Sunday, January 25, 2015

WIC & SNAP - Government Free Food For The Poor

This Blogger happened to be in an upscale grocery store in the check out line.  In front of me was an illegal alien couple, with a baby, using WIC government checks to buy food.  I am not sure if they were married or not.  WIC is the Federal Woman, Infant and Children's Program designed to provide free food for poor pregnant women, Infants and Children.  Apparently, it is available to illegal aliens because it is against the WIC law to discriminate on the basis of national origin.  The woman who spoke little English had three groupings of groceries because she had two government checks to use up.  The third grouping was a can of beer with a 50% off sticker that they had to pay for with money.  The woman asked her male partner in Spanish if she could buy two cans; but since they were 86 cents each, he told her No. 

After they left, the clerk apologized to me for the three transactions taking so long because she had to make sure that what they were buying qualified for WIC purchases.  Since I had never seen anyone in this upscale grocery store before using what I thought were Food Stamps, which I thought involved a debit card, I asked the clerk why they didn't just use the debit card to get what they wanted.  The clerk explained that WIC can only be used for healthy foods like milk, eggs, bread, cereals, fruit and vegetables etc.  Things like coffee cannot be purchased with WIC Checks.  This is the reason why Wal Mart actually labels foods as WIC eligible.  Of course, this Mexican couple should have been shopping at Wal Mart, not far away, to get more food for their government money, rather than at an upscale grocery store with higher prices; but that is another story.  Wal Mart actually does several billion dollars a year in Food Stamp and WIC business.   

Since I often talk about Food Stamps in my Blog Postings, I decided to do some research to better understand how these programs work.  WIC is a federal program administered by the states.  California probably has one of the biggest programs in the country.  Currently, there are 84 agencies, working out of 650 sites in California, providing WIC services to 1.45 million California residents that no doubt include many illegal aliens.   It is these WIC checks that are often sold on the Black Market for cash.  There are little convenience stores that will pay a percentage of value and give out money so that recipients can buy whatever they want, presumably cigarettes, liquor and or drugs.  The convenience store then pockets the full value of the check payable by the government, which of course is fraud. 

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the debit card more commonly referred to as Food Stamps that originally began during the Great Depression.  Technically, someone must be an American Citizen to get SNAP, however, the children of illegal aliens are eligible.  As of now, there are about 50 million people on SNAP, up 20 million since Obama was first elected, which would include illegal alien children.  The cost is about $80 Billion a year.  SNAP money may only be used to buy food; no soaps, no cigarettes, no liquor etc. 

Aside from the cost, the reason this is all very important is that Socialist Emperor Pinocchio Veto Obama has issued an Executive Order to give legal status to perhaps 5 million or more illegal aliens.   Once they come out of the shadows and have legal status, these illegal alien adults will also qualify for SNAP.  There will be several million more people on the dole if Obama gets his way, since there is no work requirement to get WIC or SNAP.  While many illegal aliens are hard workers, there is no doubt that our Welfare System is a neon sign that says Come On In.  While 38 families control all the wealth in Mexico, the American taxpayer is paying to feed and educate illegal alien Mexican children, as well as provide medical services.   Are we stupid or what?

While the American people give more to charity that any other people in the world, this Blogger included, our Federal Government is $18 Trillion in debt with no end in sight.   We cannot continue to be Mexico's Welfare System.  It is time for the Mexican government and those 38 families in Mexico that control the country's wealth to take care of their own people.   We need to Secure Our Border and quick to stop this drain on the American people.

Helping The Poor In America

As we heard Emperor Pinocchio Veto Obama call for higher taxes and more government spending in his State of the Union Address, we should recognize that Trillions of dollars have been spent to eliminate poverty in America, since 1965 and today we have the highest poverty rate in three decades.  The Black unemployment rate, in particular, is double the White unemployment rate.   50 million Americans are on Food Stamps and Welfare, up 20 million since Obama was first elected.  10 million Americans are collecting Disability Benefits, that come right out of the Social Security Trust Fund, up 2 million since Obama first took office.  So clearly, big government, borrow, tax and spend poverty programs do not work and actually make matters worse.

