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It’s true! There are far too many who could easily make it without any government assistance, but refuse to do so. They’re just a bunch of lazy, shiftless moochers and I’m calling them out.
The biggest welfare-queens in this country are:
Corporations. Corporate pork exceeds $ 100 billion a year with over half of all tax subsidies going to financial concerns, utilities, tele-communications, and oil.
How long will we watch corporate CEOs and the wealthiest Americans get rewarded with millions more in tax breaks to pad their already hefty profits and bonuses that were subsidized by taxpayers, while the American people get fewer jobs and increased hardship? What’s it going to take?
Republicans insist that closing loopholes and/or raising corporate taxes will destroy jobs. They demagogued welfare, food stamps, head start, immigrants, but for every dollar we are spending to feed the poor, we spend two dollars in corporate welfare.
They've come after our vote, our jobs, our housing, our healthcare; cut our pay, raided our pensions and reduced our retirement.
Read more......It’s true! There are far too many who could easily make it without any... more
Hit hardest will be rural skilled nursing facilities that rely heavily on Medicaid reimbursement to keep the doors open.
There are over 870,000 Medicaid residents in long term care in over 15,000 assisted and skilled nursing facilities across the U.S. For better or worse, their bodies have out lived their savings or chronic medical issues have robbed them of their ability to work and care for themselves.-- They may be forgotten, tucked in little nursing homes throughout our communities, but the poorest and oldest of our citizens are not a spending problem...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=48578Hit hardest will be rural skilled nursing facilities that rely heavily on Medicaid... more
The Latest Trip To North Korea... with Eric Schmitt & Bill Richardson!!! It might not get weirder than this...As you will see ... this is a truly a separate reality… ( And I thought what goes on in DC was bizarre…. ) I guess that both Pyongyang and DC both have their very own special kind of... Egocentric-power-hungry-rule-the-world-type-of-Magic.!!! ~
Tell me if I am wrong... but, doesn't it seem that there are, many parallels with the goals and direction that the Government of North Korea has in common with our own Government here in the USA?
(1) It seems both countries both have out of control Military Industrial Arms Complex Budgets.
(2) In North Korea to pay for all those Weapons and their Army ~ they just starve their Citizens…..
(3) And OMG !!!!! look at what's on the chopping block over here!!! Entitlements and forced Austerity of all our citizens coming soon to you !!!
How odd.... Such strange bed fellows? But when it comes to the bottom line... I am 100% sure the corporate industrialist war machine here in the USA $$$ really think that the Business model of North Korea is something to be admired…
Hey, maybe Schmitt and Richardson were over there to get pointers on new ways on how to screw the US Citizens?
Just a thought….
LINK TO THE FULL STORY: >>> Enjoy!
~As you will see ... this is a truly a separate reality… ( And I thought what... more
What this country needs more than anything else is some honesty and open debate concerning the national deficit, tax rates, job creation, so-called entitlements and the effects each of these have on one another with regard to the state of our economy. In the most recent Fiscal Cliff debacle, the Democrats and our President showed a disturbing lack of ability to get their points across to the average American.
For many, the topics of deficits and tax rates are not understood in the true context that they need to be. Furthermore, many people do not understand that jobs cannot just be created out of thin air by the government. How often have we heard someone complaining that Obama and Democrats have not done enough to create jobs? The only jobs which government can create are more government jobs which create even more spending. What is needed is jobs created in the private sector, by large and small business alike.
First and foremost, it needs to be explained that the deficit we currently have is due to spending that has already been approved by Congress, and the money has already been spent. No amount of spending cuts proposed by Conservatives is going to reduce the deficit at all. Only raising revenues is going to decrease the Federal deficit. Raising the tax rates on those with incomes over $400,000 is not going to put a dent in the deficit, in fact, it may make it even worse.
