Poverty  and  Dependency  in  America

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Welfare programs attract illegal aliens

The Cloward-Piven strategy

Negative income taxes:  People who pay less than zero income tax.


Other countries' experiences

Welfare programs attract illegal aliens

Trump may get tax cut bill with more generous credits for illegal immigrants.  President Trump has been willing to accept almost anything to close the deal on his giant tax cut bill before Christmas, including staying mum about a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to pocket the more generous child tax credit included in the package.  Illegal immigrants have been collecting the payoff from the "refundable" tax credit for years because of an IRS interpretation of how the rule was drafted.  The Republican-controlled Congress this fall had a chance to correct that in the tax code overhaul that in the Senate version doubled the child tax credit to $2,000 and expanded eligibility.

President Trump Ends Free Money for Immigrants.  The degradation of America coincides with our idiotic immigration policy of "just get here and you're better than our citizens".  Well no longer.  In his weekly address president Trump announced an immigration bill that will create a merit-based Green Card system.  The new system will end the abuse to our welfare system.

Tax Cut Bill to Stop Cash Payments to Illegal Immigrants.  Buried in the tax reform bill the House of Representatives passed last week is a small provision — one long advocated by immigration hawks — to close a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to get cash from the government.  Congress prohibited such transfer payments in 1996, but the Internal Revenue Service's interpretation is that the prohibition does not apply to a government assistance program created after that statute.  Known as the additional child tax credit, the program is designed for low-income people whose tax burden is too low to qualify for the regular $1,000-per-child credit.  It allows families, in other words, to get more money back on their tax returns than they originally pay.

Trump's Illegal Alien Crackdown Threatens Obamacare.  Representative Joe Wilson was excoriated in 2009 for yelling "you lie!" about Obama's statement that illegal aliens will not receive Obamacare.  Politifact went through some serious gymnastics to claim that Joe's statement was false.  Of course, we've seen over the years that Joe was correct, and that many states, such as California, have attempted to give illegals Obamacare.

Welfare Use by Immigrant and Native Households.  In 2012, 51 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) reported that they used at least one welfare program during the year, compared to 30 percent of native households.  Welfare in this study includes Medicaid and cash, food, and housing programs.  Welfare use is high for both new arrivals and well-established immigrants.  Of households headed by immigrants who have been in the country for more than two decades, 48 percent access welfare.  No single program explains immigrants' higher overall welfare use.  For example, not counting subsidized school lunch, welfare use is still 46 percent for immigrants and 28 percent for natives.  Not counting Medicaid, welfare use is 44 percent for immigrants and 26 percent for natives.

L.A. County hands $1.3 billion to illegals for welfare.  Los Angeles County is a massive draw for illegals, with more than a million flocking there and setting up home — and now we know why.  Not only is it hallowed sanctuary ground; it's also, apparently, taxpayer-dole-out central.  Look at this, from Robert Rector with the Heritage Foundation:  "They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend," he said, speaking of the costs of education, police, fire, medical and housing that illegals get, compared to what they pay back by way of taxes.  This isn't conjecture.  It's based on analysis of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services database.  Among the findings:  In 2015, more than 58,000 families received $602 million in benefits.  In 2016, more than 64,000 families received $675 million.

How About E-Verifying Tax Refund Recipients?  The Trump administration is said to be thinking about illegal aliens and Social Security.  Let's hope the focus of the new people is not on Social Security beneficiaries, as benefits are not supposed to be paid to those without legal status, anyway.  This part of the system may not be enforced with zest, but the rules are in place.  Clearly such systems could, and should, be tightened.  The focus on Social Security and illegal aliens, however, should be on seeing to it that the massive amount of information on the illegals held by the SSA — now rarely shared with other agencies — should be routinely dispatched to other federal outfits that can, and should, do something about it.

Trump Budget Stops Cash Payments to Illegal Immigrants.  The president's proposed 2018 budget would put a stop to a government program that has paid out more than $35 billion over the past ten years to illegal immigrants in lump-sum payments, disguised as a "tax credit."  The use of the credit by illegal immigrants, which has allowed them to get up to $1,000 for each child they claim, including children who are not theirs and who don't live in the United States, has been referred to as "a multi-billion-dollar fraud scheme" that has taken money out of the hands of hard-working Americans.

Trump calls to cut off tax breaks for illegal immigrants.  President Trump will seek to tighten restrictions on some tax credits to prevent them from being claimed by illegal immigrants, a measure that the administration says is necessary to respect taxpayers and balance the budget.  Trump's fiscal 2018 budget, set to be released Tuesday, will set higher eligibility standards for the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday [5/23/2017].  According to the administration, the measures will save $40 billion over 10 years.

Report: Illegal Aliens Forego Food Stamps to Stay off Trump's Radar.  Illegal aliens in San Francisco have reportedly begun abstaining from food stamps in the belief it will help them avoid being detecting by the Trump administration.  In fact, so many residents have turned against food stamps that "the city is concerned."  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, local Human Services Agency director Trent Rhorer has noted that "households with one illegal" are wondering how much information will reach administration officials if they use food stamps, also known as CalFresh.  Eligible families also wonder "whether the administration will cut food stamp benefits to immigrants."

Rahm Emanuel Invents New ID to Ensure Illegals Get Their Welfare.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has moved forward with plans for a Chicago-only identification card specifically designed to ensure illegal aliens in the city can receive welfare benefits with minimal risk of repatriation.  The new program was unveiled at a Chicago City Council meeting on Wednesday, and it protects illegal aliens from federal oversight by not collecting any copies of identification documents presented when illegals apply for the identification card.  "Applicants bring in the documents to prove someone's identity.  They hand them over to specially trained individual who can review the documents and then hand them back ... It's going to capture just the name and the date of birth.  It's not going to capture an address," a source close to those officials told the Chicago Sun-Times.

This is the Cloward-Piven strategy in action:
Feds and UN Dumping "Unvetted, Diseased Refugee Men" on Taxpayer.  A Missouri woman who has attended official meetings on resettling migrants is blowing the whistle on United Nations and federal schemes that she says are quietly flying in huge numbers of unvetted, diseased "refugees" from across Africa and the Middle East — many of whom do not even have a known name — and immediately handing them passports, Social Security numbers, and a vast array of tax-funded benefits.  Noting that the overwhelming majority of the migrants she observed were men, she suggested the schemes were an "intentional device" to "invade the United States of America."  Adding insult to injury, said the woman with knowledge of the program, is the fact that state officials and those involved with processing the new arrivals are being encouraged at official meetings to classify as many of the newcomers as possible as being permanently disabled — especially as having chronic headaches and lower back pain.  The purpose of this, she was told, was so the "refugees" could qualify for Social Security long-term disability, allowing them to collect taxpayer money for the rest of their lives despite never having contributed to the already-strained system on its way to bankruptcy.

Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them.  Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating.  She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.  Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said.  Increasingly, she's being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.  Since mid-January, five of Fortin's families have withdrawn from the SNAP program.  One, the single mother of three citizen daughters, had fled to Georgia to escape an abusive husband.  Another, two green-card holders with four young children, were thinking of taking on third jobs to compensate for the lost benefits.  These families represent a small fraction of Fortin's caseload — she estimates she has signed 200 immigrant families up for SNAP over the past six months — but based on the calls she gets from other clients, she fears more cancellations are imminent.

Nonprofits Helping Illegal Immigrants Took $291 Million From Taxpayers.  Taxpayers funded eight nonprofits that serve, protect or advocate for illegal immigrants with more than $291 million between 2012 to 2016, according to an analysis of federal spending data and tax documents by the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.  The eight groups — including at least one that endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 — provide a variety of support to illegal aliens, ranging from legal and social services to political advocacy.  Ninety-four percent of the public funds — or, nearly $274 million — came from the federal government, according to data obtained from USAspending.gov and 990 tax forms.

Obamacare 2.0 Is All But Guaranteed to Impose Crushing Costs on Voters, Hurt Trump's Base, And Hand Power Back to the Democrats.  [For example,] Illegals can get health care through identity theft and fraud, because Obamacare 2.0 makes it impossible to check enrollees' immigration status.  The bill incentivizes further illegal immigration by encouraging illegals to come to the U.S. to cut into taxpayer-funded programs meant for citizens.  Poll after poll shows Trump's immigration policies prioritizing Americans and their problems over foreigners and their wants are hugely popular with voters.  Giving away health care to illegals, while ramping up the price for Trump's core voters, is a slap in the face.

Are We Refugeed Out Yet?  There are more Iraqis living in the United States than there are in some major cities in Iraq.  156,000 Iraqi refugees have entered this country in just the last decade.  30,000 of those have ended up in California.  In Obama's first year in office, the United States resettled three-quarters of Iraqi refugees.  71% of Iraqi refugees are receiving cash assistance.  82% are on Medicaid and 87% are on food stamps.  Compare those atrocious numbers to only 17% of Cubans on cash assistance and 16% on Medicaid.  It should be obvious why Obama shut the door on Cuban refugees while holding it wide open for Syrian Muslims (but closing it tightly on Syrian Christians), Iraqis and Somalis (77.4% food stamp use).

Report: 87% Illegal Immigrant Families On Welfare, 72% Of Legal Immigrants On It.  The helping hand offered by social welfare programs is being utilized by most legal and illegal immigrant families, the latest sign that many immigrants come to America for the taxpayer-funded benefits like Medicaid, subsidized food and cash, according to a new report based on Census data.

California Goes One Step Beyond ObamaCare, Proposes Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illegal Aliens.  California Democrats made a surprise move late Friday to foil President Trump's promise to repeal ObamaCare — by introducing a stand-alone, single-payer healthcare system in California.  The Mercury News reported that two California lawmakers Friday introduced legislation to replace private insurance with a government-run health care system covering all 38 million Californians — including its undocumented residents.

Welfare use by non-citizens
Who Is A Public Charge?  Since 1882, the United States has banned the entry of anyone who has the potential of becoming a "public charge."  This is how current law reads:  ["]Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.["]  Since 1903, the United States has allowed for the deportation of immigrants who became a public charge after they entered the country, and this is how the law now reads:  ["]Any alien who, within five years after the date of entry, has become a public charge from causes not affirmatively shown to have arisen since entry is deportable.["]  Given these very straightforward — and very old — restrictions, it seems puzzling that we would find many immigrants on welfare.

Trump weighs additional immigration restrictions to weed out any who may need public aid.  The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the U.S. who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order.  A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake-up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country and who can enter the workforce, and reducing the social services burden on taxpayers.

The Editor says...
It's the law.  Read 8 USC §1182 for yourself.

The Coming Sanctuary Cities Crackdown.  Chicago is one of the best places to live in America if you're one of the millions of illegal aliens present in the country — and free-spending, lawbreaking Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying his best to keep it that way. [...] Emanuel is so determined to fork over tax dollars to illegals that he's moving forward with creating a municipal identification card to open government coffers to those who have no legal right to be in this country.  "Chicago is and has been a city that welcomes everyone, and an individual's background should never be a barrier to participating in the economic, social or cultural life of Chicago," Emanuel said in October.  "With this program, we ensure that all Chicago residents have the identification they need to access vital services."

Asylum claims
Illegals seeking asylum up 900%, get Social Security, welfare, school loans.  The number of illegals seeking asylum to gain easy access to the United States has jumped 900 percent in less than 10 years, greatly expanding the Immigration population receiving Social Security, school loans, green cards, welfare and other taxpayer funded services, according to figures from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  While about 8,000 mostly Latin Americans in 2009 sought asylum, the number is expected to reach 80,000 or more this year, according to a projection from the Center for Immigration Studies.

California petitions to become first state to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.  California's health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the exchange — which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.  In a Sept. 30 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Covered California's Executive Director Peter Lee said that the Affordable Care Act has been "tremendously successful" in the state and has cut the rate of uninsured in half.

Chelsea Clinton Blunder!  Admits Hillary Will Give Illegals ObamaCare!  As Hillary is also on board to continue to flood the country with illegal immigrants, this in itself could be the death of America as we know it!

California Dems Push For Obamacare For Illegal Immigrants.  California Democrats advocated for President Barack Obama to sign a waiver allowing undocumented immigrants to buy healthcare plans through the Obamacare exchanges Wednesday [9/14/2016], claiming the change would not be federally subsidized.  California's Democratic delegation sent a letter to the administration Monday pushing to make the state the first exemption from the Affordable Care Act's provision preventing illegals from purchasing plans.

Illegals to Border Agents: 'Obama Said it Was Okay to Come'.  [A] new report out of San Diego reveals that 90% of illegal aliens caught along the southern border are subsequently released back on the streets.  In fact, they are dropped off at a local bus stop to freely roam about.  The most common reason given as to why they are crossing is:  "Obama said it's okay to come."  KUSI 9 News's Dan Plante recently spent the day at the border and learned that nine out of ten illegals are released back on the streets of San Diego and are more often than not provided with extra amenities.

Report: Some Illegal Aliens Enjoy Food Stamp Advantage Over U.S. Citizens.  A new report produced by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows that people in the United States illegally can in some cases get more food stamps than U.S. citizens.  The report, released on Monday by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, reveals that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) "provides benefits to families with an illegal alien (or other ineligible alien) wage earner in it, while denying benefits to an identical family comprised of only U.S. citizens."

California Reps Urge Obama To Stop California From Giving Illegals Obamacare.  House Republicans representing California pressured the Obama administration to stop its plan to expand Obamacare to illegal immigrants in the state Wednesday [6/30/2016].  Rep.  Darrell Issa spearheaded the effort in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services signed by a number of California representatives slamming the plan's potential to further stagnate the economy and increase the burden on taxpayers in the state.  The California legislation would allow for a waiver permitting illegal immigrants in the state to buy private health insurance through the Obamacare exchange — allowing an estimated 390,000 more people the option to purchase plans.

House Democrats Want Obama To Expand Education Programs To Children Of Illegals.  About 100 House Democrats sent out a letter Tuesday to Obama urging him to give education benefits to young children who were brought to the United States illegally as children, according to reports from the Hill.  Backed by Rep.  Jared Polis of Colorado, Rueben Hinojas of Texas, and Gwen Moore or Wisconsin, the letter said that children enrolled in Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should receive the same benefits from education programs that less advantaged children do who are legal U.S. citizens.  Democrats claim that because these benefit are only for legal U.S. children, DACA children are prohibited from getting "life changing services."

Obama Administration Coy on Expanding Obamacare to California Illegal Immigrants.  California Gov.  Jerry Brown signed a bill to expand Obamacare to cover illegal immigrants, but now it's up to the Obama administration to determine if the nation's largest state will get an exemption related to a specific promise the president made when trying to sell the health care law.  The Golden State will be asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a "State Innovation Waiver" under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  This would allow illegal immigrants in the state to purchase private health insurance plans from the California exchange, Covered California, but would not make them eligible for federal subsidies.

House Democrats Want Obama To Expand Education Programs To Children Of Illegal Immigrants.  About 100 House Democrats sent out a letter Tuesday to Obama urging him to give education benefits to young children who were brought to the United States illegally as children, according to reports from the Hill.  Backed by Rep.  Jared Polis of Colorado, Rueben Hinojas of Texas, and Gwen Moore or Wisconsin, the letter said that children enrolled in Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should receive the same benefits from education programs that less advantaged children do who are legal U.S. citizens.

California to ask feds to allow undocumented immigrants to use Obamacare.  California could become the first state to ask the federal government to let undocumented immigrants buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.  Gov.  Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Friday that attempts to allow people in the country illegally to purchase the insurance through Covered California without costing the state or federal government anything.