Instead, we need the forces of Free Market Capitalism to help the poor in America through economic development and more job creation.  It will not happen any other way.  And, to be clear, those that are mentally or physically disabled and or senior citizens, left with nothing by the time they need to be in a nursing home near the end of life, should be cared for, though it may be possible to help the mentally or physically disabled find meaningful work to enhance their self worth.   Our problem is really the able bodied poor that either won't work, or can't find work because they lack marketable job skills.  Government programs that cause these people to stay on the dole for years have to be modified to encourage work, not just to get them off the dole because it would be better for them to be engaged in something, anything productive.

Education is the key to a better life.  Parents of kids in failing public schools in poor areas should have the option of School Choice to send their kids to private schools, just like many of the Socialist politicians that refuse to allow for School Choice, including President Obama and his wife Michelle.  It is time to put the kid's interests above the interests of the Teacher's Unions.  Poor kids that do well in school already have access to free or highly subsidized college or university education.  The same needs to happen related to vocational education, for kids that are not college bound, so that all kids leave school with a trade, or marketable job skill.  We also must end a Welfare system that rewards single Mom's for having kids out of wedlock, which is a sure road to poverty.  In the process, men who father multiple children with many different women must face some legal consequence, including jail time, if they don't take responsibility for their children.      

Welfare for able bodied Americans must be turned into Workfare and be limited to no more than three years.  These people must be asked to either work 20 hours a week to clean up their own communities and or go to school to learn a trade.  Those that refuse should be cut off from Welfare.  I know, I know, it sounds cruel; but what is really cruel is that we have created a permanent under class in America with a lack of positive role models in our inner cities.  We saw those people rioting and looting in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the death of a thug who attacked a police officer.  So much for our current poverty programs that do not work. 

This is about giving able bodied poor people a hand up, not a hand out.  And, though as a percentage of their population, there are more Black people on Welfare and Food Stamps than White people, in real terms, there are more White people on Welfare and Food Stamps than any other race, so this is not a racial issue.  We have to create jobs in America by economic growth.  To do so, we must reform our tax code to encourage investment in the United States.  The poor are not poor because the rich are rich, as contended by Socialists.  The poor are poor because they lack marketable job skills and because Middle Class jobs are being destroyed by over regulation and stupid tax laws.  Until we get our house in order and reform the tax code and various poverty programs, we will continue to have a high poverty rate.  Obviously, what we are doing now is not working.  It is what it is.    

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Middle East & North Africa Are On Fire

While Emperor Pinocchio Obama fiddles, the Middle East and North Africa are on fire spreading Terrorism around the world.  The moderate Sunni government in Yemen, presumably friendly to the US, has fallen.   A rebel Shia Group, supported by Iran, may very well take over the country and or there will be all out Civil War between the Sunni Al Queda and the Shia's.   Either way, the US will lose, since neither would be friendly to US interests in the Middle East.  Iran, an enemy of the United States, is gaining influence all over the region in Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, parts of Afghanistan and now Yemen. 

As a result of influence in Yemen, this could mean that Iran may not only control the Straight of Hormuz; but also the entry to the Red Sea through which oil tankers often pass.   Of course, we could neutralize any Iranian attempt to take control of these water ways; but it won't be pretty if we need to do it.   In the mean time, Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons.

Sunni Saudi Arabia, that just lost their King to natural death, is now potentially surrounded by countries dominated by Iran, their traditional Shia mortal enemy.  The Saudi's are keeping oil prices low to punish Iran and Russia for supporting Assad in Syria.  At some point, the Saudis will need to rally other Sunni Arab nations to defend against Iranian influence and aggression.  Saudi Arabia will also have to become a nuclear power because Iran will have nuclear weapons and soon.  We could see all out war in the Middle East.  It is as though the play book in Revelations in the Bible is coming true  There could very well be Armageddon coming in the next twenty years if we don't move to stop all of this. 

