NEW PLATEAUS The Panhandling Indian Woman
She was as innocuous as a tree or road signjust another person at the top of the freeway exit ramp here in south Minneapolis. Its a popular place for panhandlers. As I drove closer, though, her sign t... Posted on 10/30/12 at 7:16 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Update: Franson’s critics increase her determination
Death threats, demands to resign and other attacks have only made state Rep. Mary Franson more determined to stay in office, she says.
A Democratic-Farmer-Laborite campaign official this week sent ... Posted on 7/18/12 at 10:07 AM
THE FLENSBURGER FILES Multi-culture is dead. Is it?
As I walk through the streets of a typical European town, the first impressions I have are the way people speak their native languages. Almost immediately, I can tell that the way they construct thei... Posted on 10/22/10 at 12:30 PM
Shall we get rid of Social Security and abandon our parents and grandparents, all the while telling them they should have worked harder? Shall we get rid of medical care for the elderly, telling them their inability to afford heart surgery is their own fault?
We have a generation of welfare-addicted people who are dependent on those rich people who pay their taxes. Liberals know government programs create more dependence, which is exactly why they promote them.
Death threats, demands to resign and other attacks to have only made state Rep. Mary Franson more determined to stay in office, she says. A Democratic-Farmer-Laborite campaign official sent Internet links to a video clip of a recent Franson speech in Browerville in which she discusses a joke she told in March that led to statewide reaction.
Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.
The Obama administration has quietly opened the door for states to seek major changes in how they meet federal welfare-to-work requirements for some of their poorest residents, and leading conservatives are crying foul.
“Our research shows that if you want to avoid poverty and join the middle class in the United States, you need to complete high school (at a minimum), work full time and marry before you have children,” a Brookings Institution report concluded in 2009.
How can a conference claim to be about ending poverty if it wears blinders to such results?
Conservatives who say welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test to receive government assistance have momentum on their side. The issue has come up in the Republican presidential campaign, with front-runner Mitt Romney saying it's an "excellent idea." Nearly two dozen states are considering plans this session that would make drug testing mandatory for welfare recipients, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And Wyoming lawmakers advanced such a proposal this week.
The nation's main welfare program would be funded for the next nine months under a bill passed Thursday by the House, which also banned recipients from accessing their benefits in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. A voice vote by the House approved the measure. The welfare provision is included in legislation to extend a payroll tax cut, but the separate bill was passed in case it's eliminated from the tax bill. Without the legislation, the welfare program would halt at midnight Dec. 31.
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