Immigrants Use $6,234 in Welfare Benefits per Household, 41 Percent More than Non-Immigrant Households.  Immigrant-headed households use 41 percent more federal welfare benefits than their native-born counterparts, according to a new Center for Immigration Studies analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.  The average household headed by an immigrant (both legal and illegal) in 2012 consumed $6,234 federal in welfare benefits, while the average native-headed households consumed $4,431 in benefits, says the CIS report, which is based on data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation.

Half of immigrant-led households collect welfare as admission rules go unenforced.  Immigrants are supposed to be beneficial to the U.S. — so much so that federal law requires them to prove they won't end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted.  But it's a stricture honored more in the breach than in compliance, according to statistics obtained by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which found that of the millions of legal immigrants living in the U.S. and collecting welfare or other public benefits, only a single person was kicked out of the country over the last three years for becoming a public burden.  That seems to fly in the face of federal policies that, dating back to the very first broad immigration law in the 1880s, have demanded that immigrants prove they will be able to support themselves.

Feds to Pay California to Finance FREE MediCaid Health Care for Illegal Aliens.  The responsibility of the Fed is to keep illegal aliens out of this country — instead Obama is importing them and giving them "free" health care — while cause honest citizens to pay higher taxes, receive lower quality health care and to crowd the system so honest Americans must wait while the Obama imports get their care.

Muslim Refugees Get $6k/Month In Welfare, Want You To Pay For Something Else.  A Muslim family with 9 children entered the West as refugees, refused to enter the workforce, and immediately signed up for welfare, receiving over $6,400 every month.  However, the lavish taxpayer benefits just aren't enough, so now they're demanding hardworking citizens pay for just one more thing in their attempt to milk the system.  When a devout Muslim couple left Afghanistan to pursue Western life in Austria, the immigration board approved asylum status for them and their 9 children, aging from 5 to 20 years old.  The pair soon claimed disability and began receiving $6,406.45 each month in welfare, according to Kronen Zeitung.  Now, they're planning on increasing their monthly benefits the best way they know how.

California Looks to Cover Illegal Immigrants Under Obamacare.  In an unprecedented move, California legislators look to extend Obamacare health coverage to the state's estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrant population.  If passed and signed into law, California would be the first state in the nation to request illegal immigrants be covered through a state exchange, the Los Angeles Times reported.  It is against the law for California to allow illegal immigrants to enroll in Covered California, the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange, Sally C. Pipes, president and CEO of the pro-free-market Pacific Research Institute, told The Daily Signal in an emailed response.  "The law does not allow illegals to enroll in the state exchanges or the federal exchange Healthcare.gov," Pipes said.

Report: Children of refugees get more federal benefits than poor U.S. kids.  America loves kids, but Uncle Sam has a favorite:  children of refugees.  Among recipients of food stamps, welfare cash and Social Security payments, refugee children receive more in taxpayer-funded aid than children of citizens, according to a new report on federal spending from the pro-immigration Migration Policy Institute.

IRS Giving Tax Credits to Illegals Who've Engaged in Identity Theft.  In a typical year, April 15 is Tax Day when hard-working Americans cede over an enormous amount of their income to the federal government so they can redistribute it to all sorts of special interests and protected classes, including illegal aliens.  You heard that right.  The IRS has admitted to knowingly granting refundable tax credits, which work as back door welfare payments, to illegal aliens who break the law and steal Social Security numbers to obtain employment and file their taxes.  During a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted to Sen.  Dan Coats (R-IN) that illegal aliens were stealing Social Security numbers and using them to receive refundable tax credits through their annual returns.  Worse, he felt it was a good thing they were filing and didn't seem committed to stopping it.

Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability.  Does the president of the United States have the power to unilaterally tell millions of individuals who are violating federal law that he will not enforce that law against them now, that they may continue to violate that law in the future and that he will take action that makes them eligible for federal benefit programs for which they are not currently eligible due to their unlawful status?  Through Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, President Barack Obama is telling the Supreme Court exactly this right now.  The solicitor general calls what Obama is doing "prosecutorial discretion."

Cubans handed cash, Social Security card, food stamps, Medicaid at U.S.  border.  Thousands of Cubans rushing the U.S. border in record numbers are being greeted with a Welcome Wagon operation the provides them with taxpayer-funded benefits including cash, a Social Security card, food stamps, and Medicaid, according to a review of the latest immigration crisis on the border.  During a field trip to the Laredo, Texas crossing point, two experts from the Center for Immigration Studies documented how Cubans are provided with the services free of charge in a storefront operation set up by a Cuban immigrant, who even provides housing and schedules transportation to Miami.

[The Number of] Immigrants Denied Admission to the U.S. Due to Welfare Dependency Risk Plummets.  The number of immigrants denied admission to the U.S. as legal permanent residents due to their risk of becoming primarily reliant on welfare for subsistence has plummeted since the late 1990s, according to the Congressional Research Service.  Foreigners seeking admission to the U.S. or adjustment of status to a legal permanent resident (or green card recipient) are technically considered inadmissible if they are deemed likely to become a "public charge," or primarily reliant on government assistance.

Chelsea Clinton reveals her mom thinks it is 'important' to extend Obamacare to illegal aliens.  [Scroll down]  So the billions of impoverished people worldwide now have an invitation to come to America and sign up for what used to be the finest health care system in the world.  If you can't afford Obamacare, why no problem.  The rest of us will cheerfully pay our taxes and endure further increases in our insurance costs because after all, we owe it to the rest of the world.

Tension Simmers as Cubans Breeze Across U.S. Border.  They are crossing the border here by the hundreds each day, approved to enter the United States in a matter of hours.  Part of a fast-rising influx of Cubans, they walk out to a Laredo street and are greeted by volunteers from Cubanos en Libertad, or Cubans in Freedom, who help them arrange travel to their American destination — often Miami — and start applying for work permits and federal benefits like food stamps and Medicaid, available by law to Cubans immediately after their arrival.

Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies.  Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News.  The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums.  It found that as of June 2015, "the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence."

U.S. Commits $9.5 Mil to Migrant Education.  The money will flow through the Office of Migrant Education which operates under the bloated U.S. Department of Education, Jimmy Carter's brilliant creation.  The funds will be divided between the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which will receive $5,407,472 and the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for migrants, which will get $4,082,415, according to an announcement in the federal register.  CAMP helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family pay for college.  HEP assists them in obtaining a general education diploma that meets guidelines for high school equivalency.  The government will then help those folks gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education, compliments of Uncle Sam.

Feds Won't Permit Asking Welfare Moochers About Immigration Status.  How are you going to use extravagantly generous welfare programs to lure in enough freeloaders from the Third World to displace the native population if they think they might get questioned about whether they are in the country legally?  Also, it is important to keep the shrinking core population from knowing exactly how many foreigners we are supporting on a slave basis.

Obama Regime Rolls Out Red Carpet for Islamic Colonists.  Have you fallen on hard times as a result of the Obama economy?  Why not try traveling to Syria, then returning to the USA as a "refugee"?  The taxpayer will set you right up.

Call With 'Refugee Services of Texas' Confirms "Free" Stuff for Incoming Muslims.  Barack Obama recently announced he's raising the refugee cap from 70,000 to 85,000 to make room for 15,000 Syrian refugees.  His plan for next year involves the cap shooting to 100,000.  This means some 45,000 Syrians, most of whom are likely Muslim, will enter the U.S. between now and the end of next year.  [T]he State Department spent about $3 billion on refugee services for the fiscal year that ended September 30th of 2015.  That amount is expected to increase this year.  Again, Obama spent $3 BILLION of our dollars moving foreigners into the U.S. as refugees last year.

Welcome to the USA, Here's Your Free Money.  Considering the massive government debt, the extremely low workforce participation rate, and the severe problems we already have with alien populations ripping society apart from within, this is hard to distinguish from treason:  ["]The Obama administration has released an updated welcome guide for new immigrants in the U.S. featuring detailed sections about obtaining public benefits including food stamps, welfare, and Obamacare.["] [...] Like most everything Big Government produces, the revamped guide appears to be unnecessary.  Already most households headed by an immigrant, whether legal or illegal, report using welfare.

Obama Administration Publishes Alien Welcome Guide Offering Welfare in 14 Different Languages.  Through most of American history, immigrants were required to prove they were in a state of sound health and would not become a burden on the state.  In fact, the official history of Ellis Island describes the immigration process in no uncertain terms. [...] Today things are very different.  The late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, "It's just obvious you can't have free immigration and a welfare state" and the Obama administration is doing its level best to prove him right.  The national debt stands at $18.5 trillion, more than double the amount when Obama took office.  Democrats' massive expansion of the welfare state — from food stamps, to Social Security Disability fraud, to benefits packages for illegal aliens — is a primary reason.

Half of immigrants in state illegally could be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion, study finds.  Half of Californians in the country illegally would be eligible for the state's healthcare program for the poor if it were expanded under a proposal by legislators, a new report finds.  Some California politicians are pushing to open up the $91-billion Medi-Cal program to people here illegally, since such immigrants are not allowed to sign up for insurance under Obamacare.

Feds' 'Welcome' Guide for New Immigrants Advises on Public Benefits — in 14 Different Languages.  The Obama administration has released an updated welcome guide for new immigrants in the U.S. featuring detailed sections about obtaining public benefits including food stamps, welfare, and Obamacare.  "You or members of your family may be eligible for other federal benefits, depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income level," the guidebook reads.

Are they mistaken?
Immigrants caught crossing border think they can stay in US and collect benefits.  Nearly a year after the Obama administration launched a massive public relations campaign to dispel rumors of a free pass for immigrant families crossing the border illegally, internal intelligence files from the Homeland Security Department suggest that effort is failing.  Hundreds of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border between July and September told US immigration agents they made the dangerous trip in part because they believed they would be permitted to stay in the United States and collect public benefits.

Muslim immigrants aren't here to assimilate.  They're here for the handouts.
Small Town America Transformed By Somali Migrants.  Newly arrived Somali immigrants have transformed small towns and cities throughout the United States into tuulas (Somali villages).  The process is underway in such places as Lewiston, Maine; Shelbyville, Tennessee, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Clarkston, Georgia, and Jamestown, North Dakota.  The Jamestown Sun reports that 400 Somalis have applied for public housing in the past four months.  The Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kansas and nearby small towns have created the Somali Community Center of Southwest Kansas in order to tap into public welfare programs.

Refugee Resettlement Fact Sheet.  Refugee access to welfare on the same basis as a U.S. citizen has made the program a global magnet.  The federal programs available to them include:
  •   Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) formerly known as AFDC
  •   Medicaid
  •   Food Stamps
  •   Public Housing
  •   Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  •   Social Security Disability Insurance
  •   Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) (direct services only)
  •   Child Care and Development Fund
  •   Independent Living Program
  •   Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)
  •   Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  •   Postsecondary Education Loans and Grants
  •   Refugee Assistance Programs
  •   Title IV Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Payments (if parents are qualified immigrants -- refugees, asylees, etc)
  •   Title XX Social Services Block Grant Funds
Welfare use is staggering among refugees. Welfare usage is never counted by officials as part of the cost of the program.  Yet, when it is included, the total cost of the refugee program soars to at least [$]10-20 billion a year.

Sedgwick County Chairman Richard Ranzau target of recall push by immigration group.  The Immigration Advocacy Network announced Monday [10/19/2015] it will seek to recall Sedgwick County Commission Chair Richard Ranzau.  "Mr. Ranzau has failed in providing and protecting the health and welfare of Sedgwick County citizens who he was elected to protect," Sandrine Lisk, director of advocacy for the group, said in describing the legal justification for the petition. [...] Lisk said the potential recall is a direct backlash to Ranzau's view that illegal immigrants shouldn't benefit from the federal Women, Infants and Children program.

The Editor says...
The activists behind this recall are squawking about "the health and welfare of Sedgwick County citizens," but they are rallying in support of illegal aliens who are not citizens.  Most illegal aliens, in my opinion, would have stayed on the other side of the border had they not been enticed by free stuff like food stamps, TANF, AFDC and WIC.

Cubans retire to Florida — with help from U.S. taxpayers.  More Cubans are coming to Florida in their golden years to retire, able to tap U.S. government assistance even though they never lived or worked here.  The number of Cubans arriving over the age of 60 grew fivefold since 2010, according to state refugee data.  At least 185 made the crossing in their 80s or 90s.  Unlike most other immigrants, Cubans qualify immediately for food stamps and Medicaid.  If they are over 65 with little or no income, they also can collect a monthly check of up to $733 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Welfare Use by Legal and Illegal Immigrant Households.  This report is a companion to a recent report published by the Center for Immigration Studies looking at welfare use by all immigrant households, based on Census Bureau data.  This report separates legal and illegal immigrant households and estimates welfare use using the same Census Bureau data as that study.  This analysis shows that legal immigrant households make extensive use of most welfare programs, while illegal immigrant households primarily benefit from food programs and Medicaid through their U.S.-born children.  Low levels of education — not legal status — is the main reason immigrant welfare use is high.

Two of Three Illegal Immigrant Households Dependent on Welfare Payments.  Steven A. Camarota, writing at the Center for Immigration Studies, has some astoundingly useful data to help inform the 2016 Presidential election.  Using Census Bureau data, a comprehensive study examined welfare use by all immigrant households.  The executive summary:  roughly two of every three illegal immigrant households are dependent on one or more types of welfare payment.  And more than half are on Medicaid.

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That might be good news.  Consider this:  If welfare payments to illegal aliens were abruptly cut off, two thirds of them would have a huge incentive to leave the country.  Who says 11 million immigrants can't be deported overnight?  They'll deport themselves when the gravy train stops delivering free stuff!

Report: Majority of Illegal Immigrant Households On Welfare.  More than half of households headed by immigrants in the county illegally, or 62 percent, received welfare benefits in 2012, according to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies.  In the same time period, 49 percent of households headed by legal immigrants received welfare benefits, while 30 percent of households headed by natives received the same.  The report evaluates data from the Census Bureau and found that illegal immigrant households benefit mostly from food programs like food stamps and Medicaid through their native-born children.

More Than 90 Percent of Middle Eastern Refugees on Food Stamps.  More than 90 percent of recent refugees from Middle Eastern nations are on food stamps and nearly 70 percent receive cash assistance, according to government data.  According to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) data highlighted by the immigration subcommittee staff of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) — chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest — in FY 2013, 91.4 percent of Middle Eastern refugees (accepted to the U.S. between 2008-2013) received food stamps, 73.1 percent were on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68.3 percent were on cash welfare.

Heavy Welfare Use by Legal Immigrants — Yes, Legal Immigrants.  Three-quarters of all immigrant households using welfare are headed by legal immigrants.  Legal immigration is a discretionary policy that is supposed to benefit the country; we can allow in or keep out anyone we want.  Yet our current legal-immigration system has produced a flow of immigrants in which a large share cannot support themselves or their children.

Immigrant Welfare Addiction.  Non-citizens in the U.S. — and especially recent Middle Eastern refugees — are addicted to welfare programs, two newly released studies suggest.  Although open-borders propaganda typically claims that illegal aliens are hardworking and industrious, one of the reports unveiled yesterday showed that among illegal alien households with children, a shocking 87 percent accept benefits from one or more welfare programs, compared to just 52 percent of native households.  The reports come as a rancorous debate rages in American society over what immigration policies best serve the economic, cultural, and national security interests of the United States.  Americans on both sides of the partisan divide are becoming increasingly angry that the nation's borders are porous and that illegal aliens are able to access generous government benefits upon arrival.

Report: Immigrant Households Using Welfare At Vastly Higher Rate Than Native-Born Households.  According to a report released Wednesday [9/2/2015] from the Center for Immigration Studies, 51 percent of immigrant-headed households (both legal and illegal) reported using at least one welfare program during the year in 2012.  Thirty-percent of native-headed households meanwhile used at least one welfare program.  The CIS report analyzed welfare data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).  Included in the center's definition of welfare is Medicaid, cash, food, and housing programs.

Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare.  More than half of the nation's immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that's far higher than the native-born population's, according to a report to be released Wednesday [9/2/2015].  About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.  Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76% of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52% for the native-born.

U.S. Taxpayers Bear the Weight of Anchor Babies.  Hillary Clinton scolded Donald Trump for using the term "anchor babies" to describe birth tourism among Hispanic illegals, arguing that they should just be called "babies."  Actually, they should be called "welfare babies."  According to a Center for Immigration Studies report, a whopping 75% of Mexican and Guatemalan legal and illegal immigrants with children are using federal welfare programs.  Primarily they are exploiting Medicaid and the food-stamp and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs.  Only immigrants from the Dominican Republic use welfare at higher rates.

He Lied: Obamacare To Be Opened Up To Illegal Immigrants In California.  When President Obama was pushing Obamacare, he stated before a joint session of Congress in September 2009 that it would not be opened up to illegal immigrants.  Remember what happened next?  Representative Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie!" and it caused quite a stir.  [Video clip]

Feds' relocation of Somali refugees stresses Minn. welfare, raises terror fears.  The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America's most generous welfare and charity programs.  But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state's safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups. [...] Many of the refugees settle near the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being dubbed "Little Mogadishu" after the capital of Somalia.

Obama Cheapens the Legacy of Our Fallen Heroes.  Whether illegal aliens can obtain state benefits is not clear-cut.  The short answer appears to be that they are not legally entitled to most benefits, but do in fact receive them.  Federal rules generally bar illegal aliens from participation in state and local public benefit programs, unless the benefit is for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, or needs emergency disaster relief or immunization.  Otherwise it would seem that illegals do not qualify for additional sate public assistance.  But de facto it is an entirely different story.  That's because the burden of determining lawful status in the U.S. is on the shoulders of county social services employees who have neither the legal jurisdiction nor the practical ability to determine one's immigration status.  Only an immigration official or federal worker whom the Secretary of Homeland Security has so designated has such authorization.  Local agencies simply cannot make the determination that someone is an illegal alien.  Therefore, the law is usually overlooked and illegal aliens manage to qualify for state and local benefits.

Confirmed: Illegals Flown Here via Obama Amnesty will be Eligible to Milk the Welfare State.  Not only will you have to pay for Obama to jet illegals here from Central America, but when they get here they will be eligible for every single welfare program we have.  Why?  Because they will be considered refugees when they get here and thus will be able to apply for everything:

California Won't Be Able to Pay for All That Free Healthcare for Illegals.  California is working hard to facilitate illegal immigration while other states are looking at immigration enforcement.  They're giving away freebies, including healthcare.  California is a one-party government, like the old Soviet Union, and there's little in the way of effective opposition.  They like to spread around other people's money especially to poor illegal aliens.  Californians already offer health services free or at low cost to the uninsured, low-income residents who don't get it under Obamacare.  Several counties offer the same healthcare to illegal aliens.

Arabic is the Most Common Language of Refugees in America; 91% on Food Stamps.  They also skip the paper work and go right to the welfare line.  Funded by a government who loots its citizens.  Taxation for Islamization.  Impeach Obama and every criminal in Congress.

Robert Rector Estimates Lifetime Retirement Costs of Illegals Granted Executive Amnesty at $1.3 Trillion.  The lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits of illegal immigrant beneficiaries of President Obama's executive amnesty would be well over a trillion dollars, according to Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector's prepared testimony for a House panel obtained in advance by Breitbart News.

Amnestied Illegals May Receive Social Security As Early As 2017.  Illegal immigrants who take advantage of President Obama's executive actions on immigration will soon collect another benefit:  Social Security.  Starting in 2017, the Social Security Administration expects that thousands of undocumented immigrants will begin collecting from the Old-Age, Survivor's, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program as a direct result of the president's actions.  In a letter to Republican senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the SSA's chief actuary Stephen Goss indicated that an additional 16,000 people will begin collecting OASDI benefits come 2017, and that the number of beneficiaries would continue to increase for 40 years thereafter, topping out at 695,000 people.  Goss's projection may underestimate the number of potential beneficiaries, however, as it assumes that 50,000 fewer illegal immigrants will enter the country each year starting in 2016.

Here's How Much Taxpayer Money Illegals Will Receive Via Obama's Amnesty.  President Barack Obama's November amnesty will give $1.7 billion in taxpayers' cash to illegal immigrants, according to a congressional study.  The news emerged two days after top Republican leaders overcame GOP opposition to a 2015 budget bill that allows Obama to fund his unpopular amnesty for roughly 5 million illegals.  "The program could cost taxpayers $1.7 billion over 10 years, almost all of it in the first five years," according to a report by the McClatchy Washington Bureau.  The rebates are allowed by the IRS' interpretation of existing laws governing the Earned Income Tax Credit program, which was designed to subsidize low-wage employment in the United States.

Colleges using coffers for financial aid to illegal immigrants stirs debate on immigration reform.  Several U.S. colleges are giving financial aid directly to students who are young illegal immigrants, extending the debate about helping people in the United States illegally at the expense of Americans who are in need of similar opportunities.  Such opportunities have opened up since President Obama's 2012 executive action that deferred deportation to millions of young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.  However, they still are largely ineligible for state or federal student aid.

IRS defends paying refunds to illegals who never filed taxes.  The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years' refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds.  President Obama's new deportation amnesty could grant Social Security numbers to as many as 4 million illegal immigrants, making many of them eligible for tax refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit even for years when they cheated on their taxes, working off the books and refusing to file tax returns.

Illegal Immigrants Amnestied By Obama Eligible For Up To $9,182 In Cash Benefits Every Year.  Illegal immigrants who are given work permits and Social Security Numbers through President Obama's amnesty programs could get up to $9,182 in cash benefits from the federal government every year, according to a new later from the Congressional Research Service.  Requested by an unnamed Senator, the CRS letter details the maximum Earned Income Tax Credit and and Child Tax Credit payments a family could receive from the Internal Revenue Service without paying any income taxes to the federal government.

The Costly Asylum Racket.  We've had a lot of media comment about the bad effects of Obama's executive orders admitting millions (yes, millions) of illegal immigrants and giving them welfare, Social Security, driver's licenses and a path to citizenship.  Like many Americans, I realized the importance of this when thousands of unfamiliar people from a foreign country, without any advance notice, appeared in my community.

IRS Confirms Illegal Immigrants Entitled to Back Tax Refunds Under Executive Amnesty.  This won't just be the case moving forward; the newly quasi-legalized-by-fiat immigrants also be able to claim retroactive refunds for up to three years — even if they didn't file or pay taxes at the time.

IRS Offers Retroactive Welfare To Illegal Aliens Granted Amnesty By Obama.  With all the discussion about amnesty simply being about delaying deportations (we already don't deport people), Obama's amnesty has been about naturalization.  That was obvious when we learned amnestied illegals would be given social security numbers.  They already have ITIN numbers in order to file taxes, so why is the SSN important?  Because you need that to get the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is automatic welfare through a "refund" check from the IRS.  In other words, a massive redistribution of our wealth, a reward, to millions of foreigners on our soil.  And it will be retroactive for 3 years.

IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday [2/4/2015] that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama's new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years.

'Amnesty Bonuses' in Tax Code: Illegal Immigrants to Receive Earned Income Tax Credit.  A recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on immigration revealed an alarming consequence of President Obama's executive amnesty — that illegal immigrants with deferred status may be able to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Moreover, this person, who is here in the U.S. unlawfully, could be able to file an amended tax return for up to the last three tax years, possibly receiving upwards of $24,000 in tax credits.

Guess who else Obama is dumping onto your state welfare troughs?  The United Nations high commissioner for refugees has already dumped 200,000 to 250,000 Muslim refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States.  Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq.  But Caliph Obama has been greasing the skids for the Syrian (Muslim only, no Christian) refugees for months and they will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.

Boehner Omnibus Gives Social Security Benefits to Illegal Aliens Under Obama Amnesty.  Pages 958 and 959 of the 1,603-page omnibus spending bill from House Speaker John Boehner include a provision that gives Social Security benefits to illegal aliens under President Barack Obama's executive amnesty. [...] Right after Obama's executive amnesty announcement, the White House confirmed to the Washington Post that illegal aliens who get amnesty from Obama — paid for by Boehner, and any Republican who votes for this omnibus bill — will have access to Social Security benefits.

America: From Super Power to Banana Republic.  Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, stated that President Obama's amnesty for four million illegal immigrants will cost Americans about $2 trillion — approximately $40 billion per year — over the next five decades.  If all illegal immigrants are granted amnesty, they would receive "... $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes...  They would generate a lifetime fiscal deficit... of $6.3 trillion... This should be considered a minimum estimate."  Once the wealthiest nation in the world, America has now become a welfare country.

Obama's Monomania.  There is a malice and vindictiveness in Obama that has no end.  Everything he touches he destroys.  Each day more damaging news about ObamaCare is revealed and when January 2015 arrives, Americans will not know what hit them.  Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh writes that in northern Virginia a family of four would pay "at any income a deductible out of pocket of $12,600 and a premium of $7,224 per year."  But not to fret, "[i]llegal aliens, who were not 'supposed' to be covered by Obamacare as falsely reported, are getting their premiums for free or $2.71" per month.

Fight brewing over Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants.  A new clash over retirement benefits has come to a head following President Obama's decision to unilaterally protect up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.  The White House now acknowledges that many of the illegal immigrants spared from deportation under Obama's sweeping executive action will become eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits once they reach retirement age.

21 Facts That Prove Government Dependency is Out of Control.  [#20] According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

Obama Shreds Constitution.  Illegal immigration is the greatest scheme of political corruption in history and is already the most expensive.  Illegal immigrants are given over two dozen benefits and those such as public education are extremely costly and result in skyrocketing property taxes for those who are legal residents of the country.  The full extent of the cost of illegal immigration has yet to be fully explored since the greatest costs are not borne by the immigrants themselves but by those government employees who serve them.

Report: Obama's Executive Amnesty Will Give Illegal Aliens Public Benefits.  Illegal aliens who get President Barack Obama's likely forthcoming executive amnesty will have immediate access to welfare and other public benefits, according to a new report from the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) exclusively provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release shows.  "Obama's executive amnesty isn't only unconstitutional but costly; from day one it opens up federal and state benefits to individuals who are still illegal aliens, regardless of the label the President puts on them," FAIR executive director Julie Kirchner told Breitbart News.

Report: 42 percent of new Medicaid signups are immigrants, their children.  Immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up more than 40 percent of new Medicaid recipients at a cost of $4.6 billion, according to an analysis of government data.  The Center for Immigration Studies, a low-immigration advocacy group, released a report early Thursday [11/13/2014] that found both legal and illegal immigrants and their minor children made up 42 percent of Medicaid growth from 2011 to last year.

Study: 42 Percent of New Medicaid Recipients in the Last Two Years Were Immigrants.  Almost half of the low-income Americans who have enrolled in Medicaid in the past two years are immigrants to the United States, according to a new report, suggesting that Obamacare's large expansion in the program will disproportionately benefit immigrants as well.  "The data show that immigrants and their children accounted for 42 percent of the growth in Medicaid enrollment from 2011 to 2013," the CIS report says.  Because immigrants are more likely to have low incomes or lack insurance from their jobs, they're much more likely to be eligible for the existing Medicaid program — and Obamacare's expansion of it, which began this year.

Texas Grassroots Activists Push To End In-State Tuition for Illegals.  On the first day of bill filing for the 84th Legislative Session, Texas State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) filed HB 209, which would repeal a 2001 law allowing illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition at Texas universities if they met certain criteria.  The legislation was cheered by conservative grassroots activists, who have long opposed allowing illegal immigrants to pay the lower in-state tuition rates charged to Texas residents as one of the "magnets" that creates incentives for people to illegally cross the border.

Obama: They Still Don't Get Who He is.  Fundamentally transforming America as founded requires open borders and granting amnesty to several millions of unskilled needy illegals.  Eventually, illegals will be granted amnesty and the right to vote.  Then, the Democrats' insidious deception will begin; convincing the new faux Americans that they are victims of racist white rich Republicans.  Step two is to seduce/addict them to government handouts.  The Step three is a promise to keep their supposed evil Republican Nemesis at bay.  And presto, millions of new Democrat voters.

Poll: 71%, Including Majority of Dems, Say No Government Benefits for Illegal Newcomers.  An overwhelming majority of likely voters, including a majority of Democrats, believe illegal immigrants from Central America should not be eligible for taxpayer-funded government benefits, according to a new poll.  A Rasmussen Reports poll found that 71% "say these illegal newcomers should not be eligible for government services and benefits."  Only 16% think "they are entitled to government aid" while 13% are undecided.

"What do you call a man who claims voters' choices have no place in government?"
Brown's Final Nail In Prop. 187 Is Really A Blow To California's Voters.  [I]n 1994, millions of California's voters, by a margin of 59% to 41%, voted in favor of denying "free" welfare, education and other benefits to illegal immigrants on the clear logic that a burglar who breaks into someone else's home doesn't have the right to eat the owner's food.  It was a legitimate decision for a people to make, given that in any democratic system, the participants have the right to control the purse.  But [Governor] Brown's statements and those of his political allies, including those in the press, suggest an imperial contempt for the will of California's voters.

Bring Back The Welfare Stigma.  Over half of illegal and legal immigrants from Central America are on some form of welfare; both the Mexican and United States governments encourage illegal aliens to sign up for food stamps.  In the mid-90s, Republicans passed and President Clinton signed a "workfare" reform law, which established significant work standards for welfare recipients and reduced welfare rolls significantly — which is presumably why the Obama administration moved to gut these requirements a couple of years ago:  if there's one thing at which the Left truly bristles, it's an independent citizenry that can provide for itself without the Left's benevolent help.

HHS Promotes Cash Assistance and Obamacare for Foreign Refugees.  Tens of thousands of Central Americans have entered the country illegally since October 2013; most of them will be likely considered "refugees" and ultimately be allowed to remain in the U.S. Consequently, many of the migrants will receive welfare from the federal government, funded by taxpayers.  Health and Human Services (HHS) documents, obtained by Breitbart Texas, show that significant federal funds go towards encouraging refugees to enroll in long term welfare programs, and towards administering such benefits directly.

The Obama Endgame Emerges.  The events of the past few weeks on America's southern border bring into clearer focus the Obama pledge to fundamentally transform America.  By opening our borders to illegal immigrants, and pardoning those illegals already here as he plans through executive order, Obama will create millions of new citizens within a few years to help him transform America into a multicultural vacationland for the world's footloose homeless with free food, housing, education, entertainment, and healthcare as drawing cards.  Who will pay for this paradise?  The American Middle Class, mostly Republicans, of course, whom Obama despises as narrow-minded clingers.

Busloads of Illegals Shopping at WALMART with EBT Cards.  If we were to listen only to the mainstream media and the talking points from the White House, they would have us believe that not only is the government doing everything possible in order to stop the invasion of our Southern border, but those who are crossing are refugee children who can't be turned away.  However, a video that was recorded on Sunday by a North Carolina woman places serious doubts on whether or not either of those things are true, as it allegedly shows busloads of adult illegal immigrants getting dropped off at a local Walmart to shop for supplies for their shelter.

USDA Pushing 'Free' Food: Call '1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish Speakers)'.  The U.S. Agriculture Department has set a goal of serving 178 million free meals to children now that school is out.  That's 10 million more meals than were served last summer.  "Admittedly, this is an aggressive goal, and we can't do it alone," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a column posted on the USDA website.  "With strong support from individuals, communities, local governments and advocates, we can reach more kids with nutritious meals during their time out of school."

