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  • just a conservative girl 12:25 PM on 05/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Conservatism Whoopi Goldberg 

    Not that she realizes she did this, but Ms. Goldberg made the conservative talking point about the welfare system during a discussion with Dr. Ben Carson on The View yesterday.  

    “As a former welfare mother, very few people want to be on welfare. Very few want to walk with their kids and take food stamps. Most people would rather work. I don’t feel bad about being a welfare mother because I contribute as an American – that’s what we do. And because the welfare system is so bizarre, you can’t work, they don’t allow you to work because they take the money from you. So if we fix the system so that it doesn’t hurt the people, maybe it’ll get better.”

    How long have conservatives been saying this?  For decades that is how long.  Now I will concede the point that some on the right disparage people who take from entitlement programs.  I am not among them.  I go after the system, not the people themselves.  The system is broken.  It isn’t designed to help people.  It entraps them therefore keeping them in poverty.  

    As long as the system stays the way it is currently set up we will continue to have the same problems plaguing it.  For instance the food stamps program is currently set up so that if you make even one dollar above the max amount you lose everything.  That tells people that taking a better job that pays $100 more per month is actually going to cost you everything you get in food stamps.  If your food bill is over that amount, which the prices of groceries today being what they are, you can’t afford to buy food.  

    The only true answer to help people find their way off entitlement programs is to pro-rate the benefits.  This way a person who can slowly move their way up the ladder in the workforce isn’t afraid of taking that better paying position. Today they are.  

    On this Whoopi and I agree.  The problem is most liberals say you are dissing the poor when you talk about these things.  You are trying to starve poor children.  You hate minorities.  Or whatever other insult they will hurl at you that particular day.  I am not against all entitlement programs.  I think safety nets are necessary when people hit hard times.  What I don’t like is a system that doesn’t give you a way out once you hit those hard times.  

    I believe that people should be able to find better jobs without the fear of homelessness or lack of food.  But the current system isn’t designed to do that.  

    I doubt that Ms. Goldberg realizes that she has a conservative view-point on the welfare system, but she does.  Welcome to the right Whoopi.   I know you don’t think you belong here, but your view-point is more conservative than you think.  

    • jonolan 4:22 AM on 05/23/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sadly, what was true, in many cases at least, for Whoopi’s generation isn’t true anymore. The modern welfare mamma doesn’t feel bad about being on welfare. She feels, instead, entitled to it and far more.

      How could she feel otherwise? The Liberals have spent decades forcing the removal of stigma and shame from being on welfare, describing it and all other largess as the recipients right and due.

  • just a conservative girl 10:49 AM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    About Cliven Bundy’s View on Welfare 

    I have always felt there is a danger into turning a person you have never met into a folk hero.  Cliven Bundy being exhibit A of that belief.  To start this off, I want to say very clearly that the government overreach and the excessive use of force used by the BLM should be the main issue and anyone with a brain should be scared that our government is willing to do such a thing to a private citizen for a measly million dollars.  In terms of our government spending a million dollars in fees is nothing in the grand scheme of things.  That said, that doesn’t make Mr. Bundy a hero.  He is standing by what he believes is right.  Which is something that every person should do.

    Instead of having a knee jerk reaction to the story that was unfolding in Nevada, we should have taken a step back and talked about the government overreach instead of the personalities involved.  For all we know Mr. Bundy is a serial killer who has bodies buried all over his ranch.  We don’t know.  We have no way of knowing because the man is a virtual stranger.

    Now, I do believe that somewhere along the line people knew that Bundy was a good person to go after because of his views and personality he could easily be discredited.  The fact is that Bundy has no idea how to talk to the gotcha media.  There is no reason in the world for him to be talking about welfare, it has nothing to do with the issues at hand.  The only thing we should be hearing about is grazing fees, grazing rights, and the land that is owned by the federal government.  A very excessive amount out in the western part of the country.  What are they doing with all that land?  Is it constitutional for them to own that much?  Do the states involved want to take the land back and the federal government refusing to cede the land to them.  Those are real questions that all Americans should have answered.  Instead we are now talking about cotton picking, “negroes”, and welfare recipients.

