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New Trump rule would deny green cards to immigrants who took food stamps, Medicaid

Works for me.

From NBC: The Trump administration announced a proposed rule Saturday that would make it harder to obtain visas or green cards for immigrants already in the U.S. legally, as well as those seeking to enter, if they have ever been dependent on certain public benefits, like Medicaid, food stamps or public housing.

The proposal, which can become a rule after a public comment period, rewrites a 1999 rule that limited green cards for immigrants who were dependent on cash benefits, but did not take into consideration health care or other non-monetary benefits.

Originally, the rule known as “public charge” began in the 1800s as a way for the U.S. to deny entry to immigrants who were likely to become a drain on the economy.

“This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

As NBC News previously reported, earlier versions of the proposal included more draconian measures, such as limiting green cards and citizenship for immigrants who had used Obamacare or certain tax credits.

“The [disqualifying] benefits generally represent the largest federal programs for low-income people by total expenditure that address basic living needs such as income, housing, food, and medical care,” a spokeswoman for DHS said in a written briefing.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Socialist Hypocrisy: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $3,505 designer outfit

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, called a rising “political star” by the New York Times, won the June 26 Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, defeating incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley, in what has been called the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm-election season.

Ocasio-Cortez is an avowed socialist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She advocates hard-Left policies such as gun control, an end to the use of fossil fuels, single-payer (government) healthcare system, universal healthcare (Medicare for All), tuition-free universities, forgiveness of all student debts, amnesty (“path to citizenship”) for illegal aliens, abolition of ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and impeachment of President Trump.

On September 7, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez met with some New York construction workers to show her solidarity with the proletariat:

She is so pleased with the outfit she was wearing that she posted this pic of herself to Facebook:

This is how much socialist Ocasio-Cortez’s designer outfit cost, not including her underwear:

According to the webpage “Construction Worker Salary in New York,” the average annual salary of New York construction workers is $43,311, with salaries ranging from $22,498 to $74,251.

Wes Walker of Clash Daily points out that “If you split 43K 12 ways, that number comes out to $3609 a month — total pay” — the average monthly salary of NY construction workers.

In other words, socialist Ocasio-Cortez’s designer outfit costs the equivalent of one month’s salary of the construction workers she visited.

Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars reminds us that:

Back in July it was revealed that despite Ocasio-Cortez claiming to be a rough and ready working class girl from the Bronx, she mostly grew up in wealthy Westchester County.

Numerous mainstream media biographies of Ocasio-Cortez omit the fact that she basically grew up middle class, with her architect father able to send her to Boston University to study economics and international relations.

One wonders how disconnected Ocasio-Cortez is now to ordinary Americans given that she is swanning around in $3,500 outfits while claiming to be a working class hero.

Ocasio-Cortez’s “useful idiot” slavish followers are oblivious to her hypocrisy. Here are some barf-worthy comments they posted to her $3505 designer pant-suit photo:

Evelyn Gonzalez ”Don’t under estimate the power of a women”
Jay Harper I promise you that the Democrats leaders fear her more than Donald Trump and will do anything to stop her! Just wait…
Alex Kainz You continue to inspire me and other progressive Americans on a daily basis, Alexandria! Keep on keeping on!
Ivan Erickson Ii am not in her district, but I am excited for people who are. We all must press ahead to hand over the reins to a new generation of leaders. All the power to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the voters in her district. They will write the history worth writing about.

Ben Valentin Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, I am Active Duty and serving overseas. The work that you and our community keep on the homefront inspires us service members to keep trucking. Palante siempre palante

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Rahm Emanuel sets up UBI task force to tackle poverty

Liberals never learn from history.

From Fox News: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called “universal basic income” program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy after promising not to run for another term.

The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.

Back in June, Chicago’s North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

The new task force set up by Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have a panel that will decide whether such welfare initiative could work in the city.

Pawar, who will be part of the panel, claims universal basic income is a way to tackle poverty amid the loss of jobs due to automation and the offshoring of industries.

But the creation of the task force may open Emmanuel for criticism, as it comes just less than a week after he announced that he won’t run for a third term. The decision to implement a potentially costly program will rest on the shoulders of another mayor.

Pawar told the Tribune that he doesn’t believe Emanuel is creating the task force only to claim credit for it without actually implementing.

“Chicago would be the largest city in the country to take this step,” he said. “I think the mayor sees this as a chance to lead the way as cities try to grapple with poverty and income inequality at a time the federal government is not addressing those things. This would be a legacy issue [for Emanuel].”

A number of cities in the U.S. have either discussed or adopted a similar version of the program. The city of Stockton, California will begin paying 100 fortunate residents $500 a month without any conditions in 2019.

