Monthly Archives: January 2016

Boko Haram Jihadis Burn Children Alive, Slay Over 100 Villagers in Nigeria Massacre

Hundreds are still missing

In one of their most heinous massacres to date, militants from the radical Islamist Boko Haram group slaughtered over a hundred victims in a village in northeast Nigeria Saturday night, including a number of children whom they burned alive.

The latest atrocity from the jihadi group allied to the Islamic State took place in the village of Dalori, some three miles from Maiduguri, Nigeria. Vice Chairman of a civilian joint task force in Dalori, Modu Kaka, said that at least 100 dead bodies were taken away but that hundreds are still missing.
Witnesses spoke of “scores of bodies” burned and riddled with bullets lying in the streets after the attack Saturday night. One man, who managed to escape by hiding in a tree, said that he could hear the wails of children screaming in the flames.
Residents of the community said the militants stormed into town around 6:20 pm and began their killing spree, which lasted for several hours. During the assault, the jihadis demolished houses and burned livestock once they had pillaged and carried away foodstuffs. Several of the villagers were burnt beyond recognition.

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Feds Set Up Third Checkpoint, Demand Ranchers’ IDs at Gunpoint

Comment: This is the plan for everyone in our country. No Freedom Period!!!

SHOCK: Feds Set Up Third World-style Checkpoint, Demand Ranchers’ IDs at Gunpoint

Federal government orders citizens to present their identity papers

“Your identity papers” — the phrase that was the hallmark of Nazi occupation. But now the Federal government demands your identity papers at gunpoint.

Aspirin is Not Good for You!

Do our loved ones & friends KNOW ?

* Note taken from
The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 1/19/16

Don’t fall for the newest prostate swindle

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Not on my watch!
First, these nitwits pushed people to take aspirin to protect the heart, and some of them ended up bleeding right through their gut. And the real unlucky ones bled out their brains.
And now, they’re back for an encore. And this time, they’re targeting the one body part that’s more important to a man than his ticker: the one located right below the belt.
In a new study, these so-called “experts” claim swallowing a daily aspirin after you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer will help cut your risk of dying from it by nearly 40 percent.
But gentlemen, whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer yourself, don’t reach for that bottle just yet.
Those sunny results had my BS meter going off the charts — so I did some digging of my own to get to the bottom of this for you.
Their study was pitifully small, tracking just 3,193 men with prostate cancer. At least they gave it a good long period of time — nearly three decades — but over all those years, all they could figure out was that taking aspirin AFTER you’ve been diagnosed — not before, and not when — “may” keep it from becoming lethal.
Of course, prostate cancer is already considered a “low risk” cancer — and one with a very good survival rate. Sometimes, no treatment at all is necessary.
The researchers must know their work isn’t up to snuff, because they claim they’re just getting started and that what we need now is a bigger study.
Good idea.
We already have one of those — published just last year. This one was three times bigger, and it found just the OPPOSITE: Men who start on aspirin therapy after a prostate cancer diagnosis are 46 percent MORE likely to die of the disease. Not only that, they’re 37 percent more likely to die of any other cause.
That last bit is critical, because whether you have prostate cancer or not, aspirin comes with serious and even deadly risks — including internal bleeding, brain hemorrhages and stroke.
So if the prostate cancer doesn’t kill you, all that aspirin certainly will.
When it comes down to it, there’s really just one good use for aspirin: When you bring home flowers for your lady, crush one up and put in the vase.
Aspirin’s bad for you…but it’s great for keeping flowers fresh.


