Wednesday, November 30, 2011
So it's time to say thanks. I just cashed a $25 gift certificate from you, my readers, and particularly Greg, who bought the Nautilus E514 Elliptical Trainer on a half price sale.
Ever since I moved to the inner city one thing has puzzled me more than any other, and that is how my low-income neighbors get by. Assuming they aren't doing anything illegal, how do they afford their homes, their meals, their gadgets, their cars?None of them seemed to work. But even when you take TANF, WIC, Medicare, and food stamps, and tie them up in a neat little bundle, it still isn't enough.
Then a social worker friend clued me in. Many of the poor also collect federal disability benefits in the form of Supplemental Security Insurance, or "crazy money" as it is known on the streets, since one must "act crazy" to receive it. Oftentimes several people in the same household -- adults and children -- collect checks. This surprised me, since I had never for a moment guessed that my neighbors were disabled.Welcome to the latest installment of what John Derbyshire calls The Slavery Tax.
If Republicans win a majority in the House and Senate, they could use the provisions of the revived Gramm-Rudman Act to replace or modify the 2013 sequester with entitlement reforms or other changes in discretionary spending. Their plan could not be filibustered and would pass with a simple majority vote. The savings achieved would be in effect for only one year.Something tells me Obama was never in the chess club.
The resulting empowerment of a new Republican Congress and president would be profound. Rather than having to first adopt a budget, delaying real action until the summer or fall of 2013, a new Republican Congress could de-fund ObamaCare immediately and begin to reform entitlements for a year during which they could adopt a budget and use reconciliation to make these and other reforms permanent with a simple majority vote.
In his effort to put off the difficult decisions of governing until after the election, President Obama has made it possible for a new Republican Congress and a new Republican president, not tied to the mistakes of the past, to begin the repeal of ObamaCare and restore fiscal sanity the moment the new president's hand comes off the Bible on Jan. 20, 2013.
Mr. Dinnison belongs to a class of nouveau riche rising in remote and mineral-rich parts of the world, such as Western Australia state, where mining companies are investing heavily to develop and expand iron-ore mines. Demand for those willing to work 12-hour days in sometimes dangerous conditions, while living for weeks in small dusty towns, is huge.Twelve-hour days, dangerous conditions, dusty small towns. Sounds vaguely familiar. Oregon had such people when I was young. We called them loggers.
For almost two centuries, Canada was the greatest threat to England's American colonies and the young United States. The main theater in this contest was what Indians called "the Great Warpath," the 200-mile route of water and woodland paths that connected Albany and Montreal—and, by extension, New York and Quebec cities. It was here that Americans faced threats, conceived doctrines, and demonstrated martial qualities that we recognize today.Veterans Day is a fine day to learn a little military history.
Western Communications, the parent company of The Bulletin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Portland on Tuesday, citing difficulty renegotiating $18 million in loans with Bank of....Yeah, right.
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