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.”
A friend of FOTM’s beloved Hardnox received this email from his nephew in Raleigh, NC:
So earlier this morning I went to get my car inspected and my registration renewed.
On the corner of a very busy intersection in Raleigh was about 15 to 20 older ladies all in the same color shirt walking up to cars and asking for money.
When I pulled up the lady came up to me and asked if I would like to donate money for battered women. I told them I only have twenties, but after I get my car inspected I will be back to give them some money.
After my inspection I returned like I said I would. The ladies were in a parking lot surrounded by three cop cars.
Curious, I pulled in and asked one of the cops what was going on.
I told them I was coming back to give them money. He asked me what I thought I was giving them money for and I told him “battered women.” The policeman laughed and said the women were out here collecting money for Obama, but using Battered Women and Cancer Research to get people to give.
Unbelievable! I don’t care what your political preference is, that is just too much!!! I bet you won’t see that on the news!
Here are some other documented frauds committed by Obama supporters (source: CommieBlaster):
Too many Americans are just plain stupid — and greedy.
CBS Philly issued a warning on July 13, 2012, that THOUSANDS of people have reportedly been victimized in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the United States by a popular scam spreading through social media, text messaging, telephone, and US Mail.
The scam claims that “President Barack Obama is providing funding to help customers pay their utility bills.”
To “qualify,” all you have to do is provide personal information including your Social Security number, credit card number, and/or bank account number.
It turns out the scam had been going on for more than a month at least because I found this article on Business Insider about the scam, which was dated June 5, 2012:
(Update II): Page is back up. -Dave
Via marshallfrank.com: A MOSAIC: OBAMA, ISLAM, COMMUNISM
I’ve made it no secret. I believe Barack Obama is a colossal fraud and that his true mission leading up to, and during his reign as president, is far more sinister than most people are willing to believe.
Arguing about the legitimacy of Barack Obama always gets mired in minutia — single issues – because people don’t stand back and look at the big picture. We argue Reverend Wright, or Bill Ayres, or socialism or the suspicious birth certificate, and so on. The left accuses the right of dirty politics. The right accuses the left of protecting a non-patriot.
To understand the real person behind that endearing facade is to know every segment of his life and look at him in a mosaic. Mosaic art is made of many tiles fitted together. Each tile has shapes and colors but no form. It’s those formless tiles that we waste time arguing about because none of them show the big picture. But in order to know the truth we must see all the tiles in place, for then they are no longer just shapes and colors, they show the entire mural of who and what Barack Obama really is.
So let’s start with one tile after another and put them together like a jigsaw puzzle.
1) Obama’s mother had an affair with and married an African-Kenyan, a Muslim.
2) There is also plethora of literature to suggest that Obama’s father was a committed communist at the time he and Obama’s mother were involved in their relationship.
3) Obama’s mother divorced his father, and then remarried to another man who was also a Muslim and citizen of Indonesia.
4) Barack Obama lived mostly in environments dominated by Islam until he was ten years old.
5) Obama’s religion was listed in his Indonesian school as “Islam.” With an Islamic father and stepfather, and registered as an Islamic, it is reasonable to assume he was subjected to Islamic indoctrination and teachings.
6) He went by the name Barry Soetoro during the years he was adopted by his stepfather.
7) After age ten, his mother left the stepfather and Barry Soetoro returned to Hawaii where he was cared for by his maternal grandparents.
You will find the rest of the article at this link. -Dave
A CBS affiliate in Phoenix, CBS 5 KPHO, reported on Arpaio’s press conference on the day of the conference:
Now why wouldn’t the CBS national network broadcast this? Chicken!
Send the reporter Steve Stout a “thank you”. Here’s his e-mail address:
But it may be the only hope remaining of ridding our ailing nation of the cancer that is Barack Hussein Obama before the patient expires, as I have no real confidence the sheeple electorate is going to do the right thing come November:
I am planning to attend, if it is in any way possible. -Dave
(h/t: tina and Steve)
Via washingtontimes.com: Bankrupt Solyndra seeking to pay bonuses
Court’s OK sought for ‘incentive plan’
By Jim McElhatton – The Washington Times
Now seems an unlikely time for handing out bonuses at bankrupt Solyndra LLC, but that’s the plan of company attorneys intending to dole out up to a half-million dollars to persuade key employees to stay put.
Nearly two dozen Solyndra employees could receive bonuses ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 each under a proposal filed by Solyndra’s attorneys in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
The attorneys say the extra money will add motivation at a time when workers at the solar company have little job security and more responsibilities because so many of their colleagues have been fired.
The names of the bonus-eligible employees are not disclosed in the court filings that outline the bonus proposal. None of the employees is among the so-called corporate “insiders” — top officers or members of the board of directors, records show.
The proposed bonus recipients include nine equipment engineers, six general business and finance employees and up to two information technology workers.
The biggest bonus, for $50,000, would go to a Solyndra employee whose job title is listed as a senior director with a base salary of $206,499 per year. Two senior managers stand to receive bonuses of $30,000 and $32,500.
Bankruptcy attorneys said the so-called “key employee incentive plan” aims to keep important personnel from leaving the company.
You can read the rest here.
Hopefully the presiding judge in this case will tell the lawyers to go pound sand.
Given the amount of taxpayer money that was thrown down this rat hole of a company by the Dear Looter, I would like to see the remaining employees terminated immediately, the assets of this failed company sold, and the proceeds from same put back into the U.S. Treasury.
To me, this entire Solyndra affair reeks of nothing less that a giant money-laundering scam, and the T.A.R.P. fiasco, along with all the other bailout nonsense, appears even worse.