LBJ and Illegal Immigration.  [Scroll down]  President Obama unilaterally established the Dream Act and some states now allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses, effectively enabling them to vote.  I have estimated that a Mexican family in Chicago is given at least $80,000 per year in state, local, and Federal benefits and the amount grows constantly.  To this day the myth is perpetrated that illegal immigrants are here to pick lettuce and other crops, a remnant of the valid reason for the Bracero program.  But Chicago, the first sanctuary city, does not have lettuce fields.  The crops illegal immigrants are allegedly here to pick do not grow in the cities and urban areas where they have settled.

For love of country, impeach Obama.  Once they are over the increasingly irrelevant line, Obama officials welcome the invading junior armies, shepherding them straight into an enfolding and enlarging federal safety net from which they may never have to emerge.  These are just the newest wards of a brave new state that bears no resemblance to the republic as defined by those antique documents kept under glass in the dim light of the National Archives.  Meanwhile, "the kids" have hit the jackpot — that jackpot of socialist programs that separates today's "new Americans" from our forefathers.  Not so long ago, immigrants came for liberty and opportunity, not tax-supported handouts.

Keywords:  Cloward-Piven strategy.
Administration demands equal education for illegal immigrants.  Schools cannot require students or their parents to provide Social Security numbers, birth certificates or other documentation showing citizenship status as a condition of enrollment under formal Obama administration guidance issued Thursday [5/8/2014].  The directive to all public school districts, meant to ensure equal access to education for the nation's illegal immigrants, comes amid reports that some children have wrongfully been denied enrollment.

Obama Calls Surge of Children Across US Border 'Urgent Humanitarian Situation'.  President Obama today [6/2/2014] declared an "urgent humanitarian situation" along the southwest U.S. border after a sudden surge of hundreds of unaccompanied, undocumented children flowing into the country in the past month.  The declaration, made in a presidential memorandum, directs federal agencies to coordinate an emergency response to the situation and provide the children with medical care, housing and transportation.

The Editor says...
They are coming here for free "medical care, housing, transportation, and school lunches.  Don't give them free stuff, and they won't come streaming across the border.

U.S. Air Base Provides Comfort and Benefits for 1,000 Illegal Immigrants in Texas.  Since May 18, the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has been home to 1,000 illegal immigrant children, according to a report by the San Antonio Express-News.  The decision to utilize the base comes as an overwhelming number of young people have been caught crossing the Mexican/U.S. border during recent months.  Children and teens brought to Lackland will be provided with education, foster care programs, and "behavioral treatment centers."  The projected cost of such programs, as well as the cost of the housing, has not been disclosed to U.S. taxpayers.

Witnessing surge of unaccompanied minors in McAllen, DHS chief declares emergency.  The Department of Homeland Security this week declared a crisis this week after the department's head visiting the Border Patrol station in McAllen, where he saw children packed inside the station.  A recent surge in unaccompanied youths, mostly from Central America, prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to declare a "level-four condition of readiness" in the Rio Grande Valley, according to a report published Friday evening by The New York Times.

The Editor says...
This is a new twist on the old "anchor baby" technique:  Now the parents drop the kids on this side of the border, have them enroll in school, and then claim the breakup of the family is causing a hardship which only Big Government can remedy.

Feds Spent $26.2 Million On Medicare Advantage For Illegal Immigrants.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has improperly paid millions of dollars to Medicare Advantage organizations on behalf of illegal immigrants.  In a new report released Friday [4/25/2014], the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that for calendar years 2010 through 2012, CMS provided $26.2 million in improper payments to Medicare Advantage organizations for 1,600 "unlawfully present beneficiaries" — or nearly $16,375 per illegal immigrant.

Obamacare Navigators Helping People Enroll At Mexican Consulates.  Health Care insurance navigator groups hosted an Obamacare enrollment fair on Tuesday [3/25/2014] in the Mexican Consulate's Brownsville office, The Rio Grande Guardian reported last Friday [3/21/2014], where Mexican nationals among others were counseled about enrolling in the ACA.  "The Mexican consulate is a very reliable source of information to the Latino community.  And therefore when they host their events, yesterday being the health fair, there are several hundred people that show up," [Enroll America Field Organizer Jose] Medrano said.  Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), undocumented immigrants aren't supposed to be receiving government-run health benefits or subsidized coverage.

Can Rep. Joe Wilson be Vindicated Now?  Breitbart News recently reported that Mexican nationals and others were being enrolled at Mexican Consulates all over the United States.  This now brings into the question if Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) who exclaimed in the House Chamber, "you lie, to President Barack Obama during the 2009 State of the Union when Obama remarked the health care bill would only cover American citizens, was the one who actually told the truth.

Obama to Hispanics: We won't deport relatives because you enroll in ObamaCare.  President Obama on Tuesday [3/18/2014] sought to assure legal immigrants that they can sign up for ObamaCare without worrying that "the immigration people" will come for family members who are in the country illegally.  In an interview with Univision Deportes, a Spanish-language sports radio show, Obama said immigration officials won't have access to the personal information that consumers provide when signing up for healthcare on the new exchanges.

The Editor says...
I would advise against relying upon Mr. Obama's assurances about anything, since he habitually lies about everything, especially Obamacare.

The Inevitability of Obamacare for Illegal Aliens.  You knew it was coming.  I knew it was coming.  When government expands entitlements, illegal aliens always end up with a piece of the pie.  Obamacare promoters relented to GOP pressure to include an illegal alien ban on eligibility and vowed endlessly that no benefits would go to the "undocumented."  But denial isn't just a river in Egypt.  It's the Obama way.  In Oregon this week, officials confessed that nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants had been "accidentally" steered from the state's low-income Medicaid program and instead were enrolled in Obamacare in violation of the law.

Obama Promises Illegals: Obamacare Sign Up Info Won't Be Used for Deportation.  In a joint town hall with Telemundo and Univision, President Obama made a pledge that his administration will not use Obamacare sign up data to deport illegal aliens:  [Video clip]  "Will we hear from you a pledge, a personal promise, that the information provided in the registration process will not be used for deportation purposes in this country?"  "Absolutely," Obama said, putting his hand down for emphasis.  "It's true that the undocumented are not eligible [for Obamacare], that's how the law was written, but if you are a U.S. citizen or you have a legal presence in this country, you are eligible," he said.

Obama To Latino Families: 'You Are Punishing Yourselves' By Not Signing Up For Obamacare.  Issuing a last call for health care, President Barack Obama assured Latinos on Thursday [3/6/2014] that signing up for new insurance exchanges won't lead to deportation for any relatives in the U.S. illegally.

Report: 125,000 immigrants given deferred action eligible for Medi-Cal.  A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.  The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules does offer coverage for those with "deferred action status."  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by President Obama in 2012 to grant immigrants who came to the country illegally as children — sometimes called Dreamers — legal status and work authorization for two-year periods.

Obamacare Recruiting Illegals in California.  In 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) apologized profusely to the White House for shouting, "You lie!" as President Barack Obama told Congress that Obamacare would not cover illegal immigrants.  Now it would appear that the White House owes Wilson an apology, as Covered California — the flagship of state Obamacare exchanges — is recruiting illegal ("undocumented") immigrants to sign up for the program, regardless of their eligibility.

If You Liked Health Reform, You'll Love Immigration Reform.  ObamaCare is already a fiscal nightmare for the country.  Now Democrats, and even some Republicans, want to expand it to ruinous levels by making 12 million illegals eligible for subsidies.

Omnibus Spending Bill Continues Funding Food Stamp Ads in Mexico.  The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned. [...] The funding will continue despite claims in a document the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill contains a "prohibition" on such programs.

FL illegal on welfare for 20 years shows others how to milk [the] system.  Illegal immigrant Marita Nelson, 50, is a single mother of seven who collects $240 in food stamps, receives child support, and "government funded housing, medication and $700 a month in social security."  And she has been getting assistance for the last 20 years.  Twenty years.  Now Nelson wants others in her situation to know they can get the same help.  How she possibly collects social security isn't explained, but Harrigan reported on Florida's federal assistance recruiters who sign people — "clients" — up for "multiple federal aid programs at the same time."

No, Amnesty For Illegals Is Not Urgent, Mr. President.  Giving millions of illegals amnesty would flood the job market with competition for low-skilled jobs that those here legally, both immigrants and natives, could do.  Adding insult to injury, plenty of them would qualify for affirmative action preferences at the expense of the Americans whose livelihoods they are taking.  There are other costs, too.  Obama's immigration reform would entitle millions to welfare benefits.  A recent study by the Heritage Foundation found that providing amnesty for illegals would cost the U.S. roughly $108 billion a year as the welfare spigot is opened.  The average illegal immigrant household, if legalized, would consume $28,000 more in services annually per household than it pays in taxes — a huge amount when spread over 11 million people living here illegally.

Report: IRS sent $4.2 billion in checks to illegal immigrants in one year.  The scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent $4.2 billion in child tax-credit checks to illegal immigrants the year the agency began targeting conservative groups, according to a new report from Watchdog.Org.  The IRS sent illegal immigrant families $1,000 checks totaling $4.2 billion through the federal government's Additional Child Tax Credit program in the year 2010, when the agency's improper targeting of conservative and tea party groups began.

IRS pays illegal immigrants $4.2 billion while stalling Tea Parties.  While harrying and stalling Tea Party groups seeking nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service mailed $4.2 billion in child-credit checks to undocumented immigrants.  Critics say midlevel IRS bureaucrats continue to abuse the Additional Child Tax Credit program by dispensing $1,000 checks to families in this country illegally.

Obamacare's Latino Push May Give Democrats Political Edge.  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.

Undocumented LA County Parents On Pace To Receive $650M In Welfare Benefits.  A projected $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday.  Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced the latest figures from the Department of Public Social Services, which showed more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps combined have been distributed through July to illegal alien parents for their native-born children.

Joining Forces to Kill Law Enforcement.  [Sheriff Joe] Arpaio states "If you cross the borders into Mexico illegally you will be jailed for up to two years.  But, if you cross the United States border illegally you could get:
A driver's license
Access to Social Security and Medicare
Access to Food stamps and Welfare
Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
Free education for your children
Free health care and Emergency Room visits

Sebelius: Pass Immigration Bill to Boost Obamacare Enrollment.  Asked Thursday [8/22/2013] if the Affordable Care Act will help "undocumented individuals," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said no — and that's why immigration reform is so important:  "Well, the (Obamacare) bill is crafted in such a way that those who are undocumented will not have access to the tax credits or shopping in the (health insurance) marketplace.  That has been limited, which is, frankly, why — another very keen reason why we need comprehensive immigration reform," Sebelius told a gathering of Latinos in Philadelphia.

HHS Official: Immigrants on Student Visas Will Be 'Eligible' for Obamacare Subsidies.  A Department of Health and Human Services official told the House Ways and Means Committee that immigrants living in the United States on temporary visas are eligible for federally subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, "depending on their income."

SNAP Shot: Two Food Stamp Recipients Per Job Created.  SNAP, the U.S. food stamp program, has become a conduit for redistributing wealth and fundamentally transforming America, as welfare recipients now send food overseas and the White House markets to illegals.

Poll: 77 percent of Americans oppose Schumer-Rubio's welfare benefits for immigrants.  According to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, 77 percent of Americans oppose giving government benefits, like food stamps and Medicaid, to illegal immigrants before they become citizens.  Not only do 90 percent of Republicans oppose such a policy, but 65 percent of Democrats do as well.

Big Pill to Swallow: Taxpayers to Pay for Illegal Immigrants' Med School.  "The university's Stritch School of Medicine not only intends to waive legal residency as an admissions requirement for applicants but aims to offer a financing plan through a state agency."  Yes, that's right, not only is Loyola admitting illegal aliens to its medical school, it is also handing you, the Illinois taxpayer, the bill for their education.

Free food stamps, meds, housing, and retirement income — for illegals.  Illegal immigrant and mother of seven, Marita Nelson, receives $240 in food stamps, monthly medications, $700 in Social Security and a housing allowance.  She entered the US by swimming the Rio Grande and has been on government assistance for 20 years.  No doubt, an Obama supporter.  Now she's on a crusade to help other illegals sign up for their free stuff.

GOP Senator preserves loophole giving illegal immigrants immediate welfare access.  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) backed down from a previous promise his spokeswoman made to Breitbart News that he would consider voting in favor of amendments to the Senate's immigration bill that would close a loophole allowing illegal immigrants immediate access to state and local welfare.  When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) actually offered an amendment that would close the loophole during Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the bill, Flake joined Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and all the committee Democrats in opposing the amendment.

Judicial Watch Uncovers USDA Records Sponsoring U.S. Food Stamp Program for Illegal Aliens.  The promotion of the food stamp program, now known as "SNAP" (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance.  Emphasized in bold and underlined, the statement reads, "You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children."

States Work Behind Scenes to Give Illegal Aliens Benefits.  As the national debate over immigration reform gets more and more heated, some states are working behind the scenes to give illegal aliens benefits that are supposed to be banned under federal law.

Fleeing Communism only to find it in America.  [President Obama] apologized to Mexican college students for our sovereignty and thanked them for helping elect him President.  Should Mexico not apologize to us for their lack of social responsibility to their citizens?  Should Mexico not at least thank us for feeding, clothing, sheltering, educating, and treating medically for free millions of their citizens who sneak into our country illegally, becoming a burden to the U.S. taxpayers?

Child birth calls ring in from border.  San Diego Fire and Rescue crews were called to the San Ysidro border crossing for nearly 160 childbirth emergencies in 2012 — one almost every other day. [...] There are no statistics on how many of the moms being rushed by emergency crews to local hospitals are U.S. citizens, as federal laws prohibit emergency crews and hospital teams from asking.  Babies born under the circumstances are U.S. citizens as a birthright.

Come And Get It: USDA Pushes Food Stamps To Illegals.  Not content with having more Americans on food stamps than people in Spain, the Obama administration is ringing the dinner bell for illegal aliens.  We'll feed you and not check your status.

Food stamps for illegal aliens.  It has long been known that the USDA was producing Spanish-language advertisements for the food stamp program.  Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine how closely this effort was coordinated with the Mexican government.

Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the "Vanload".  For decades the U.S. government has knowingly given illegal immigrants food stamps, according to a former certification case worker who denounced the costly practice back in the 1980s but was essentially ordered to keep a lid on it.  The retired assistant case manager, Craig McNees, was in charge of vetting food-stamp applicants in north Florida and Indiana in the '80s and says the program was infested with fraud and corruption that was perpetually ignored by management.  "Illegals would come in by the vanload and we were told to give them their stuff," McNees said.  "Management knew very well they were illegal.  It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps."

Somewhat related:
Illegal Immigrants Try To Cash In On Tax Refund Fraud.  When a woman named Veronica tried to cash a federal income tax refund check for $8,113 April 5 at a Sampson County check-cashing business, instead of a handful of cash she was greeted by members of the Sampson County sheriff's office who suspected that her tax refund was the result of a fraudulent tax return.  Deputies were acting on a tip that the IRS had issued the check to Veronica, who had used a fictitious identity and reported fictitious earnings on her individual income tax return.  Carolina Journal independently confirmed that her refund claim was fraudulent.

Incenting [sic] another wave of illegal immigration.  It is true that net migration from Mexico fell to virtually nothing during the depths of the Great Recession.  That did not mean Mexicans stopped coming to the U.S., but rather that the number of Mexicans entering the U.S. and the number leaving were about the same. But in the last year or so, there have been signs of an increase, and now a new poll suggests many Mexicans would come to the U.S. if they had the chance.  And many of them would come illegally if necessary.