Libya, that Obama claimed as a success story, has been taken over by Terrorists.  As a result, we had to abandon our embassy in Libya, which may also soon happen in Yemen.  Terrorist groups in Somalia, the Sudan and Nigeria are murdering Christians and kidnapping children.  Iraq is disintegrating because of the ISIS threat, which became possible because Obama failed to keep any forces there once the war was over.  ISIS is murdering Muslims, Christians and Jews and anyone else that opposes them.   Hamas and Hezbollah continue horrendous Terrorist attacks in Israel.  We have also seen Terrorist attacks in Britain, Australia, India, Pakistan, France, the United States and other countries and there will be more if we don't destroy the enemy first. 

Yet, Obama claims the war is over just because he initially pulled troops out of Iraq that have had to go back in and he is pulling troops out of Afghanistan.  The reality is that the War on Fascist Islam is not anywhere near over.  We need a grand coalition of nations, focused on defeating and destroying Fascist Islam no matter how long it takes.  That will probably mean allied troops on the ground in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and maybe other countries.  There is no other way to defeat these Islamic Fascists that want to kill our people and destroy our freedoms.  This is World War III.  Obama has his head in the sand and just refuses to see the forest for the trees.    

Cape Wind - Just A Bunch Of Hot Air

Cape Wind, a proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound, is out of business before it even got started.  After wasting millions of tax payer dollars in federal subsidies on this green technology, Cape Wind failed to get financing and begin construction by December 31, 2014, a critical deadline date.  This caused the two primary utilities, NSTAR and National Grid that had committed to buy 77.5% of the electricity generated by Cape Wind to pull out of the deal.  This all fell apart because Cape Wind could not find any other buyers for its energy at the inflated prices necessary to support the project. 

And, why would any other utilities sign up when they can power their power plants with relatively cheap natural gas, nuclear, or coal.  To do otherwise, would cause dramatic increases in the cost of energy for their rate payers, which would be pretty indefensible and stupid.  It is obvious that green technology today is just not very cost effective.  There needs to be far more research and development on wind and solar to make it economically feasible.  It may be the energy of the future; but it is certainly not the energy of today. 

In the meantime, there should be additional research and development to make oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy cheaper, safer and more abundant because we have lots of these sources of energy.  This is just common sense.  It makes no sense to artificially raise the cost of energy, which would lower the standard of living for Americans and all other peoples of the world.  All this talk about climate change is exaggerated.  If it has gotten hotter, it is by tenths of a percentage.  Global Warming, if it does exist, is probably just a normal climatic cycle.   There have been hotter and cooler climate periods, over millions of years in world history, long before we had carbon emissions.

But even assuming that carbon emissions are impacting climate, nuclear energy emits no carbon.  Natural gas is pretty clean.  And, oil and coal can be made cleaner by use of scrubbers, catalytic converters etc.  We can't ignore existing energy sources if we are to raise the standard of living for the poor and middle class around the world.  Making energy more expensive, particularly by taxing it, is just another Socialist ploy to raise more taxes to make government bigger.  Let's at least call it what it is; just another Socialist Tax and Spend Big Government Scheme.     

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Republicans Should Just Say NO To More Socialism

Socialist Emperor Pinocchio Obama is out on the campaign trail, as usual, while the world is on fire, pitching his latest tax increase scheme and new entitlements added to the existing ones that are bankrupting our country.  Of course, Obama is so unpopular that he can only speak on college campuses to his left wing PEEP's and Groupies.  Obama is imploring the Republicans in Congress to just say Yes to all of his Socialist schemes.  Hopefully, those ideas are dead on arrival and should just be ignored.  In essence, Republicans Should Just Say NO to more Socialism. 

Can we get real.  By the time Obama thankfully leaves office in two years, he and his pals in Congress, with some RINO help, will have doubled the National Debt to about $20 Trillion in just eight years. Obama will have added more to the Debt than all other 43 Presidents combined.  And, this does not include unfunded liabilities of more than $100 Trillion to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare and federal pensions.  The states too are sitting on Trillions of dollars of unfunded liability to cover their state public employee pensions and other debts.  Many of these programs and promises are headed toward insolvency.  Think Detroit City for the whole country. 

