“Comprehensive Immigration Reform”
“Comprehensive Immigration Reform”
Nice theory, Michael Barone, whose illegitimate son I am sometimes lovingly accused of being. But there happen to be two big fatal problems with it:
1. Welfare reform didn’t really reform welfare, as it turned out. Sure, the replacement for AFDC was time limited. But between the passage of welfare reform in 1996 and 9/11, SSI was the fastest growing line item in the Federal budget, and has been growing quickly again in the Obama era. It should be obvious what that means: It means that SSI is the new AFDC, and SSI is run under the Social Security Administration, which means it’s entirely Federal and has no time limits nor can any state set any rules pertaining to it.
2. Men do crime, women get the welfare checks. Even if welfare reform reformed welfare, its work requirements would only affect the adult women that are recipients. Therefore, these alleged crime reduction benefits that welfare work requirements bring about don’t even apply to the gender that’s known for violent crime. Incidentally, this is also why welfare “cuts” can’t and don’t cause riots: Women get the checks, men do the rioting.
St. Louis grocer nabbed at D.C. airport in food stamp fraud case
U.S. customs agents at a Washington, D.C., airport have arrested a St. Louis grocer accused of wire fraud.
Ebraheem Naif, 48, of St. Louis, was arrested Monday morning at the Washington Dulles International Airport after he arrived from Kuwait.
And you can pretty much figure out the rest.
All I read was the P-D headline:
Totally like audacious prediction: You’ll read names in this story that are hard to pronounce, hard to spell, and indicative of people with roots somewhere in a belt between Indochina, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
Reading the names of those arrested, you’d think they would have taken some of their ill gotten loot at $250 increments and bought themselves some vowels from Vanna.
MSNBC has an article about new ObamaDontCare beneficiaries, and the photos provides is of mostly black people.
They’re not trying to tell us something, are they?
Sure they are. But what they’re trying to tell us is something that we’re not allowed to notice. Because, noticing things is, like, *-ist, or something like that.
Most of the article is about the doc shock.
It’s worse than Robert said and Rush interpreted. What this is talking about is what now-Governor Nixon started in his last term as AG, 2004-2008, that the state can plop a lien on real estate owned by a married couple if one of the spouses has to go on Medicaid for nursing home or long term in-home care, and (strap on your seat belts) they don’t have to wait for both husband and wife to die before they get what they think they need from the real property in probate court. They can intercede after the Medicaid beneficiary spouse dies and take the house even though the other spouse is still living.
DeLeo: Mass. EBT cash shouldn’t go overseas
House Speaker Robert DeLeo is sounding the alarm on a new frontier of potential welfare abuse, telling the Herald he wants safeguards on the Bay State’s multibillion-dollar remittance business that he fears could be siphoning taxpayer cash to foreign countries.
DeLeo said he has no sense how much welfare cash, if any, is being funneled overseas, but that the uncertainty alone is a concern.
“I think it’s wrong to be happening, no matter who it’s being sent to,” DeLeo said. “I just want to make sure it isn’t going on, that Massachusetts taxpayer money is staying in Massachusetts.”
DeLeo is pushing legislation as part of the state’s new welfare reform bill that would prohibit Bay State recipients from using their EBT cards — and the cash assistance they carry — for international wire transfers.
Of the $2.4 billion that money-transfer companies reported wiring out of country in 2012, 40 percent of it went to five countries, according to data from the state Division of Banks. Brazil received $333 million; the Dominican Republic, $220 million; Guatemala, $144 million; El Salvador, $130 million; and China, $118 million.
“For us to have any discussion of our money going overseas is appalling to me,” the Winthrop Democrat said. “I can fully understand and appreciate people, no matter what ethnic group they may be of, sending money to family member overseas who are in need — as long as it’s not taxpayer money.”
Also tucked in the comprehensive bill is another DeLeo-backed measure to keep groceries bought with welfare benefits stateside. By requiring that groceries be for “home consumption and use,” the legislation addresses an area of fraud highlighted by a series of New York Post reports in July that found Big Apple welfare recipients buying food in the U.S. and shipping it in large plastic barrels, mainly to Caribbean countries, where it opened a black market for the taxpayer-funded goods.
The same bins are sold in some Boston supermarkets, though it’s unclear how rampant the practice may be in the Bay State.
What they’re not telling you:
Robert DeLeo probably wants to make all this moot by importing these people and giving them EBT cards, voter registration cards and eventually citizenship.