The Editor says...
I am unable to find the word incent in any of my many dictionaries.  An acceptable alternative would have been induce or attract.  Why can't professional writers confine themselves to valid words?

USDA Flyer: We Don't Check Immigration Status for Food Stamps.  A government watchdog group has discovered that the United States government is advising Spanish-speaking residents that they need not declare their immigration status to qualify for food stamps.

USDA invites illegal aliens to go on food stamps.  Call it whatever you want, but this flyer the Department of Agriculture is planning to circulate in the Hispanic community proudly boasts that you don't have to declare your "immigration status" to get food stamps.

Amnesty as a 'Civil Right'.  [Eric] Holder stated in remarks in an April 24 speech to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund MALDEF) Awards Gala that "creating a mechanism for [illegal aliens] to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows... is a matter of civil and human rights."  Let's just tear down the fence and hand out EBT cards at the border, and bring the American experiment to an end.

The Editor says...
We could tear down the fence along the border if the government would cut off welfare benefits, social security, SCHIP, food stamps, birthright citizenship, "anchor baby" motivators and all other benefits to illegal aliens.  Lazy people are lazy wherever they live.  After removing the incentives and actually enforcing the border, illegal immigration would not be worth the risk.

USDA to Ineligible Immigrants: We'll Still Give Your Kids Food Stamps.  Illegal immigrants can get food stamps on behalf of their eligible kids — without having to disclose their immigration status, according to documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.  The food-stamps offer is spelled out in a Spanish language flyer provided by the United States Department of Agriculture to the Mexican Embassy.  Judicial Watch said the flyer proves that the USDA is making "no effort to restrict aid to, identify, or apprehend illegal immigrants who may be on the food stamp rolls."

Immigration Reform Becomes A Welfare Welcome Wagon.  The nation's dysfunctional immigration laws need reforming.  But the Senate bill unveiled last week would explode the number of people on food stamps and ObamaCare.  Shockingly, the bill also would put left-wing community organizations in charge of educating immigrants about citizenship — a blatant attempt to herd future voters into the Democratic Party.  Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio, two Republicans pressing for passage, haven't mentioned these shenanigans.  Have they even read the bill?

USDA/Mexico Spanish-language flyer: Get kids on food stamps without showing documents.  A USDA Spanish language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy, according to Judicial Watch, reads that if potentially ineligible immigrants want to obtain benefits for their children they "need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children."

USDA Sponsoring U.S. Food Stamp Program for Illegal Aliens.  Judicial Watch today [4/25/2013] released documents detailing how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program.  The promotion of the food stamp program, now known as "SNAP" (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance.  Emphasized in bold and underlined, the statement reads, "You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children."

Magnet on! Amnesty border rush starts.  Advocates of immigration amnesty would now like to deny the obvious:  that even talk of amnesty is a powerful magnet for more illegal border-crossing.

Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare.  Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies. [...] Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal.

Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children.  The findings show that more than half of immigrant-headed households with children use at least one major welfare program, compared to about one-third of native-headed households.  The primary reason immigrant households with children tend to have higher overall rates is their much higher use of food assistance programs and Medicaid; use of cash assistance and housing programs tends to be very similar to native households.

Thank you very mooch, NYC!  For out-of-towners seeking "four-star" accommodations here, there's The Waldorf, The Pierre, The Plaza  — and the city's homeless shelters.  "People pay $3,000 for an apartment here, and I get to live here for free!" said Michal Jablonowski, 25, who moved back to the city from his native Poland three years ago and is now staying in a Bowery shelter.  "I have food.  I have health care.  It's great," Jablonowski said.  "Here, the city supports you.  The city helps you with everything."

Food Stamps for Mexican Illegals Survive Obama Sequester.  It's unlikely these illegal grifters are "unaware" of all the goodies they get for sneaking into the country.  Why else would they come?

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Senate Dems Vote To Provide Obamacare To Illegal Aliens.  The Senate's bipartisan immigration working group split along party lines during a contentious budget vote to prevent illegal immigrants who receive legal status from receiving federal health benefits.  The Senate early Saturday morning [3/23/2013] defeated the amendment to the budget resolution which would have put the Senate on record as opposing access to health care under Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act for undocumented immigrants who get a green card.

Dems preserve US-Mexico food stamp 'partnership,' while USDA prepares for meat inspector furloughs.  It's hard to put a firm price on the cost of the partnership, which was launched under the George W. Bush administration.  But an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has railed against the partnership for months, said it could easily be in the millions.  Since 2004, the program has blossomed to include dozens of meetings and conferences and health fairs with Mexican officials — all of which cost money, not to mention the cost to the food stamp program of new enrollees brought in as a result of this partnership.

Where Does the Money Go? [Scroll down]  The State Department has now confirmed, as the tireless Jeff Sessions points out, that in 2011 a mere .0033% of visa applications were denied on "public charge" grounds.  This wouldn't be so bad if it meant that we are admitting a high caliber of immigrants who aren't going on welfare.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  Currently, 36% of immigrant-headed households receive benefits from at least one major welfare program.  And many illegal immigrants, too, receive federal welfare benefits.  In fact, as we have noted repeatedly, the Obama administration recruits illegals to sign up for the food stamp program.

Food Stamps: Policy or Political Payoff.  The [food stamp] program was intended to be supplemental; not a replacement for a family's entire food budget.  It follows that an increasing number of families might have difficulty putting food on the table.  A closer look at the situation, however, raises some concerns.  The first is that people are not necessarily "turning to" food stamps, as much as they are being recruited to receive them.  Since 2008, the USDA has produced Spanish language radio advertisements about SNAP, with the expressed goal of increasing the number of Spanish speaking individuals receiving food stamps.

How Democrats Sponsored Illegal Immigration.  That 11 million illegal immigrants are present in the U.S. is taken as proof that the system doesn't work.  The immigration system is broken, we are told, and in need of reform.  But the truth is, those 11 million illegal immigrants did not enter through the system, they violated U.S. law when they bypassed standard immigration procedures.  It's important to note that they were not encouraged by business to cross the border; they were aggressively supported by government officials.

USDA/Mexican consulates to immigrants: Don't worry, food stamps won't affect citizenship chances.  The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants' concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.  The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its "partnership" with the Mexican government "to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance."

Why Are We Bribing Welfare Recipients to Come to the US?  For more than a century, the law has been that any application for a visa to enter the United States must be denied if the applicant is likely to become a "public charge" on the American people.  ("An alien who ... is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.")  Yet the Obama administration has not only ignored this aspect of our immigration laws, it has actively recruited immigrants who have no means of support, deliberately enticing them with offers of generous welfare benefits.  Of all of the many scandals of the scandal-ridden Obama administration, this particular lawlessness is, in my opinion, one of the worst.

Living on the minimum wage in the U.S. is considerably more comfortable than life in Mexico or Central America, but some percentage of the people who immigrate to the U.S. are not interested in working.  They're only coming here for a free ride.

DHS admits it does not track immigrants who become welfare dependent, pursued zero cases last year.  In a response letter to four top Republican lawmakers, the Department of Homeland Security revealed it initiated only one case against an immigrant for becoming a "public charge," or being primarily dependent upon the government, in fiscal year 2012.  The case was later withdrawn.

DHS revamping immigrant welcome materials, set to include Obamacare.  The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read — which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get government benefits — are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to increase accessibility for newcomers.  The WelcometoUSA.gov website, which bills itself as "the U.S. Government's official web portal for new immigrants," maintained by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily Caller.

Immigration reform could boost cost of Obamacare by hundreds of billions.  Immigration reform could represent a massive expansion of Obamacare, potentially costing hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.  As the Washington Post's Sarah Kliff details, legalizing immigrants who are currently in the country illegally could make millions of them eligible for Obamacare.

HHS says it ditched 'exchanges' because word doesn't translate into Spanish.  The Obama administration has stopped using the term "exchanges" to describe part of the healthcare law because the word doesn't translate into Spanish, an official said Thursday [1/31/2013].  Anton Gunn, director of External Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said the rebranding of the insurance exchanges as "marketplaces" was geared toward Spanish speakers who will use the system.

A path to citizenship would establish a path to welfare benefits.  In 2007, welfare expert Robert Rector estimated that the McCain-Kennedy amnesty proposal would cost roughly $2.6 trillion due to the eligibility of illegal aliens turned citizens for transfer payments.  As Daniel Horowitz points out, the price tag on the Gang of Eight proposal is even steeper due to the easing of welfare reform requirements and the significant eligibility expansions brought about by President Obama.

'Outrage' over fed EBT push for aliens.  Local lawmakers are fuming over an Obama administration policy promoting welfare and EBT benefits for immigrants, with a "welcome" package and promotional website that encourage new arrivals to take advantage of the nation's generous government largesse.

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to cash welfare checks..."  Federal law prohibits the admission of aliens to this country who are "likely at any time to become a public charge."  This is one of many statutes that the scofflaw Obama administration brazenly flouts.  Rather than ensuring that immigrants will not become liabilities to the public purse, the Obama administration explicitly lures them to the U.S. with promises of lavish welfare benefits — a policy that is both illegal and perverse.

U.S., Mexico Conspire to Get Mexicans in U.S. on Food Stamps.  As part of an effort to encourage Mexicans living in the United States to enroll in the federal food stamp program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees have met with Mexican officials over 150 times in the last eight years, the Daily Caller reports.  The result:  an enormous increase in the number of noncitizens participating in the program and a concomitant rise in federal spending and debt.

Obama Policy Encouraging Immigrants to Go on Public Dole.  FrontPage Magazine has acquired evidence that suggests that the Obama administration is actively promoting a little-known regulation first created by the Clinton administration.  In so doing, the Obama administration is actively recruiting immigrants and encouraging them to sign up for things like food stamps, reminding that under this obscure regulation they suffer no marks against them in any future immigration proceeding if they receive food stamps and other non-cash benefits.

U.S., Mexico Conspire to Get Mexicans in U.S. on Food Stamps.  As part of an effort to encourage Mexicans living in the United States to enroll in the federal food stamp program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees have met with Mexican officials over 150 times in the last eight years, the Daily Caller reports.  The result:  an enormous increase in the number of noncitizens participating in the program and a concomitant rise in federal spending and debt.

US importing welfare cases?  The Department of Homeland Security missed their second deadline to explain the apparent dilution of immigration law barring those seeking entry to the United States from becoming "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence," or a so-called public charge, to four GOP senators on Monday [10/1/2012]. [...] An applicant's participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps, housing benefits, energy assistance, child care services, Medicaid and a slew of other programs are all inadmissible, according to current immigration policy, when considering an individual's application for citizenship, visa or a status adjustment.

Obama USDA met 30 times with Mexican gov't to promote food-stamp use among Mexican immigrants.  Department of Agriculture personnel in the Obama administration have met with Mexican Government officials dozens of times since the president took office to promote nutrition assistance programs — notably food stamps — among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

Arizona taxpayers pay for 53% of births.  Arizona taxpayers foot the bill for the delivery of more than half of all babies born here, a growing trend with a $200 million-plus annual price tag that has caught state leaders off guard — even though the numbers have been rising for more than a decade.

58% Think Federal Government Encourages Illegal Immigration.  Most voters continue to believe the federal government encourages rather than discourages illegal immigration.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters think the policies and practices of the federal government encourage illegal immigration.  Just 24% disagree, while 18% more are undecided.

The Obama Administration Pays Illegal Aliens to Come Here.  A basic premise of immigration law is that immigrants to the U.S. are expected to be self-supporting.  We obviously don't want to attract people who have no intention of working, but simply want to benefit from our generous welfare system. [...] But, as in so many other instances, President Obama has simply changed the law by executive fiat.  In this case the administration acted quietly, so that it took quite a while before others understood how badly Obama had subverted the immigration laws.

Slow path to progress for U.S. immigrants.  The study, based on 2010 and 2011 census data, found that 43 percent of immigrants who have been in the U.S. at least 20 years were using welfare benefits, a rate that is nearly twice as high as native-born Americans and nearly 50 percent higher than recent immigrants.  The report was released at a time when both major presidential candidates have backed policies that would make it easier to immigrate legally and would boost the numbers of people coming to the U.S.

Federal government's open-door immigration policy on welfare under fire.  The federal government allows immigrants to enjoy America's vast welfare safety net, from food stamps to housing benefits and Medicaid, and remain immune from repercussions to their immigration status.  And on Monday [8/6/2012], ranking Republican members of the Senate Finance, Agriculture, Budget, and Judiciary Committees wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding to know why.  Immigration regulations prohibit individuals "likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence" from legal admittance into the United States.  But non-citizens can avail themselves of dozens of welfare programs without the federal government considering them a dependency risk.

USDA meets with Mexico, 'slow-walking' Congress on food stamp outreach to immigrants.  While it is already known that personnel from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) met with Mexican embassy officials this year to discuss nutrition assistance outreach efforts to immigrants, the agency is "slow-walking" a U.S. Senate effort to obtain information about the USDA's partnership with Mexico to get more people enrolled in nutrition assistance programs.  According to both the USDA and the Mexican embassy, USDA personnel meet "periodically" with officials from the Mexican embassy to discuss nutrition "assistance and education" pertaining to 15 domestic nutrition assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation.  The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.  USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

Sessions: USDA gets secretive about Mexican food stamp partnership.  Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said that the United States Department of Agriculture rejected his request for documents pertaining to its collaboration with the Mexican government to increase the number of Mexican nationals receiving food stamps.  "USDA rebuffed initial requests from my staff to hand over basic documents concerning the Administration's partnership with Mexico to implement this program," Sessions said in a statement this afternoon [7/19/2012].  "I have now laid out in a letter precisely what information USDA needs to turn over.  It should be provided at once."

Fat And Furious: Obama Pushes Food Stamps In Mexico.  As if being "food stamp president" weren't enough, Barack Obama's administration is partnering with the Mexican government to make sure Mexican nationals living in the U.S. don't miss out.

Food Stamp Nation goes bilingual.  A couple of weeks ago, we learned that the United States Department of Agriculture was encouraging local offices to hold "food stamp parties," to recruit more dependents for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is looking increasingly less "supplemental."  These parties would include games designed to teach people how they can get onto the food stamp program.  Now Caroline May of the Daily Caller reports that Food Stamp Nation has gone bilingual in a big way.  The USDA is "targeting Spanish speakers with radio novelas promoting food stamp usage."

The Food Stamp Program Rewards Households with Illegal Aliens.  [Scroll down]  Such households have a mix of illegals (often parents) and citizens (usually kids); only the citizens are nominally eligible for the benefits of the program, but if groceries purchased by Food Stamps are on the dining room table, the common-sense assumption is that all members of the family will benefit from it.  Yes, all else being equal, a low-income household with one or more illegal aliens in it, is more likely to get Food Stamps than a household with similar income with all members being legally present.  In another, related scenario both families are eligible, both have equal incomes, but the one with an illegal alien member seems to get a larger allotment.

Illegals Ripping Off U.S. Taxpayers.  The Internal Revenue Code provides for an "additional child tax credit" of up to $1,000 to help working families who have children living at home.  It requires that each child live at home for at least six months out of the year.  But several years ago illegal immigrants discovered a loophole that allows them to claim as many children as they want — including nieces and nephews — even if they have never stepped foot on American soil.  Illegals must pay taxes but they can't obtain a Social Security number.  And so to remedy the situation, President Bill Clinton signed into law a solution:  Illegals can receive a nine-digit individual taxpayer number — an ITIN — which allows their employers to withhold payroll taxes.