I am now convinced that we, along with George W. Bush and many in congress, were completely had by Paulson, Bernanke, and everybody else involved.
The stench of corruption that is now swirling around this rogue administration is reaching unbearable levels. Unfortunately, I do not see anything meaningful being done about any of it as long as the thoroughly corrupt Eric Holder remains as AG, and the Senate is controlled by democrats.
Perhaps down the road, once Holder and his boss have been ousted, an AG that is truly interested in enforcing the law will give this scandal the attention it deserves.
I will not be holding my breath. -Dave
It appears the OWS commies have their red thongs all in a knot over Fox New’s coverage of the commie protests that are currently underway in many American cities.
I guess dirty, stinking commies do not like being exposed for being… well, dirty, stinking commies.
Via reuters.com: By Lucas Shaw
Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:28pm EDT NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Anonymous, a group of hackers that has previously attacked Sony and Bay Area Rapid Transit, said it will shut down the Fox News website on November 5.
It announced its intentions in a video on YouTube, citing Fox News’ propaganda against the Occupy Wall Street movement as reason.
“Anonymous introduces Occupation Fox Hunt,” the video’s disembodied voice says. “It intends on destroying the Fox News website because their continued right-wing conservative propaganda can no longer be tolerated.”
The group, which is affiliated with fellow hacker group LulzSec, specifically mentions primetime host Sean Hannity for attacking the “character and credentials” of the occupiers. It makes no mention of parent company News Corp., which has had hacking problems of its own.
Fox News, for its part, does not appear to be particularly concerned.
A spokesperson told TheWrap that it pays a great deal of attention to security every day. Though precautionary measures will be taken, this is no different from an average day.
Fox may have reason to be concerned given that it is believed Anonymous previously hacked the Fox News’ Twitter account to spread a false rumor about President Obama. Then again, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is famous for his obsession with security.
Anonymous has previously said it will kill Facebook on that day, one with a history of anti-establishment actions.
More than 500 years ago November 5 became “Guy Fawkes” day after a failed attempt to blow up the U.K. Parliament, a story adapted for the big screen in “V For Vendetta.”
You can see the YouTube message here. -End
And I am just sure Roger Ailes is losing sleep over this. -Dave
Bad omens abound for President Obama in his quest to win reelection in 2012. The President will have an uphill battle in his bid for a second term when faced with these Top 10 Bad Signs. 1. Jobless rate: The unemployment rate is stubbornly stuck at around 9%, with no sign of abating. Obama is reduced to running around the country touting his phony jobs bill and blaming others (President Bush, Japanese tsunami, Arab Spring, European debt, Tea Party) for the sad state of affairs. 2. Fast and Furious: The gunrunning saga is playing out as a classic Washington scandal that keeps getting bigger as “who-knew-what-when” is unraveled. With pit bull Rep. Darrell Issa putting Eric Holder on the hot seat, and possible tentacles into the White House, expect this one to heat up during the President’s reelection campaign. 3. Solyndra: The bankrupt solar-panel firm, which wasted half-a-billion dollars of taxpayer money while the White House was obsessed with a photo-op, is another scandal exploding at the worst time for Obama. Not only does it raise questions about the President steering federal funds to political supporters, it makes Obama’s promise of a green-jobs revolution look hopelessly naïve. 4. Poll numbers: Obama’s approval rating just keeps dropping, scraping the low-40s in poll after poll. Less than 20% of the population believes the country is on the right track. His base is depressed, he seemingly has lost the independent vote, and the enthusiasm of 2008 is gone for young voters. 5. Maxine Waters: It is cause for concern when the congresswoman from South Central Los Angeles goes on the attack against the first black President. His speech to the Congressional Black Caucus telling members to put on their slippers riled Waters, who complained that the President needs to understand the “pain and misery” the economy is causing. Also disillusioned are black voters who live in areas with high unemployment. Even a slightly depressed turnout in black areas will be a disaster on Election Day for Obama. 6. Herman Cain: The rise of support for Herman Cain from Republicans takes away one of Obama’s campaign cards—that the Tea Party is filled with racists. Should Cain get the GOP nomination, Obama will be matched against a skilled orator who would likely get a chunk of the black vote. 7. ObamaCare: The Supreme Court will likely rule on ObamaCare next year, reminding voters of the unpopular legislation just as the presidential campaign is in the homestretch. No matter how the court rules, reigniting the debate over health care will not be a winning issue for Obama. 8. Occupy Wall Street: Obama and Democrats hope the anticapitalism rally on Wall Street will spur the progressive version of the Tea Party, reenergizing the liberal base. But the Woodstock crowd could easily descend toward anarchy and make the Democratic convention next year in Charlotte, N.C., look the 1968 convention in Chicago, where Yippie-led riots ultimately aided Richard Nixon’s election. 9. Attack Watch: The Obama campaign outsmarted itself when it rolled out the AttackWatch website that asked citizens to send in examples of smears against the President. The venture quickly became an Internet joke, with a massive Twitter response that mocked the site. A typical tweet: “There’s a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nut-job,” 10. Collapsing presidency: It is never good for an incumbent seeking reelection to have stories that speculate about his mental health. But stories in the media are questioning whether the President has lost interest in the job. The New York Post recently wrote that Obama is becoming increasingly isolated: “President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government … an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency.” -End
The above was originally posted here.
Of course, none of the above is going to amount to a pile of beans if the American electorate is asleep in the voting booth – if they even make it there.
We had all better pray that the voters are awake and paying attention, as this country simply will not survive a second Obama term. -Dave