Donald Trump
A lot of people are very afraid of Donald Trump. His success will come at their expense because power in politics is a zero sum commodity. What one side gains is always at the expense of the other.
Every day we are presented with twisted and convenient definitions of conservatism from those who desperately don’t want to be on the losing side.
To them, changing one’s mind and acknowledging the value of conservative positions has become a sign of insincere conservatism. They echo the liberal line about Lincoln not being so great because he, “Came late” to the idea of freeing the slaves, without any Self-consciousness. Smug self-congratulation will do that.
“Moving the goal posts,” is another verbal gymnastic trick Trump’s attackers have borrowed from the Left. Thus Trump’s positions never seem to go far enough to satisfy them.
What a conservative candidate should stand for is very clear and Trump holds all of the important positions a conservative such hold.
Trump wants to: close our borders and tighten control over who comes into America;
Built a strong and feared military;
Keep America safe from those who want to kill us; and is not afraid to name them as Muslims;
Spread the pro- life message;
Institute an effective taxing plan that will provide opportunities for America’s recovery;
Deal with the world from a position of strength and regain respect for “USA;”
Stop the mistreatment of our veterans;
Support our law enforcement agencies;
Defend Christianity and all legitimate religions;
Defend the Second Amendment and the whole Constitution; and
Bring the message of conservatism to all Americans regardless of race and ethnicity.
Where is the genuine problem with Trump’s conservative bona fides?
America is angry. We want action and to get it we have to win an election next November. Those more interested in process over product should step aside and talk to each other because the America people have had enough talk. We want action and results not dithering and disappointments.

Protecting Women and Children… Netherlands Style – Ain't They Cute

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THE BLM: A Case Study in the Perversion of Government

In the first article I wrote titled, The BLM: A Case Study in the Perversion of Government, I highlighted the fact that Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior in 1993 was a co-founding member of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). When Bill Clinton came into office, he was the Chairman of the DLC.
The germ cell for the DLC was a group of Democrats who were called the Atari Democrats. Atari was the first real computer game. Atari sought political support for what was then a budding technology industry located in Silicon Valley, CA. They wanted government support to ensure that the technology industry stayed in the U.S. rather than being moved offshore. A group of Democrats – Al Gore, Dick Gephardt, Tim Wirth, Gary Hart just to name a few, were all Atari Democrats.
Al From was the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus from 1981 to 1985. As a political strategist, after the loss of the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections, he formed the Democratic Leadership Council to “reinvent democrats” – casting off traditional liberal politics. The Atari Democrats were the core of the newly formed DLC forming the New Democrat Network (NDN).

Technology + Environmentalism

Within the context of the DLC’s redefinition of the Democratic Party, there was a confluence of politics and ideology. The politics involved government support for the Silicon Valley technology companies and the ideology was environmentalism.   The combination of the two with the leaders of the DLC at the pinnacle of power gave rise to what has become essentially a new religion conceived in the delusionary sphere of gold fever. Big money buys true belief. The Earth Summit held in Rio de Janiero in 1992 took it global.
It was within that context that our government was “reinvented” during the Clinton Administration.   You can see from Al Gore’s First 100 Days in Officehow they hit the ground running with the green-tech, reinvention of government agenda.   It was within this context that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – caretakers of the nation’s natural resources was “reinvented” under the leadership of DLC co-founder, Bruce Babbitt.

Third Way International

On June 1, 1998, the New Democrats Online had a description of what they called The Third Way. Third Way was the non-descript way they chose to label the movement described in the previous section. Below, in the description, they describe it this way:
The core principles and ideas of this “Third Way” movement are set forth in The New Progressive Declaration: A Political Philosophy for the Information Age.
The Declaration was an attempt to define a philosophical basis for the Third Way Movement which was more accurately defined by greed, avarice and a lust for power.
The following is the text from the description of the Third Way posted on the New Democrats Online website.
America and the world have changed dramatically in the closing decades of the 20th century. The industrial order of the 20th century is rapidly yielding to the networked “New Economy” of the 21st century. Our political and governing systems, however, have lagged behind the rest of society in adapting to these seismic shifts. They remain stuck in the left-right debates and the top-down bureaucracies of the industrial past.
The Democratic Leadership Council, and its affiliated think tank theProgressive Policy Institute, have been catalysts for modernizing politics and government. From their political analysis and policy innovations has emerged a progressive alternative to the worn-out dogmas of traditional liberalism and conservatism. The core principles and ideas of this “Third Way” movement are set forth in The New Progressive Declaration: A Political Philosophy for the Information Age.
Starting with Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 1992, Third Way thinking is reshaping progressive politics throughout the world. Inspired by the example of Clinton and the New Democrats, Tony Blair in Britain led a revitalized New Labour party back to power in 1997. The victory of Gerhard Shroeder and the Social Democrats in Germany the next year confirmed the revival of center-left parties which either control or are part of the governing coalition forming throughout the European Union. From Latin America to Australia and New Zealand, Third Way ideas also are taking hold.
On Sunday, April 25, 1999, the President Clinton and the DLC hosted ahistoric roundtable discussion, The Third Way: Progressive Governance for the 21st Century, with five world leaders including British PM Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Dutch PM Wim Kok, and Italian PM Massimo D’Alema, the First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and DLC President Al From.


