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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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Wisconsin moves forward with drug testing food stamp recipients

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Governor Scott Walker


From Fox 11: Gov. Scott Walker moved ahead Monday with his plans to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps, a move blocked by the federal government or found to be unconstitutional when other states have tried.
Wisconsin’s plan was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature more than two years ago, but it languished because it conflicts with federal rules prohibiting states from imposing additional eligibility criteria on food stamp recipients.
Florida had a drug test requirement for food stamp recipients that a federal appeals court blocked in 2014, finding it violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. Walker filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 seeking approval to test food stamp applicants, but it was rejected because then-President Barack Obama’s administration had not yet formally rejected the state’s request to do the testing.
Walker asked then-President elect Donald Trump’s administration in December 2016 to make clear that drug screening is permissible, but it has not taken action and now Walker is moving ahead anyway.
Walker approved a rule change to implement the screening and sent it to the Legislature for review Monday. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor believes he has the authority to implement the rule.
The Legislature has four months to review the rule and it could take a year after its approval before the testing would begin. Lawsuits by those who oppose the drug testing are expected once it’s implemented, assuming the federal government doesn’t step in and block it in the meantime.
Under the plan, childless FoodShare participants who fail a drug test would be eligible for state-funded rehabilitation treatment if they don’t have any other way to pay for it. FoodShare is Wisconsin’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Walker administration estimated that a small fraction of the program’s applicants — 220, or 0.3 percent, of the 67,400 applicants a year — would actually test positive for drugs. Walker has touted the drug testing as a way to put more drug-free workers into the workplace.
Opponents say that’s wrongheaded. “The state could do far more to expand the workforce by investing in broader access to effective drug treatment programs, rather than spending scarce state resources on the administration of drug screening and testing requirements,” said Jon Peacock, research director for Kids Forward, which advocates for children and families in Wisconsin.
Peacock said he was certain there would be a legal challenge over the constitutionality of drug screening food stamp recipients as well as whether such a move would be a violation of federal law governing the food stamp program.
Walker has pushed to expand drug testing for public benefit recipients. The budget he signed this year called for drug screening all able-bodied, childless adults applying for state Medicaid BadgerCare health benefits, pending federal approval. The budget also required drug test requirements for food stamp recipients would be expanded to parents of children ages 6 to 18.
Walker and 11 other governors in 2016 asked the federal government for permission to drug test food stamp recipients.
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Obese black woman trashes store after her EBT card was denied

A very large black woman loses it after a convenience store denied her EBT card.
woman had EBT card deniedWatch her scream and yell as she sweeps merchandise off the shelves and throw food around.
Finally, three men strong-armed her and threw her out of the store.

EBT card or Electronic Benefits Transfer card is a personal debit card used by food stamp recipients to purchase authorized items like food and basic necessities.
Although EBT cards are supposed to be used only to buy food, I’ve seen thrift (clothing) stores that accept EBT cards. Even worse, EBT cards have been used for marijuana, gambling, strip clubs, and sex toys. See:

H/t TruNews and FOTM‘s Hadenoughalready.

~Eowyn

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Harvard study: Your share of the federal debt is $106,000

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Washington Examiner: American workers would have to cough up a one-time “debt reduction fee” of $106,000 to pay off the nation’s debt that has grown 58 percent under President Obama, according to Harvard University’s Institute of Politics annual report on the USA.

The 91-page report provided to Secrets pegged the nation’s debt at $16.7 trillion, up from the $10.6 trillion inherited by Obama. “The debt has grown so quickly because of large and repeated annual deficits in federal spending,” said the report.

What’s more, the Annual Report of the USA, from the student at the Harvard Political Review and done in partnership with the American Education Foundation, found that food stamp usage has surged 77 percent during the recession and that Social Security benefits will be slashed 23 percent starting in 2033 unless Congress and the White House institute sweeping reforms.