    I have always felt that slavery and Nazi comparisons are ludicrous.  We cannot compare the poverty we have in this country today to what happened during slavery or what happened to the Jews during World War II under Hitler.

    His comments:

    “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

    “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

    Yes, I am offended by these comments.  This shows a complete and utter lack of historical knowledge of what slavery was.  Does he believe that the “negro” should be whipped into submission as often happened during slavery?  Should the women be raped as again often happened during times of slavery?

    What about the large number of whites and Hispanics that collect welfare?  Should they learn how to pick cotton too?  After all aren’t they having less freedom as well?

    As expected the people on the left exploded and started calling him the word raaaaacist.  Now, these statements alone don’t mean that Bundy is a racist.  A racist is a person who thinks that they are inherently better than others due to skin color.  Stereotyping isn’t a racist make, it may be stupid and ignorant, but not racist.  Most people are guilty of stereotyping.  Lets take a look at this comment:

    “As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit…It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”

    This is from an article that appeared in the Chicago Sun Times written about the black republican candidate for Governor.  This article was retweeted by Gov. Quinn, not just once, but several times, out to his twitter followers.  Does he approve of that statement?  Apparently not after some Jewish groups complained, his twitter account deleted the retweets.  Erasing away the evidence, or attempting to in any event.  Apparently he approves of the notion that black people can only think in one way or they are a traitor to their race.  It isn’t possible that a person who happens to be black believes in small and limited government.  Nope, not even one across this country.  They are only about the profit motive or possibly some Sambo who is trying to make nice with white republicans so they will like them.  It has never been explained why they would care if white republicans liked them or not if they truly believed that the only way to solve the problems of the black community is more government intervention.  After all it has worked so well in places like Detroit and the south side of Chicago.  But that matters none.  Traitors one and all, there are no other options for the black man.

    We are bombarded in this country by politicians and political pundits with comparisons to Nazi’s and slavery.  The Nazi’s murdered six million people by putting them into gas chambers and ovens.  There is nothing even remotely close to that happening in this country.  Slavery was inhumane and brutal.  It treated a group of people as nothing more than a piece of property to be done with as the “owner” pleased with zero regard to their humanity.  They were somehow less than human and as such could be whipped, beaten, and raped at the whim of the slave owner and his employees.  There is nothing about our welfare system that compares to that.

    Make no mistake, I am no fan of the  welfare system as it is currently set up.  I do believe as Bundy does that it can foster dependency and create more problems than it solves.  But, that isn’t slavery.  Slaves had no options.  Slaves couldn’t find a better job, get more education, go to trade school to better themselves.  Welfare recipients can do these things.  We can save the argument if they do them for another time, but the reality is that the options are there if they are willing to take advantage of them.

    I think it is well past time that both sides of the political aisle stop with the slavery and Nazi comparisons.  They are over the top, unwarranted, and simply a way to garner an emotional reaction that stops critical thinking on very important issues.  It stops speech.  That is what these comparisons are designed to do, regardless of your motivation behind them.

    My advice to Mr. Bundy is to stop talking to the media until he hires a seasoned PR person who knows how to handle the gotcha media.  He is in no way equipped to handle this on his own.

    Sadly all people now are going to remember is the label of racist.  All the good he did to bring the attention to the important issue of federal land holdings has been all but washed away.  Exactly what The New York Times had in mind.

    It is also time that people stop calling a perfect stranger a hero until you know a little something about their character.  Both extremes of the political aisle are far too willing to make a perfect stranger into the poster boy/girl for a cause they care about.  It has backfired over and over again as history shows.  We would all be better off to take a step back, look at the facts, research things on our own, and not have a knee jerk emotional reaction about a person who will eventually have human failings, because we all do.

