When we attempt to have an intelligent, rational conversation about something like various soicial safety net programs, we have to have accurate information.
And that is where Republicans are bombarded by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Riely and FOX (cough) “news’ with false information.
An early computer term was GIGO….Garbage in…Garbage out.
That is a truism.
And why we can’t have an intelligent and rational conversation with Republicans when it comes to social safety net programs.
Because this is what Conservatives actually believe….
Myth: “People who go on welfare stay on it forever.”
Fact:’According to statisticbrain.com, the vast majority of TANF recipients, 80.4 percent, receive benefits for five years or less’.
Myth: “There’s a woman in Chicago. She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards. … She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income alone is over $150,000? – Ronald Reagan’
Fact: ‘Ah, the “welfare queen.” Ronny loved to tell his stories, and his welfare queen story is one of the most popular. The only problem is, the woman he talked about didn’t exist’.
Myth: “Welfare recipients keep having more kids so they can get more benefits.”
Fact: ‘According to a 2010 report released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the average family receiving TANF benefits has 1.8 children, which is about the same as the national average’.
Myth: “Where Is The U.S. Headed If More Than 100 Million People Get Welfare?” – Headline of August 2012 column by CNN’s Jack Cafferty’
Fact: ‘100 million Americans on welfare? According to the 2010 federal HHS report, 1,084,828 adults and 3,280,153 children received TANF benefits that year, a far cry from 100 million’.
Myth: “Most welfare recipients are drug users.”
Fact: ‘That’s apparently what Florida governor Rick Scott thought, too. The state of Florida began drug testing welfare recipients in 2011. About 2 percent tested positive for drug use. According to the New York Times, federal statistics show that the rate of drug use among welfare recipients is about the same as it is for the public at large’.
Myth: “Most welfare recipients are minorities and illegal immigrants.”
Fact: ‘TANF benefits were paid out to roughly the same percentage of white and black recipients in 2010, according to the HHS report. In fact, the percentage of black families receiving welfare benefits has declined by almost 7 percent since 2000. Regarding illegal immigrants: those who are in the United States illegally are ineligible for benefits other than emergency Medicaid’.
Myth: ”People collect welfare instead of work, and they get rich. They all have iPhones, drive new cars, have widescreen tv’s, etc. I work and I can’t afford any of that!”
Fact: ‘Since welfare payments vary by state and by the size of the family, it’s hard to provide all the pertinent numbers here, but here are some ranges’:
“A family of four can expect up to $500 a month in food stamp benefits. A single person can expect an average of $200 a month”.
“The average monthly allowance under TANF/AFDC is $900 for a family of four. For a single person the average is about $300”.
‘It would be interesting to see what kind of “new car” anyone could buy on that income, or even an iPhone, for that matter. (Remember, despite what Newt Gingrich may have claimed during the 2012 election campaign, you can’t use food stamps for anything except food, so when you’re figuring how much money someone might have for an iPhone or a car, take that money out of the equation.)
‘It is also worth observing that the people who sneer about welfare recipients having those things don’t take into consideration that the person may have had that iPhone or car before having to go on welfare’.
‘Along these lines, perhaps the most laughable criticism is of welfare recipients who have tattoos. Tattoos are permanent, folks! How do you know that someone got a tattoo after starting to receive welfare’?
‘One final fact about welfare. Would anybody like to guess who makes up the single largest group on welfare in the United States? It’s children. One out of every four children in the United States receives welfare benefits’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/20/what-the-right-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-welfare-9-myths-exploded/
‘That’s something the Republicans could really get behind’!
‘A proposal to ban the sale of firearms to individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list was defeated by House Republicans on Wednesday’.
‘Similar legislation has been proposed — and defeated — before’.
‘The National Rifle Association claimed in 2011 such proposals were “aimed primarily at law-abiding American gun owners” and “sponsored by gun control extremists.”From : http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/once-again-house-gop-rejects-ban-gun-
So the reason our economy is suffering is because we don’t pray to God enough…..
‘If worship of the Christian god is needed for economic brownie points with the Lord Almighty, what happened in China’?
‘Bryan Fischer of the right-wing American Family Association’ :
“If you want a prosperous economy, you’ve got to have a vibrant spirituality,” he said. “When you worship God, you are not just doing the right thing in terms of your relationship with God, you are doing your patriotic duty.”
“It is your patriotic duty to worship God in order that we have a prosperous and flourishing economy,” Fisher added.
Why not let the other 99 Senators vote?
