Showing posts with label vote-buying. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vote-buying. Show all posts

Why Kids Who Aren’t Poor Now Get Free School Lunches

by Valerie Strauss.  Spreading the realm of dependency. It used to be that students from families with low incomes qualified for lunches that were either free or available at a reduced price. That’s still true — but now, new federal rules allow kids who aren’t poor at many schools to get the same thing. The change in the rules means not only that   ... MORE

Obama's Student Loan Debt Bailout Will Cost $22 Billion

by Robby Soave.    Another swindle for taxpayers. President Obama's student loan debt forgiveness policies will add a whopping $21.8 billion to the national debt, according to figures in the latest budget proposal. And thanks to the magic of government accounting, the shortfall is automatic—Congress can't really do anything about it. With students and    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Voter Fraud And Voter I.D.

Democrats keep lying to blacks. One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey ... MORE

John Stossel: Incumbents Always Win

Politicians and their stranglehold on power.     I'm told that the public is "angry" at today's politicians. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing. So will Tuesday's election bring a big shakeup? No. Congressional reelection rates never drop below 85 percent. The last big "wave" election was 1994, when Democrats lost control    ... MORE

Paying People To Vote Proposed In Los Angeles

by Thomas Lifson.   Politicians worry the ignorant won't vote. Buying votes is illegal, yet the misnamed Los Angeles Ethics Commission is proposing to pay people to vote, in the form of lottery prizes. David Zahniser of the Los Angeles Times reports: Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los   ... MORE

Big Labor, Big Government Are Oppressing Farm Workers

by Matt Patterson.    The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed in the aftermath of the Civil War, part of a package of amendments designed to secure civil liberties for all Americans. Unfortunately, farm workers in California’s Central Valley are finding their civil liberties stripped from them today — by a government    ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Obama's Deficient Student Loan Plan

Another expensive vote-buying scheme.        The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many young people." Therefore,      ... MORE

Income Redistribution About Votes, Not Helping The Poor

by Jeffrey Dorfman.     Everyone knows the famous Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime. So why does the federal government spend so much money on giving away fish and so little on teaching people how to fish? Because Democrats want people to depend on     ... MORE

James Conca: It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

It's always been about subsidies, not the environment.   OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion of    ... MORE

70% Of U.S. Government Spending Is Checks To Individuals

by John Merline.      Vote buying is expensive for taxpayers. Buried deep in a section of President Obama's budget, released this week, is an eye-opening fact: This year, 70% of all the money the federal government spends will be in the form of direct payments to individuals, an all-time high. In effect, the government has become primarily a massive  ... MORE

Steve Chapman: For Ships Of State, A Looming Iceberg

The crushing burden of government employee pensions.     If you're in the hospital with multiple fractures, a staph infection and a collapsed lung, you may not take great comfort when your doctor informs you that his last patient has it worse, being dead. Sometimes encouraging comparisons are not that encouraging. So Chicagoans didn't        ... MORE

Wynton Hall: 7 Minimum Wage Facts That Worry Democrats

As they run from Obamacare.       With the midterm elections just over 300 days away, nervous Democrats reeling from the Obamacare debacle are hoping a big push to raise the minimum wage will be the silver bullet that will spare them from the historic losses they suffered in 2010. Democrats and unions are busy working to get minimum    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Dumb Politicians Won't Get Elected

A vote-buying technique called handouts.         Politicians can be progressives, liberals, conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, and right-wingers. They just can't be dumb. The American people will never elect them to office. Let's look at it. For years, I used to blame politicians for our economic and social mess. That changed during the 1980s     ... MORE

Brenden Moore: California To Hike Minimum Wage

Increased labor price means increase unemployment.      The question over whether to raise the minimum wage has been brought back to national attention as California prepares to pass a measure setting the highest minimum wage rate in the country. By 2016, the state’s price floor will be $10 per hour. By comparison, the national minimum   ... MORE

Michael Tanner: Why Get Off Welfare?

Being poor doesn't mean you're stupid.            Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job. But there is also evidence that many are reluctant to accept available employment opportunities. Despite work requirements  ... MORE

Michael F. Cannon: Congress's ObamaCare Waiver

Buying votes from Congress with stolen money.     America has a two-party system. But it’s not Republicans versus Democrats. It’s the ruling class — Republicans and Democrats — against everyone else. Consider how President Obama just gave Congress its very own Obamacare waiver. Obamacare includes a provision that should cost each    ... MORE

A. Barton Hinkle: The Great Farm-Bill Ripoff

Why are rock stars receiving government aid?   Anyone starting from scratch would not design a farm policy like the one America has. At least not anyone with a lick of common sense. But since common sense is as common on Capitol Hill as a unicorn stampede, we have: A confusing clutter of programs that pay farmers not to farm, reward them  ... MORE

Ross Kaminsky: The Pigs Of Pigford

Most naked taxpayer fleecing in recent memory.       The Washington Times covered it in 2001. And so did Fox News. Jennifer Rubin wrote about it in 2008, and many writers on these pages have mentioned it since then. In 2011, Andrew Breitbart made it one of his most cared-about causes, following from his outing of on-again off-again,   ... MORE