If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. —Samuel Adams

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” —Thomas Jefferson

Corruption of the Republican Party

Do people now see how corrupt the Republican party has become? For seven years the Congress has done absolutely NOTHING to stop any of the unconstitutional acts by Obama. They actually have been totally complicit in his destructive agenda. The recent Omnibus bill that was passed with the help of Ryan comes to mind. (By the way, since he’s grown his beard and mustache, I’m wondering if he’s become a Muslim.) Remember too that McConnell is trying to fast track authorization to give Obama unlimited war powers. One could write a book just on the things the Republicans have done to help Obama get exactly what he wanted through all these years. I can’t name one thing they’ve stopped.

The party has run candidates for president who most Republicans consider moderates at best, including both Bush’s, McCain, Willard Romney, Bob Dole, Nixon, Gerry Ford, etc. Many of the electorate stay home rather than voting for the lesser of two evils, which is still evil.

And the public still didn’t seem to see what had become of the party in the last 50 to 60 years. Now however, it is so obvious, I don’t know how anyone can miss it.

The outright hatred of someone outside the beltway, outside the political establishment, outside the machine, has turned the establishment sharks on one who should be their own, but certainly is not. Trump is neither Democrat nor Republican, he is an American first! Leading the pack for the RNC is none other than Fox News and all their cohorts. Why? Because The Donald won’t play their game and they all know it and hate him because of it. The Donald got the better of, and foiled the plans of, Fox News and Roger Ailes.

Fox, Trump, and the Spin

While watching the drama unfold with CNN yesterday when Trump pulled out of the debate, IMMEDIATELY there was a Ted Cruz campaign guy on calling Trump “childish.” Other Cruz guys then began to use the same word — an indication of common talking points. The “spin” begins.

THEN — the spin became that this was all about Megyn Kelly. It wasn’t! Trump’s original statement, and his campaign manager’s statement, made clear that this was about Roger Ailes strange and bizarre attack of Trump. [Link]

Roger Ailes

Then others who were interviewed began to put forth the Megyn Kelly story as the reason why Trump pulled out. The Trump campaign people who they interviewed —accurately said it wasn’t because of Megyn, although Trump doesn’t like her. It was about Roger Ailes.

So Ailes is getting a FREE PASS by the controlled press right now, and they are buying into the official “spin” that the Cruz campaign put out immediately after the fiasco happened.

The real story got out at the very beginning and then there was a spin-filled cover-up. Now Cruz is spinning every possible lie about Trump that he can think of to help himself and destroy Mr. Trump. The electorate seems to be getting wise to these deceptions however.

Here is the video where Mr. Trump tells that it is Roger Ailes who has caused the problem:


The attack by Faux News is unprecedented, and CNN has even been shocked at Fox’s tactics. However, Mr. Trump skipping the final debate is not unprecedented. In 1980, Ronald Reagan skipped the last debate before the Iowa caucus.

Bloomberg reported:

red states

Trump isn’t the first top-tier presidential candidate to skip a debate. Ronald Reagan did not attend a Republican debate ahead of the 1980 Iowa caucuses, which he lost to George H.W. Bush. Reagan went on to the win the
nomination and the presidency, and won in a landslide. See all those red states?!

Megyn Kelly

Obviously, Megyn is taking great pleasure in her job of trying to destroy Donald Trump by featuring on her show every globalist neo-con nutcase who wants Trump destroyed. But both she and Faux News have played right into the hands of the brilliant businessman. Ailes and Fox have been bested, and the “Kelly File,” is seen by many as a Anti-Trump Organ for Establishment Republicans.