If all of the wealth in the United States was confiscated, not just a percentage, it would not be enough to pay for all these promised entitlements.  Our country has reached a tipping point, yet Socialists at the President's State of the Union Address applauded the President for pushing even more entitlements and higher taxes.  The combined IQ of all Socialists in government might get them to the MORON designation; but certainly not higher.   To be fair, RINOS have contributed to this problem over the years; but just maybe we have elected some thinking adults to Congress in 2014 that are prepared to deal with Entitlement Reform, cutting spending to balance the budget and paying off the National Debt. While Hope is never a strategy, we can hope. 

It is impossible to tax our way out of this mess because higher taxes would result in less economic growth and job creation.  The only way out is much higher economic growth and job creation and more people actually paying lower taxes.   We have to shrink the size of local, state and federal government from the current 40% of GDP down to about 30% of GDP.  That would be 20% for the federal government and no more than 10% for local and state governments.  The only way to do this is to cut all the waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and redundancy in government that exists now.  And, we must Reform Entitlements to save them and not add any more.  This is all just common sense, fifth grade math and Economics 101. 

There is now a new Republican controlled Congress.  Our only hope is that the Congress will pass laws to get our country back on track.  They should do what is in the national interest of our people and pass those laws on to Obama.  Obama will undoubtedly Veto many of them; but at least Republicans will prove that they can govern.  If it does not happen, we will see the economic collapse of the United States, which will result in Civil Strife on our streets and the potential dissolution of our country.  Don't think it can't happen because it has happened throughout history.    

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Obama's State Of The Union - Just More Big Government Higher Taxes & Job Killing Socialism

Socialist Emperor Pinocchio Obama gave his sixth State of the Union Address and it was just more of the same Tax and Spend Big Government Socialist Schemes that are bankrupting our country.  Of course, Obama wants to raise taxes on the "rich", which previously were defined as couples making $250,000 or more when they raised the tax rate in the Fiscal Cliff deal to almost 40%.  Another 3.8% was added in ObamaCare bringing the federal income tax rate for a successful working couple to around 44%.  Capital Gains taxes were already raised as well.  Of course, this does not include the average 6% paid in state income taxes and all the other Sales, Property, Business Licenses and special fees charged by local, state and the federal government so that taxes for many working couples can exceed 55% when all is counted.  This Class Warfare argument is getting really old when about 50% of Americans pay no income taxes at all.  We already have the most progressive income tax system in the world.  It is not that taxes are too low.  It is that government spending is much too high. 

But for Obama and his Socialist pals in government, it is never enough.  Obama wants to raise taxes even higher on the Makers in society, those the create all the jobs, to pay for more government entitlements when we can't even afford the entitlements already on the books.  Social Security, Medicare and ObamaCare are all headed toward insolvency.  Obama told us how Obamanomics and his foreign policy have improved life in America and the world.  Oh really?   The real unemployment rate is about 11% if all Americans are counted, the unemployed, the under employed working part time that want full time work and those that have just given up looking for work altogether.  This amounts to more than 10 million Americans.  The Labor Participation Rate, at just over 62% representing the number of people actually working is lower than three decades ago.  While the poverty rate, under our first Black President, is higher than it was when Jimmy Carter was President.  Blacks in particular are worse off today than when Bush II was President. 

About 50 million Americans are on Food Stamps and Welfare up 20 million since Obama was first elected.   10 million Americans are on Disability benefits, which comes right out of the Social Security Trust Fund, up 2 million since Obama first took office.  The Middle Class in America is earning less today, in real terms, than when Bush I and II were Presidents.  If things are so good according the Obama, how come all these numbers are so bad.   

