A Message From Lucianne  







S-G1




























ST-GC


   
 
Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


Bled dry by the New Class
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Original Article

Posted By:mikkins2, 7/8/2014 9:34:40 AM

Life is hard. It´s harder still when an entire class of people with their hands out stands between you and success. Unfortunately, that´s increasingly the problem, all around the world. A recent New York Times piece tells the story of a Greek woman´s efforts to survive that country´s financial collapse. After losing her job, she tried to start a pastry business, only to find the regulatory environment impossible. Among other things, they wanted her to pay the business´s first two years of taxes up front, before it had taken in a cent. When the business failed, her lesson was this: "I,

Comments:
The arithmetic is easy.

The more people who have to rely on the government, the more people needed to administer to them, and the more taxpayer money controlled by politicians to pay for it all.

Remember Mississippi!
Got Tea?

      


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 7/8/2014 9:38:15 AM     (No. 9915011)

One thing that has always amazed me is the anger and ingratitude of the takers.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    8 persons like this.


Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/8/2014 9:48:35 AM     (No. 9915025)

Government corruption is rampant across the world. The U.S. is very competitive and has taught others the nuances. Government officials live well, contemptuous of the people.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    9 persons like this.


   

 

R-G1
  


 
Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/8/2014 9:53:43 AM     (No. 9915037)

#1, you may not have had similar experiences with a group of employees. Just try reducing the amount of the Christmas bonus during a financially difficult year.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    5 persons like this.


Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/8/2014 10:08:11 AM     (No. 9915056)

A fundamental presumption of Liberal/Socialist ideology is that recipients of income transfers are not subjects of compassion or receiving charity. But claiming their natural right to a fair share of the ill gotten wealth of exploiters.
Only in today´s US the ´exploiters´ are hard working, salt of the earth middle classes already reeling under taxes working for equally struggling employers coping with crippling regulations.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    9 persons like this.


Reply 5 - Posted by: Rather Read, 7/8/2014 10:34:36 AM     (No. 9915103)

So true. I work in higher education. The number of administrators has increased by a staggering figure and so has the number of adjunct faculty.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    14 persons like this.


Reply 6 - Posted by: woodenleg, 7/8/2014 11:20:09 AM     (No. 9915155)

One more time with feeling……….It is not in the best interest of the liberal/left to have a economically robust and independent middle class for the simple reason, they might vote Republican.
Keep a large segment of your population poor and dependent on government subsidy that they control and they will have power forever.
Fidel Castro made everyone equal……he made everyone poor.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    12 persons like this.


Reply 7 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/8/2014 2:18:17 PM     (No. 9915455)

Someone I know has fallen on very hard times--losing their job, spouse bedridden and terminally ill, etc.

They tell me that when they applied for one program, the clerk gives them a long list of other programs they are automatically entitled to, from HEAP (heat) to Obamaphones to food stamps, etc.

I don´t begrudge this truly needy family, but it´s easy to see how this system can be abused.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    7 persons like this.


   

 

  


 

Post Reply   Close thread 791403




Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "mikkins2"

and

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)




Most Recent Articles posted by "mikkins2"



Sarah Palin predicted a weak Obama would
enable the ‘invasion’ of Ukraine
Canada Free Press, by Robert Laurie    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/31/2014 9:53:20 AM     Post Reply
At yesterday’s tan suit presser, President Obama said a whole lot of nothing. After informing our ISIS enemies that he has no idea what he’s going to do about them - if anything - he turned his attention to Russia. It’s should be obvious to every clear-thinking man, woman, and child that, if over a thousand troops, tanks, and paratroopers drop into a foreign nation, it’s being invaded. Unfortunately, it seems that it’s not obvious to Barack Obama. ...Because the word “invasion” has magically disappeared from his vocabulary. According to the President, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not an

Washington is divided because
it has abandoned federalism
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/14/2014 7:24:03 PM     Post Reply
It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government.To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of smaller

