not use information about such individuals or members of their household that is obtained for purposes of determining eligibility for such coverage as the basis for pursuing a civil immigration enforcement action against such individuals or members of their household,” a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo reads. The memo explains that such information may only be used for administering the Obamacare program and determining eligibility. “Under the laws and implementing regulations, information provided by individuals for
Prior to the government shutdown, the House Republican leadership offered a plan to force the Senate to hold a symbolic vote on defunding Obamacare before allowing it to move on to a so-called clean continuing resolution — one, that is, with no anti-Obamacare provisions. The plan was denounced by various conservative groups as a sell-out and caused a revolt in the caucus. A few weeks and a government shutdown later, all Republicans had to show for their trouble was . . . a symbolic vote on defunding and a clean CR. They were back where they had started, only with
President Barack Obama’s job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that a mere 42 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, down five points from a poll conducted in early October. The president’s disapproval rating stands at 51 percent, tying an all-time high for Obama. In all, 41 percent of respondents say they have a less favorable opinion of the president since the 16 day government shutdown, compared to 21 percent who say they have a more favorable view since the shutdown. The Affordable Care Act
Exactly half the nation sees the year-old killings of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya as a serious scandal — one many believe will hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chance to be the next president, according to a newly-released national poll. Rasmussen Reports revealed that 43 percent of likely voters believe the scandal will damage Clinton. That rises to 47 percent among voters not affiliated with any political party, like independents. Some 41 percent said it wouldn´t ding her chances. The impact is clear, and not just on Clinton. Most — 58 percent — rated the
White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN. Sebelius: 'I apologize, I'm accountable' for Obamacare website flaws - After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said. Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution. But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.
President Barack Obama will not attend next month´s event marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania. Officials at Gettysburg National Military Park said Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will represent the administration the Nov. 19 sesquicentennial. Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the role of keynote speaker. Other events include a reading of the Gettysburg address by a Lincoln portrayer. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony. Lincoln delivered the immortal words of the address at a dedication of the Soldiers´ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863, more than
Politico describes this kindly gesture as “an olive branch.” I agree. Cruz, whose fiery brand of conservative politics continually draws the enmity and wrath of the GOP establishment, has publicly pledged he will not help conservative candidates oust his more squishy, Republican colleagues. The “surrender caucus” can finally breathe a sigh of relief. For now: Extending an olive branch to GOP senators, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is privately making it clear he won’t engage in the Senate Conservatives Fund’s hardball tactics to defeat his colleagues in their primary races. At a closed-door lunch meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday, the freshman
The firestorm over President Obama´s "you can keep your plan" lie now threatens to singe vulnerable Democrats next year, so they´re springing into action to try to force the administration to keep its word. Louisiana´s Mary Landrieu -- an ardent Obamacare supporter -- is scrambling to undo one of the obvious consequences of a law she´s voted to pass, fund, and retain: Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law’s rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat
Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge. (a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim
Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his frustration Tuesday with the fact that even in the United States, “a very educated country,” there are those who do not recognize the urgency of combating global warming. Addressing the D.C. Greening Embassies Forum, which encourages the “greening” of foreign mission in Washington, Kerry took aim at those who challenge the notion that the science is settled when it comes to climate change. “I am amazed after all these years that we’re still struggling here in a very educated country to get a lot of people to embrace and understand why this is not a
We are only three and a quarter years away from transforming the United States of America. We may never get back to where we once were, but we can sure roll back much of the mess Barack Obama has created through his misguided policies and serial incompetence. With ObamaCare´s ascendancy and impending crash, America will be on the cusp of transformational action. The misery the ACA will bring to almost every American cannot be overestimated in its ability to incite anger -- and, anger has consequences and repercussions. The failure of the ACA has the potential to make 2014 a wave
For a moment Wednesday morning, the person in charge of ObamaCare — not to mention the largest and most expensive Cabinet department in the United States and, therefore, the world — turned into a frustrated teenager. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, was undergoing a grilling from a Republican congressman over whether President Obama bore responsibility for the failures of his health-care rollout. She said it was her fault. He said Obama was her boss and she reported to Obama, so wasn’t it his fault, too? To which Sebelius responded thusly: “Um . . . You clearly . .
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin in 2008, she could not have imagined that she was blessing the workplace for the largest and most effective gaggle of American spies anywhere outside of the United States. It seems straight out of a grade-B movie, but it has been happening for the past 11 years: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been using Mrs. Merkel as an instrument to spy on the president of the United States. We now know that the NSA has been listening to and recording her cellphone calls since 2002.
In one of the few political jokes attributed to a physicist, Ernest Rutherford once described a public official as being “like a Euclidean point: he has position without magnitude.” With a change of pronoun, he could have been describing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who ignored internal warnings about flaws in HealthCare.gov, botched its rollout, minimized her involvement and blamed her contractors. Now, in congressional testimony, she has accepted responsibility without the inconvenience of accountability or the demonstration of competence. Administration incompetence is not the final word on Obamacare, but it is the initial impression.