Dateline: East St. Louis
That’s all I read, my eyes stopped after that.
Without reading beyond that, I already know that either one or two of these men have a name like Nu’Desawntrell Smith, and that the other one or two have a name like Abu Mohamed Pradesh Patel.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area
The Bean Pot is an annual college hockey tournament in Boston.
It’s also a metaphor for this:
The battle over Obamacare is taking on political importance as Democrats hope a successful roll-out among Hispanics will further bind those voters to the Democratic Party and undermine Republican efforts to build more support before the 2016 presidential election.
In California, where Hispanics will outnumber whites within a year, backers of the Affordable Care Act are ramping up outreach in places like Richmond, a San Francisco Bay Area city whose population is almost 40 percent Hispanic and where about 18 percent of residents live below the poverty line.
“A lot of the long-term implications, partisanship-wise and electorally, are going to depend on how well the outreach does,” said Gabriel Sanchez, an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.
Getting Latinos to enroll in Obamacare won’t be an easy task, said Dulce Delgadillo, 28, a research assistant at Harder+Company, a San Francisco-based community research firm.
“There is a general fear of government by that population,” Delgadillo said in an interview at an Oakland health fair. “And there is a huge gap in knowledge” about the law’s benefits.
Miguel Cajas, 55, a Peruvian-born truck driver from Richmond who is a U.S. citizen, pays $800 monthly for health coverage, making it tough to support his family of five on an income of $22,000 a year, he said.
Cajas last year was diagnosed with a cancer of the blood cells. While he’s pretty sure he’ll reduce his costs through Obamacare, he’s not so certain he’ll get the same level of care he receives now, he said.
Without the same benefits, and if the cancer comes back, “I’ll be in big trouble,” he said.
Hispanic voters backed Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent in 2012.
About 61 percent of Hispanics approve of the health-care law, compared with 29 percent of whites and 91 percent of blacks, according to a Pew Research Center and USA Today survey conducted Sept. 4-8. Hispanics will outnumber whites in California next year for the first time and will represent almost half of residents by 2060, the state’s Finance Department said in January.
Lack of knowledge about Obamacare continues to be a big issue among Hispanics, said Sanchez. They see the law as “complicated and confusing,” he said in a telephone interview.
Okay, but California is already safe solid blue territory.
Hispanics were only 8.4% of all voters in last year’s Presidential election, and Presidential elections are high turnout cycles for minority voters. Assume that only 20% of Hispanic voters are truly swing voters, in that 60% are yellow dog Democrats, 20% are yellow dog Republicans and the rest could go either way. This means that a BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG 1.68% of the electorate consists of swingable Hispanics. Which means that swingable Hispanics have almost no leverage in any election.
Meanwhile, I estimate that 25% of all voters are swingable whites.
25% is more than 1.68%.
Keep on pushing, Barry.
And you believe Marco Rubio when he says that all these newly legalized illegal aliens won’t be a public charge.
Okay, fine. But when are they going to bust Bashas for accepting food stamps for alcohol and tobacco purchases? Yeah, that’s the cool thing about having secret squirrel sources.
Will Paul’s School-Choice Focus Win Minority Votes?
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is leading the GOP push for children to have more choices in schooling by increasing competition in the nation’s education system, all the while boosting his party’s appeal among minority groups.
Paul hosted three fellow Republican senators – Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) – at a school choice forum Tuesday in an attempt to draw support for these initiatives.
And you know the rest, because you’ve probably read the rest a hundred times a year for the last 20 years.
The short answer? No. If you can provide me hard evidence that Republican advocacy of school vouchers changed the outcome of even one election in a heavily black and/or Hispanic jurisdiction from Democrat to Republican, I will find “you,” whoever you are, and suck you off. Meanwhile, there is evidence of the opposite. From a Steve Sailer oldie-but-goodie:
In 2001, the Wall Street Journal’s favorite mayor, Brett Schundler, ran for governor of New Jersey on a platform of vouchers to help inner-city children attend better schools in the suburbs. The now notorious Democrat Jim McGreevey beat him badly because white suburban moderates shunned this Republican who put the welfare of urban minority children ahead of their own. These homeowners were scraping together big mortgage payments precisely to get their kids into exclusive suburban school districts insulated from what they saw as the ghetto hellions that Schundler hoped to unleash on their children. They had much of their net worths tied up in their homes, and their property values depended on the local public schools’ high test scores, which they feared wouldn’t survive an onslaught of slum children. So they voted Democratic to keep minorities in their place.
