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  • just a conservative girl 4:27 PM on 09/24/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Charlie Rangel Edition 

    Anyone that’s familiar with the Bible, anything like that…When Jesus said that you’re going straight to Hell if you didn’t treat the lesser of his brothers and sisters…and what did he say? He said he was hungry, that you didn’t give him food stamps, he was thirsty, that you didn’t purify the water, that he was naked, and you didn’t give him Social Security

    Can you imagine if 60 million Catholics became missionaries just for the poor, the sick and the uninsured?

    Oh my.

    Well if 60 million Catholics went out and became missionaries we wouldn’t need food stamps and welfare.  I am actually all for that, so in this case I sort of agree with him.  People should be doing these things.  I do as much as I can.  Do you?

    I leave the hypocrisy of him taking rent controlled apartments for his office space out of this.  Too bad Ed Schultz didn’t bring that up during their talk; liberal logic as I guess.

     
    • mike 9:33 PM on 09/24/2013 Permalink | Reply

      The Rangel BS is well-honed from decades of servicing the hungry, the thirsty and the naked. Check his tax returns. His charitable deductions must swamp the tiny bit of taxes he failed to pay over 19 years on that little hideaway for the naked in the Dominican Republic.

  • just a conservative girl 8:55 PM on 12/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Nicholas Kristof Edition 

    This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.

    Some young people here don’t join the military (a traditional escape route for poor, rural Americans) because it’s easier to rely on food stamps and disability payments.

    Antipoverty programs also discourage marriage: In a means-tested program like S.S.I., a woman raising a child may receive a bigger check if she refrains from marrying that hard-working guy she likes. Yet marriage is one of the best forces to blunt poverty. In married couple households only one child in 10 grows up in poverty, while almost half do in single-mother households.

    This goes hand and hand with a piece I did on drugging your children for money.

    Read entire article here.

     
    • Don 5:26 AM on 12/10/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking as a disabled person who has, at different times in my life had to rely on those social safety net programs. Believe me when I tell you that there is absolutely zero thought given to how to get a person OFF the assistance from the government, no matter what form it may be.

      For example, after I receive my heart transplant (assuming I get a donor heart BEFORE Obamacare kicks in), there will be no “bridge” program for me to get off of Social Security Disability and/or Medicare. When I fully recuperate and begin to work again, utilizing my degree in Psychology, I will understandably no longer receive SSDI. However, I will also not receive Medicare and will have no coverage until my private insurance kicks in. (Again, so much of this depends on Obamacare – will private insurance exist?, will I get health insurance with the benefits in whatever job I resume?, etc…)

      So I will have to find a way to pay for my meds, and medical needs – and believe me, I will ALWAYS have medical bills after being a heart transplant recipient – while I am in that limbo between the nanny state and self sufficiency.

      As I said, there is no thought given to how best to help folks wean their selves off of the government assistance programs.

      • just a conservative girl 8:45 AM on 12/10/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Exactly. That is the biggest problem with them. In far too many cases they hurt more than help. We need to start pro-rating many of the benefits. It will allow people to work themselves out of the program without the fear of them losing everything. That is one of the major problems with people finding better paying positions. Yes they will make a little more money, but it won’t be enough to survive without the benefits, so of course they don’t take the better job. It is common sense that they are not going to take a job that will put them in position of being homeless. There is no transition period in these programs.

  • just a conservative girl 10:28 AM on 12/06/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Paul Ryan Edition Part 4 

     “Just last year, total federal and state spending on means-tested programs came to over one trillion dollars. What does that mean in practical terms? For that amount of money, you could give every single poor American a check for $20,000 – every man, woman and child.”

    Congressman Ryan talking about the amount of money we spend as a country on welfare related programs for the poor.  Please don’t tell me that we are helping these people with these programs.  A single mother of three would get $80,000.  That would put her and her family in the position to be self-reliant immediately.

    Our “welfare” program is not only a joke, but it is beyond a doubt harmful to the people who are on it as well as to the people who are not and are paying ever-increasing taxes to pay for this monstrosity.

     
  • just a conservative girl 1:47 PM on 07/20/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Slippery Slope of Liberalism Part 5 

    I have been kind of taking the easy way with my blogging of late, posting quotes and videos.  So I have been saving up my commentary.  So here it is.

    I came across this article  the other day.  The federal government is actually paying people to drug their children.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Apparently there is a program that many are more than likely unfamiliar with that gives low-income families money to help care for disabled children.  Wonderful right?  Not so much when you consider how far to the extreme this program has been taken.