County food stamp program comes under scrutiny.  Caroll Wood said she wants to see a better explanation provided in the county's monthly Food and Nutrition Service report on how food stamp benefits are distributed through illegal immigrants.  Wood serves on the county DSS Board.  She met with her fellow board members on Tuesday [7/26/2011] and questioned why non-qualified alien heads of households were included in the monthly food stamp recipient household report.  From April through June, 874 illegal immigrants who are heads of households in Alamance County received food stamp electronic benefit transfer cards monthly.

Obama's Brand of 'Greatness' for America.  Apparently America is at the pinnacle of its greatness, because we are giving it all away.  According to this report, 50% of Americans are receiving entitlements, and more shocking is this report that shows that as many as 62% of illegal immigrants are receiving them.

Importing Poverty:  My colleague Steve Camarota has published a look at welfare use by immigrant families with children, and it's pretty dire.  Fifty-seven percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children (which is alarmingly high in itself).  The highest rates are for families headed by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic (82 percent using welfare) and Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent).  The states with the highest rates are Arizona, Texas, California, and New York (61-62 percent) — which, unfortunately, are also the top states of immigrant settlement.  For immigrant households with four or more children, 81 percent are using welfare, as are 80 percent of households with children that are headed by an immigrant without a high school degree.

If America Were a Free Country, Immigration Would Not Be a Problem.  A century of progressive legislation culminating in the money-hemorrhaging Obama administration has resulted in a system of taxation by which approximately half of Americans pay no Federal income tax, and 40 percent actually receive payments from their fellow citizens via the IRS.  With this being the case, the majority of new immigrants from poor countries fall into the category that pays nothing and receives benefits that taxpayers are forced to provide.

The Remains of a California Day.  [Scroll down]  At noon, I drove into the local warehouse supermarket.  When I checked out (and I had written about such incidents like this a near decade ago in Mexifornia), the checker and the woman behind me were trying to communicate in Spanish to instruct a young man and his wife (with four small children) about how to use his food stamp card (an anachronism since they look more like ATM plastic).

Immigration vs. gate-crashing.  For most of our history, there was a guarantee that immigrants would come here to work.  The alternative was starvation.  With today's welfare state, there's no such guarantee.  People can come here, not work and not starve because the welfare state guarantees that they can live off the rest of us.

Prove You're Here Legally Before Getting Gov't Services, Voters Say.  Most voters in the United States want stricter enforcement of immigration laws, and a vast majority say people should be required to prove they are in the country legally before receiving any federal, state or local services, according to a new poll.

"Anchors" away.  Any child born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen.  He or she is instantly eligible for panoply of social services, food stamps and other forms of aid.  When the child reaches the age of 21, he can petition to have his parents and siblings declared permanent residents.  The so-called "anchor baby" phenomenon is a hidden trap door beneath any guest worker program, because a significant number of guest workers will have babies while in the United States and will thus elude any effort to send them home.

Just Shut Up, Go Home, and Take Your Kid with You.  You would have thought the United States had committed some unforgivable crime against humanity if you listened to the howls of rage emitting from a horde of liberals whining over the fate of an illegal alien who played them for suckers.  Her name is Elvira Arellano and whatever else she may be, she's a master propagandist….

Free School for Illegals:  Time for a Supreme Court Review?  [Scroll down]  Chief Justice Burger, with Justices Rehnquist, White, and O'Connor, responded with a vigorous dissent:  "[i]llegal aliens have no right whatever to be here, and the state may reasonably, and constitutionally, elect not to provide them with governmental services at the expense of those who are lawfully in the state"; "the constitution does not provide a cure for every social ill, nor does it vest judges with a mandate to try to remedy every social problem."

Welfare to kids of illegals at $276 million.  Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday [4/25/2006] that he will tell Congress that close to 100,000 children of illegal immigrants in the county collect $276 million in annual welfare benefits. … Antonovich said 98,703 children of 57,458 undocumented parents received Cal-WORKS welfare checks in January, or a total of 156,161 recipients.

Welfare Is the Real Problem, Not Immigration.  The idea of people sneaking into the country in order to soak the American taxpayer provokes anger.  To be fair, though, native-born Americans are already soaking the American taxpayer and ought to provoke a similar anger.  In fact, illegal immigrants account for only a tiny minority of those currently on the welfare rolls.  Those who run the gauntlet of fences, guards, and environmental hardships to illegally enter the United States evince a measure of enterprise that would seem to make them unlikely to seek out welfare benefits.  An illegal immigrant arriving in America is more apt to avoid contact with government authorities than to try to scam the system.

Immigration and the Welfare State:  More and more of my constituents are asking me when Congress will address the problem of illegal immigration.  The public correctly perceives that neither political party has the courage to do what is necessary to prevent further erosion of both our border security and our national identity.  As a result, immigration may be the sleeper issue that decides the 2008 presidential election. … Amnesty for illegal immigrants is not the answer.  Millions of people who broke the law by entering, staying, and working in our country illegally should not be rewarded with a visa.  Why should lawbreakers obtain a free pass, while those seeking to immigrate legally face years of paperwork and long waits for a visa?

Stop the Mexico Raid on Our Social Security!  RetireSafe Delivers 115,000 Petitions Opposing Social Security for Illegal Immigrants from Mexico.  "Social Security is not a welfare program and it should not be turned into a foreign aid program," said RetireSafe President Charles Hardin.

Immigration and the welfare state.  Over the past four decades the educational level of new immigrants has fallen steadily relative to that of native-born Americans …. Coupled with very high levels of out-of-wedlock birthrates (among foreign-born Hispanics, for example, the rate is 42.3%), the current illegal population fits the classic profile of a group that, if offered a ready route to citizenship, will consume billions more in welfare benefits than they will contribute in taxes.

Contrary To Amnesty Supporters, Illegal Aliens Drain Social Security.  A recent Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that voters remain concerned about Social Security and whether the system can deliver what the government has promised.  According to the survey, 58% of U.S. voters lack confidence that the Social Security system will pay them their future benefits.  Advocates for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants like to claim that amnesty will "save" Social Security.  They also claim that dramatically increased immigration levels will safeguard our retirements and those of our children because more people will pay into the system.  Unfortunately, the opposite is true.

70% in Massachusetts Favor Ban on Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants.  Seventy percent (70%) of Massachusetts voters favor a proposal recently rejected by the state legislature that would stop illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that just 17% oppose the proposal to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining access to public housing, unemployment benefits, welfare or workers compensation.  Thirteen percent (13%) more are not sure.

L.A. County welfare to children of illegal immigrants grows.  Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.  The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWorks welfare program, according to county figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Bienvenido to Obamacare.  The Obama administration has unveiled its new Spanish-language website, Cuidadodesalud.gov, as a companion to HealthCare.gov, to fully inform Americans about the new goodies in the Obamacare legislation that the President signed into law in March.

Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare.  Surprise, surprise; Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies. ... Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal.  States where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania (59%).

Illegal Immigrant Additional Child Tax Credit Fraud.  Illegal Immigrants otherwise known as Undocumented Workers are using an IRS Tax Loophole to take advantage of the Additional Child Tax Credit to obtain tax refunds.  This tax fraud is currently costing U.S. Taxpayers about 4 Billion dollars a year.

Hispanics perpetuate their own stereotypes.
Forget Immigration -- It's Big Government Hispanic Voters Want.  A mind-blowing 75 percent of Hispanics tell Pew they want bigger government with more services.  Contrast that with just 41 percent of the American public that says it wants bigger government with more services.  This Hispanic love affair with big government isn't a short-term result of the Great Recession.  It isn't a temporary product of the first-generation poverty; immigrants, legal or otherwise, have always struggled through in America.  This affection for big government is uniquely cultural for Hispanics, and so strongly embedded that it apparently persists for generations.

Leftists are using the Cloward-Piven strategy to bring down the country

Left-wing politicians are signing up and habituating as many people as possible, as explained on page one of this series.

Cloward-Piven Everywhere.  The Obama administration-driven calamity at this nation's southern border is no naiveté-caused accident.  Instead, it's the latest manifestation of what clear-eyed observers must recognize is just one of many concerted attempts to overwhelm this nation's institutions and its social, psychological and physical infrastructure for the apparent purpose of leaving it permanently weakened and fundamentally changed.  Conscious or not — and I would argue in most cases that it is quite conscious — what we're seeing is a comprehensive application of the left's long-championed Cloward-Piven strategy.

Barack H. Obama is using the Cloward-Piven strategy.
Perry accuses Obama administration of fueling 'surge' in illegal immigrant children.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing the Obama administration of "perpetuating" a recent "surge" in illegal immigrant children who are crossing into the U.S. from Mexico and Central America without their parents and often falling straight into government care.  In a letter obtained by Fox News, Perry wrote to President Obama on Friday [5/4/2012] citing stats that show more than 5,200 "unaccompanied minors" were taken into U.S. custody in the first six months of the fiscal year — a more than 90 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago.

The federal government is doing everything it can to get more people on food stamps a/k/a/ SNAP.
Farmers markets getting money to take food stamps.  The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers.

The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar.  Barack Obama's big government policies continue to fail.  He should put a link to the national debt clock on his BlackBerry.  The gears on that clock have nearly exploded during his administration.  Yesterday's terrible job numbers should not be a surprise because it all goes back to our debt.  Our dangerously unsustainable debt is wiping out our jobs, crippling our economic growth, and jeopardizing our position in the global economy as the leader of the free world.

Holder's Justice Department bullying banks.  A cadre of racialists bent on achieving social justice via reparations from banks to minority communities has been installed by Eric Holder in the Department of Justice.  They are using legal bullying tactics to intimidate banks into once again loaning mortgage money to people who have no ability to pay it back.  Banks have even been forced to post signs in the facilities informing customers that welfare payments can count as income to apply to mortgage applications.

Holder Launches Witch Hunt Against Biased Banks.  In what could be a repeat of the easy-lending cycle that led to the housing crisis, the Justice Department has asked several banks to relax their mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit as part of a new crackdown on alleged discrimination, according to court documents reviewed by IBD.  Prosecutions have already generated more than $20 million in loan set-asides and other subsidies from banks that have settled out of court rather than battle the federal government and risk being branded racist.  An additional 60 banks are under investigation, a DOJ spokeswoman says.

Honk if I'm paying your mortgage

Creating Poverty Through 'Social Justice'.  In the story about social justice not working in San Francisco, we witness the creation of special interest groups, via legislation and regulation, which are literally inserted into the free market process to create wealth for entities that would otherwise not be needed in the free market Capitalist economic system.  By virtue of San Francisco's social justice legislation and regulation, wealth has been extracted from the taxpayers, unnecessarily, via the process of government procurement, to reward the unproductive.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is Progressive, Socialist, Marxist, wealth redistribution fashioned for the Capitalist economic system.  It's here and it is happening... right now.

The fight is not over.  America was at its zenith in 1958 — universally recognized to be at the height of its power, the peak of its creativity, and the most affluent it would ever become.  You might well think, as many did at the time, that America was safe from any threat, foreign or domestic.  It seemed like a perfect time to "spread the wealth around," and over the next decade that's just what happened.  The invention of the Welfare State didn't begin with LBJ's "Great Society," but it certainly became an inseparable element of public policy at that time, first with Medicare and then with more and more taxpayer-funded entitlement programs.

Barack Obama: Welfare King.  ObamaCare is supposed to help about 32 million uninsured Americans get health coverage.  Half of those will get it through Medicaid, a means-tested entitlement program.  Folks, Medicaid is welfare.  Democrats want to put 16 million more Americans on the welfare rolls through Medicaid — and they think that's a good thing!

You can put a tuxedo on a pig, but it's still a pig.
Food stamp program gets a new name: CalFresh.  California's food stamp program has a new name, which officials hope will encourage more people to apply for the nutrition benefit:  CalFresh.  The new name and logo — an abstract representation of the diverse produce available in California — was launched Saturday [10/23/2010] at an event in Long Beach sponsored by first lady Maria Shriver to provide free medical, financial and educational services to low-income women.

Number of Americans Paid Not to Work Growing Faster than Number of Taxpayers.  The federal government announced the new, official unemployment rate this week:  8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent.  Far fewer jobs were added in April than expected — 115,000 — so the official rate declined slightly because more people stopped looking for work.  The workforce participation rate is now at its lowest rate in 30 years, with 63.6 percent of adults who could work actually working.

How to Keep the Poor Poor.  Media personality Tavis Smiley and Princeton philosophy professor Cornell West have just published their latest contribution to American poverty propaganda, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." [...] Smiley and West's message is simple.  America today consists of a few powerful, rapacious rich people and a lot of unfortunate, exploited poor people.  The rich are rich because they are lucky.  The poor are poor because they are unlucky.  And the only way to solve the problem is activist government to manage the American economy and redistribute wealth.

Yippee! Free government money! Come and get it!  As you prepare to send in your income taxes on April 15 — for many taxpayers the amount involved is more than they spend on food and housing combined — remember that other people get paid money when they file taxes, because their incomes are lower than yours.  The desperation to spend as much money as possible on taking money from taxpayers and giving it to other people who didn't earn it and who don't pay income taxes is offensive to everyone who works hard, succeeds, and as a result has a bulls eye painted on their pocketbooks.

The Poverty of Equality.  The goal of a [society] should not and cannot be to make people equal in outcomes, an impossibility given the individual attributes with which we were each endowed by our creator.  It is the opposite of justice and fairness to try to equalize outcomes based on those attributes.  It is not fair to the beautiful to force them to wear ugly masks.  It is not fair to the strong to punish them by holding them down with excess weights.  It is not fair to the graceful and athletic to deprive them of their talents.  In the same way, it is not fair to the productive, the risk taking, or the hard working, to deprive them of what they have produced, merely to make them equal to others who have worked less, taken less risk, and produced less.

Pelosi: Food Stamp President 'Badge Of Honor'.  Speaking at Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed recent comments by Newt Ginginch referring to Obama as the "Food Stamp President" because more Americans have fallen into poverty and had to seek government assistance.  According to Ms. Pelosi, this was a "Badge of Honor".

State Gets $5 Mil Bonus For Food Stamp Sign Up.  In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.  It's part of the administration's campaign to eradicate "food insecure households" by improving access and increasing participation in the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Obama's 'Hate the Rich' Campaign.  It angers me that Obama and his minions in the liberal media have put achievers, risk-takers, on the defensive.  It angers me that Obama's followers think that they are entitled to the fruit of someone else's labor.  Americans are extremely generous and willing to help people in need, domestic and foreign.  But no one is entitled to share in the bounty resulting from someone's risk, blood, sweat, and tears.  Any government which confiscates and redistributes wealth is immoral and evil.

Where your taxes all go.  If you think the federal taxes you pay go to the run the federal government, think again.  This year, every dime (and more) that the feds collect is going out in payments to other people.  That is, Washington is redistributing even more wealth than it takes in.

The Folly of Subsidizing Unemployment.  The economic "recovery" has been disappointing, to put it mildly, and it has become increasingly clear that the blame lies with the policies of the Obama administration, not with those of its predecessor.  In general, the current administration has been too focused on expanding government, redistributing more from rich to poor, and stimulating aggregate demand.

With schools closed, different lunchrooms open.  Every school day, about 2.3 million low-income Texas children eat subsidized meals, but the numbers drop dramatically in the summer.  This time of year, hundreds of thousands of youngsters statewide go hungry or survive on food that's not necessarily nutritious, officials say.  But while fewer children nationwide received summer meals in July 2009 than in the previous July, the figure increased by 5 percent in Texas.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy comes to the lunchroom:
Federal government eying free lunches for all students in high-poverty areas.  The federal government could soon be paying for lunch for entire communities of children under a new plan in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Christina A. Samuels of Education Week reports that the Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act of 2010 would allow schools in high-poverty areas to be covered under a "community eligibility" option that allows free meals to all students without the traditional paperwork to determine eligibility.