During his speech, Obama did the victory dance related to dealing with Terrorism in the world.  There was not one mention of Al Queda, who Obama told us a few years ago was on the run.  ISIS in Iraq and Syria is beheading Westerners and murdering other Muslims, Christians, Jews and anyone else that stands in the way of them establishing a Caliphate in the Middle East and beyond.  Yemen and Libya that Obama claimed as a success stories are now controlled by Terrorists.  Russia has invaded Ukraine.  Iran is closer to having nuclear weapons than ever before.  There have been Terrorist attacks in the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, throughout the Middle East and various other countries.  The fact is that the United States is in far more danger today because of Obama's feckless and incompetent foreign policy than when George W Bush was President after 9/11.  The world is on fire, yet Obama spent little time in his State of the Union Speech dealing with the War on Terror and or made any mention of the Islamic Fascist Terrorist threat that we face seemingly everyday. 

Then there are all the Obama Scandals; Fast and Furious, IRS Dirty Tricks, Benghazi and the NSA spying on all Americans.  Nevertheless, Obama clings to his Socialist ideology calling for higher taxes and more government spending even though he has added $6 Trillion to our now $18 Trillion National Debt with no end in sight, more than all the other Presidents combined.  ObamaCare is a train wreck that has negatively impacted millions of Americans.  We have civil strife on our streets as many Blacks are making war on our city police departments.  This is happening because Obama is a divider not a uniter.  In fact, our nation today has never been more divided since the Civil War. 

Mr. President, the State of our Union is not good under your stewardship no matter what you say.  Obama will go down as one of the worst Presidents in American History.  Clearly, Obama has been the most divisive, polarizing  President in American history.  The picture I present are all facts, not fiction, SPIN, or Obamanista propaganda.  All we can do is count the days until the end of the Obama Presidency.  It is going to be a long two years before morning in America  assuming the American people elect the right candidate.          

Monday, January 19, 2015

Obama Again Calling For Tax Increases - More Divisive Class Warfare

Rather than pitching Comprehensive Tax Reform, which is desperately needed to create broad based economic growth and real job creation again, Socialist Emperor Pinocchio Obama, will once again play the divisive Class Warfare card, in his State of the Union Address calling for even higher taxes on the "rich", the Makers and job creators in society.  The so called rich, defined by Socialists as couples making more than $250,000 a year, are already paying federal income tax rates around 44%, and higher Capital Gains taxes, thanks to ObamaCare, plus an average of 6% in state income taxes.  When coupled with property and sales taxes and many other fees, licenses and other government charges, many couples are giving up 55% or more of their hard earned income.

Yet for Socialists, it is never enough.  In their sick thinking, if only the rich could pay a little more, life would be wonderful for everyone.  Even with Obama's higher taxes, our $18 Trillion National Debt continues to grow with no end in sight.  No matter how much we give Washington, they spend more.  It has to stop.  Obama wants to help the Middle Class.  Really?  The Middle Class has gone backwards as a result of Obamanomics, earning less today than when Obama first took office.   You cannot help the Middle Class by taking more money from the Makers in the private sector  that actually create jobs.  Obama either never took Economics 101 and or if he did take the course, he apparently failed it.  The bigger the government gets, the smaller the private sector.   Real productive jobs happen in the private sector.  Anything that hurts investors and entrepreneurs, as would be the case with Obama's proposed tax increases, hurts the entire economy and in particular the Poor and Middle Class.  It is no accident that Obamanomics has resulted in the lowest labor participation rate and the highest number of Americans on poverty in three decades.  These Obamanistas are all job killers. 

Fortunately, the Congress is controlled by Republicans, so hopefully Obama's higher tax proposals will go no where.  They are DEAD ON ARRIVAL.   We need real tax reform that brings down personal and corporate income tax rates by getting rid of loop holes and gimmicks in the tax code that artificially impact markets.   As it is now, about 50% of Americans pay no income taxes at all.  We have the most progressive income tax system in the world.  And, the working poor, that pay no income taxes, get the Earned Income Tax Credit that gives them money back from the federal government averaging $4,000 a year or more.  How much more progressive can the tax code be when the Makers that pay all the income taxes in our country support the Takers; now about 50% of Americans.  Obama is a Socialist.  If he could do it, he would redistribute all income from the Makers to the Takers until everyone is living in poverty. i.e Cuba.  That is called Communism and we know the end of that dismal story.