    It started out with what was probably very good intentions, as many government programs do.  Low income families that are caring for children with disabilities such as Cerebal Palsy and Down’s Syndrome don’t always have extra money that these children sometimes need.  Especially in the case of CP, where you will be taking your ill child to the doctors at a more regular clip than with a child without this illness.  CP is fatal and requires a great deal more medical care.  Children with Down’s in some cases will also sometimes need additional care.  Child care sometimes can be more difficult to find and more expensive, not all public schools have the ability to care for these children and private schools are the only option.  Most people with Down’s are perfectly capable of being mainstreamed, but some are not.  There is a Social Security Insurance program that will offer families some financial aid to help offset some of these costs.  I personally have no problem with that.  These children need care and not all of these kids are born into families that can afford that care.  These are the types of government programs that I can get behind.  That is until they start being abused.

    Which is exactly what has happened with this program.  We now are seeing families going out of their way to find “disabilities” to attach to their child.  Not only are they doing that, they are also upping the chances of receiving the money by getting their children on medications.  There are rises in families that are applying for children with ADHD especially.

    Now, I don’t fall into the category of people who say that children should never be medicated for ADHD.  Some do need it.  I have no doubts about that and will make that argument to anyone who disagrees.  What I do have a problem with is the haphazard way we have gone about getting the proper diagnosis and the knee-jerk reaction we have to put the child on a ritalin like med.  There was a study that concluded that as many as 1 million children are misdiagnosed with ADHD and given stimulants:

    “Many ADHD diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a kindergarten classroom, but these ‘symptoms’ may merely reflect emotional or intellectual immaturity among the youngest students.”

    Apparently the cut off dates of when children are allowed to enter kindergarten have something to do with the diagnosis the study has found.  The younger the child is compared to other children in the class the more likely they are to be labeled as ADHD.  The family then can turn around and call their child disabled and get the money that is being offered in this program.

    Eventually she did, putting in applications for her two older sons. Neither was on medications; both were rejected. Then last year, school officials persuaded her to let her 10-year-old try a drug for his impulsiveness. Within weeks, his SSI application was approved.

    “To get the check,’’ Fielding, 34, has concluded with regret, “you’ve got to medicate the child.’

    Oh, but this gets worse.  The payments become so attractive to some families that keeping your child labeled as disabled becomes the priority.

    And once a family gets on SSI, it can be very hard to let go. The attraction of up to $700 a month in payments, and the near-automatic Medicaid coverage that comes with SSI approval, leads some families to count on a child’s remaining classified as disabled, even as his or her condition may be improving. It also leads many teenage beneficiaries to avoid steps — like taking a job — that might jeopardize the disability check.

    One nurse practitioner in a large urban clinic who asked to be unnamed because she is not authorized to speak about her patients said she recently faced the wrath of a parent whose 4-year-old child’s SSI benefits, granted at birth due to prematurity, were cut off because the child was much better now. The nurse said she had candidly filled out the SSI form about the child, saying the boy had caught up with his peers and had only “minimal deficits.’’ The mother was livid, shouting at her, “Don’t you think this child’s disabled?’’

    “They get angry with us,’’ the nurse practitioner said.

    One diagnosis she believes is seriously overused is “the whole vague developmental delay’’ category for young children, often preschoolers who are behaving badly at home or in day care for undetermined reasons. She said clinicians often attribute such behavior to developmental delay, especially if they are sympathetic to that family’s needs for SSI payments.

    It is very difficult when you have financial problems.  They can become overwhelming and sometimes people come to believe that there is no way out of them.  I get that.  I have sympathy for people who find themselves in these situations.  But to put your young child on drugs is not the answer.

    A new trend in the psychology field is give children as young as 3 a lifelong diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.  Of course once this diagnosis is in place, they have a life filled with medications; very strong medications.  The increase in the numbers of children who are diagnosed with this is simply stunning:

    I have been a child psychiatrist for nearly five decades and have seen diagnostic fads come and go. But I have never witnessed anything like the tidal wave of unwarranted enthusiasm for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children that now engulfs the public and the profession. Before 1995, bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depressive illness, was rarely diagnosed in children; today nearly one-third of all children and adolescents discharged from child psychiatric hospitals are diagnosed with the disorder and medicated accordingly. The rise of outpatient office visits for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder increased 40-fold from 20,000 in 1994–95 to 800,000 in 2002–03. A Harvard child-psychiatry group led by Dr. Joseph Biederman, a prominent supporter of the diagnosis, recently insisted, “Juvenile bipolar disorder is a serious illness that is estimated to affect approximately 1 percent to 4 percent of children.”

