"There once was a time in history when the limitation of governmental power meant increasing liberty for the people. In the present day the limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations, who can only be held in check through the extension of governmental power."
This is the most idiotic tweet I’ve seen since Dinesh D’Souza’s, and this blame Obama game just went to another level; the Bush level. Jeb Bush doesn’t seem to be aware of who planned moving the Vatican embassy – his brother, George W. Bush.
The plans for the move actually started under President Bush. The Bush administration purchased the buildings adjacent to the U.S. Embassy to Italy. It is not closing, as Jeb Bush suggests, and it will be more secure and closer to the Vatican. In addition it will save $1.4 million per year.
As President Obama and others have noted, a parent who works full-time, year round at the federal minimum wage does not earn an income above the federal poverty line.
This wasn’t always the case. Up until the early 1980s, an annual minimum-wage income—after adjusting for inflation—was enough to keep a family of two above the poverty line. At its high point in 1968, the minimum wage was high enough for a family of three to be above the poverty line with the earnings of a full-time minimum-wage worker, although it still fell short for a family of four. The falling minimum wage has led to poverty and inequality. Today, at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year yields an annual income of only $15,080. As shown in the figure, this is below the federal poverty line for families of two or more.
Because her $54 per month plan was cancelled due to Obamacare’s new higher requirements — and because her insurance company’s recommended replacement would cost her nearly 10 times as much — Dianne Barrette became the face of Obamacare’s so-called victims.
But in a new report from the New Republic, Barrette, after factoring in her tax credits and going through her options with reporter Jonathan Cohn, is now singing Obamacare’s praises, even going so far as to say her previous plan’s cancellation was “maybe” a “blessing in disguise.”
When Cohn detailed for Barrette how much she’d be paying for far more comprehensive health insurance, Barrette told him she’d “jump at” the chance to secure the plan. “With my age, things can happen,” she said. “I don’t want to have bills that could make me bankrupt. I don’t want to lose my house.”
The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.
When the House voted last September to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program over 10 years, all but 15 Republicans supported the measure while not a single Democrat did so.
But according to a TIME analysis of county-by-county food stamp enrollment data compiled by the non-profit Feeding America, it appears that House Republicans represent more districts with high levels of participation in the program than House Democrats. Of the 350 Congressional districts in which TIME was able to estimate the percentage of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, 76 had levels of 20 percent or higher. Of those, 43 are held by Republicans while 33 are controlled by Democrats.