The city, which was once known as America’s foreclosure capital, has recently fallen on hard times, with 1-in-4 residents living below the poverty line and the median household income at nearly $8,000 lower than the national median.

In Oakland, California, Y Combinator, a startup incubator, is giving out $1,500 a month to randomly selected residents. It’s expected the money will soon be distributed to 100 recipients with a prospect of expanding the program to 1,000 people who will receive $1,000 monthly.

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The Trump Effect: Illegals are opting out of welfare programs

The WIC or Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, created in 1974, is a federal welfare program for supposedly low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five — regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens or in the U.S. illegally.

The basic eligibility requirement is a family income below 185% of the federal poverty level, which in 2018 is an annual income $25,100 for a family of four (the figure is higher for  Alaska and Hawaii). Most states allow automatic WIC eligibility for persons or families who are already receiving other welfare programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka food stamps), Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Amanda Prestigiacomo reports for The Daily Wire, Sept. 3, 2018, that a proposed Trump Administration rule to deny legal status to illegals on welfare is prompting hundreds of thousands of illegal “immigrants” to opt out of WIC.

Both illegal and legal immigrants have been inundating health care providers with calls demanding they be dropped from federal assistance programs like WIC. Illegals are asking to be dropped from WIC because they are scared of being deported, while some legal immigrants apparently believe their legal status will be in jeopardy because of rumors circulating about potential Trump Administration rules.

Agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20% in enrollment. When President Donald Trump first took office, there were 7.4 million women and children enrolled in WIC. That number declined to roughly 6.8 million in May 2018, which is a decrease of 8.1% or 600,000 fewer enrollees. The drop-off may also be due to a bolstered economy and a decline in immigrant birth rates.

In 2011, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said WIC cost $100 per person.

600,000 fewer WIC recipients would mean a savings of $60 million, in 2011 dollars.

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Proof that MSM news on Trump's "family separation" is political propaganda

The Oxford Dictionary defines “propaganda” as “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
Here is visual evidence of the MSM’s propaganda — a misleading, and therefore deceptive,  image of a little crying girl.
For its July 2, 2018 print issue, Time magazine has a cover of an image of President Trump as a bully towering over a tiny, crying child.

The Time cover is very deceptive because the magazine photoshopped the kid from another deceptive pic (below) of the tearful 2-year-old Honduran migrant illegal border-crosser girl, which has become the emblematic face of fake-news MSM’s propaganda about Trump’s so-called “family separation” policy toward “undocumented immigrants”.

Both pictures are lies.

It turns out that the little girl was never separated from her mother.
The little girl’s father, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, says that his daughter was never actually separated from her mother, Sandra, 32, when the two were caught by U.S. Border Patrol, but instead are together in U.S. custody “at a family residential center in Texas.”
Hernandez said that on June 3, his wife, who had been deported from the U.S. in 2013, paid a human smuggler $6,000 to illegally enter the United States with their daughter, Yanela Denise, all against his wishes and without telling him. (Breitbart and Daily Mail).
There is no deliberate Trump “policy” to separate the families of illegal border-crossers.
What the jackals of the Mainstream Media call “separation of families” is actually the Trump administration enacting a measure that flowed from the  Clinton-era Flores vs. Reno Supreme Court decision allowing unaccompanied illegal border-crossing minors be held “in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs.”
By federal law, illegal border-crossers must be incarcerated, instead of set free as the lawless Obama administration did. If an illegal border-crosser has an accompanying child, instead of imprisoning the child, the Trump administration houses the child in another facility — not a prison — where these children are fed, clothed and cared for — at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion a year. (USA Today)
The alternative is to jail the children with the adults.
Trump concedes on 'separation of families'
H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV.
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MAGA: Food stamp enrollment falls to eight-year low