Why Cloward-Piven Will Eat Itself.  [Scroll down]  This cycle continues until all meaningful revenues dry up and the system essentially chokes on its own largesse and dies.  Then, Cloward and Piven would have us believe, a new, bigger government/bureaucracy/candy store of others' labors will arise to make sure everything is fair for everyone forever.  This leaves unresolved the question:  Now that the government is broke and the productive sector is broke and/or gone, who's going to finance this?  No one.  We have just entered a state of sociopolitical and economic upheaval.

Why 70 Million Americans Don't Pay Uncle Sam a Dime.  While you struggle to meet your deadline, consider that although the law requires you to file a tax return, more than 70 million of your fellow filers will not owe a single penny to Uncle Sam.  As the latest news from the non-partisan Tax Policy Center shows, a record 47 percent of tax filers will have no federal income tax liability this year.

Redistributing Our Earnings To Freeloaders.  Income tax day, April 15, now divides Americans into two almost equal classes:  those who pay for the services provided by government and the freeloaders.  The percentage of Americans who will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009 has risen to 47%.  That isn't the worst of it.  The bottom 40% not only pay no income tax, but also the government sends them cash or benefits financed by the taxes dutifully paid by those who do pay income tax.

Trickle Down Poverty.  Instead of approaching the economy in a way that opens a door through which the poor can use their God-given talents to better their circumstances, Obama plans a state-run economy that will result in trickle down poverty.  And for all his talk about "spreading the wealth around," our president is really poised to spread dependence on a discombobulated bureaucracy.

Obama the Racist?  The first black president's policies marginalize blacks.  It is the cruelest sort of racism, as it robs blacks of hope instead of inspiring it.  Blacks were left with the hope that Obama would redistribute money from creators of wealth to those who would gladly take something for nothing.  The president, voted for by overwhelming numbers of blacks and guilty whites, has likely been the most destructive force in racial politics since his fellow racist Democrat Bull Connor.  And what Obama seeks for blacks — socialism, or the leveling of the playing field — has not benefited blacks anywhere on the planet.

Freedom or slavery?  You make the call.  Health-care reform?  Let's call it what it is — theft.  Or if you prefer, "redistribution of wealth."  The problem is, no matter what you call it, too many Americans are in favor of requisitioning money from other Americans to pay for the health care of strangers.  And they don't care if it is legal or not.  That's because most Americans have not bothered to educate themselves about the principles on which our country was founded, nor about the rocks on which it will founder if it abandons those principles.

Spreading the Wealth.  When Barack Obama said he wanted to "spread the wealth around," he meant it.  A new study from Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation estimates that Obama's policies would spend $10.3 trillion on welfare programs over the next decade.

ACORN Scandal Has Deep Roots.  ACORN is wedded to stale thinking that all too often makes people dependent, crushes responsibility, creativity and our very natures.  And the Obama administration only plans to continue to increase welfare spending, ensuring that the system that gave birth to ACORN and its inexcusable conduct will continue to thrive.

Healthcare Crusaders Out To Plunder System.  The number of uninsured people is grossly misleading.  Just because you are uninsured doesn't mean you have no access to medical care.  And just because you are insured under universal systems doesn't mean you will receive care.  If you don't think the administration is parlaying the crisis angle, then you must have missed the feigned urgency in Obama's declarations that "reform" must be completed this year.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2017 by Andrew K. Dart

Negative income taxes
People who pay less than nothing

60 percent of Americans pay less than zero income tax.
'The rich' don't just pay their 'fair share,' they pay almost everybody's share.  [Scroll down]  Some additional analysis and commentary will be provided here that reveal a yet-to-be discussed major implication of the CBO report almost the entire burden:  a) of all transfer payments made to American households and b) of all non-financed government spending, falls on just one group of Americans — the top one-fifth of US households by income.  That's correct, the CBO study shows that the bottom three income quintiles representing 60% of US households are "net recipients" (they receive more in transfer payments than they pay in federal taxes), the second-highest income quintile pays just slightly more in federal taxes ($14,800) than it receives in government transfer payments ($14,100), while the top 20% of American "net payer" households finance 100% of the transfer payments to the bottom 60%, as well as almost 100% of the tax revenue collected to run the federal government.

Reaganomics Vs. Obamanomics.  Newt Gingrich's Contract with America adopted a child tax credit of $500 per child that reduced the tax liabilities of lower income people by a higher percentage than for higher income people.  President Bush doubled that credit to $1,000 per child, and made it refundable so that low-income people who do not even pay $1,000 in federal income taxes could still get the full credit.

Middle Class — Not the Rich or the Poor — Pay Majority of Federal Taxes.  Middle-class Americans — not the rich or the poor — pay the majority of annual tax revenues taken in by the federal government, according to data released in a new Congressional Budget Office study.  Households earning less than $34,300 per year, meanwhile, actually pay a negative average federal income tax rate.

This next one is a broken link, but I'm trying to track it down somewhere else.
Evaluating the Incentives to Stay in the Welfare System:  A family with $12,600 in earnings before taxes pays $1,251 in taxes but gets back an EITC of $2,247 for a total of $13,596.

IRS Gives Billions in Tax Refunds to Illegals.  Here's how it works.  Illegal immigrants cannot qualify for legitimate Social Security numbers, which would entitle them to work legally in the U.S. and file income tax returns, but the Internal Revenue Service allows them to apply for nine-digit individual taxpayer identification numbers, or ITINs, which also are used to file federal income tax returns.  In addition, a provision in the tax code permits illegals to claim "additional child tax credits," which grant families $1,000 per "dependent" child.  Roughly three-quarters of tax returns filed by illegals include these ACTCs.  With the ITIN, illegals are able to get tax credits and refunds for nephews, nieces and other family members who never have touched U.S. soil.

Investors Flee From 'Change' Obama Hypes.  Are Barack Obama's proposed tax increases adversely affecting our financial markets?  We say yes, unambiguously.  [...] With the bottom 40% of income earners not paying any federal income taxes, such tax credits would not reduce any tax liability for these workers.  Instead, since they're refundable, they would involve new checks from the federal government.  These are not tax cuts as Obama is promising.  They are new government spending programs buried in the tax code and estimated to cost $1.3 trillion over 10 years.

Obama tax cut 'refunds' those who don't pay.  To pay for his middle-class tax cuts, Mr. Obama would raise the top marginal tax rate on Americans earning more than $250,000 to 35 percent from 30.6 percent.  According to the IRS, the top 5 percent of all income earners in 2004 paid 57.13 percent of all income taxes.

Obama's Tax Cut is Actually a Spending Increase, Says Non-Partisan Group.  The heart of Obama's tax cut proposal is in his use of refundable tax credits, which the [Tax Policy] Center describes as "credits available to eligible households even if they have no income tax liability" — in short, refunds available even to those who don't pay taxes. ... These refunds have the ability of reducing a taxpayer's liability below zero, meaning they can get a refund without actually paying taxes.

Obama's 95% Illusion.  Once upon a time we called this "welfare," or in George McGovern's 1972 campaign a "Demogrant."  Mr. Obama's genius is to call it a tax cut.  The Tax Foundation estimates that under the Obama plan 63 million Americans, or 44% of all tax filers, would have no income tax liability and most of those would get a check from the IRS each year.

Searching for Obama's 95 Percent.  If Barack Obama can effectively claim that his plan cuts taxes on 95 percent of Americans, then the term "tax cut" has no meaning.

The Case Against Barack Obama, Part 1.  Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama promises to "cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers."  That's not possible.  Why?  More than 30 percent pay nothing in federal income taxes.

IRS told employees to ignore potential fraud in program used by immigrants.  IRS supervisors ignored employees who tried to warn agency higher-ups of fraud in a program designed to collect taxes from immigrants, resulting in the agency paying out potentially bogus refunds.  The Treasury inspector general for tax administration said the IRS even eliminated some methods employees had used to figure out questionable refund requests, and that the agency doesn't have the ability to verify applicants' identity or foreign status.  Investigators "found an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications," said J. Russell George, the inspector general.

Among the Tax-takers.  I worked for the IRS and survived.  I learned about taxpayers, but the really interesting part of it was learning about tax-takers.  We all have this vague notion of people who don't pay taxes but receive money from Uncle Sam in what euphemistically is called a tax refund.  That's what I had, a vague notion, until I was forced to close my business in 2010.  I took a seasonal job with the Internal Revenue Service to get some household cash flow going.  We "Timmy Geithner warriors" were appalled by what we learned.

IRS pays $513 Million In Bogus Credits Under Stimulus.  Weeks after a government audit revealed that the Internal Revenue Service doled out $33 million in fraudulent electric-car tax credits, a separate probe says the agency paid out over half a billion dollars to "homebuyers" who didn't qualify.  It's simply the latest of many blunders for the perpetually troubled government agency that's awarded prison inmates tens of millions of dollars in bogus tax refunds in the past decade.  Last year alone, more than a quarter of a million prisoners filed tax returns with the IRS and nearly 50,000 claimed more than $130 million in refunds without bothering to report wage information, according to the Treasury Inspector General.

IRS fraudulent refunds total an estimated $318M.  Internal Revenue Service gave away $318 million in improper refunds this year because a computer program that screens tax returns for fraud wasn't working, according to a report released Friday [9/1/2006].

Against the Negative Income Tax.  The NIT, in plain English, is a government-guaranteed minimum level of income.  Sorman makes the classic argument that the biggest advantage of the NIT is that it would eliminate almost the entire welfare bureaucracy, and the tangle of often counter-productive programs that go with it.  He dismisses the obvious commonsense objection — that the prospect of a lifetime income for doing nothing might discourage people from slapping the top of the alarm clock every weekday morning at 6 a.m. and going to work [...]

Negative Income Tax.  The negative income tax proposals inspired several comprehensive federal plans proposed during the 1970s:  President Nixon's Family Assistance Plan, Senator George McGovern's Universal Demogrant Proposal, and President Carter's Program for Better Jobs and Income.  Programs to supplement the income of the working poor through the tax system (for example, the Earned Income Tax Credit) are a more recent version of the approach.

The Negative Income Tax: A Different Kind of Welfare.  A negative income tax is a viable alternative to the current welfare programs.  It allows people earning below a certain amount of income to receive supplemental pay from the government instead of paying taxes to the government.  It would be used in conjunction with our current progressive income tax system, and it is important to note that the negative income tax only works if we eliminate all of the existing welfare programs.  The negative income tax system is designed to be a one-stop-shop for welfare-esque benefits.

Refundable Credits and Negative Income Tax Rates.  The Congressional Budget Office now estimates that because of the large amount of refundable tax credits, the bottom 40% of households now have negative effective rates.  Remarkably, the effective tax rate for the middle fifth of households is nearing zero because of the recent expansion of tax credits.

Socialized Medicine with a Candy Coating

SCHIP blends right in to the topic of government handouts, because it illustrates how incremental changes only go in one direction -- making the government bigger, more expensive and more intrusive.  How does that happen?  Because supposedly good ideas are usually introduced as something that will benefit "America's children."  After all, what kind of heartless politician could vote against the children?  In a way, this also illustrates how people make decisions based on emotion instead of rational thinking.

74,531,002 Enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP.  As of April, there were 74,531,002 people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program as of April, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  That is up 16,705,235 in the 49 states that reported their Medicaid/CHIP enrollment numbers for both the July-to-September period of 2013 (the last quarter before the Obamacare exchanges opened) and this April.  The 74,531,002 enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP as of April includes the numbers for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

71,777,758 Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP; Up 14,478,342 Since Obamacare Exchanges Opened; 1 for Every 2 Americans With a Job.  As of the end of 2015, there were 71,777,758 individual in the United States enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to data published by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The 71,777,758 people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of December, according to CMS, was an increase of 14,478,342 from the average monthly enrollment of 56,274,369 in the period of July through September 2013, just before the "State-Based Marketplaces" opened in October 2013 under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).  That means overall Medicaid and CHIP enrollment has increased 25.7 percent since the Obamacare marketplaces opened.

SCHIP Is for Children in Name Only.  The [SCHIP] program has strayed far from its original mission.  A study by Jonathan Gruber of MIT confirmed that six of every 10 people covered by SCHIP expansions already had private coverage.  What this means is SCHIP is extending coverage to previously insured children.  It is crowding out private insurance coverage.  Further scrutiny reveals that SCHIP has also strayed from its mission of targeting the needy.

Obama Administration Sinking Millions Into Government-Run Health Care for Children.  While Democrats and Republicans disagree on establishing a government-run health insurance plan as part of health care reform, such programs already exist — and are thriving.  On Monday [2/22/2010], Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 10 states will share $100 million in federal grants to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Sinking SCHIP:  A First Step toward Stopping the Growth of Government Health Programs.  SCHIP and its larger sibling Medicaid currently enroll many people who do not need government assistance, including some families of four earning up to $72,000 per year.  That is a direct result of federal funding rules that reward states for making more Americans dependent on government for their health care.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was created in 1997 as a supplement to Medicaid.  It was originally designed to serve as a "safety net" for children in families whose annual incomes exceed Medicaid limits but who cannot afford private health coverage.  The program has grown in scope since its inception, and today just over 10 percent of the 6 million enrollees nationwide are over the age of 18.

Does SCHIP Work?  Pres. Barack Obama proclaimed in his inaugural address, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works."  If he was serious, he should veto the $115 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program that is soon to reach his desk — and insist that Congress eliminate the program entirely.

Obama and the Liberal Freeloader Culture.  Liberals have made freeloading into a way of life — even for the well to do.  There's the well-to-do woman who cadges free meds from a physician relative.  There's the well-to-do woman who's signed up for her state's basic health plan.  There's 2007's S-CHIP poster child whose parents can afford late-model cars and private school tuition but not health insurance.

Subsidized Health Care:  a view from the exam room.  When serving in the Rural Health Center in my community, my colleagues and I offered free or discounted care for a large number of patients.  Many were covered by Medi-Cal or one of dozens of state programs paid for by the taxpayers of California.  The following items were commonly seen on patients or carried by their dependent children, who were also covered by subsidized programs:
 •  Cell phones and "BlackBerry" PDAs, including just-released models with a price tag of $400, plus an ongoing monthly service fee of $65-$150
 •  iPods and portable DVD players
 •  GameBoys and handheld electronic games
 •  Artificial fingernails requiring maintenance every two weeks...
 •  Elaborate braided hair weaves, $300 per session plus frequent maintenance
 •  Custom-designed body art...

The Latest Entitlement:  The House made its first down payment on President Obama's health-care plans last week, passing 289-139 a major expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.  The Senate is scheduled to take it up soon and pass it easily as well.  These days tens of billions in new spending is a mere pittance, but Schip is also the Democratic model for a quantum jump in government health care down the line.

SCHIP Expansion Amounts to 'Socialized Medicine' Senate Republicans Say.  Senate Republicans say expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) amounts to an attempt by congressional Democrats to socialize the nation's health-care system.

Senators Approve Health Bill for Children.  The Senate passed a bill on Thursday [1/29/2009] to provide health insurance to more than four million uninsured children, as a newly empowered Democratic majority brushed aside Republican objections.  The vote was 66 to 32, with nine Republicans joining Democrats to support the bill.

Obama breaks five-day pledge.  President Barack Obama kept one campaign pledge Wednesday afternoon and at the same time violated another when he signed into law the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which extends health care coverage to 11 million low-income children.  The White House views the SCHIP legislation as a down payment on Obama's pledge to provide universal health care by the end of his first term.