    Stick to the issues and don’t get sidetracked.  Bundy has done exactly that and what ends up being lost are the issues of excessive government force, land ownership, and the rights of the states.  Now we all lose.  Now we, as a nation, won’t ask the critical question of why the feds thought it was necessary to send in helicopters and snipers over a financial dispute that could have been handled through a lien on his property.  If they believe that they are right in their fees, it could have been handled in a more civilized manner.  It could have been, but it wasn’t.  Now the why of that will likely never get answered.

    Mr. Bundy keep your opinions about welfare to yourself.  No one cares about them, unless they are trying to discredit you and labeled you a racist.  You are entitled to your opinion, but that doesn’t mean you need to share it with the world.

    • 1wanderingtruthseeker 11:12 AM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      African’s sold their own people to each other in Africa. White People did not invent slavery. Slavery has been going on since the beginning of time. Read your Bible. The slavery you are talking about happened more than 150 years ago. GET OVER IT. I have done nothing to black people. Nothing. And none of my ancestors did either. We were just as poor as the slaves. Bundy is a hero and just because he used the term Negro does not diminish him one bit. I agree, this should make every American mad at their government for stealing this land called ours. Not the government, ours. The news people are lying and spreading and making this about racism. It never fails. If nothing else works scream, IT’S RACIST!!! The government and Obama are trying their best to destroy this country. Obama and this country is invading every country that has a Muslim tie in. Stirring the racial melting pot until it is now ready to explode all over the kitchen.

      • just a conservative girl 12:24 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        And all of that has gotten lost when he said they were better off picking cotton. That is the tragedy of it.

        • 1wanderingtruthseeker 2:37 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

          It’s a tragedy to say that outloud and be punished for it. This is insane. If all that listen to the entirety of it and still say he is racist then I throw my hands up. The democratic government is telling blacks that they are not smart enough to take care of themselves, house themselves or feed themselves, then who is it really that want to keep Negroes on the Plantation? Negro is Spanish for black.

          • just a conservative girl 9:06 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

            I never said that I think he racist. But that doesn’t make it less historically ignorant. Under no circumstances is being on welfare better than being a slave. The word negro is least of the issues of what he said.

            But again, this is about people turning personalities into folk heroes before they know who they are dealing with. Stick with the issues and then the personality of the person won’t matter.

            • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:40 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              The issues being the Federal Government is trying to destroy Cliven Bundy. I don’t care if he didn’t like negroes, chinesee, Mexican or root beer, the Federal Government can’t just take his land, property, and livihood just because they say they can. Welfare is demoralizing. It is also infuriates people that work for a living to pay for those same negroes to sit on the porch and do nothing but screwing, dealing,collecting welfare and AID FOR DEPENDANT CHILDREN. It is what it is. deal with it.

          • sue 9:14 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

            YAY! Someone with an open mind!!! Thank You !

            • sue 9:19 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              (My comment was referring to 1wanderingtruthseeker.)

            • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:29 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              Thank you We should all stand up.

        • buckeyegrannie 9:29 AM on 04/26/2014 Permalink | Reply

          He said he was WONDERING if…….It was not a conclusive statement. Are we citizens not permitted to wonder?

          • just a conservative girl 8:17 AM on 04/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

            Well wonder no more, he is the slave code from SC. It is more extensive than this, but here are few of the highlights.

            Slaves were forbidden to leave the owner’s property unless accompanied by a white person, or with permission. If a slave left the owner’s property without permission, “every white person” was required to chastise them.
            Any slave attempting to run away and leave the colony (later, the state) received the death penalty.
            Any slave who evaded capture for 20 days or more was to be publicly whipped for the first offense; branded with an “R” on the right cheek on the second offense; lose one ear if absent for thirty days on the third offense, and castrated on the fourth offense.
            Owners refusing to abide by the slave code were fined and forfeited their slaves.
            Slave homes were searched every two weeks for weapons or stolen goods. Punishment escalated from loss of an ear, branding and nose-slitting to death on the fourth offense.
            No slave could work for pay; plant corn, peas or rice; keep hogs, cattle, or horses; own or operate a boat; buy or sell, or wear clothes finer than “Negro cloth”.

            If anyone that is aware that this type of thing was written into law and this how a human being was treated simply because of skin color and wonders if living in a housing project is worse there is something wrong with that person.

