Via The People’s Cube, on a tip from TED.
On behalf of Prager University, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute explains the obvious — that paying people not to work does not reduce poverty, no matter how excessive the amount of money spent:
The only reason most people still work is that our society is coasting on momentum from a time when it was considered shameful to be a parasite. Establishmentarians in the government and media have been deliberately endeavoring to remove this “stigma.” Illegal aliens, many of whom sneak into the country specifically to climb aboard the welfare gravy train, are unlikely to feel restrained in this regard.
The last thing you would do to reduce the poverty rate is double down on welfare. Yet that is exactly what the Obama Regime has done, even illegally removing the work requirement that made Newt Gingrich’s welfare reform of 1996 such a success.
Obviously the government and the liberal media establishment that empowers it have objectives other than reducing poverty.
On a tip from B W.
Since we won’t get anything but malevolent lies from the liberal-run media, let’s ask someone who actually knows what it is like living next door to the oppressed brown-skinned urchins we support with our tax dollars in Gaza:
Hat tip: American Power.
Residents of the District of Columbia sometimes complain about taxation without representation. But it would be highly injudicious to allow the residents of this benighted sinkhole of liberalism and decay to weigh in on legislation that affects the rest of the country. To counter those who doubt it, I present Eleanor Holmes Norton:
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.
“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
It was, to put [it] mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency are [necessary] to prevent abuses of power by government officials. Instead the leading advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia literally argued that even the congressional committee charged with oversight shouldn’t be asking questions in the first place.
“Liberal” doesn’t mean what it used to mean — to put it mildly.
Statehood, she wants. Imagine a voting Eleanor Holmes Norton in the House, plus two more in the Senate.
Ms. Holmes Norton made her announcement while trying to prevent Republicans from getting to the bottom of one of the innumerable scandals that characterize the Obama Regime, this one involving the use of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach as a political campaign operation in violation of federal election law.
Unfortunately others of her ilk do cast votes.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, thanked Holmes for her comments.
“I associate myself with your comments,” Cummings added, thus making it clear that he doesn’t believe the public has right to know what is going on inside the White House either.
The separation of powers that Ms. Holmes Norton blathers about without understanding requires that Congress put the brakes on tyranny by the executive branch. But Democrats lack the integrity to perform this vital function when the tyrant is from their own party.
On a tip from Bodhisattva.
In response to the True Blood episode that decided to call Republican women, “Republic*nts” during what they portrayed to be a Ted Cruz rally, I decided to create this STREET poster made up of a 12 count of 11×17 color prints taped together. So they are very rough intended specifically for the streets and to be torn down quickly. These are what I go out in the streets with. ENJOY!
On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Hat tip: Tea Party News Network.
Move over, blacks, Muslims, homosexuals, et al. Time to make room for a new special group at the top tier of our identity-based judicial system. Everyone is equal under liberalism. But the people previously known as bums may soon be more equal than others:
Were the deadly beatings of two homeless men in Albuquerque a hate crime?
Under federal law, the answer is no. That’s true for most states, too.
But one state senator thinks New Mexico should step up and be a leader.
State Senator Bill O’Neill wants to extend special legal protections to derelicts, so that they are effectively regarded as more valuable than normal citizens in the eyes of the law.
Last year, O’Neill’s homeless hate crime legislation passed two bipartisan committees unanimously, but it never made the floor for a vote.
This year, with Frank and the murders of Thompson and Gorman in mind, he plans to introduce it again. …
If O’Neill’s legislation is passed next session it would mean mandatory, stricter punishments for people who commit crimes against homeless people because they are homeless.
Why do this piecemeal? It would make more sense to cut to the chase by imposing mandatory harsher penalties for any crime committed against someone who is not an employed white male heterosexual Christian.
On a tip from Chris W.
We were promised fundamental transformation. Where our standard of living is concerned, we certainly got it:
The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation.
At least the rich are getting richer, contrary to Obama’s Marxist rhetoric about income inequality.
The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 95 percent of the population had less wealth.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worth increased 14 percent over the same 10 years. Other research, by economists like Edward Wolff at New York University, has shown even greater gains in wealth for the richest 1 percent of households.
Liberal politics is an alliance of the rich and the poor against the middle class. It is a war of eradication.
Not to worry. I’m sure crippling the power industry with insane regulations based on science fiction fantasies and ushering in a nearly infinite number of unskilled welfare colonists from the Third World will turn economic prospects right around for normal working Americans.
On a tip from .. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Ever since the Supreme Court reached the insane 5-4 decision that the EPA could regulate carbon dioxide, a harmless product of literally all human activity, we have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Down the shoe comes, under cover of the most absurd and mendacious duckspeak to come out of the Obama Regime yet. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy plunged so far into self-parody as to characterize a potentially devastating attack on electricity producers as “an investment opportunity”:
Spouting warnings about “climate change” (“The science is clear. The risks are clear…We must act.”), McCarthy described and defended the EPA’s plan to reduce pollution from existing power plants by setting various carbon-reduction goals for each state to meet by the year 2030.
