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The Myth of Welfare’s Corrupting Influence on the Poor

Does welfare corrupt the poor?

Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior.

The proposition is particularly cherished on the conservative end of the spectrum, articulated with verve by Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute, who blamed welfare for everything from higher youth unemployment to increases in “illegitimacy.” His views are shared, to a greater or lesser degree, by Republican politicians like the unsuccessful presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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A World Bank report from 2014 examined cash assistance programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and found, contrary to popular stereotype, the money was not typically squandered on things like alcohol and tobacco.



http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/business/the-myth-of-welfares-corrupting-influence-on-the-poor.html?_r=0
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Oct 21, 2015, 10:52 AM (2 replies)

Isn't this like putting the cart before the horse? GOP lawmaker floats impeachment for Clinton

A Republican lawmaker is floating impeachment for Hillary Clinton, should the Democratic presidential candidate lock up her party's nomination and go on to win the White House.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said in a phone interview with The Hill late Monday that he believes Clinton improperly handled classified information on her private email server used during her time as secretary of State.

Brooks said that Clinton "would be subject to impeachment," adding, "subject to impeachment means that should the House and Senate so choose, she could be impeached based on offenses, high crimes and misdemeanors, that she has in all probability already committed."
Brooks pointed to a section in the federal code that prohibits the "unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material," though suggested other areas could also apply to Clinton.

"I don't know, off hand, whether her commission of these offenses is a legal barrier to running for president. But if Congress should so choose, it would be a legal basis for her removal from office," Brooks said later in the interview.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/257392-gop-lawmaker-floats-impeachment-for-clinton

Are the Republicans that afraid of Hillary Clinton? Or is their hate for a Black President conveyed to their hate for a Woman President?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Oct 20, 2015, 06:43 AM (14 replies)

I have a job interview tomorrow 1st one in 32 years

Need some positive vibes.

This company called me, I never applied.

Update on the interview: I think it went very well, I interviewed with a team of 5 managers in a conference room, lot of good questions, a lot of in depth discussion about where I thought I would like to take the position.

Two hours worth of discussion and seemed very casual.

They got my name from a former colleague, so they already had a reference and insight into how I would work.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 10:16 PM (48 replies)

List of road closures in South Carolina

Be careful out there.


http://dbw.scdot.org/RoadConditionsemr/default.aspx


I will coming that way on Thursday.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 09:57 PM (7 replies)

If you don't vote, this woman speaks for you...

Posted by liberal N proud | Sat Oct 3, 2015, 09:23 AM (12 replies)

Here's who invited Kim Davis to meet the pope

According to an official Vatican statement, Kim Davis was among "several dozen persons" attending a reception at the Vatican embassy, "the pope did not enter into the details of the situation," and "his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support."

Moreover, it seems that the pope did not request Kim Davis be invited.

According to press reports, one man was likely responsible for Davis's invitation: Carlo Maria Vigano, a conservative church official who was appointed by Pope Benedict as Vatican ambassador to the United States (formally called the "apostolic nuncio").

The link is to a petition calling for the resignation of Vigano. This is just where I found the tidbit of information...

http://act.faithfulamerica.org/sign/vigano/?t=1&akid=719.90871.kYjffN
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 04:55 PM (6 replies)

GOP Congressman: Planned Parenthood Unnecessary Because 'As A Guy' I Have Plenty Of Options - See mo

Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., perhaps best encapsulated today’s House hearing grilling Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards when he told Richards that her organization’s services aren’t necessary because “as a guy” he has plenty of health care options in his home state. - See more at:


http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-congressman-planned-parenthood-unnecessary-because-guy-i-have-plenty-options?utm_medium=email&utm_source=botb&utm_campaign=rightwingwatch#sthash.VyRhYvIN.dpuf



Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 09:55 AM (2 replies)

2015: 283 days - 247 mass shootings

America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It's one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected, and presidential candidates in other nations don't cook bacon with guns. But America's relationship with guns is unique in another crucial way: Among developed nations, the US is far and away the most violent — in large part due to the easy access many Americans have to firearms. These charts and maps show what that violence looks like compared with the rest of the world, why it happens, and why it's such a tough problem to fix.

Gun violence in America, in 17 maps and charts

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9183525/gun-violence-statistics

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 06:27 AM (1 replies)

By not voting - you still have voted

IF you choose not to vote, you still have voted

Make a difference people vote!

Vote for the candidate of your choice or vote against the candidate you don't like, either way, vote. It's not an option in a democracy!

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:10 PM (1 replies)

How Bernie Sanders would transform the nation - WAPO

In the America that Bernie Sanders wants to create, tuition would be free for every student at every public college.

Which, of course, is another way of saying that the government would pay for it. To do that, the Democratic presidential candidate would spend $750 billion over 10 years, and raise the money with a new tax on Wall Street trades.

And, once government was paying for college, colleges would run by government rules. Sanders’s rules. For one thing, Sanders thinks student centers are a waste of government money. He’d make sure they didn’t get any more of it.

If he becomes president, Sanders would spend an enormous amount of money: $3.27 trillion. At the very, very least. But he is not just a big-spending liberal. And his agenda is not just about money.


Bernie Sanders — a senator from Vermont who describes himself as a “democratic socialist” — will never get everything he wants in Washington.And that still would be true if he became President Sanders. Republicans in the Congress would fight him fiercely. Democrats might not be much help. In fact, Sanders’s most recent Senate bills — legislation that would make college free and provide universal health care — attracted exactly zero Democrats as co-sponsors.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bernie-sanders-would-transform-the-nation/2015/09/30/d3b57b8e-616a-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html

How are you going to get elected if you are not going to get anyone to work with you? Now granted, this is the media saying this, but that has been on my mind since he started running. He already has fierce resistance in Congress, how is making him President going to improve that?

While he has some good agenda items, the above and several other key things all listed at some point or an other in the article concern me.

Don't jump on my because I have not fully committed to any candidate at this point and probably will not until closer to voting in the primary. So blasting me for this post will not sway me one way or the other at this point.

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 12:54 PM (53 replies)
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