The “Farm Bill,” which is 80% food stamps, was defeated in the House

House conservatives on Thursday defeated the multiyear $500 billion “farm bill” by a vote of 195-234, objecting to the massive size of the pork-filled bill. The White House threatened to veto the House version because it cut too much money ($3.2B) out of the food stamp program, which makes up 80% of the farm bill. The cost of the food stamp program has doubled in just five years under the Obama administration, despite his claims that our economy is on the mend. The Senate version “cut” a small $400 million per year out...

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Our Noble Vision – An opportunity for all – Reagan’s 1984 speech

I think these quotes from Ronald Reagan’s 1984 speech (what an apropos year for this topic) sums up my thoughts about the difference between greater freedom in America and bigger government, as envisioned by those who would forego freedom and opportunity, for a taxpayer funded safety net. Excerpt: The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between...

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Social Security disability benefits need to be verified

According to Newsmax (3), there has been a tremendous surge in the number of Americans receiving Social Security disability benefits, something that was intended to help workers over age 50 that became physically unable to perform their job. The disability benefits are now being used for workers under age 50, disabled spouses of deceased workers, and disabled adult children who were never able to work in the first place. It also includes Americans diagnosed with mental impairments, and more than 30 percent of disability cases involve mental...

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Left wingnuts – children should not belong to their parents

Just when you think the left has gone about as far as they can go, an MSNBC host states that America needs to change its attitude towards their children, who really shouldn’t belong to their parents alone, but to the “state, the collective.” MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s quote, “We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids...

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Mayor Bloomberg – do your job – leave constituents alone

One of the people in the forefront of the current nanny state mentality is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the food czar of New York City, who is now expanding his control into potential hearing problems caused music that’s played too loud. Excerpt: Hizzoner’s health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned. “With public and private support, a public-education campaign is being...

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John Stossel’s thought provoking Libertarian ideas

John Stossel’s column today on “Greed” contained some very thought provoking libertarian ideas, which need to be contemplated by any non-government-centered political junkie. Excerpt: Yes, Wall Street was greedy — but that’s nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more. And my favorite, That’s what happened under communism — and increasingly, it’s happening in...

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