While vouchers per se wouldn’t help the ghetto hellions attend good white suburban whitopia public schools, it would mean that they’re attending the private schools in the same whitopias, which some of those same whitopia suburbanites are scraping the money together to send their kids. Too, as the black and Hispanic undertow sprogs filter out to private schools in whitopias, their parents will start looking around at apartments in the area, some of which will gladly, or by DOJ pressure, accept Section 8. There goes the neighborhood and its property values.
The only people who are made happy for school voucher programs are lamestream conservative or lamestream pseudo-libertarian race deniers/race panderers/trucklers, and increasingly some Superman-Waiter-Oner liberal Democrats, and a few blacks and Hispanics that benefit from them. Vouchers just politically piss off everyone else, everyone from proper libertarians, teachers’ unions, whitopians, most doctrinaire liberals, church-state separation purists/civil libertarians.
Put it all together? Vouchers are a political loser, and loser is the opposite of winner.
Nixon displays at least one scintilla of sanity; signs a bill that disallows the use of the food stamp card at boobie bars, gambling boats and liquor stores.
That’s good enough by itself, but the bigger scandal is that food stamp cards were being used at these establishments in the first place, meaning the proprietors were accepting food stamps at all for non-eligible items.
I would imagine these kind of places that were until now taking food stamps were the kind of places that had to because their clientele had no other way to pay, meaning that after today, they’re probably not long for being in business. Too, it’s not as if I would want to go to the EBT Strip Club on the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd and Rev. Rastus Rollo McGoober Avenue up in Bell Curve City, even if I was into strip clubs.
Channel 4 is giving credit to Channel 4′s investigation of the EBT being used at this place for the state enacting this law. Except I don’t remember seeing this investigation on Channel 4, and it’s not as if it was something I would miss.
Need I say more?
…6100 block of Martin Luther King…
The rest of the details you can fill in for yourself.
Did you know that “murderer,” “rapist” and “pedophile” are all code words for black?
What kind of evil right wing bigots would engage in such implications of dog whistling?
Answer: Mother Jones magazine.
Funny, they keep telling us that the only kind of people who commit pedophilia are scruffy middle aged white hoosiers in wife beater shirts. What I think that means is that the only kind of people who get arrested, charged and convicted of pedophilia are scruffy middle aged white hoosiers in wife beater shirts. If someone catches 45-year year old middle aged white hoosier on top of a 13-year old girl in a trailer park, the cops get called, while if 45-year old multiple-time ex-con/loser black is caught on top of a 13-year old ghetto princess in Bell Curve City, well, no need to call the cops, it’s just a fact of life.
I initially entertained the theory that the quickly-deported Saudi student might have had something to do with the Boston Massacre in terms of funding. But it turns out none of his or their help was needed: the Tsarnaev Brothers got enough money to do what they did from a combination of the older brother’s wife working her fingers to the bone so both her husband and brother-in-law could lout around, and of course from Yankee taxpayers — You know how that goes:
Dem bill would expand school lunch program to weekends, holidays
Four House Democrats have proposed legislation that would expand school lunch programs to weekends and holidays.
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) proposed the bill, which would amend the Richard Russell National School Lunch Act to set up weekend and holiday “feeding programs.” The proposal is meant to help ensure that at-risk school children meet their nutritional needs, but it would only extend this help during the school year, not during the summer. [Blogmeister's Note -- Many cities have summer vacation quasi-school lunch programs, albeit not at schools and only serving lunch. St. Louis's is is called "School's Out Cafe."]
Her bill, H.R. 1395, is co-sponsored by Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.).
The bill is the latest entry to the list of legislation meant to tweak the national school lunch program. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), for example, has proposed the Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention America Act, S. 39, which would broaden the federal nutrition program, including by expanding it to childcare centers.
Okay, if a powerful farm state Senator wants it, then a whole lot of farm state politicians, including a lot of Republicans, will vote for it.
So if we’re going to extend school lunches to weekends and holidays, when school is not in session, and some places have already instituted evening school suppers, why not go all the way? And why be so ageist to limit this program to “children?” And why limit this to “at-risk” individuals when that stigmatizes and marginalizes them?
