The “Welfare Queen” Myth

  You may have heard the story: In Chicago, the authorities found a woman who used 80 names, 30 addresses and 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year. It originated with […]
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The “Welfare Queen” Legend

  My Republican acquaintances complain about the government taking their hard earned money to give to lazy layabouts. And they like to trot out the myth of the “welfare queen” who gets rich by having numerous babies. You probably won’t see this nonsense debunked in the mainstream media. News outlets have discovered that they won’t build audiences […]
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Time for Jeb to Quit

  Get lost, Jeb. You’re cluttering up the Republican primary field and making an ass of yourself. I thought you were better than that. What are you polling now, 3 percent? I know you’re down in single digits – way down. And it’s no wonder. You keep giving voters reasons to pick someone else. There […]
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Horrors! Food Stamps are Being Used to Buy Seafood!

I don’t watch Fox News so I have to take Jon Stewart’s word for it, but apparently the crusading cable network has uncovered a new and menacing abuse of the welfare state. From Stewart’s scathing response to the Fox program, I gather crab legs and fresh salmon are the specific kinds of seafood that offend […]
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In the Darkness and Cold, Spare a Thought for Society’s Victims

Have we lost the ability to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Have our senses been bombarded to the point where we are numb? Is it the torrent of horror they call the news that’s done it to us? Or the even more graphic horrors they call entertainment? Whatever the reason, and I’m sure […]
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Millions to Rich “Farmers” while Slashing Aid to the Poor

The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that about half of the $1.5 billion in farm subsidies distributed last year went to non-farmers. I’ve read this kind of report before. It is no secret that “farm” subsidies don’t go just to farmers. They also go to millionaires in major cities and tropical retreats – even in […]
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Americans Will Not Let Children Starve

The Republican crusade against food stamps is just another silly game designed to show how tough they are. Like so many of the bills spewed forth by the House of Representatives recently, the proposed legislation to slash nearly $4 billion a year from the federal food stamp budget is sheer theater. If the bill passes […]
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What Can We Do about Those Rotten Apples?

There’s an old saying, “one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.” And it’s true in more ways than one. It means that corruption spreads, of course. But corruption does more than than that; it discredits good programs and frustrates the efforts of those who persist in pursuing the dream of a better world. And it […]
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Behind the Faces in a Midas Waiting Room

I had put off getting an oil change for far too long, probably because I knew there would be more to it than that once I decided to have our old Marquis checked out. There was the intermittent chatter coming from one of the wheels, for one thing. I figured it would involve taking off […]
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What’s Really Happening with the Dreaded Sequester?

Scanning the news of the day, you’re likely to read about the latest (unconstitutional) Republican bill banning abortion (again) or repealing Obamacare (already established by the Supreme Court as the law of the land) and – of course – some trumped up scandal about Big Brother government or IRS malice or whatever other lurid fiction Rep. […]
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