Megyn’s latest “special guest” was none other than Michael Moore on Tuesday, January 27th. Notice how chummy she is with this anti-American cretin.


Moore intimated that Donald Trump was afraid of Kelly and of course she played along with it. But facts are facts, Donald Trump refused to reward bad behavior, and he shouldn’t.

Personally, I’d want to bleach everything the man touched after he left. Ugh.

moore fatty

In Breitbart’s latest article, ‘Love-Fest’: Megyn Kelly Blasts Donald Trump, Flirts With Michael Moore, author John Nolte tells of the brilliant planning by Donald Trump. He states, “In short: Trump spent a half-year carefully crafting and building the Narrative that Fox News was out to get him, and with one press release, Roger Ailes blundered right into it.”

Nolte goes on to list all the benefits for Mr. Trump and to nearly gagging while watching Megyn Kelly gush over Michael Moore. Even the left-wing Washington Post and Salon described it as a “love-fest.” The article is well worth the read.

Fox Owners Fair and Balanced? Bah Humbug!

jeb, murdoch, valerie

CFR member Rupert Murdoch owns the lion’s share of Fox News and WSJ. Here he is pictured with Jeb Bush and Valerie Jarrett.

His co-owner is none other than Saudi prince Al-waleed bin Talal. . Al-waleed is the 34th most richest man in the world. He has pledged to give his $32 billion fortune away…but not until after his death.

He also says his money will go to advance the Islamization of America. The Saudis have spent billions already. Eighty percent of the mosques built in America are Saudi funded. Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis. We can look forward to 32 billion more of the “kingdom’s brand of Islam, while censoring criticism of Islam,” on Fox News! [Link]

bin talal

The 60-year-old prince said he had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda in 1997.

The money would be used to “foster cultural understanding”, “empower women”, “enable youth” and “provide vital disaster relief”, among other things, he said.

Bill Gates praised the decision, calling it an “inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world.”

Bilderberger Bill Gates and philanthropy? God help us! Gates is all about population reduction, Agenda 21, and eugenics.

Donations to Hillary

In case you missed it, Fox is one of the biggest donors to Hillary Clinton. They’ve given Hillary Clinton more than $3 million in contributions. According to Federal Election Commission and Center for Responsive Politics data, 21st Century Fox News Corp. has donated more than $3 million to Clinton family accounts. Overall, this lands Fox as the Clinton family’s 9th largest donor.

Amnesty Agenda – Rupert Murdoch

The Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders united in making the economic case for streamlining, modernizing, and rationalizing our immigration system. And guess who sits on the board of this open-borders organization? None other than Rupert Murdoch! There is only one candidate in the GOP race who wants the borders closed and sovereignty of this country, and we know who that is…Mr. Trump! The PNEA was a prime lobbyist for one of the biggest open borders pushes in American history: Sen. Marco Rubio and the “Gang of Eight.”

The other co-chairs of the Partnership are Bill Marriott-Marriott Hotels, Bob Igor-CEO and President of Disney, Jim McNerney-CEO and President of Boeing, Julian Castro-former Mayor of San Antonio, Michael Bloomberg-former Mayor of NYC, Michael Nutter-former Mayor of Philadelphia, and Steve Ballmer-former CEO of Microsoft. What a lineup! All these people want amnesty and open borders…how lovely, and no wonder Fox hates Trump!

Greta Van Susteren Poll

Fox’s Greta Van Susteren polled her “Gretawire” viewers on Tuesday to see who would tune into the upcoming debate without Trump. The results, although unscientific, were overwhelming: 85.9 percent (14,209) of respondents said they would not watch the debate compared to 14.1 percent (2,333) who would.

Most of us knew it would be bad for Faux News, but this is even worse than I expected. Now Roger Ailes is trying to reach Trump’s wife, Melania, and his daughter, Ivanka, in an attempt to have them change Donald’s mind and come on the debate. And get this, O’Reilly begs Donald to come to the debate….


Having spent years in advertising, I certainly can imagine the advertisers complaining when they paid for 24 million viewers, and without Trump will only get 3 or 4 million! That is going to hurt!