‘Just days after playing a key role in ending the log jam over Republican filibustering of President Obama’s executive branch nominees, Arizona Senator John McCain put a road block in the front of the anticipated confirmation of Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey’.
‘McCain announced he would put a “hold” on Dempsey’s second term heading up the JCS until the General answered his questions about his personal views on Syria policy’.
‘If that sounds like childish petulance from would-have-been President McCain, that’s because it is. In the past, General Dempsey cautioned against McCain’s positions on the Iraq surge, maintaining a permanent U.S. troop presence there, launching military strikes against Iran and establishing a no-fly zone over Syria’.
‘And now it’s payback time’.
From : http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/002820.htm
The religious right is coming in the form of Ted Cruz this year.
Last time is was Rick Santorum.Weak and bitter (see his ‘What a snob’ remark.)
Cruz is the strong and angry Bible thumper.
But don’t worry……No one is trying to make us a ‘CHristian Nation’……..
‘In a fiery, Bible-quoting first speech during his first time in Iowa, Republican Ted Cruz called on evangelical conservatives to demand their GOP elected officials actually stand for the conservative principles they pretend to believe in’.
“Belief, saying I believe in something, is not sitting there quietly doing the golf clap,” Cruz told hundreds of Iowa Christian conservative ministers this morning at a private conclave in Des Moines’.
‘This morning, Cruz spoke for nearly an hour at the Iowa Renewal Project, a two-day, all-expenses-paid forum organized by David Lane, a political activist from California who has been quietly mobilizing evangelicals in Iowa for six years’.
‘That’s a bit of an understatement about Lane, a major organizer whom the very well-informed Sarah Posner has described as a “Christian nation absolutist.”
‘Lane is also close to Rick Perry, and organized the trip by Rand Paul (who’s also spoke at the Renewal Project today) to Israel that got so much attention earlier this year’.
‘He’s the heaviest of heavy hitters in the heavy world of Iowa Christian Right leaders’.
From : http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_07/cruz_missile_lands_in_iowa045928.php
How far right will Mitch go???
‘An emerging conservative challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reserved airtime in Kentucky starting next week, according to multiple media-tracking sources’.
‘Matt Bevin, an investment executive based in Louisville, has previously floated the prospect of a primary bid against McConnell’.
‘Now, two sources say Bevin has booked ads in the Louisville market; a Republican source said “Matt Bevin for Senate” has also begun reserving time in Bowling Green as well’.
‘In a statement, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton savaged Bevin and dismissed his campaign as a minor irritant’.
“Matthew Griswold Bevin is not a Kentucky Conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man. While it is sad to see someone who claims to be a Republican doing Barack Obama’s bidding, his campaign is nothing more than a nuisance,” Benton said’.
From : http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/kentucky-senate-2014-matt-bevin-mitch-mcconnell-republicans-94496.html
By the way….US Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers voted FOR the sequester cuts but now proudly and stupidly stands in front of the sign proclaiming ‘Obamaquester’.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is my US House Representative and also part of the Republican leadership.
And she actually sat there with a straight face and said splitting up the farm bill will ‘speed up the legislative process’….
The only question is does she think we are that stupid or is she that stupid?
I have rocks in my backyard smarter then Cathy McMorris-Rodgers…….
‘A farm bill approved last week in the U.S. House of Representatives divorcing agriculture subsidies from food aid to the poor was designed to speed up the legislative process, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Thursday’.
‘The House’s plan, passed with strictly Republican support July 11, contained no outlays for food stamps, redubbed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2008. But McMorris Rodgers doesn’t think the bill will emerge from a conference with the Senate unless funds for food programs are reinstated’.
“I really don’t see that happening,” McMorris Rodgers said’.
‘The House also plans to bring a separate SNAP funding measure to the floor for a vote within a week, she said’.
From : http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/jul/19/mcmorris-rodgers-explains-food-aid-cut/
And the separate SNAP funding….?
‘Divided House Republicans can’t agree on a food stamp bill, dimming hopes that a farm bill conference can begin before the August recess’.
‘House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) warned Friday that no one should expect action anytime soon given fights among House Republicans over how much to cut food stamps’.
‘He said he’d told Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who leads the Senate Agriculture Committee, of the difficulty’.
“As I told the chairwoman yesterday, we are still in an effort in the House trying to achieve some consensus on a nutrition bill, and that’s not been accomplished yet,” he said. “It’s pretty tough.”
From : http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/agriculture/312259-house-gop-divisions-slow-food-stamps-reform-farm-bill