No, the only real social justicey solution is that every person everywhere of every age gets all three meals per day every day at some school. And remember, because of LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH and social justice, all these schools will only have one big locker room and one shower in order to satisfy the heshe gender-benders, so I guess after your social justice breakfast in the morning, you and everyone else can hop into the big social justice shower.
Would this mean that we can reduce SNAP/Food Stamp benefit amounts across the board now that everyone is eating at school, including those on SNAP? No way. Because…it’s for the children.
Yes, I did deal with IRMA when I managed the chain of gas stations/quickie marts. The business office was based in Edwardsville, and three of the five stations were in Illinois — Two near Edwardsville itself and one in Springfield. The other two were in Missouri, one in Rolla and the other in Columbia, and MRA (Missouri Retailers Association) is the equivalent group in the Show-Me.
I don’t grok why IRMA’s having a cow here. Even if Links (Illinois) and EBTs (Missouri) had photos, the stores would have to accept as long as they have contracts to accept SNAP benefits with their relevant states, even if the end user would look nothing like the photo on the card. (Older Missouri EBTs do have photos, incidentally). That said, putting photos on Links and EBTs wouldn’t solve the fraud issue.
Also, here’s a good laugh:
Senate Human Service Committee Chairwoman, state Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, said Rose’s plan will eventually get a hearing. But she is clear she won’t support the plan.
“I don’t like the idea, a person is likely already embarrassed that they must accept food stamps,” Hunter said adding their picture is an attempt to shame LINK card holders.
Huh? Does she think it’s still 1955? There is next to nobody ashamed of using food stamps (SNAP) anymore. Especially not Hunter’s kind of constituents, and much less hardly any white people.
RUSH: This is Barney in Tucson. Barney, I’m glad you waited, sir. Great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Rush, there’s another hidden reason why the problem with nobody having any money is gonna get much worse under this Medicaid expansion. There’s an additional Trojan horse in this legislation where the government will seize as much of the estates of Medicaid recipients when they die as it takes to reimburse the government for the services it provided. And nothing’s gonna be off-limits, including homes which have been in families for generations. It’s not a brand-new thing. It goes back to the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, and it’s called estate recovery and it mandates –
RUSH: Under what auspices can they seize a home? Under what auspices can they seize a home from somebody’s estate?
CALLER: They already have the provision set up, but states have not pursued it aggressively. There is an accounting procedure there where they track what benefits have gone to recipients, and a spouse is living in the house, there are provisions for them, but if it’s the only asset, nobody’s living there, they will be able to seize it when they die.
RUSH: But here it is: ” States try harder to recover their losses from providing healthcare to the poor — even seizing homes…. In the face of soaring Medicaid” — remember, folks, now, this is seven years old now. States try harder, “[i]n the face of soaring Medicaid costs, Tennessee and every other state are required to set up a Medicaid estate-recovery program. Many have been launched only recently, and some — like Tennessee’s — are becoming more aggressive. Often, they target the home because it’s all that’s left after beneficiaries have spent their assets to pay for nursing-home care.”
Now, from the article: “States base their programs” — like what you said — “on a 1993 federal law mandating that they recover what Medicaid spends on a beneficiary’s long-term care. Congress approved the law to prevent states from forcing the sale of beneficiaries’ homes while they were still living, in case their conditions improve and they can return home”.
So the way I’m reading this, somebody’s not living there. They’re either in a convalescent home, or they die, and if nobody’s in the home and the state calculates that it’s gone bankrupt or gone — not bankrupt — if the states calculated that the amount of money they have spent treating this person has resulted in a net loss, they can try to recoup what they’ve spent by seizing the person’s house.
CALLER: Well that’s just means they’ll be able to get their homes sooner. A lot of states have not been pursuing this aggressively and they’ve made provisions for individuals and surviving spouses to be able to keep the homes permanently, but the pressures put on by this legislation is likely to force states to recover costs wherever they can.
I know that in his last term (2004-2008) as Missouri Attorney General, now-Gov. Jay Nixon (Democrat) went one step further — He interpreted these provisions to mean that the state can intercede and seize the house even if one of the spouses is still both living and living in the house. IOW, the state isn’t waiting around for both spouses to be dead before they file a lien on the estate, they’re filing the lien interfering with what should be the natural transfer of the deed or equity of the house between widow(er) and widow(er). And yes, the living remaining spouse is thrown out of the house.
Yeah, the kids might go hungry, but some adults are comfortably fixed for drug fixes and/or bling. And, most importantly of all, New York remains plenty diverse.