The Experienced Businessman

Only a fool would walk into a deliberate ambush. Once again, Mr. Donald Trump demonstrates his superior intellect. Fox News outfoxed themselves by over scheming to entrap Trump, but he proved he knew what they were up to and outfoxed them all.

My cyber friend, Bud, had this to say:

“I disassociated myself from the GOP several years ago when I realized that they are no different from the socialist Democratic Party. I also stopped all association with Glenn beck when I realized that he had gone totally toes-up bonkers (maybe he always was!). In any case, I hope enough people realize the truth about what is happening to produce several important results:

1) do not watch the Faux News debate (destroy their ratings/hit them in the purse),
2) drop all support for Glenn Beck and The Blaze (also hit them in the purse, and
3) make Donald Trump the GOP candidate and the next POTUS!!

If we do not take control of the political process in the US and return our nation back to its founding principles, we are lost forever.”

Veteran Event

The veteran event was announced on Donald Trump’s site it was held the very night of the debate. Santorum and Huckabee also attended. (Huckabee even says Ted Cruz flip-flops on his positions all the time.) Most folks watched on CSpan. Here is the list of organizations who will receive benefits from


I couldn’t have said this better:

Trump and jerks

“Trump is raising a MEGA-Movement, a counter-revolution, by standing against the Globalist Elite that own both the Republican and Democrat Parties. They also own the Media who own all the Spin Doctors like Neo-Con Review’s gang of 22, Charles Krauthammer, and Megyn Kelly. He is standing against the establishment that controls the six corporations that own the TV and radio media, all of the major news papers, most of the small so-called independent papers, and the 99 percent of the publishing houses.

These are the people that also own and control the Federal Reserve and all the Western Central Banks that have held our economy hostage to their New World Order Agenda, robbed us of Constitutional Governance, and relegated our children and grandchildren to debt slavery in a quasi-Marxist Poverty State.

This ELECTION is between Donald Trump and the Globalist Criminals that control every aspect of our Government, every NGO that is pushing a Globalist agenda – from the Rockefeller Foundation, George Soros, UNESCO, USAID, and the Clinton Foundation. Simply put, this is the most important election in our life time” ….Robert Snowden

The Caucus starts Monday. Go Trump!



By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Not only are IRS executives above the law, so are executives in the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) business. A Chicago appeals judge has reversed The Department of Veterans’ Affairs demotion of one of two senior executives who allegedly misused their positions to rip off over $400,000 from American taxpayers. Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) senior executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves abused the authority of their positions to relocate to cushy jobs with the same salary and hefty relocation expenses. (1)
Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were demoted as a result of a VA inspector general report that found the VBA spent $1.8 million to relocate 23 executives in two years. Acting inspector general reported last September that “Rubens, the director of Veteran’s Benefits Administration’s Philadelphia Regional Office, and Graves, the director of the VBA’s St. Paul Regional Office, had “inappropriately used their positions of authority for personal and financial benefit.” The two zeroed in on the less demanding jobs of two subordinates, forced them out of their positions and then placed themselves in those jobs at higher pay. The two knew the VA would be more than happy to pay more than $400,000 for their relocations.
Congress is looking into the abuse by VBA executives to land easy jobs and perks as part of a general investigation of VA misconduct. The House Armed Services Committee subpoenaed Danny Pummill, acting undersecretary for benefits, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves. Mimicking corrupt IRS executives, Rubens and Graves asserted their Fifth Amendment rights under the Constitution to protect themselves against self-incrimination.
Instead of firing the two for unethical behavior they were demoted. The VA then botched the demotion process by not providing the accused with all of the documents. The demotion was the first attempt but it had to be rescinded, Rubens and Graves kept their salary. In an effort to avoid the wrath of Congress VA oversight director Ryan Hedgepeth announced that the agency promises to reinstate the demotions after repairing a paperwork SNAFU that allowed the administrative judge to reverse the Administration’s demotions. Lawmakers and veteran’s advocates had been critical of the VA for not firing the women from the start and charged that the agency’s inability to handle the demotions further demonstrated a need for accountability reform. (1)
The Administration then demoted the two for a second time. “Graves and Rubens were demoted in November and reassigned to new posts as deputy directors in different cities at lower pay”
Didn’t last long
This week an administrative judge reversed the demotion of Kim Graves, director of the St. Paul, Minnesota regional benefits office. Diana Rubens is waiting on her fate. In both cases, the women were brought up on charges less severe than those recommended in the initial VA Inspector General’s report. There is the possibility they may face criminal prosecution, but probably not. The VA, like the IRS, has a policy of “No accountability.”
So what’s the real story?
According to a report published by, there is far more going on “behind the scenes” than is likely to be discussed in the national media. Editor in Chief Glenn MacDonald writes:
“Observers want to know if Rubens will take her reputed live-in lover Kimberly Beale with her. Those in the know say Rubens and Beale have been an item ever since they met at the infamous Phoenix V.A. There, Beale was a lowly GS-7, but documents show the younger woman soon leapfrogged over others and ended up a GS-15 only eight years later.”
And why should the fact that the pair are lesbians have any bearing on the case? MilitaryCorruption provides the answer: “What once would have been the kiss of death to a federal career, now is about the most iron-clad “insurance policy” against dismissal one could have.”
After all, remember whose Department of Justice will be charging the two with wrongdoing!