In recent days, the GOP leadership has come out and stated that tax rate hikes are now a done deal and off the table. Furthermore, they are now calling for deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare, as well as any other "entitlements". They have stated that without these guarantees, they will not raise the debt limit ceiling. Republicans are calling for a dollar to dollar ratio on debt ceiling increase to spending cuts.
Democrats, for once, need to hold their line and say that it is time for the GOP to get off their high horse and come to the table for some realistic negotiations. What is needed is significant tax rate hikes on any income over $100,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples. Corporate rates need to be taxed the same as for couples. Now I can only imagine at the eyes that opened wide at those low amounts. This is were the message needs to be made clear as to why the line needs to be drawn at these levels, and exactly what the future benefits will be.
The point that Democrats have not even attempted to stress is that these figures are for "taxable income", not "total income". Of course, many will ask, "What difference is that going to make?", and that is my point! How many people do any reading this know of that do their own tax returns? Very few I would imagine is the answer. And those which do, usually make use of some tax software program that does all the work for them. How many actually understand the difference between total income and taxable income?
For all individuals, as well as businesses, taxable income is that amount after all deductions and exemptions have been subtracted from the total yearly income. It is important to remember that even though businesses do have a much wider range of deductions they can take, there are many deductions which individuals can use in order to lower their taxable income amount. Now how would explaining this to the American people help?
First, let's consider job creation. As I pointed out earlier, government can not create jobs other than those which would increase government spending. Only privately owned businesses can create real jobs that will increase the tax base and help to pay down the deficit over time.
By increasing the tax rates significantly on larger incomes, businesses would be forced into finding ways to cut down their taxable incomes through deductions and write-offs. Some of these deductions which do apply to businesses is taking parts of their yearly income and investing back into the company through means of equipment upgrades, building renovations, employee benefits, just to name a few. All of these create jobs!
In creating more jobs so as to bring down their taxable income amounts, more people are brought back into the workforce, alleviating the government spending necessary to maintain unemployment benefits and welfare payouts. In having a larger workforce, the amount of revenue from payroll taxes increases, helping to fund other government programs such as worker retraining programs.
In the times before Reagan began taking the hatchet to the tax rates, upper income levels were taxed at well over 70% and there were many deductions which allowed individuals and businesses to lower their taxable income. Most, if not all of those deductions were allowed because it put money back into the economy, creating and sustaining jobs, limiting the amount of welfare and unemployment assistance needed.
It has been in the decades since Reagan that we have seen the broadening difference in incomes between the upper and lower class, and the steady decline of the middle class. In recent years, we have witnessed an unprecedented assault on the middle and lower classes for causing the decline economic woes. In fact, the fault for the decline and almost collapse of our economy lies directly at the feet of the wealthiest of Americans.
This year, the Democrats need to draw a line in the sand, telling the GOP that tax rates will go back to pre-Reagan years and that the American people overall will accept nothing less. As the tax rates go back up, jobs will be created due to the need to bring taxable incomes down, more jobs will be created, government will be required to put forth less and less spending and we will be able to pay down our deficit.
It is a win-win situation and we need to teach the Democrats how to voice what higher tax rates will really do. The line, "The rich need to pay their fair share" is getting old and has gained us no traction at all.What this country needs more than anything else is some honesty and open debate... more
On Friday I wrote that a fiscal cliff deal that would appeal to enough GOP House and Senate legislators to provide a winning margin, particularly in the House, would invite a flanking movement from the left. 1 That may indeed be brewing. Today’s reports2 portray Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at impasse over both the $250,000 income ceiling for maintaining the Bush era tax rates, and the proposal sought by all Republicans and some Democrats (including the President) to use a new inflation indexing equation when adjusting social security benefits and tax rate income levels, the so-called Chained CPI. Dylan Matthews at the Times perfectly summed up its real attraction to our punch drunk pols this . . .