Obama's First Tax Hike.  President Obama approved his first tax hike today [2/4/2009].  The bill he signed to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program contains a provision to increase taxes on tobacco by a whopping 155 percent.  That means the federal taxes on cigarettes have gone up an additional 61 cents a pack.  This brings federal taxes on a pack of cigarettes to $1 per pack total.

Our Spendthrift States Don't Need a Bailout.  Last year at this time, many governors and state legislators were imploring Congress to let them spend more money by expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program.  Since the states share the cost of the program with Washington, the expansion would have allowed them to cover families with incomes up to 300% of the poverty level (more in some cases).  It also would have meant hundreds of millions in additional state spending, and an estimated $24 billion in additional federal spending.  President Bush vetoed the bill.  Today, governors and state legislators are singing a different tune.

The SCHIP to Socialized Medicine.  The debate on Congressional reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is colored by popular myths.  The worst of the myths may be the notion that the CHIP debate in Washington is about insurance.  But it is actually about expanding a welfare program.

Socialized Medicine for 'Kids'.  Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's version would triple SCHIP's current five-year cost of $25 billion to a level of $75 billion.  That would grant federal largesse to more than just poor "kids" (as politicians endearingly call children).  An estimated 71 percent of all American children in families of four making as much as $82,000 a year would become eligible, with states also continuing present coverage of adults under SCHIP.

Child's Play.  In truth, I do love kids.  But it's the "the" in The Children that's the problem.  It transforms children into a principle for which any violation of limited government is justified. … The idea was as simple as it was brilliant:  By making The Children the beneficiaries of welfare rather than the adults, the left could portray any attempt to curb the welfare state as "anti-child."

SCHIP Expansion:  Socialized Medicine on the Installment Plan.  The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was created by Congress and President Bill Clinton as part of Balanced Budget Act of 1997.  SCHIP was intended to give $24 billion in federal matching funds over ten years to state governments for the provision of health insurance to about 5 million uninsured children.  Eligibility was supposed to be restricted to children whose parents earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Like most government programs, SCHIP soon exceeded its intent.

SCHIP of State:  The battle over the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, is a perfect first example of how Democrats intend to play their spending fights this fall.  They're demanding at least $30 billion more than Mr. Bush's own generous $5 billion SCHIP increase.  Any congressional Republican who votes against this hike will be accused of leaving "poor kids" to suffer without health care.  The goal here, as it will be in all the big money fights to come — appropriations bills, a farm bill — will be to make it too politically hot for Republicans to stand by their spending principle.

SCHIP Expansion Uses Smoke Screen.  SCHIP expansion is known by Washington insiders as a blatant effort to incrementally introduce Hillary Care.  Its strategic success is founded on the deceptive argument that "it's for the kids and tobacco will pay for it."

SCHIP off the Old Block.  The new House bill's "pregnant woman" rule seeks to deny the existence of the child in utero while still covering the adolescent mother.  This is a calculated move to open the door to federal taxpayer-funded abortions.  In the 17 states that now fund elective abortions (14 of them are forced to do so by court order) this coverage could be used as a license to kill.

The 'S' in S-CHIP is for 'socialist'.  There can be no better contemporary example of the creeping crud of socialism than the congressional exploits surrounding reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.  But it's refreshing to see President Bush has drawn such a deep line in the sand.  Whether it's a Maginot line, however, remains to be seen.

Sinking SCHIP:  A First Step toward Stopping the Growth of Government Health Programs.  Federal lawmakers are considering legislation that could result in millions more middle income families obtaining health insurance from government.  Unfortunately, the debate over expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program is divorced from the reality of who truly needs assistance and the forces that are making health insurance increasingly unaffordable.  SCHIP and its larger sibling Medicaid currently enroll many people who do not need government assistance, including some families of four earning up to $72,000 per year.

SCHIP's Perverse Incentives:  Picking the worst government program would be a huge challenge, but picking the worst funding system is much easier.  Programs involving joint federal-state funding contain built-in incentives to expand the size of government because politicians at either level can buy more votes by expanding the program, knowing that they only have to pay (depending on the formula) a share of the cost.  In other words, lawmakers can promise $1 worth of goodies for, say, 50 cents.  This is one of the reasons why Medicaid is a fiscal disaster.

Sink this SCHIP.  SCHIP is senseless.  Like its much larger sibling, Medicaid, the program forces taxpayers to send their money to Washington so that Congress can send it back to state governments with strings attached.  Both programs force taxpayers to subsidize people who don't need help, discourage low-income families from climbing the economic ladder — and make private insurance more expensive for everyone else.

Jindal Care.  "I say this with good conscience:  every year we don't do anything about the uninsured, we end up, by default, moving closer to a single-payer system," Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals Alan Levine warned TAS in an interview.  "Because every year, more people get enrolled in Medicare, more people get enrolled in Medicaid, and more people get enrolled in SCHIP... that by itself is having a death spiral effect on private insurance."  And a single-payer system, he added, "would be a disaster."

Eligibility in New Jersey for 'poor' program includes families of 4 making $72,000.  President George W. Bush dismissed an agreement reached yesterday [9/21/2007] by congressional leaders to expand the government's children's health insurance program and said he will veto the measure.  "Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point," Bush said in his weekly radio address.

Veto May Spur House Struggle Over CHIP Bill.  Democrats said they plan to pressure House Republicans to support the bill and hope to vote on overriding the president's veto in mid-October.  For some Republicans, it is a dicey political move to vote against a popular spending program and side with an unpopular president.

Abandon SCHIP:  Big Government Returns.  In just ten short years SCHIP has gone from being a program for struggling families to a permanent middle class entitlement.  The alternative — a reform of private insurance to expand coverage for all Americans — has gained little attention during the debate.

The cold cackle of opportunism:  Legislation like this makes nearly everybody feel warm and fuzzy, like a supper of beef stew and cornbread on a cold winter's night.  Who wants the little children to be sick?  And if the government pays for it — the health insurance, not the beef stew and cornbread — it doesn't cost anybody anything.  The voters get "free" insurance, the congressmen get free protection against losing an election.  It's win-win all around.

The SCHIP Hits the Fan.  Hillary Clinton, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has put forth a vision of health care for all the uninsured which would be funded by increasing federal income taxes, raising tobacco taxes and raising capital gains taxes.  This would assure a universal health care system, she contends, and move us in the direction of socialized medicine (a term she has been careful not to use).

Why do you hate children so much?!  [SCHIP is] bad policy for a myriad of reasons — it doesn't prioritize truly poor children; "children's insurance" actually covers adults; you can make $80,000 dollars a year in some cases and still qualify for it; it will incentivize people to get off of employer insurance rolls and have taxpayers foot the bill; it's funding mechanism — a cigarette tax — is effectively a tax on the poor; the way the proposed program's "funding cliff" is set up will encourage expansion of the program in five years time; it's a step in the direction of socialized medicine;….

Schip Howlers:  After President Bush vetoed Congress's major expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, Nancy Pelosi declared:  "President Bush used his cruel veto pen to say, 'I forbid 10 million children from getting the health benefits they deserve.'"  As far as political self-parody goes, that one ought to enter the record books.  It's wrong on the facts, for one, which Speaker Pelosi knows.

Let SCHIPs Chart Their Own Course.  The Framers would have insisted on nothing less, as reflected in the Constitution's Health Care Clause.  Oh, wait.  The Constitution has no Health Care Clause.  Nor does it include any other provision that authorizes Congress to spend taxpayers' money on health insurance for the children of the working poor, the grandparents of the middle class, the nephews of the super-rich, or the kin of any other socioeconomic group.  Still, Bartlett and Bush deserve some credit for resisting the expansion of a highly popular program that never should have been created to begin with, especially since they knew they'd be accused of being stingy child haters.

Sinking SCHIP:  A Defining Moment.  The left-wing elite is in high dudgeon over conservatives who have dared to question the wisdom of extending the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to middle-class families, adults and even illegal aliens to the tune of $35 billion — funding dependent on saddling millions of smokers with regressive taxes and maintaining their nicotine addictions.

The Democrats' SCHIP Runs Aground.  After smearing a compassionate conservative in their attempt to override President Bush's veto of an overloaded SCHIP bill, Democrats promise to try again.  Maybe next time they will tell the truth.

Beating Back S-CHIP:  Government policies have made enough of a mess of health care that even middle-class families can have trouble finding affordable health insurance.  But the S-CHIP expansion is a perverse solution to this problem.  Its design guarantees that it will transfer money from poor states to rich ones, and from poor people to middle-class ones.  It will lead to worse health care for some children.  It will reduce social mobility by creating a poverty trap (wherein getting raises leads to a loss of benefits and thus of total income).

Attack on President Bush Continues Past SCHIP Veto Override Vote.  Democratic Rep. Pete Stark launched a shocking one-man assault on the Bush administration Thursday [10/18/2007], interrupting floor debate before a failed attempt to override President Bush's veto of the so-called SCHIP bill to suggest that U.S. troops in Iraq are getting their heads "blown off for the president's amusement."  The vote to override the veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program bill failed, 273-156, 14 votes shy of the number necessary.

Cigar Tax Up 6,000% to Pay for SCHIP.  The increase in federal tobacco taxes that congressional Democrats are proposing to fund their new healthcare initiative is being praised by anti-smoking advocates as an effective way to discourage tobacco sales. … The tax hikes would include raising the federal cigarette tax from 39 cents to one dollar.  Additionally, the tax cap on cigars would be raised from five cents to three dollars, a 6,000 percent increase.

The children's crusade — for socialized medicine.  The children's health program is the occasion of the biggest domestic-policy dust-up of Bush's presidency.  Bush vetoed the Democratic re-authorization of the bill as too profligate.  The House upheld his veto, but not without Democrats gleefully portraying the president as an enemy of children's health.

Bush says time wasted on SCHIP.  President Bush said yesterday [10/26/2007] that congressional Democrats are "wasting time"passing legislation to expand children's health coverage that they know he will veto, and he also said lawmakers are dragging their feet on a slew of other bills and one key nomination.  "This is not what congressional leaders promised when they took control of Congress earlier this year," the president said.

A Moral Case Against SCHIP Expansion:  When it comes to SCHIP, even some on the right have lost their moral compass — having fallen victim, perhaps, to the notion that if it involves "the children" then they should abandon both principle and common sense.  But with the left's attempt to expand medical entitlement benefits to the middle class, this is no time for compromise.  For even compromise will work toward their ultimate goal of incrementally socializing healthcare.

If Congress Truly Wants to Help Children:  There has been a whole lot of hoopla over the past few weeks with the Democrats' latest attempt at foisting an expanded socialist encroachment upon the American electorate (SCHIP), via the really-getting-old-now, "It's-for-the-Children," ploy.  Nancy and Hillary both need to re-read their worn copies of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.  That ruthless revolutionary knew that once the folks see through your tactic, it becomes not only tiresome, but downright irritating.

SCHIP's Path for Illegal Immigrants:  [Scroll down] Across the table sit two dozen House Republicans who have indicated a willingness to "negotiate" over such issues as whether a program designed to deliver health coverage to children in families slightly above the poverty level should cover adults, children from middle-class families earning more than $62,000, and illegal immigrants. Yes, illegal immigrants.  This last issue promises to be the most difficult one to resolve.

Bush Sinks SCHIP Again.  Saying that the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill that came to his desk on Wednesday [12/12/2007] was identical to the bill he vetoed in October, President George W. Bush again vetoed a measure that would extend and expand federal funding for the program.

How Can You Oppose Health Care for Children?  Congress has again passed an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), only to have it vetoed again.  That has given its backers yet another chance to proclaim how much they care for children and rehash attacks against President Bush, as when Lois Capps (D-CA) called it "denying vital healthcare to some of the most vulnerable in our society," and promise to try again next year.

SCHIP Expansion:  Robin Hood in Reverse.  The increase in federal spending on health insurance for kids will go largely to children who could have had private coverage anyway.  Yet under SCHIP, these children will have less access to care than they currently have.  Funding for this effort will come from people who have less income than the families who will benefit.

The President's Proposals for Medicaid and SCHIP:  One Step Forward, One Step Back.  Last year, the President took a prudent and fiscally conservative approach to reauthorizing SCHIP by proposing an increase of $5 billion over five years.  He now proposes spending four times that amount, recommending $20 billion over five years.  By 2013, spending on SCHIP would top $46.3 billion, almost doubling its current cost.  Moreover, the proposal would dedicate $50 million in FY 2009 and $100 million in each of the next four years for outreach.  The goal, as described by the Department of Health and Human Services, is to increase enrollment 3 percent by FY 2009 and 12 percent by FY 2012.
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The Latest:
Hawaii ending universal child health care.  Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.  Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program.  A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

Tragedy Averted.  Seven months.  That's all it took before Hawaii concluded that the only state universal child medical coverage program in the country is unsustainable.  Give officials credit for heading off a disaster.

What Do We Really Know About the Uninsured?  Next year, when Barack Obama becomes president, he will almost certainly move quickly toward some form of government-provided — and possibly government-mandated — health insurance.  A principal reason for this is the oft-cited figure of 46 million uninsured Americans.  But what does this number mean?  And do we really need to remake our entire health-care system to protect the uninsured?  Most people have an incomplete understanding of the uninsured population, which can lead to bad policy choices.

Other countries' experiences

Sweden chart
In One Chart, Everything You Need to Know about Big Government, the Welfare State, and Sweden's Economy.

Swiss voters reject 'money for nothing' universal income proposal.  Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have guaranteed everyone in the Alpine nation an unconditional basic income, according to projections published Sunday [6/5/2016] by public broadcaster SRF1.

Cloward-Piven Strategy Working Perfectly — in Europe.  The now-infamous "Cloward-Piven Strategy" outlined by Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven in 1966 proposed a clear roadmap to socialism:  get so many people addicted to government entitlements that the economic system collapses, and in the resulting chaos the populace will demand and vote for a new economic system in which everyone is supported by the state.  Sounds logical (if nefarious), and President Obama seems hell-bent on bringing it to fruition in the United States. [...] The message is clear:  Once enough voters are on the dole, regardless of your party's ideology or what label it has, you will win elections if you promise to to keep the free money flowing.

The Utterly Horrifying English Welfare State.  I've occasionally commented on foolish public policy in the United Kingdom, including analysis on how the welfare state destroys lives and turns people into despicable moochers.  But if you really want to understand the horrifying absurdity of the welfare state, check out these passages from a report in the Daily Mail.

Unemployed man cuts off foot to continue claiming jobless benefits.  A scrounger who almost died after cutting his own foot off so he could stay on jobless benefits has been told he might still qualify for work despite his amputation.  Long term unemployed Hans Url, 56, had just been told his hand-outs would stop if he did not accept work found for him by job centre staff.

Welfare Reform R.I.P.  Even many liberals thought the 1996 reform ended the welfare debate forever. ... At issue was the idea of insisting that millions of people make a transition from the dole to the work force.  States were given much more power in running their federally-funded welfare programs, deadlines were imposed on individuals getting back to work, and a lifetime time limit of five years was set for family benefits.  Defenders of the status quo warned that more than a million additional children would be condemned to poverty.  But what really happened was a 65% drop in welfare caseloads, millions liberated from the government teat and returned to supporting themselves, and a model gratefully followed by other countries.

Welfare's Devastating Effects.  To most people, I imagine, welfare seems an obviously good thing.  But in fact the corrosive and iniquitous side of welfare has been evident for many decades.  It's only now that people are poking their heads out of the trench and daring to say so.  You can see the devastating effects of welfare in Britain, for example, in the exponential rise in single motherhood.  The figures are astonishing.  In the 1950s almost all children in Britain were brought up by their natural parents.  Today, only around half the children in Britain are brought up by their natural parents.  Half!

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