Obama to visit mosque for first time as president

Obama to Make First Visit to US Mosque

President Barack Obama will make his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque next week in a defense of religious freedom, the White House said, following a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

Obama will visit on Wednesday the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he will hold a roundtable with the community and deliver remarks, a White House official said on Saturday.
At the mosque, the president will “reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values – welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference, and protecting our nation’s tradition of religious freedom,” the official said.
He has visited mosques outside the United States on his trips abroad.
Obama, a Democrat in his last year as president, has appealed to Americans to reject anti-Muslim comments by politicians, most notably Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Trump, who is leading the Republican field in opinion polls, called for a ban on Muslim visitors to the United States after a Muslim couple inspired by Islamist militants killed 14 people in a shooting in San Bernardino, California, in early December.
According to a Gallup poll in December, Americans are now more likely to name terrorism as the top issue facing the United States than any other issue.

Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

Comment: The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy.” SAY WHAT?!?

Jan. 30, 2016 11:33PM

Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). In this Jan. 29, 2016 photo, Terry Work stands outside a store that accepts food stamps in Bon Aqua, Tenn. Work's 27-year-old deaf son recently was denied disability payments, meaning he is considered able-bodied.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). In this Jan. 29, 2016 photo, Terry Work stands outside a store that accepts food stamps in Bon Aqua, Tenn. Work’s 27-year-old deaf son recently was denied disability payments, meaning he is considered able-bodied.

(AP Photo/David A. Lieb). In this Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Joe Heflin, left, of Jefferson City, loads free groceries into the backseat of his car with the help from a volunteer at the Samaritan Center food pantry in Jefferson City, Mo. Heflin, 33, also re...
(AP Photo/David A. Lieb). In this Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Joe Heflin, 33, of Jefferson City, loads free groceries into the backseat of his car with the help from a volunteer at the Samaritan Center food pantry in Jefferson City, MO.