The report is considered one of the nation’s authoritative independent analysis review of federal spending. One of the best benefits of the report is that the authors try to put huge numbers like the debt in perspective.

“Such large sums are difficult to conceptualize properly,” said the student authors in their report.

“If the federal government spent its yearly revenues exclusively on debt reduction and ceased all of its operations, it would take three of four years to pay down the debt. Or, the government could pay down the debt in one blow if it simply took more than $52,000 from every person living in the U.S., including children, the elderly, and the unemployed. If this one-time ‘debt reduction fee’ were levied only on those in the workforce, the cost would be over $106,000 per person,” warned the report.

It also revealed how desperate American families have struggled during the recession that struck at the end of the Bush administration and has lasted through Obama’s two terms: food stamp participation has surged 77 percent and funding more than doubled to $71.8 billion.

Harvard said that from the beginning of the recession in late 2007, average monthly participation in the program jumped to historic levels and an annual bill of $30.4 billion.

The news isn’t much better on the Social Security front: “Without reform, Social Security beneficiaries will face a 23 percent benefit cut in 2033. By 2087, beneficiaries will receive 28 percent less than calculated under the current benefit formula.”

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1/3 of U.S. population now receive federal food assistance

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This is what 4½ years of the Obama presidency have wrought.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General’s latest Audit Report 27001-0001-10, “Overlap and Duplication in Food and Nutrition Service’s Nutrition Programs” (henceforth, Report), the number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government is now a staggering 101 million — a number that is one-third of the entire U.S. population, outnumbering the number of Americans who work full-time in the private, i.e., non-government, sector of the economy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture runs a Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the mission of which “is to provide children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive educational efforts”. FNS consists of 15 individual programs with a combined fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget of $114 billion, some of which may duplicate or overlap with other programs (Report, pp. 8 & 2). Translated into simple English, that means WASTE.

Those 15 “food nutrition” programs include:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the agency’s cornerstone program formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, comprises the largest portion of FNS’ overall budget at $88.6 billion in FY 2012.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which had a budget of $6.6 billion in FY 2012.
  • Child nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which together totaled over $18 billion in FY 2012. (Report, p. 8)

FNS estimates that a total of 101 million people currently participate in at least one of its programs, including over 47 million in SNAP or food stamps, a historically high figure that has risen with the economic downturn and expanded eligibility and funding of food assistance programs. (Report, p. 11)

Unsustainable!!!!

H/t CNSNews

~Eowyn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012. – See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-outnumber-full-time-private-sector-workers#sthash.NoGORBtZ.dpuf

The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-outnumber-full-time-private-sector-workers#sthash.NoGORBtZ.dpuf

The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of full-time private sector workers in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.

The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.

Of the 101 million receiving food benefits, a record 47 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The USDA describes SNAP as the “largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”

The USDA says the number of Americans on food stamps is a “historically high figure that has risen with the economic downturn.”

SNAP has a monthly average of 46.7 million participants, or 22.5 million households.  Food stamps alone had a budget of $88.6 billion in FY 2012.

The USDA also offers nutrition assistance for pregnant women, school children and seniors.

The National School Lunch program provides 32 million students with low-cost or no-cost meals daily; 10.6 million participate in the School Breakfast Program; and 8.9 million receive benefits from the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program each month, the latter designed for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as children younger than 5 years old.

In addition, 3.3 million children at day care centers receive snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

There’s also a Special Milk Program for schools and a Summer Food Service Program, through which 2.3 million children received aid in July 2011 during summer vacation.

At farmer’s markets, 864,000 seniors receive benefits to purchase food and 1.9 million women and children use coupons from the program.

A “potential for overlap” exists with the many food programs offered by the USDA, allowing participants to have more than their daily food needs subsidized completely by the federal government.

According to a July 3 audit by the Inspector General, the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) “may be duplicating its efforts by providing participants total benefits in excess of 100 percent of daily nutritional needs when households and/or individuals participate in more than one FNS program simultaneously.”