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/fiscal-cliff-countdown-unchain-us-senator-reid-from-chained-cpi/On Friday I wrote that a fiscal cliff deal that would appeal to enough GOP House and... more
Norquist Jumps Off The Fiscal Cliff! The First Five Self-Defeating Things About His Non-Endorsement Endorsement Of John Boehner’s “Plan B”House votes at 8:00 pm, or thereabouts http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=3102
Republicans have been using debt and deficit blackmail as a bargaining strategy since the days of Ronald Reagan.
Reagan's brand of politics was successful at promoting the notion that federal government spending on social programs is mostly wasted on pointless handouts to lazy recipients. He carefully cultivated the impression that "government spending" meant "free money” for people who were nothing more than moochers. Sound familiar?
Ronald Reagan was swept into office on the same Republican fearmongering- propaganda that grips the country today…”spending is out of control, the country is going bankrupt and government is too big.”
There is no denying Reagan inherited an economy that was in a deep recession, but his response to the debt crisis was far different than Republicans would have us believe.
Despite his “small government” rhetoric, Reagan expanded the federal government by 7%, employing a larger federal workforce (those pesky public employees) than any President in history other than Johnson who presided over the Vietnam War.
He did enact a huge tax cut, but then raised taxes eleven times; increased defense spending; ballooned the federal deficit to the largest peacetime deficit in history; raised the debt ceiling 17 times and accumulated a debt burden that equaled the previous 200 years of American history, turning the United States from a creditor nation into a debtor nation. For the first time in the history of the nation, the United States borrowed in order to cover federal budget deficits.
David Stockman, Reagan’s economic wizard and the architect of the trickle-down budgets wrote:
“The Reagan deficits were intentional, designed to cut revenue as a way of pressuring Congress to cut programs Republicans wanted to destroy....The plan... was to have a strategic deficit that would give you an argument for cutting back the programs that weren’t desired....”Republicans have been using debt and deficit blackmail as a bargaining strategy since... more
When we as a nation need more money to pay the bills where do we get the money? Does anyone benefit from this endless borrowing? If so, who do you suppose that is?
Before I go any further let me confirm what you probably already know, “debt is the total amount of money that a country (or company) owes. Deficit is the amount that a country (or company) loses each year.”When we as a nation need more money to pay the bills where do we get the money? Does... more
If you live in America, in some way you are directly or indirectly dependent upon government aid. You may not receive a monthly stipend from Medicaid, but maybe you work for a firm that receives government contracts, received a grant to go to school or you attend a state college. Perhaps you serve in the military, put out fires or serve and protect your community. Maybe you’re on Medicare or your doctor receives it. Perhaps you eat corn-on-the-cob from a government supported farm or put subsidized gasoline in your car. Maybe, like millions of other people in this nation, you receive unemployment.
Nearly 40 million people are receiving food stamps, 50% of those recipients are children. I’d rather have a dozen undeserving people receive them than 1 deserving person denied and one child go hungry.
The truth is whether it’s a welfare recipient, someone dependent on food stamps; an unemployed person or someone homeless; everyone you pass on the street has a story every bit as compelling as your own.If you live in America, in some way you are directly or indirectly dependent upon... more
See how he runs . . .
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/09/mitt-romney-mitt-romney-what-are-we-to.htmlSee how he runs . . .... more
From the YouTube description: As Congressman Paul Ryan cracked a joke about a senior citizen, Tom Nielsen found himself face down on the floor being handcuffed by police. The 71-year-old retired plumber from Kenosha was thrown to the ground, placed in handcuffs, and arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest after objecting to Ryan’s plans to gut Social Security and Medicare during his congressman’s only public appearance scheduled during the August 2011 recess — a $15 Rotary Club luncheon in West Allis on Tuesday.