Krugman Upended by His Own Logic
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/14/2014 7:00:06 PM     Post Reply
In a recent New York Times column, Paul Krugman made the assertion that “self-proclaimed libertarians deal with the problem of market failure both by pretending that it doesn’t happen and by imagining government as much worse than it really is.” But suppose we flip that around — substituting “muddle-headed progressives” for “self-proclaimed libertarians” and “government failure” for “market failure.” Compliments to Per Bylund, a research professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, for making the necessary adjustments in a blog post at Mises. org. This is what you get: Muddle-headed progressives deal with the problem of government

Chris McDaniel Files Legal Challenge
After GOP Refuses to Review Evidence
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/14/2014 6:45:15 PM     Post Reply
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel has filed his official challenge of the June 24 GOP primary runoff results against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in state court, he and his lead attorney Mitch Tyner announced Thursday. "Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said in a statement, adding that “we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process.” "This challenge is not about the candidates,” McDaniel said. “It is about the integrity of Mississippi´s election process, and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates.”

   

 

B-G1


 
On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts
to Embrace Tea Party
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/13/2014 11:38:41 AM     Post Reply
Late last month, as members of Congress were poised to leave for their summer recess, the House Republicans’ top policy experts found themselves in a barren conference room in the Capitol’s basement, negotiating with the party’s most ardent opponents of immigration overhaul. As senior members of the Judiciary Committee looked on, the opponents — Representatives Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa and Mo Brooks of Alabama — reshaped two bills to address the rush of unaccompanied children trying to enter the country illegally. Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, was there, too, and she

Who rules America?
Allan J. Lichtman, by The Hill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/13/2014 11:25:47 AM     Post Reply
A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our government The new study, with the jaw-clenching title of "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites,

Without a Vision, GOP Senators Seek
Love in All the Wrong Places
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Robert W. Patterson    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/13/2014 11:02:32 AM     Post Reply
Roger Clegg and Hans A. von Spakovsky deserve high praise for debunking the latest GOP brainchild that does nothing to help the party nationally — a Senate resolution encouraging all private-sector employers to adopt the National Football League’s “Rooney Rule” — and illustrating that “conservative” Republicans, too, can be limousine liberals. Five GOP senators — including presidential hopefuls Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Rob Portman — think both commercial and nonprofit enterprises should, per the NFL and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, interview up to at least two “minority” candidates for every management or professional opening. Clegg and

Changing Border Bill and Re-Voting Before
Saturday Would Violate Boehner´s Own Rule
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/1/2014 8:26:12 AM     Post Reply
If the House makes any changes whatsoever to the immigration bill that blew up and died before Speaker John Boehner tried to bring it back to life—and then votes on those changes on Thursday evening or on Friday—it would be a violation of Boehner’s own 72-hour rule. “I proposed a 72-hour minimum time for members to read bills,” Boehner said as House minority leader on May 14, 2009. “I think it’s important that members do have a chance.” "Americans not only expect lawmakers to know what they’re voting on, they deserve to know what’s in these bills as well,” Boehner added on

House border bill implodes, and Ted Cruz
stands amid wreckage (+ video)
Christian Science Monitor, by Francine Kiefer    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/1/2014 6:19:08 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, the House GOP imploded over its border bill to solve the child-migrant crisis, pulling the legislation from the floor for lack of votes. And there, standing among the legislative wreckage, stood the proud senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. Not literally, of course. But the tea party Texan is once again smack in the middle of a House Republican debacle. With a reach as wide as his state, the freshman senator has his arm around conservative House Republicans. He has been lobbying them over Chick-fil-A and pizza to change the House bill “to end Obama’s amnesty.” By that he

   

 

R_DBL_B
  


 
Rep. Chris Van Hollen: ‘Speaker Cruz’
Politico, by Sarah Smith    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/1/2014 5:48:06 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Chris Van Hollen slammed House Republicans on Thursday, saying members now have to check with “Speaker Cruz” to get any legislation passed. “It was Senator Cruz calling the shots, and that’s why people around here are calling him ‘Speaker Cruz’ today,” the Maryland Democrat said to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. “It means when Speaker Boehner says he’s going to get something done from now on, he’d better be checking with Senator Cruz to see if he’s gonna get the votes because clearly the new leadership team isn’t up to the task.” Van Hollen’s jab came as the GOP fought over a