Food assistance programs are designed to be a “safety net,” the IG said.

“With the growing rate of food insecurity among U.S. households and significant pressures on the Federal budget, it is important to understand how food assistance programs complement one another as a safety net, and how services from these 15 individual programs may be inefficient, due to overlap and duplication,” the audit said.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-outnumber-full-time-private-sector-workers#sthash.NoGORBtZ.dpuf

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The Left threaten to riot and assassinate Romney

Obama lemmings (h/t our beloved moxielouise!)

This is a sure sign that the Left know the tides have turned and their “Hope&Change” charlatan will lose on November 6.

Paul Joseph Watson reports for Infowars, Oct. 17, 2012, that “threats to assassinate Romney exploded on Twitter after Tuesday night’s second presidential debate” over fears that their food stamps will be taken away if when Romney wins the election.

This is in addition to threats made in recent days by Obama supporters to riot if Romney wins.

The primary reason given for Obama supporters wanting to see Romney dead is the fear that he will take away food stamps.

Watson rightly notes that:

“If the tables were turned and conservatives were making death threats against Obama in these numbers, it would be a national news story. Indeed, the mere act of hanging empty chairs from trees as a reference to Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech was hyped by the media as a deadly sign that conservatives were out to lynch black people if Obama won.

However, the major networks have remained completely silent on the disturbing trend of Obama supporters threatening to resort to violence if their candidate fails to secure a second term.”

Here’s a sample of assassination threats compiled by Twitchy, made by Obama supporters made during and after the debate;

These Twitter accounts are genuine, they are not fakes. Many of them have thousands of previous tweets.

Here are some more assassination Tweets during and after the debate:

  • “If Romney win this election, he might as well wear a shirt that says “Assassinate Me Bitch”.

  • “Yall ready to assasinate romney?”

  • “Somebody needs to asassinate This mofo Romney.”

  • “Romney make me wanna hop through the tv & just assasinate his ass.”

  • “I aint gone lie… Food stamps the shit! I mite assasinate romney my damn self if he get elected!”

  • “If romney get elected i hope a nigga assasinate his bitchass.

  • “No birth control???? Lol rlly Romney the american population is going to overflow and then we’ll have to resort to murder and you’ll be #1.”

  • “At this point in time I am completely prepared to MURDER ROMNEY MYSELF!”

  • “If Romney win, IM GOING TO JAIL FOR MURDER cuz imma whack his bitch ass ASAP.”

  • “If Mitt Romney wins, which I doubt, someone should assassinate him before he ruins the lives of our generation & our children.”

  • “IF ROMNEY GETS ELECTED AND TAKES AWAY MY FOOD STAMPS IMA SEND SOMEONE TO MURDER HIS ASS.”

The above are just a selection of scores and scores of threats to assassinate Romney that have exploded on Twitter over the last 12 hours. These are threats on Twitter alone. Imagine the threats posted to Facebook or any other social networks.

Presidential candidates supposedly have the protection of the U.S. Secret Service. Let’s make sure the Secret Service is looking into these death threats against Mitt Romney. Arrests should be made.

H/t FOTM’s beloved Grouchy Fogie

Please pray for the safety of Mitt Romney!

UPDATE (Oct. 29, 2012):

More than a dozen Twitter accounts that were used as a medium to publicly threaten Gov. Mitt Romney’s life after the second presidential debate remain active, nearly two weeks later. This news comes after the Secret Service told The Weekly Standard that they were “aware” of these threats on Romney’s life.

~Eowyn

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Food Stamp Nation

Via washingtonexaminer.com:

September 19, 2012 | 7:13 am

CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement

Philip Klein Senior Editorial Writer

Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.

In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”

Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program “works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) ‘workfare’ program for at least 20 hours per week.”