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Quick, time to write another story about the separation of families at the border! We can’t dare let good news like this receive any attention.
From Fox News: Overall enrollment in the country’s food stamp program has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years as the economy continues to improve and the Trump administration attempts to tackle fraud in the program.
According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), enrollment in the program dropped in March to 40,083,954. The last time food stamp participation dipped this low was in February 2010, when 39,588,993 people were enrolled in the program.
“As the economy continues to improve, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is declining,” a USDA official who asked for anonymity told Fox News. “SNAP was established as a temporary supplemental nutrition benefit guiding people to self-sufficiency and self-reliance, not a permanent way of life.”
The USDA official noted that much like jobless numbers, the number of enrollees in SNAP tends to fluctuate month by month. But the official added that the agency expects about 8.8 million to leave the program in the next 10 years.
SNAP, which was formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, is a federal program that provides grocery assistance for people out of work or with low incomes living in the U.S. To qualify for the program, individuals must make 130 percent or less of the federal poverty level based on the household size.
The program is meant to help people buy nutritional items like breads, vegetables, dairy products and meats, while barring them from purchasing alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and household supplies and paper products among other items.
While overall food stamp enrollment has been on a steady decline since 2013, some observers credit President Trump’s emphasis on getting more Americans back to work and his administration’s crackdown on fraud in the SNAP program as the reason why the decline has sped up.
“It’s a long time coming,” Robert Doar, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News. “These numbers are dropping because people are going back to work.”
Since Trump took office, more than 2.2 million have discontinued their participation in the SNAP program in large part due to his administration’s moves to reform SNAP. Trump in February proposed a 30 percent, or $214 billion, cut to SNAP as part of the White House’s federal budget proposal.
In April, Trump signed an executive order aiming to harden up work requirements for welfare and public assistance programs. The order, which aims to reduce poverty “by promoting opportunity and economic mobility,” calls for agencies to strengthen work requirements and to look for new ones.
“The Federal Government should do everything within its authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in Federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty,” the executive order stated. “It must examine Federal policies and programs to ensure that they are consistent with principles that are central to the American spirit — work, free enterprise and safeguarding human and economic resources.”
Following Trump’s order, the House Agriculture Committee voted to tighten the already existing work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), while expanding funding for state training programs. The legislation passed Wednesday by the committee would require all “work capable adults” between the age of 18 and 59 to work or participate in work training for 20 hours per week. The tweak means a greater number of people would have to work or enroll in work training.
The USDA in March also announced that it had hired an “integrity officer” who would monitor any instances of fraud in the SNAP program and, in February, Trump announced the rollout of the so-called “Harvest Box” program – an initiative to give food stamp recipients a box of “shelf-stable” foods along with the SNAP allotment.
“The Harvest Box is a silly idea and probably not going anywhere,” Doar said. “But the integrity office is a good step to take…It helps make sure that the program is not only about getting the benefits, but also making sure people are getting back to work.”
The moves by the Trump administration to clamp down on who can receive food stamps has drawn a strong rebuke from numerous Democrats and advocacy groups that work with low-income people and families. Many argue that Trump is manipulating the view of who receives food stamps and that SNAP already had work requirements built into the program.
Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern told the New York Times in February that Trump was painting a “distorted picture” of those who receive food stamps by saying that they are scamming SNAP and avoiding work.
“They have to stop playing to the cheap seats,” he said. “The majority of people in the program are children and seniors and people working in jobs that pay too little to feed their families.”
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Reflections on a daddy cat and America's fatherless children

It’s two days after Father’s Day, but not too late to acknowledge what a good father this cat is.
Watch how daddy cat takes care of his babies and lovingly licks his mate.


Sadly, too many fathers in America today are mere sperm donors.
According to data from the 2010 Census:

  • The number of children living in single-parent homes has nearly doubled since 1960.
  • The percentage of two-parent families significantly decreased in all 50 states. Even as the total number of American households with children increased by 160,000, the number of two-parent households, however, decreased by 1.2 million.
  • In 2014, as many as 15 million or one-third of American children were without a father.

The above doleful statistics are a direct result of the Democrats’ decades-long enabling via welfare policies that reward single mothers and unwed pregnancies, and in so doing, replace fathers with Big Government.
But these same Democrats are now screaming about Trump immigration policy’s “separation of families”. Hypocrites!
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10% of Amazon workers in Ohio are on food stamps

On January 9, 2018, CNBC reports that Jeff Bezos (né Jorgensen) — founder/chairman/CEO of Amazon and the owner of Washington Post — surpassed Microsoft mogul Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man, with $105.1 billion in wealth.
Gates, once the world’s richest man, is now worth “only” $93.3 billion.
17 days later, propelled by the launch of Amazon Go, Bezos’ net worth increased another $2.8 billion to a total of $107.9 billion. (CNBC)

So it’s a downright disgrace that 10% of Amazon’s workers in Ohio are on food stamps (SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — the working poor in America. Amazon is one of the largest employers in Ohio, with more than 6,000 workers and thousands more to be added soon at three new big warehouses.
But Amazon is also one of the largest employers in Ohio of workers who need food assistance to get by.
A study by the think tank Policy Matters Ohio found that according to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, as of last August, as many as 10% or 1,430 Amazon employees or family members in Ohio were getting food stamps. That places Amazon 19th among all Ohio employers in the number of employees receiving SNAP. Just months before, Amazon didn’t even rank in the top 50.
The Amazon employees on food stamps include both full- and part-time workers, but it is likely mostly part-time workers require food assistance. Amazon operates data centers, wind farms, and Whole Foods outlets in Ohio, but the largest number of employees are at two big warehouses near Columbus.
While more than one in every ten Amazon employee in Ohio are on food stamps,  Amazon gets millions of dollars in state and local subsidies at its warehouses, including (Bloomberg Businessweek):