    The more serious the illness, the higher the likelihood of your application being accepted becomes.

    As I said, there are children out there who do need to medicated for a period of time.  But this very well-intentioned program has turned poor parents into drug dealers for their children in order to get money.  Instead of helping these parents find their way out of poverty, we have labeled their children as disabled and mentally ill.  Sadly, some of those labels will stick with these children for life.  Big government at its finest.

     
    • Gail Meek 10:17 PM on 07/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I truly agree with you. I have seen it myself. They are using money that could be helping those families who so desperately need it to take care of children with the serious disabilities you mentioned. In our Juvenile Court, we had a mother who was deliberately overfeeding her child to make him obese and have high blood pressure. He was huge for his age and size and on SSI. She was angling for permanent disability. She was finally found out when she advised one of her relatives to do the same and the relative turned her in. That was child abuse. The little guy was miserable and ashamed of the way he looked. He ended up being taken from her for a period of time, not sure if he was returned, I lost touch with the case. Any time a child is acting up, having a hard time in school or life, we are too quick to look for a “diagnosis” and way too easy to chock it up to “something they can’t help”. Sometimes it might be, but I’m not convinced it is the problem most of the time.

  • just a conservative girl 1:51 PM on 07/10/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Rahm Emanuel Edition 

    “We`ve got two gang bangers, one standing next to a kid. Get away from that kid. Take yourself to the alley, don`t touch the children of the city of Chicago, don`t get near them. And it is about values. As I said then, Scott, who raised you? Where were you raised? And I don`t buy this case where people say they don`t have values. They do have values. They have the wrong values. Don`t come near the kids. Don’t touch them.”

    Mayor Emanuel answering a reporter on the fact that more people die in Chicago than in Afghanistan.

    A frightening stat isn’t it?  For the second time I agree with the mayor.  They have the wrong values.  But what are the causes of these wrong values?  Of course we will never know for sure, but I would venture to say it has something to do with how government behaves.

    Most of the gang violence in Chicago is by blacks.  So this is being said based only that fact.  I would like to know how many of these gang members have been raised in single families.  I would venture to say that the vast majority of them have been.  From what I have read from many gang members who are jailed or have been rehabilitated themselves, they have said that much of the allure of the gang life is a feeling of family and acceptance.  Why do they need a feeling of family?  One of the very worst things that the welfare system has done is make the black man virtually irrelevant.  Being a single mom is what gives you the best benefits, so sadly many have fallen into that trap.

    We have children being raised by single moms who are living around the poverty line.  They sometimes need to work long hours, or in some cases have substance abuse problems themselves.   They are most likely not well-educated and then we ask why they are raising children that have the wrong values.  We then add the fact that many of these young men have few to any positive male role models in their lives.  Fathers are pretty scarce in poverty-stricken areas.  A very sad state of affairs.

    This is part of the price we pay when we dependent on government to solve our problems.  The welfare entitlement programs are killing the black family and black men most especially.  We, as a society, need to wake up and realize that children growing up in single family homes and depending on government entitlements is a recipe for disaster, one that we see coming to fruition in the streets of Chicago.

     
    • Michelle 10:06 AM on 07/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love his outrage and shock over who raised these thugs. The same brain dead people who continue to vote for democrats and are a continual drain on all aspects of society, schools, health care and every aspect of our country’s finances. These people also get a total pass on the Obamacare tax but the working middle class who don’t have insurance are “free riders”. I want to scream when I hear the Democrats when they say the “free riders” overrun the emergency rooms and cost us more money. If you have an income, the hospitals will pursue you until you are dead to pay those bills. The welfare folks and illegals, not so much.

      • signpainterguy 3:28 PM on 07/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

        It has been my experience that clinics and hospitals will accept weekly / monthly payments and as long as you keep up those payments, they have no problem with you, nor should anyone else !

        It`s fascinating how hospitals and clinics love knowing they`re getting CASH on a predictable schedule, even in smallish amounts !