Nielsen repeatedly told police that he wasn’t fighting them and that he didn’t want to make any trouble. He also told them several times that he had a broken shoulder. Police officers ignored his comments as they wrestled him to the ground despite his howls of pain.
http://youtu.be/GBhdXfCdaA8From the YouTube description: As Congressman Paul Ryan cracked a joke about a senior... more
Romney Campaign Ads -- NASA Scientists Assist With Development Of Method To Analyze Balderdash, Incompetence, And Confusion LevelsNASA takes a break from Mars to conduct research on Mitt Romney campaign
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/08/romney-campaign-ads-nasa-scientists.htmlNASA takes a break from Mars to conduct research on Mitt Romney campaign... more
A post about maternity leave ignited a lively debate about what we deserve vs. what we've earned. Entitled or not, America?A post about maternity leave ignited a lively debate about what we deserve vs. what... more
Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate! Obama Moves Quickly To Introduce Legislation Requiring Americans To Purchase, Prepare, and Consume BroccoliReally. Broccoli.
After seeing 'Koch Brothers: Exposed,' I look at all the warnings on Social Security and Medicare with relative disdain. There is indeed a conspiracy afoot, and it’s a vast right-wing conspiracy to eliminate both programs. And the Koch Brothers are leading the charge...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=34599After seeing 'Koch Brothers: Exposed,' I look at all the warnings on Social... more
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. – State officials say a Detroit-area woman who won a $1 million lottery prize last year but continued to get food stamps has been removed from the food assistance program.
The Michigan Department of Human Services on Wednesday said Amanda Clayton, 24, no longer was getting $200 in monthly benefits. The department’s decision followed a report this week from WDIV-TV, an NBC News station in Detroit, in which Clayton acknowledged continuing to get monthly food aid after her September win.
"I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't I thought maybe it was OK because I'm not working," Clayton told WDIV. "I feel that it's OK because I have no income, and I have bills to pay. I have two houses."
Her mother, Euline Clayton, told The Detroit News she didn’t believe her daughter broke any law. She said that after taking a lump sum payout of $700,00 and after taxes, her daughter received $500,000. She used that money, the mother said, to buy a new house and a car.
"I'm not saying it's the right thing to do," Euline Clayton said of her daughter's use of food stamps. "But it's nobody's business if she's not breaking the law."
Legislation at the state level would require lottery and other gambling winnings to factor into eligibility for government food assistance programs. The legislation comes after a Bay County, Mich., man last spring said he continued using food stamps despite winning a $2 million lottery prize in 2010.
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/08/10611511-michigan-no-food-stamps-for-1-million-lotto-winnerLINCOLN PARK, Mich. – State officials say a Detroit-area woman who won a $1... more
By David Edwards
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed on Sunday that Americans don’t have a right to entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.
During a debate hosted by NBC, WHDH’s Andy Hiller asked Paul: “In your opinion, what services are Americans entitled to expect to get from government?”
“Entitlements are not rights,” Paul flatly stated. “Rights mean you have a right to your life, you have a right to your liberty, you should have a right to keep the fruits of your labor.”
“Earlier on here, there was a little discussion about gay rights. I, in a way, don’t like to use those terms: gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights, religious rights. There’s only one type of right: It’s a right to your liberty.”
He added: “No, they’re not entitled. One group isn’t entitled to take something from somebody else. And the basic problem here is, there’s a lot of good intention to help poor people, but guess who gets the entitlements in Washington? The big guys, the rich people, they get the entitlements, the military-industrial complex, the banking system. Those are the entitlements we should be dealing with.”
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of entitlement is “a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract.”
Watch this video from MSNBC, uploaded Jan. 8, 2012.
"Eeesh this Poor Fella, did he just say 'The Fruits of my Labor' does he realize that Social Security is the Fruits of my Labor???"By David Edwards Sunday, January 8, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron... more
Mitt Romney is a permanent member of what I like to call Darwin's Workshop. He is always evolving, and that makes it difficult to pinpoint his positions on anything. He changes positions like people change their underwear (daily). However, one thing is certain. As he makes his presidential run in 2012, Mitt Romney is not a progressive in any sense of the word.
http://veracitystew.com/2011/12/17/mitt-the-twit-is-a-progressive-you-must-be-joking-video/Mitt Romney is a permanent member of what I like to call Darwin's Workshop. He is... more