Obama’s economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas. This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2010) and Congress rebuffed Obama’s requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. (The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”)

Though the weakening of the economy would have led to an increase in food stamp usage with or without a waiver, the doubling of the use of food stamps by the able-bodied population without dependents exceeded the 43 percent increase in food stamp usage among the broader population over the same 2008 to 2010 time frame. This gives more weight to the idea that the waiver fueled the food stamp growth among the population it affected, beyond where it would have been even in a weak economy.

The CRS report does not have data for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years.

Read the full report here.

This is a national embarrassment, but for some reason there seems to be little outrage on the part of the American people – and even less among our so-called congressional “watchdogs.”

I have no problem with helping those truly in need, but just about every time I visit my local grocer, I see people in line with items that the taxpayers should not be forced to pay for. What is worse is that I more often than not see these people walk out into the parking lot and load their loot into vehicles that still have dealer drive-off tags on them.

Of course, private charities and food banks would go a long way toward eliminating this waste and fraud, but something inside me says they are probably going to be harassed out of existence by government.

After all, the welfare nanny state does not like private competition.

-Dave

(h/t: boortz.com)

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Everyone is poorer under Obama, even the rich

We already know that that the median net worth of U.S. families plunged by 39% in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010.

We already know that the number of Americans living in poverty and receiving food stamps is at an all time high — more than 46.5 million Americans or 20% of U.S. households.

But it’s not just the poor and the middle class who are getting poorer under the Obama administration. Nearly four years of the POS steering the ship of state, even the rich have gotten poorer — as shown in U.S. Census Bureau data.

The Census Bureau’s annual report, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,” says that 46.2 million Americans (15% of the U.S. population) lived in poverty in 2011. In fact, the number of poor Americans had increased for three consecutive years (2009-2011).

As noted by Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge, that led Wharton economist Justin Wolfers to comment that “The rich just keep getting richer.”

But Wolfers and other liberal pundits are wrong. Durden points out that if we look at the Census data of wealth dispersion by percentile, the data actually show “that both the household income of the … wealthiest 95th percentile, as well as the income spread between the 95th and 10th percentile, over the past 5 years has actually been going down. In fact, the average income of the richest disclosed percentile is $186,000, or the lowest since 1999. […] the wealth of the top percentile has been not only flat but modestly declining for 12 years.”

It may be that the rich are getting richer if what one means by “the rich” are the top 5% or top 1% or, most likely still, the top 0.1% or top o.00001%. Durden concludes that “the number of people truly getting richer in the current economy, is more and more limited to a few hundred people,” which is another way of saying 99% or 99.9% of Americans are getting screwed.

That, in turn, means that for all of Conservatives’ labeling Obama as “socialist,” he really isn’t one. Unless, of course, what is meant by “socialism” is the corrupt brand of “socialism” of the former Soviet Union and other Marxist-socialist countries, where everyone lives in poverty except for the supreme leader and the political elite of the Communist Party.

~Eowyn

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Road to Ruin – Cradle to Grave


H/T Kelleigh

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Road to Obesity – Schoolhouse to Jailhouse

Despite the endless food stamp/EBT propaganda and PSAs starring Michelle Obama moaning about parents getting involved in good food choices,many American children receive their first two meals of the day at school, ending the day with a fast food/takeout  meal for dinner.
The website Fitflex.com discussing a recent study published “Physiology and Behavior” notes, ” What we eat influences how we act and feel. Besides supplying the vital energy and nutrients essential to life, food helps to regulate behavior by the way it affects certain chemicals active in the nervous system. These behaviors range from mental alertness to pain perception….
…. those consuming a high-carb diet showed increased insulin levels. Insulin is known to induce drowsiness, explaining why you may feel sleepy after a meal containing a high sugar content.

Every school district in the country has federally-subsidized free and reduced price food programs. The guidelines take from the Seattle School District website, children living in multi-generational households grossing over $5,000 a month qualify.
The menus are carefully planned to meet government-approved nutritional targets with carbs and diabetes in mind. This chart looks woefully short on protein and heavy on starchy carbs; but, it meets the government target.
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