  • just a conservative girl 2:43 PM on 05/04/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Octomom broke and nearing a porn deal to make ends meet 

    The very sad saga of Octomom continues.  She has filed for bankruptcy which shows she is about $1 million in the hole and her house is scheduled to be auctioned off on Monday.  She and her 14 children are living off welfare, food stamps, and credit.  That still isn’t enough to pay the bills for 14 children even though she received money for posing topless several months back.

    She is considering porn as a way to make ends meet.  Although, she is asking that it be a one woman show.  How exactly that will be all that exciting I am not sure.  The problem is that Octomom expected to gain fame and fortune from having 8 babies at once.  It didn’t seem to occur to her that already having six and adding eight more constituted a great deal of work, especially on a single parent such as herself.

    She has brought into the world, by artificial means 14 children without any idea of how to care for them, let alone how to support them.  The very sad part is that it puts the state in a very difficult situation.  The states do everything that they possibly can in order to keep families together, even when they end up in the foster care system.  It will be next to impossible for California to find one home for all of these children.  So these kids are likely to be separated at some point; and I would venture to say it won’t be in the all that distance future.

    At this point she just looking to make some money off these children:

    “She is not interested in having any filming or doing any interviews of any sort, especially entering her home and filming her kids for no compensation,”

    She seems to more than willing to pimp these poor children in front of the cameras as a way to make money and keep up the illusion that she is not completely government dependent for her every need.  She used welfare money to pay for her in-vitro babies expecting that would be her way off of welfare. People wonder why conservatives say that welfare is trap.  Sadly, this time it has ensnared 14 innocent children who had no say in all the bad choices made by their OctoMom.

     
    • SignPainterGuy 4:30 PM on 05/04/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Has this woman EVER made a good decision ?

      Yeah, the saddest part in the story is the bleak future for all those kids. I`m having trouble feeling much sorrow or pity for the mother. (I said “mother” because “Mom” implies personal sacrifice and loving it for the benefit and raising of her children – much in the same sense, there are fathers … and there are Dads)

    • Don 3:38 AM on 05/05/2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is a travesty. She is a prime example of the “me” culture that Statism breeds.

      One would think that some cable network like Bravo, et al would make a reality show around her.

      • just a conservative girl 8:16 AM on 05/05/2012 Permalink | Reply

        They were going to until they found out she used welfare money for the in-vitro. After all that came out all her offers dried up. Which by the way, is what she was counting on. She thought those babies were going to make her rich. Tragic for those kids.

  • just a conservative girl 3:00 PM on 03/17/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote(s) of the Day – Welfare Recipient Edition 

    • “I’m here trying to get some Obama bucks. That‘s what I’m doing, trying to get some Obama money.”
    • “I want a check.”
    • “Tell me why you like Obama.” — “Because he gives me stuff.”
    • “Who you going to vote for?” — “Obama.” — “Why?” — “Because he’s black.”
    • “When was the last time you actually worked?” — “About half a decade”
    • “You’re a perfectly healthy young man, why aren’t you working right now?” — “My background. Once you go to jail it’s hard to get a job.”
    • “Why should my tax dollars be going to you?” — “My ancestors came here to help build this place — my ancestors, slaves.”
    • “Do you really want to work, or do you just want to get a free check?” — “I just want to get a free check.”

    Quotes from welfare recipients in New York City given to none other Alexandria Pelosi.  Yes, that Pelosi, Nanny’s daughter.  Maybe now Ms. Pelosi, you can sit down with your mother and make her see how dangerous the policies that she has pushed on the American people really are.

    I don’t bash all people on welfare.  Some are down and out, some are too ill to work, some truly are just using this as helping hand while they are out of work.  But far too many have made this a way of life, then look at themselves as victims.  The welfare system is broken.  We are not helping people, we are creating an environment of entitlement that is getting harder and harder to break.

    Another sick thing is that she was advised not to run this clip on television by people at HBO.  Heaven forbid we tell people the truth.  Any wonder why I don’t get HBO anymore?

    H/T to The Blaze

     
    • Don 7:51 PM on 03/17/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sadly I don’t think Nancy “Stretch” Pelosi (one more face lift and her eyes may just pop right on out..) cares one whit how many folks abuse the dependency system in the US. She knows that the vast preponderance of those folks will “repay” her and the Democrat Party with votes.

      • just a conservative girl 12:12 PM on 03/19/2012 Permalink | Reply

        I still hold out hope that some will see that they have been enslaved by the democratic party instead of helped.

    • sweetopiagirl 12:08 PM on 03/18/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

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