            You cannot wonder if being allowed to be beaten for any time for virtually any reason is better. You cannot wonder if having your children sold away from you is better. Slavery dehumanizes people. They were considered less than human. There is nothing to wonder about if you have a concept of the history.

    • theraineyview 11:54 AM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like he needs an education about more than just media relations.

    • sue 9:12 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I live close enough that I have been able to travel to the Bundy Ranch in support of the Bundy’s. There are many people of different races there in support of them. The Times downloaded (they weren’t physically there as I recall ) a 3 minute video segment of an hour long press conference and edited it to 1 1/2 minutes to portray this man as racist. The 3 minute segment proves Bundy is NOT RACIST. Then the Times released their version to every politician and media outlet they could find. Who then proceded to jump on the Times Racist Band Wagon, WITHOUT EVEN A SINGLE ONE OF THEM VERIFYING if that’s what Bundy actually said. IT WAS NOT!
      Here’s a tired old rancher standing in 90 degree heat for over an hour, who had had his family surrounded for days by BLM agents with military assault weapons pointed at them, his son arrested and put in jail, another son tazered, his sister tackled to the ground, some his cattle shot and killed, some ran to death from being chased by helicopter fences torn down, water lines torn out, etc. He had not slept for several days. Hundreds of complete strangers had suddenly congregated on his ranch to show support So maybe under these circumstances he didn’t use politically correct terms for the media. But if you watch the real video, you will see that his whole point was that govt handouts, were in effect making these people slaves to the govt. That we need to create jobs and help them, instead of keeping them dependent on (slaves to) the govt. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO! You can find both versions on the “Bundy Ranch” facebook page.
      Also watch the video of the militia guy who is at the ranch who says he “would take a bullet” for Cliven Bundy. And the one of the marine who supports him. Both of these men are black, and both of them are there on the ranch, and both of them say CLIVEN BUNDY IS NOT A RACIST! There are several videos, all of the pictures, and commentary from the Bundy’s about this whole situation.
      RACISM is not the issue, it is the Times attempt to discredit Bundy and take the focus off of the real issues Bundy and the Supporters are fighting for.

      • just a conservative girl 9:19 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Which proves my point that he shouldn’t be talking to the media about anything other than grazing fees and his current situation. No one cares what he thinks about welfare. It is not relevant to the issue at hand. I will say it again, I don’t think his comments were racist, but they were very ignorant and lack historical knowledge of what slavery was. Do yourself a favor look up the state codes on slavery. After reading then come back and tell me that a person, regardless of color, would be better off living in that situation as opposed to section 8 housing.

        • sue 9:41 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

          I agree that he would be better off sticking with the real issues. But it is my firsthand observation that the polished media sharks are in a constant circle around this guy waiting to attack. They are constantly baiting him and then using it against him. This is an old west cattle rancher who has always spoke his mind and will probably continue to do so. He has no experience with the unethical tactics they use against him. I wish he did have a PR Spin Dr like all of the politicians have. It would benefit his cause
          As far as doing myself a favor and looking up the codes on slavery that isn’t necessary. I have a complete understanding of it. And as a landlord of section 8 housing as well.
          FACT IS: Here we are falling into the Times trap of making this a racial issue, instead of the overreach of the Federal Government upon the American Citizens.

          • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:47 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

            God have mercy on your soul. You are earning your wings here on earth by being such a landlord. I bet the grounds maintaince takes a backseat to crime scene tape. I’m so funny I scare myself! lol

            • sue 10:00 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              Rented one apt to a police officer for $100 bucks a month. Problem solved itself.

              • 1wanderingtruthseeker 10:01 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

                I know that.!

    • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:41 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry. I’ll butt out of your blog

      • sue 9:46 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        No. I welcome your comments and totally agree with them!

        • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:48 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

          oh, okay!

  • 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
    Tags: , , gang violence, , , , welfare   

    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
    Tags: , , government dependent, octomom, , welfare   

    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
    Tags: , , welfare   

    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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