Associated PressJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.
The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy – specifically, falling unemployment. But it is raising concerns among the poor, social service providers and food pantry workers, who fear an influx of hungry people.
Recent experience in other states indicates that most of those affected will probably not meet the work requirements and will be cut off from food stamps.
For many people, “it means less food, less adequate nutrition. And over the span of time, that can certainly have an impact on health – and the health care system,” said Dave Krepcho, president and chief executive of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Advocates say some adults trying to find work face a host of obstacles, including criminal records, disabilities or lack of a driver’s license.
The work-for-food requirements were first enacted under the 1996 welfare reform law signed by President Bill Clinton and sponsored by then-Rep. John Kasich, who is now Ohio’s governor and a Republican candidate for president.
The provision applies to able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49 who have no children or other dependents in their home. It requires them to work, volunteer or attend education or job-training courses at least 80 hours a month to receive food aid. If they don’t, their benefits are cut off after three months.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture can waive those work rules, either for entire states or certain counties and communities, when unemployment is high and jobs are scarce. Nearly every state was granted a waiver during the recession that began in 2008. But statewide waivers ended this month in at least 21 states, the largest group since the recession.
An Associated Press analysis of food aid figures shows that nearly 1.1 million adults stand to lose their benefits in those 21 states if they do not get a job or an exemption. That includes about 300,000 in Florida, 150,000 in Tennessee and 110,000 in North Carolina. The three states account for such a big share because they did not seek any further waivers for local communities.
In Tennessee, Terry Work said her 27-year-old deaf son recently was denied disability payments, meaning he is considered able-bodied. And that means he stands to lose his food stamps, even though she said her son has trouble keeping a job because of his deafness.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of people in the county hurt by this,” said Work, founder of Helping Hands of Hickman County, a social service agency in a community about an hour west of Nashville.
Nationwide, some 4.7 million food stamp recipients are deemed able-bodied adults without dependents, according to USDA. Only 1 in 4 has any income from a job. They receive an average of $164 a month from the program.
In states that already have implemented the work requirements, many recipients have ended up losing their benefits.
Wisconsin began phasing in work requirements last spring. Of the 22,500 able-bodied adults who became subject to the change between April and June, two-thirds were dropped from the rolls three months later for failing to meet the requirements.
Some states could have applied for partial waivers but chose not to do so.
North Carolina’s Republican-led government enacted a law last fall accelerating implementation of the work requirements and barring the state from seeking waivers unless there is a natural disaster. State Sen. Ralph Hise said the state was doing a disservice to the unemployed by providing them long-term food aid.
“People are developing gaps on their resumes, and it’s actually making it harder for individuals to ultimately find employment,” said Hise, a Republican who represents a rural part of western North Carolina.
In Missouri, the GOP-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to enact a law barring the state from waiving work requirements until at least 2019. The three-month clock started ticking Jan. 1 for 60,000 people in Missouri, where unemployment is down to just 4.4 percent.
“We were seeing a lot of people who were receiving food stamps who weren’t even trying to get a job,” said the law’s sponsor, Sen. David Sater, a Republican whose Missouri district includes the tourist destination of Branson. “I know in my area you can find a temporary job for 20 hours (a week) fairly easily. It just didn’t seem right to me to have somebody doing nothing and receiving food stamps.”
Others say it’s not that simple to find work, even with an improving economy.
Joe Heflin, 33, of Jefferson City, said he has been receiving food stamps for more than five years, since an injury ended his steady job as an iron worker and led to mental illness during his recovery. He said he gets nearly $200 a month in food stamps and has no other income. Heflin was recently notified that his food stamps could end if he doesn’t get a job or a disability exemption.
“I think it’s a crummy deal,” Heflin said while waiting in line at a food pantry. “I think they ought to look into individuals more, or at least hear them out. … I depend on it, you know, to eat.”
Policymakers often “don’t realize a lot of the struggles those individuals are dealing with,” said Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Some are dealing with trauma from military service or exposure to violence and abuse, Chilton said. Others have recently gotten out of prison, making employers hesitant to hire them. Some adults who are considered able-bodied nonetheless have physical or mental problems.
A study of 4,145 food stamp recipients in Franklin County, Ohio, who became subject to work requirements between December 2013 and February 2015 found that more than 30 percent said they had physical or mental limitations that affected their ability to work. A similar percentage had no high school diploma or equivalency degree. And 61 percent lacked a driver’s license.
“There should have been more thought on how we look at employment and not thinking that people are sitting there, getting food stamps because they are lazy and don’t want to work,” said Octavia Rainey, a community activist in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Some states have programs to help food stamp recipients improve their job skills. Elsewhere, it’s up to individuals to find programs run by nonprofit groups or by other state agencies. Sometimes, that can be daunting.
Rainey said people who received letters informing them they could lose their food stamps sometimes were placed on hold when they called for more information – a problem for those using prepaid calling cards. And in Florida, food aid recipients received letters directing them to a state website for information.
“A lot of these folks, they don’t have computers, they don’t have broadband access,” said Krepcho, the Central Florida food bank executive. “That’s ripe for people falling off the rolls.”
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