“And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units,” McCarthy told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
True enough, it is not about pollution.
Sen. John Barroso (R-Wyo.) said the proposed regulation may cause Americans pain by raising electricity prices, but it “can’t make a dent” in terms of global pollution.
Only a gibbering lunatic could believe the malevolent legislation coming out of the unelected EPA bureaucracy is going to improve the climate, not that the climate needs improving. The point is to destroy the coal industry as Obama promised, for ideological reasons that only left-wing fanatics can fully grasp.
I just checked my Newspeak-to-English dictionary. Come to think of it, the EPA’s malicious scheme may be an investment plan after all. The word “invest” when spoken by an Obamunist translates to the English word “waste.” It will certainly be a waste if we allow these moonbats to destroy the coal industry, which provides many thousands of jobs and about half of our electricity.
Tip and graphic compliments of Stormfax.
Remember Umar Abdulmutallab, a.k.a. the Underpants Bomber, who was recruited by an al Qaeda offshoot to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 to please Allah? Now we know why his bomb didn’t go off:
The British-educated Nigerian was able to light the bomb but it failed to explode, causing minor burns to the would-be bomber but sparing his fellow passengers.
John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Thursday that the bomb did not detonate because Abdulmutallab had been wearing the same underwear for more than two weeks.
Asked by his interviewer whether the bomb’s fuse had become “damp” from two weeks of wear, Mr Pistole said: “Let’s say it was degraded. We’re getting kind of personal now.”
That’s what Western Civilization is up against. Yet we are losing, moonbattery has so weakened us from within.
On a tip from Bodhisattva.
A piece in Crain’s Chicago Business illustrates how liberal “fairness” is applied to housing:
The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.
But that’s not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center.
The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program so that more low-income residents can leave the city’s roughest neighborhoods and start a new life in places with low poverty and crime and close to good schools and jobs.
Right. Meanwhile, Marathon Pundit reports that according to someone who lives in Aqua Tower, the CHA tenants spend most of their time “hanging around the pool and causing a ruckus.” They do not work; why should they? The legitimate tenants who aren’t living there at someone else’s expense are afraid to complain because they don’t “want to be accused of being racist.”
Liberalism is the most unjust and insane form of tyranny ever devised.
On a tip from JusttheTipHQ.
Just how biased an education can people expect to receive at major state universities? This gives a clue:
The screenshot above is from an online homework quiz for Psychology 1100, which is a general education requirement class at Ohio State University.
Not exactly subtle, are they? At this point, they don’t think they need to be.
Naturally OSU has an explicit policy [PDF] forbidding discrimination against anyone based on “race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status,” et cetera, ad nauseam. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t open season on Christians and anyone else the liberals in charge associate with traditional America.
On a tip from Artfldgr.
You can’t get any more disconnected from reality than this:
Clinton was widely ridiculed after she presented a red “reset” button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in 2009. The button read “peregruzka,” which is Russian for “overcharged,” instead of “perezagruzka,” the Russian word for reset.
On National Public Radio, journalist John Harwood asked Clinton about the failed effort to “reset” relations with Russia.
“Well, I would take issue with the way you characterize that because what I think I demonstrate in the book is that the reset worked,” Clinton replied.
“The book” evidently refers to Hard Choices — which hardly anyone bought, resulting in hard losses for her cronies at Simon & Schuster.
Meanwhile, Russia and the Russian separatists it backs have been shooting down airliners and firing rockets and artillery across an international border as part of a campaign to subjugate and reabsorb the Ukraine, contemptuous of any American reaction.
Shrillary says her “reset” only applied when Dmitry Medvedev was in office. You remember, he’s the guy who said he would “transmit this information to Vladimir” after Obama told him he would have “more flexibility” after the 2012 election. Shrillary herself acknowledged in the same interview that Putin “pulled the strings” during the Medvedev days.
On tips from Bodhisattva and Jester. Graphic compliments of J.
Obama’s unilaterally imposed de facto amnesty isn’t just laying waste to border security and applying the Cloward-Piven strategy to welfare spending. It is a direct attack on our system of government. Senators Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz sound the alarm:
As Reagan said,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Unless something changes fast, this will be the generation that drops the torch and lets America die by allowing dictatorship to take root.
Hat tip: American Power.
ObamaCare does not allow the IRS to issue tax credits through exchanges that are set up by the federal government rather than by states. This was intended to motivate states to set up exchanges. But it backfired when most states refused, rendering the entire mess completely nonfunctional.
Now Obamunists are claiming, preposterously, that the reason the law does not say what they currently want it to say is that there is a “typo.” ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber stated the following:
“I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”
Now watch him insolently lie to our faces:
If Gruber isn’t lying, when is he not lying, when he says one thing or when he says the opposite?
When we finally recover our national character, every last socialist weasel who has collaborated with the Obama Regime will be tarred, feathered, and run out of DC on a rail — if they are lucky.