Two Thumbs Down
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/1/2014 5:24:56 AM     Post Reply
Harry Enten, an analyst with FiveThirtyEight, a political website owned by ESPN, claims he can prove with charts and graphs that Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist are the most unpopular pair to face each other in a governor’s race for at least the last decade. Without even consulting the charts and graphs, few Floridians outside of Scott’s or Crist’s camp would argue with Enten. Both candidates’ favorable/unfavorable ratings are below water. Scott’s ratings have been in the unfavorable range for almost the entire three-years-plus he has been governor. He has mostly done what he ran

The Three Faces of Cronyism
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/1/2014 5:09:17 AM     Post Reply
There has been a lot said in recent years by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservatives about crony capitalism – or if you prefer, crony socialism, crony government, corporatism – or just plain cronyism. Whatever you call it, this conversation is increasingly vital as government grows and continues to pervert markets by picking winners and losers as a way to obtain wealth for powerful lawmakers and their fund-raisers and friends. This rampant cronyism is one of the most insidious outgrowths of a government gone wild, and has become a swirling vortex of self sustaining and systemic corruption. Thus, the focus



Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)



Secret Service Investigates Possible
Threat Made Against President Obama

46 replie(s)
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/29/2014 9:39:47 PM     Post Reply
The Secret Service is investigating a possible threat made against President Obama. Authorities tell NBC News that there was a “potentially suspicious person and vehicle” near where Obama made fundraising stops tonight. Connecticut police have been informed of the report by the Secret Service, as well as being advised to be on lookout for this suspicious person. State law enforcement is currently looking for the car this person was driving, which they believe to be a blue Jetta with Connecticut plates. Obama attended one fundraiser in Connecticut tonight before heading to another one in Rhode Island

Ferguson Fizzles
31 replie(s)
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/30/2014 5:14:41 AM     Post Reply
During the Great Depression, the Communist scribes at the Daily Worker were forever assuring the more skeptical among their colleagues that the heroic spark was near. Having read about a “small riot somewhere in rural Minnesota,” Whittaker Chambers recorded in Witness, Robert Minor started shouting about “the beginning of the American revolution.” If the paper wished to capitalize upon dissatisfaction and spin it into insurrection and change, Minor proposed, it would need the staff to keep an eye out for the tell-tale sign and, then, to “play it up big.” Over the past month, the events in Ferguson, Mo., have played

   

 



 
Feds Still Studying Why
Lesbians Are Obese

31 replie(s)
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/31/2014 5:55:16 AM     Post Reply
The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not. In just two years the project’s budget has nearly doubled, growing from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million today, despite fears that sequestration could jeopardize the project and other NIH funding. The study, which

Jimmy Carter Tells Islamic Conference:
“Principles of Allah” Are Key to Peace

31 replie(s)
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/31/2014 10:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter told attendees at the Islamic Society of North America that “the principles of Allah” are the key to peace in the Middle East. Carter spoke to the group on Saturday.(Snip for video)ISIS forces, in the name of Allah, slaughtered 250 half-naked Syrian soldiers this week in a desert ditch. The Detroit News reported, via Religion of Peace: During a speech at the annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America on Saturday, former President Jimmy Carter said peace between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East is a dream he still prays can be achieved. “You can’t bring

Sweatpants with dress shoes, plaid
blazers - and some VERY tiny shorts:
No it´s notNew York Fashion Week,
it´s the20 worst presidential
style gaffe (and Obama´s tan suit
doesn´t even make the top five)

28 replie(s)
Daily Mail (UK), by Annabel Fenwick Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 4:53:38 AM     Post Reply
It´s not been a great summer for President Barack Obama. Disgraced for hitting the golf course amid crucial ISIS talks, struggling with record-low approval ratings; and now, lambasted for wearing a silly suit. But let´s put things into perspective. It´s not Obama´s first dodgy outfit choice, nor the worst in the history of the White House. So in honor of our leader´s Yes We Tan debacle, Femail has rounded up the top 20 worst presidential crimes against fashion of all time. Scroll down for video

