In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in America, the poverty rate stood at around 19 percent.
Federal, state, and local spending on anti-poverty programs has amounted to $15 trillion, yet the poverty rate now stands at 15.1 percent, the highest level in nearly a decade.
Cato calls the war on poverty a “failure.”
The federal government will spend more than $668 billion on anti-poverty programs this year, an increase of 41 percent or more than $193 billion since President Barack Obama took office. State and local government expenditures will amount to another $284 billion, bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion — far more than the $685 billion spent on defense.
Federal, state and local governments now spend $20,610 a year for every poor person in the United States, or $61,830 for each poor family of three.
“Given that the poverty line for that family is just $18,530, we should have theoretically wiped out poverty in America many times over.”
The federal government alone now funds 126 separate and often overlapping programs designed to fight poverty.
There are 33 housing programs run by four different cabinet departments, 21 programs providing food or food-purchasing assistance administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency, and eight healthcare programs administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The largest welfare program is Medicaid, which provides benefits to 49 million Americans and cost more than $228 billion last year followed by the food stamps program, with 41 million participants and a price tag of nearly $72 billion.
Federal Pell Grants ($41 billion) down to lower-cost programs such as Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons ($250 million) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program ($20 million).
At least 106 million Americans receive benefits from one or more of these programs more than half of Americans now receive a substantial portion of their income from the government.
“Clearly we are spending more than enough money to have significantly reduced poverty, yet we haven’t,” “The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.
President Obama’s ambitious plan for stepped up government regulation of the oceans includes an unreported effort to cede U.S. oceans to United Nations-based international law.
The plan was previously a pet project of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, whose ocean-zoning scheme was partnered with a globalist group that also aimed to hand over U.S. oceans to U.N. governance.
Obama’s plan is still in draft form. It calls for an executive order to be issued for a National Ocean Policy that will determine how the ecosystem is managed while giving the federal government more regulatory authority over any businesses that utilize the ocean.
The executive order is to be based on the recommendations of Obama’s Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce, created in 2010 also by executive order.
The Taskforce’s final recommendations, based in part on the supposed effects of “global warming. The entire third section of the report recommends that the U.S. join the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Convention. The convention defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment and the management of marine natural resources.
The Law of the Sea Convention is the bedrock legal instrument governing activities on, over and under the world’s oceans.
The report lists key reasons for compliance with the law, including: it codifies essential navigational rights and freedoms upon which our Armed Forces rely.
The Convention sets forth the rights and responsibilities of nations to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment and to protect and preserve resources off their shores.
U.S. legal rights to our extended continental shelf can be put on the strongest legal foundation.
· The United States would have the ability to participate formally and more effectively in the interpretation and development of the Convention.
Joining the Law of the Sea Convention would reaffirm and enhance United States leadership in global ocean affairs.
While the White House claims its ocean plans are not meant to zone the seas, a major conclusion of the Taskforce was to “establish a framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) that establishes a comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem-based approach to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.”
Panetta co-chaired the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, which is the partner of Citizens for Global Solutions in a push to ratify U.S. laws and regulations governing the seas.
“Accelerate the pace of change that results in meaningful ocean policy reform.” Panetta’s Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, which mirror Obama’s taskforce recommendations, include:
Congress should establish a national ocean policy. The administration and Congress should support regional, ecosystem-based approaches to the management of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes.
· Congress should strengthen and reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act.
· Congress should strengthen the Clean Water Act.
The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council includes John Podesta, president and CEO of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, which is reportedly highly influential in advising the White House on policy. Podesta served as co-chairman of Obama’s presidential transition team.
Citizens for Global Solutions, or CGS, which, according to its literature, envisions a “future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone.”
CGS states it works to “build the political will in the United States” to achieve this global vision.
The organization currently works on issues that fall into five general areas: U.S. global engagement; global health and environment; peace and security; international law and justice; and international institutions. CGS is a member organization and supporter of the World Federalist Movement, which openly seeks a one-world government. The World Federalist Movement considers the CGS to be its U.S. branch.
The movement brings together organizations and individuals that support the establishment of a global federal system of strengthened and democratized global institutions with plenary constitutional power accountable to the citizens of the world and a division of international authority among separate global agencies. headquarters are located near the U.N. building. heavily promotes the U.N. and is the coordinator of various international projects, such as the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect military doctrine. That doctrine formed the basis of Obama’s justification last year to launch NATO airstrikes in Libya.
Obama’s first job in Chicago began in 1985 with Jerry Kellman, a Saul Alinksy-trained community organizer who continues to work with the radical Catholic left in the Windy City.
Kellman wanted to use the “social justice” teachings of the radical Catholic left to co-opt the Church for his Alinskyite project.
Obama’s job was to help Kellman expand his project’s reach into the black churches.
He was paid by these radical Catholic leftists
Obama’s travel documents and expenses were signed and approved by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin,a controversial figure in the Catholic church who supported nearly every left-wing movement within it.
A fawning media anxious to have a Catholic imprimatur on nearly every social issue of the day, Bernardin’s work undermined many Catholic teachings.
