Hey, this afternoon our third oldest grandchild graduates from high school! Big day for sure, not just for us and the family, but more so for our grandson. Yesterday was his graduation party and family from around the state came in, plus gosh knows how many friends of his and friends of the family. But we all had a good time. Grandson made sure he talked to everyone, thanked everyone, shook every one’s hand or hugged them. Good food and good fun, what more can anyone ask on a saturday?
This report here is 3 months old, but it brings home the screwed up situation we are in when it comes to the dependency of too many people on our government. And this is just the federal government! I am posting the entire report, but do go to the site linked at the bottom of the report for much more.
When John F. Kennedy was President, just over a quarter of federal spending went to fund programs paying for some 21.7 million Americans to be dependent on Uncle Sam. But as high as that spending and dependence on the federal government was then, it has exploded today, with one in five Americans — more than 67.3 million — depending on Washington for assistance.
The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Dependence on Government shows an alarming trend under the Obama Administration of a level of dependence on our government that has never been seen before. Today, a full 70 percent of the federal government’s budget goes to pay for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance, with recipients ranging from college students to retirees to welfare beneficiaries. Heritage’s Patrick Tyrrell writes that other findings from the study show:
- Government dependency jumped 8.1 percent in the past year, with the most assistance going toward housing, health and welfare, and retirement.
- The federal government spent more taxpayer dollars than ever before in 2011 to subsidize Americans. The average individual who relies on Washington could receive benefits valued at $32,748, more than the nation’s average disposable personal income ($32,446).
- At the same time, nearly half of the U.S. population (49.5 percent) does not pay any federal income taxes.
- In the next 25 years, more than 77 million baby boomers will retire. They will begin collecting checks from Social Security, drawing benefits from Medicare, and relying on Medicaid for long-term care.
- As of now, 70 percent of the federal government’s budget goes to individual assistance programs, up dramatically in just the past few years. However, research shows that private, community, and charitable aid helps individuals rise from their difficulties with better success than federal government handouts. Plus, local and private aid is often more effectively distributed.
Representative Allen West (R-FL) writes on The Foundry that this disturbing trend does not bode well for our country and, in fact, will ultimately lead to an America where dependence — not independence — becomes the norm. And he says Washington must play a role in changing course while also encouraging charities and community groups to help lift up Americans who need support:
We in Congress need to do our part to aid the struggle for more personal responsibility. We need to reduce government spending levels so we are taking less from America’s producers of economic growth. We need to take a long, hard look at these assistance programs, eliminating duplicative efforts and directing aid first to the neediest of our population.
We also have to embolden charities, local groups, and private-sector initiatives to empower individuals through programs that require more “skin in the game.” Far too often, these good Samaritans are pushed aside by government zeal to provide inferior and bureaucratized services. And finally, we need to reform entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security so that they are viable for future generations without bankrupting our country.
With America about to witness the largest retirement of people in world history — and with the number of “taxpayers” who pay no taxes only continuing to grow — alarm bells should be ringing in Washington and across the country warning that the federal government is about to burst at the seams. The United States simply cannot afford to continue fostering a society where a growing number of people are dependent on the federal government and not themselves. What’s more, if this trend continues, America will see increasing division between those who pay for programs that advance dependence, and those who unquestioningly accept–and expect–the assistance from those programs.
The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream plan offers policy solutions to fix the debt, cut spending, reform entitlements, and restore prosperity, enabling the people of this country to thrive and succeed — without depending on the government. And those kinds of reforms are desperately needed if America is to gain control over its $15 trillion debt and its exploding entitlement system so that the people can produce for themselves, not for Washington.
Please do go HERE.
This is one reason we have to overhaul the entire welfare system! And do something about idiots, both the father in this case and all those women!
(Knoxville, TN) Desmond Hatchett is pleading with the state of Tennessee to help him pay for child support.
With 30 kids, who could afford to pay child support?
Yes, 30 children by 11 different “baby mamas.”
Desmond explained how it all happened, well you know what we mean, “I had four kids in the same year. Twice.”
The children range in age from toddlers to 14 years old.
He was last in court in 2009, at which time he had 21 children.
That means he’s had at least 9 more children in the last 3 years.
Hatchett only has a minimum wage job, which means some of the moms receive as little as… $1.49 a month.
See the father of the year on video HERE
Damn Kennedy’s got to have the last word at all costs!
In this 2005 photo provided by Peter Michaelis, Mary Richardson Kennedy
poses for a photo outside her Bedford, N.Y. home. Kennedy,
the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who
had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead in her home Wednesday. She was 52.
Dispute over custody of her body unfolds as the divided family plans separate memorials and prepares for Saturday’s funeral
Mary Richardson Kennedy nearly missed her own wake Friday after a legal battle erupted over her body.
On one side was her estranged husband, Bobby Kennedy Jr., who was in the midst of divorcing her when she hanged herself in a barn. He claimed the right to decide where she would rest in peace.
On the other side were Mary’s brothers and sisters, who didn’t want her to be buried beside members of the Kennedy clan in Hyannisport — and filed suit to stop that from happening.