Seriously, what frosts me is that there’s some elderly white woman who looks like she could be my grandmother doing without tonight so that these things could have food stamps they’re not even using to buy food.
Medicaid eyed for all ex-cons
Gov. Cuomo’s administration is launching an aggressive plan to sign up thousands of ex-cons for taxpayer-financed Medicaid, which they’ll receive once they leave prison, The Post has learned.
Under the initiative, all inmates would automatically apply for the public health insurance for the needy while incarcerated, state Department of Health officials said.
Those who meet the income requirements will be placed on the Medicaid rolls upon discharge.
Critics say the plan offers no incentive for convicted felons to find work after lockup.
Sure, because the typical imprisoned felon in New York State has a high five figure job with health benefits waiting for them once they’re released.
If they start accusing her of the R-word, she could always say “Let’s Move” in response.
Assume a six-hour school day, five days a week. Simple math: Six hours a day times five days a week times four and one-thirds weeks in a month times $5.25, and that comes out to $682.50 a month. I would say “before taxes,” but I get the feeling that these “wages” will be exempt from taxes.
Question: Will this $682.50 a month count against their parents’ welfare checks and food stamps, and therefore marginally reduce their benefit amounts at least temporarily?
Mexico Del Norte
And you thought it was over when they ditched the Hispanic soap opera advertising.
The latest Obama outrage?
The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America. The information is specifically focused on eligibility criteria and access.
“Ann Veneman,” “2004.” Add those two together, and you get “Viva Bush.”
And also…family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande.
The 1996 Welfare Reform was largely a farce, because many former AFDC-TANF clients migrated to SSI. SSI was the fastest growing line item in the Federal budget from the “welfare reform” in 1996 to 9/11, and is now quickly growing again.
Now, Obama has just rescinded part of “welfare reform” by EO. Though I doubt the “work requirement” was really well enforced even when it was extant.
The “It’s Free Swipe Yo Missouri EBT” card has been used in Vegas and St. Thomas and God knows where.
Learning where some of those transactions took place did not sit well with Missouri Rep. Mike Kelley, a Republican from Lamar.
“I know a lot of my hard-working families don’t take vacations like that,” Kelley said.
Kelley co-sponsored a bill earlier this year that would have limited TANF card use to ATMs in Missouri.
“If we are going to give taxpayers’ dollars to help someone in a bad situation, we need to make sure that is what it’s being used for,” he said.
Don’t keep saying that too much, Kelley. Otherwise, it will sound too much like “people who work for a living should live better than people who don’t,” which was said by that untouchable racist bigot George Wallace.
Mexico Del Norte
Texas company bilked Medicare out of millions: Attorney
The owner and three employees of RGV DME, a onetime medical supplier near the U.S.-Mexican border in Pharr, Texas, each face allegations of 22 counts of health care and wire fraud, conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday.
Arrested Thursday were Marcello Herrera, 39, the medical equipment company’s owner, his wife, Carla Cantu Herrera, 31, who served as its marketing director, and former employees Ramon de la Garza, 51, and Beatriz Ramos, 27, court records showed.
And then Reuters uses the last two paragraphs to gloat about ObamaCare. How is that relevant?
Maybe they’re dropping subtle hints.
Food Stamp Nation
Again, don’t interpret this as monocausality, because these things always have multiple explanations.
But when one in seven people get the “It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT” card, that increases the demand for food but not the supply. And guess what.
If the Agriculture Department (*) had its way, even more people would have “It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT” cards. They suggest that you throw parties with food (the food paid for by food stamps, presumably) to make people aware that they can get on the dole. As if there is anyone left in this country who hasn’t heard of food stamps. If qualified people aren’t getting them, it’s because the racist black welfare caseworkers reject the applications of white retirees on fixed incomes. After all, their niece Booquita needs those Kool-Aid Jammers for her kids.
Notice this article states that the first wave of the USDA advertising the availability of its own food stamps came under the Bush 43 Presidency. That’s the same Bush 43 who gave us Benedict Arnold Judas Iscariot Tokyo Rose Hanoi Jane Roberts on the Supreme Court who gave Obama an early Kwanzaa gift today, (though it might be a Pyrrhic victory in the long run). Miss me yet? Hell no.
* – It’s not a coincidence that the Federal cabinet agency that deals with agribusiness also administers the program which bumps up the demand for food.
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