Early on, he tried to maneuver around Paul VI’s teaching in Humanae Vitae, which governs the morally appropriate way to deal with sex and birth. At a dinner party, Bernardin famously credited Mikhail Gorbachev, not Reagan or John Paul II, with ending the Soviet Union. And perhaps most mischievously, Bernardin called for a “consistent ethic of life,” which tied the anti-abortion cause to pacifism and redistributionism and therefore gave cover to liberal Democrats trying to claim they were Catholic.
Bernardin’s most enduring left-wing project was the Campaign for Human Development (CHD)—which, according to Obama biographer Stanley Kurtz, is “probably the largest funding source for community organizing in the United States.”
“The Campaign for Human Development began to support programs of community organizing modeled on or promoted by Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation.
One of those organizations was Kellman and Obama’s Developing Communities Project (DCP), which was, according to one early Obama article, “funded by south-side Catholic churches.” Those that could not afford the $5,000 donation for membership in the DCP, like Bill Stenzel, the former priest of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Roseland, donated their office space. Like any good bargainers, Kellman and Obama promised these social justice-inspired churches that joining their organization increased attendance—and collection money.
One of those South side Catholic churches was St. Sabina Church, headed by Father Michael Pfleger.
Politics, not religion. That was what Obama learned from Kellman. But he learned something more: how to exploit religion to advance his own politics, always toward getting more and more power.
He has been able to avoid charges of anti-Catholicism despite his specific targeting of traditional Catholic institutions simply by praising radical Catholics with whom he once associated.
Obama praised Bernardin’s teachings.
Obama needs Catholics—54% of whom voted for him in 2008.
Obama hopes to manipulate the Catholic population in 2012 the same way he once did in Chicago: by working with liberal Catholics to “community organize” the rest of the church, and the nation.
The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was
actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House
of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th
The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the
first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH
Barney Frank took over the House.
Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate
The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part
of the economy?
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!
Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in
2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.
Who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA
Who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
OBAMA and the Democrat Congress the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 &
2009 as well as 2010 &2011.
For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush
entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running
until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a
massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
Obama during this time? He was a member of that very
Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he
signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit.
That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After
that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a
nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted
for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January
Steve Doocy, interviewing Sussman said the scheme was “secret no longer” because of his new book, “Eco-Tyranny,” which reveals confidential memos from inside the administration.
Department of the Interior to take over hundreds of thousands of acres of private land, take it off the books for development.”
With the government owning more than half of some Western states.
“The government owns seven hundred million acres and they want more.” To do with that land, especially when it comes to natural resources.”
Sussman believes that the Obama administration is deliberately trying to restrict America’s energy production in order to keep the country dependent on foreign foes.
Sussman also made the point that environmentalists explicitly seek to prevent energy production, even clean nuclear energy, which Doocy referred to as a no brainer.
That rising population requires not just additional energy but additional water supplies that are not being developed. “Who is standing in the way of our water resources? The environmentalists and the Department of the Interior.”
As Karl Marx and Frederick Engels – used the environment to hammer capitalism,” “Eco-Tyranny”.
The environmentalist movement and the Obama administration are concerned with control over people’s lives, rather than guarding America’s natural beauty.
This is not about the environment – this is about control.”
Source Kwvin DeAnna–wnd
The 9/11 attacks were carried out because of a lack of “empathy” for others’ suffering on the part of al-Qaida, whose terrorist ideology “grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair,” President Obama.
Attacks were in part, a result of U.S. policy, lecturing the American military to minimize civilian casualties in the Middle East and urging action opposing “bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent.”
“Certain immediate lessons are clear, and we must act upon those lessons decisively. We need to step up security at our airports. We must re-examine the effectiveness of our intelligence networks and we must be resolute in identifying the perpetrators of these heinous acts and dismantling their organizations of destruction,” wrote Obama.
“We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity or suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, It may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics.
“Most often, though, it grows out a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.
“We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe.
Obama’s piece gained little notice outside the Hyde Park Herald, which covered Obama’s state Senate district. The Hyde Park area on Chicago’s South Side is heavily influenced by the Nation of Islam.
Obama’s notion that terrorists act out of desperation and poor living conditions was directly contradicted in a WND interview in 2007 with a recruited Palestinian suicide bomber. The recruited bomber said he is driven to carry out a suicide operation to “satisfy Allah and his instructions. No money interests, nothing. No brainwash, no pressure; it is my decision.”
I understood what status I will have in heaven if I sacrifice myself for Allah.”
The USAF released documents detailing former House Speaker Pelsoi’s use of US Air Force aircraft between March 2009-June 2010. This covers a 16 month period.
These flights included Ms. Pelosi’s guests, such as grown children, grandchildren, various in-laws, friends and hangers on. Over 95% of the trips were between the west coast and DC. You might call these flights commutes between home and the office.
There were a total of 85 trips over a 68 week period of 1.25 average trips per week. The total miles were 206,264 or 2.427 a trip. Total flying time was 428.6 hours or 5 hours per trip. COST TO THE TAXPAYERS $2,100,744.59 OR $27,715.00 PER TRIP—$1,285,162.00 PER YEAR.
Cost of in flight food and alcohol $101,429.14 or $1,193.00 per trip or $62,051.00 per year.Add her junket to Baghdad were the bar was stocked with nothing but the best Alcohol.
Remember this as you drive home to work each day!!