An eleventh-hour court order from a Westchester County judge enabled Bobby to retrieve her body from the medical examiner, where it had been since she committed suicide on Wednesday.
Her body was brought to the Clark Assoc. Funeral Home in Katonah and then driven to the family compound in Bedford, a place where she struggled with depression and alcoholism. It was a place where she anguished over her looming divorce and the prospect of losing her children. Mourners prayed and cried over the body, and one friend slipped a string of rosary beads into the devout Catholic’s coffin.
U.S. soldiers rot in prison while a terrorist killer goes free.
Representative Allen West (R-FL) has long been an advocate for the “Leavenworth 10,” American troops imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth for actions taken during the heat of battle in the War on Terror.
For example, while serving in Iraq, 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna of the Army Rangers was escorting a known al-Qaeda terror operative named Ali Mansur home, following an Army Intelligence order to release him from custody. Lt. Behenna, who believed Mansur had been involved in an attack that killed two members of his platoon, decided to interrogate the al-Qaeda man during this journey. During the interrogation, Behenna threatened Mansur with a pistol. Mansur made a play for the gun, and Behenna shot him.
The American soldier was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone, and sentenced to 25 years in prison, later reduced to 15 years by a judicial order and a military clemency board. The sentence was based, in part, on the notion that since Behenna’s interrogation of Mansur was unauthorized, his right to employ deadly force in self-defense was suspended. Some experts in the complex art of “battlefield forensics” questioned Behenna’s account of the shooting, although others have spoken in support of him. Several appeals have been filed, with the most recent appeal still under consideration.
Friday, May 18 is Michael Behenna’s 29th birthday. It is the fourth birthday he has spent in prison.
Rep. West himself was discharged from the Army, where he held the rank of lieutenant colonel, for discharging his firearm near a prisoner, during an interrogation that West credits with helping to shut down deadly sniper attacks from Saddam Hussein loyalists against his unit. For this, he is routinely described as a “war criminal” by left-wing extremists.
From Democracy to Sharia: The “Arab Spring” shows that democratic process is useless without democratic culture
UNBELIEVABLE: N.C. teacher yells at student for asking question about Obama, just after she criticized Romney
This is the most uneducated, absurd audio I think I’ve ever heard from a teacher. In response to a short discussion on Romney having ‘bullied’ a student when he was in high school, a student in the North Rowan High School class suggested that Obama was also a bully in grade school. The teacher then yelled at the student for criticizing Obama because he’s a sitting president. But the student argued that they are both equal, that they are both men and that if you are going to criticize one side, you have to criticize the other. But the teacher argued the opposite, saying that they were not equal because Obama IS the president and Romney is simply running for president, and because of that we can’t say anything bad about Obama but we can about Romney. This teacher, who sounds African American based on the audio, even tried to make the case that saying bad things about a sitting president will get your arrested. Yeah, I’m not kidding.
According to the school system, this unidentified teacher still remains in the classroom.
You just have to hear this audio:
Go here for the audio plus more: HERE.
How ObamaCare Guts Medicare
The president’s pledge that ‘If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep it’ clearly does not apply to America’s seniors.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has attacked Senate Republican candidates for wanting “to end Medicare as we know it.” And in Nevada’s hotly contested Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid is attacking Republican Sharron Angle, saying she wants to “gut” Medicare. But Mr. Reid has already gutted it. He and his colleagues did so by passing ObamaCare.
In his analysis accompanying the recently released Annual Report of the Medicare Board of Trustees, Richard Foster, Medicare’s chief actuary, noted that Medicare payment rates for doctors and hospitals serving seniors will be cut by 30% over the next three years. Under the policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by 2019 Medicare payment rates will be lower than under Medicaid. Mr. Foster notes that by the end of the 75-year projection period in the Annual Medicare Trustees Report, Medicare payment rates will be one-third of what will be paid by private insurance, and only half of what is paid by Medicaid.
Altogether, ObamaCare cuts $818 billion from Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) from 2014-2023, the first 10 years of its full implementation, and $3.2 trillion over the first 20 years, 2014-2033. Adding in ObamaCare cuts for Medicare Part B (physicians fees and other services) brings the total cut to $1.05 trillion over the first 10 years and $4.95 trillion over the first 20 years.
These draconian cuts in Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers that serve America’s seniors were the basis for the Congressional Budget Office’s official “score”—repeatedly cited by the president—that the health-reform legislation would actually reduce the federal deficit. But Mr. Obama never disclosed how that deficit reduction would actually be achieved.
There will be additional cuts under ObamaCare to Medicare Advantage, the private option to Medicare that close to one-fourth of all seniors have chosen for their coverage under the program because it gives them a better deal. Mr. Foster estimates that 50% of all seniors with Medicare Advantage will lose their plan because of these cuts. Mr. Obama’s pledge that “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep it” clearly does not apply to America’s seniors.
Go and read everything HERE.
Yes, my wife and I will be screwed under obamacare, along with every other senior citizen! Another reason to dump that liberal organization AARP! Why I have never joined them and I would say to other 55 and older citizens to not join them and if a member to drop them like a hot potato!