  • $17 million in tax incentives from the state of Ohio,and over $1.5 million in cash from JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development agency, as part of a two-warehouse deal — all funded with income from the state’s liquor monopoly.
  • At least $123 million in tax breaks and $2.9 million in cash grants in four deals with JobsOhio since 2014.
  • A 15-year exemption on state and local property and sales taxes, and $1.4 million in cash, in a 2014 deal with JobsOhio for Amazon spending $1.1 billion to build three data centers and a promise of 120 jobs.
  • No property taxes to Licking County for 15 years, a deal that Amazon negotiated in 2015 with local officials and JobsOhio.

At the same time, Amazon‘s new facilities in Ohio, totaling almost a million square feet, make use of public services like the fire department and emergency responders. At least once a day, a medical unit from West Licking Fire Station 3 makes a run to the Amazon warehouse 3.1 miles away, in the township of Etna, about 20 miles east of Columbus. Steve Little, the fire district administrator, said the calls for routine medical issues that occur in grueling warehouse jobs come at all hours, including shortness of breath, chest pains, and myriad minor injuries. During the busy holiday season, the warehouse sometimes issues multiple emergency calls a day. Little said, “We have to protect, but we get no extra money. We have no voice in these deals, and we get no cash. Our residents are being forced to pay instead.” In November 2017, voters in Little’s district were asked to approve a five-year, $6.5 million property tax levy to keep the fire department operating.
The deals Ohio made with Amazon create surprisingly few jobs. Ohio’s Republican state auditor David Yost says: “$123 million is a lot of money, and you ought to get a lot for that. It’s really hard to know how much the state of Ohio paid per [Amazon] job.”
Ohio’s job-growth rate has trailed the U.S. average for 57 consecutive months; in August it was an anemic 1.1%, compared with the 1.5% national rate. In 2013, Yost threatened to compel JobsOhio to be more transparent by showing him more numbers. So Governor John Kasich pushed a bill through the state legislature stripping public officials of the right to audit JobsOhio’s books. A private auditor now conducts an annual review, which is partly redacted before publication.
I thank God John Kasich didn’t win the GOP primaries and wasn’t elected POTUS.
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Sunday Devotional: Be kind

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”


The dictionary defines the adjective “kind” as being generous, helpful, and caring. Isn’t that what the second greatest commandment’s “love your neighbor as yourself” means?
When was the last time you were kind — generous, helpful and caring — to someone in need? And when was the last time someone was kind — generous, helpful and caring — to you?
And who — in our welfare state where “charity” and “kindness” are enforced by government through confiscatory taxation — are “the least among us”? (For me, homeless and suffering animals are among “the least”.)
Here are some kindness quotes:

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” ~Anonymous
“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~Anonymous
Don’t be yourself — be someone a little nicer.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” ~Henry James

And may the peace and love and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
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To noone's surprise, Angela Merkel is reelected to 4th term as German Chancellor

On September 8, I predicted that Angela Merkel will be reelected German Chancellor.
To no one’s surprise, yesterday’s election indeed re-elected Merkel — for whom patriotism, nationalism and the German flag are bad things — for a fourth term.


But there are two interesting results of yesterday’s election:

  • Merkel’s “conservative” CDU/CSU party received its worst result in almost 70 years, with only 33% of the votes.
  • The media are also bemoaning the historic win of what they call Germany’s “right-wing, nationalist” AfD partyAlternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany). Ranking third with 12.6% of the votes, AfD has won its first parliamentary seats.


AfD’s platform is anti-immigration — what it calls “an invasion of foreigners” into Germany. AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland said, “We want a different [immigration] policy.”
And no wonder.
Only one-in-five of Merkel’s immigrants actually work.Of a million asylum seekers who have come to Germany in recent years, only a fifth has acquired some kind of employment, according to the Swedish news site SVT Nyheter (via Gateway Pundit). That means 4-in-5 or 80% of “migrants” in Germany are on welfare. (It’s even worse in Austria: 90% of “asylum seekers” in Austria are on welfare.)
But AfD’s rising popularity may be too late. Given the number, youth and predominantly male Muslim migrants, Germany will be a white-minority country in one generation.
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