‘Republicans claim that caring for poor is best left to the churches and to ‘Christian charity,’ not the government. They also claim that debt is a sin. Given these claims, it might just blow your mind to learn that according to Church Finance Today, “68% of churches in the West-South Central U.S., and 64% of churches in the East-South Central U.S. have expenses exceeding income.” What’s worse, according to the same source, “these are the best regions in the country.”
‘Republicans want us to believe that Christian charity is sufficient for taking care of the poor. Yet it’s obvious from these figures that Christians aren’t even able to handle taking care of their own churches’.
Here’s the report : http://www.rdsadvantage.com/church-membership-declining-in-us
‘Take the food budget: There were, on average, 3.7 people in each family on public assistance (I know, that sounds weird, but bear with me). So that $6,460 spent on food comes out to about $34 per person, per week. Not exactly a shellfish budget’.
‘Here’s a useful graph to keep handy for the next time Fox News airs a report about food stamp users buying lobster with their benefits’.
‘This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don’t’.
‘And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles’.
‘On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance’.
‘These figures, drawn from the 2011 Consumer Expenditure Survey, don’t capture all non-cash perks some low-income families get from the government, such as healthcare coverage through Medicaid. But they give you a sense of the kind of tight finances these families deal with’.
From : http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/12/this-chart-blows-up-the-myth-of-the-welfare-queen/282452/
‘House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Monday told Dr. Randy Farris, a Texas health administrator for the federal government, to watch more Fox News after the health official did not satisfactorily answer Issa’s questions about HealthCare.Gov, according to the Dallas Morning News’.
“You need to watch more Fox News, I’m afraid,” Issa retorted after Farris claimed that consumers’ personal information was not stored on the health exchange website’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/issa-to-tx-health-official-you-need-to-watch-more-fox
The rest of us who aren’t fortunate enough to be ‘protected’ by Republicans will have affordable health care.
Those that Republicans are ‘protecting’ from big Government – won’t.
‘As of now, over two dozen states are not opting in to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion’.
‘Result: untold numbers risk falling into a “Medicaid gap,” making too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid, yet too little to qualify for subsidies on the exchanges’.
‘We now have a new look at the consequences of this’:
“Millions will likely remain uninsured, and racial and geographic disparities in access to coverage will worsen”.
‘Two new studies released by the Kaiser Family Foundation today illustrate this in new detail.
‘A new Public Policy Polling survey in Kentucky finds Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) clinging to a one point lead over challenger Alison Lundergran Grimes (D), 43% to 42%’.
‘Key finding: McConnell’s approval rating is a dismal 31% to 61%’.
From : http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/12/17/mcconnell_barely_ahead_in_kentucky.html
FYI Obama’s approve/disapprove is 43% – 52% So the next time Filibuster Mitch says Obama is unpopular….they hate you even more Mitchy.