Reparations Could Prevent the Next Ferguson
27 replie(s)
Time Magazine, by Belinda Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/29/2014 11:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Watching the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, I can’t help thinking about the Holocaust and post-war Germany. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I’ve spent years watching Germany wrestle with its dark past. It’s just one of many places that have made efforts to understand and compensate for a difficult history: For nearly three decades, countries as varied as South Africa, Rwanda, and the nations of Latin America and post-Communist Eastern Europe have been engaged in this process, often called “transitional justice.” That’s a broad term for the ways in which societies deal with the legacies of past injustice.

Having solved all other problems,
Obama to fix your dishwasher

27 replie(s)
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/31/2014 10:25:22 AM     Post Reply
I guess he really was multitasking out on the golf course. The President’s team has been hard at work behind the scenes, coming up with a strategy … well, maybe we should say plan, to address the nation’s many challenges. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances. The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend elsewhere. After what

Kerry: ´The cancer of ISIS will
not be allowed to spread´

25 replie(s)
CNN, by Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 12:17:23 PM     Post Reply
ISIS is a cancer that must be stamped out, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrote Saturday in an opinion piece for The New York Times. Kerry called the Islamist extremist group, known for beheadings, crucifixions and terror campaigns against religious and ethnic minorities, a "unifying threat to a broad array of countries" that needs to be confronted. His article appears in the aftermath of the political uproar that engulfed the White House this week after President Barack Obama said "we don´t have a strategy" on ISIS in Syria. (Snip) A companion opinion piece in the Times, co-authored by Republican

Gaza war destruction
´will take 20 years to rebuild´

24 replie(s)
Telegraph [UK] & Agencies, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/30/2014 11:27:05 AM     Post Reply
It will take two decades to rebuild the thousands of houses destroyed during Israel’s assault on Gaza, according to a recent NGO report. At least 17,000 homes were obliterated or severely damaged during the conflict, with thousands more needing substantial repairs, according to an assessment by Shelter Cluster. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the conflict. In addition 71 Israelis were killed – all but six of them soldiers. But the report on Gaza’s housing stock indicates inhabitants of the densely populated strip will face a severe infrastructural burden over the coming years.

Michael Sam cut by Rams
23 replie(s)
ESPN, by Nick Wagoner    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 8/30/2014 4:28:57 PM     Post Reply
The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced. Sam´s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks. Sam had a team-high six tackles in the Rams´ final preseason game but didn´t make the 53-man roster. Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot. Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have

Barack Obama refuses to
decide and fails to act

23 replie(s)
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/30/2014 8:11:04 PM     Post Reply
Just in case you thought that the Leader of the Free World was secretly harbouring a calculated, well-developed plan for bringing Isil under control and putting Russia’s imperial leader back in his box, Barack Obama banged that idea firmly on the head last week. [Snip] In the president’s exact words: “We don’t have a strategy yet.” When that bizarre statement hit the news outlets, the White House spin team flew into full-on operation (ie panic) mode and began tweeting to the effect that what the Commander-in-Chief had actually meant was that there was “a range of options” which were still

Obama sets his own pace in
a world whirling with crises

23 replie(s)
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung & Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/31/2014 5:13:50 AM     Post Reply
Short of world war, it’s rare that a chief executive goes through a foreign policy month like President Obama’s August. U.S. warplanes struck in Iraq for the first time in years, as U.S. diplomats struggled to establish a new government in Baghdad. Islamic State militants beheaded an American journalist in Syria and spread their reach across the Middle East. War raged between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In Afghanistan, U.S. plans for an orderly exit at the end of the year teetered on the brink of disaster. Russia all but invaded Ukraine and dared Obama to stop it. Libya descended

   

Post Reply   Close thread 791403





Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google



© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.

FS