TECHNOLOGY: Test identity; not for drugs

Friday, July 29, 2011

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Man-with-nine-different-names-created–massive-benefits-fraud-from-Thailand-126005948.html

Man with nine different names created massive benefits fraud from Thailand
Dublin man jailed for social welfare fraud
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Friday, July 22, 2011, 8:04 AM

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An Irish emigrant has been jailed for orchestrating a massive social welfare fraud across the border counties – while living it up in Thailand.

Paul Murray swindled the Irish taxpayer out of half a million dollars using nine different names in an elaborate international hoax.

The 63-year-old emigrated to Thailand in the 1970s but returned home every three months to collect his fraudulent social welfare payments.

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Interesting.

The gang known as the State of Florida wants to test welfare recipients for illegal drugs.

Here’s an idea. DNA test all welfare recipients to establish identity.

Here’s another. Eliminate the dole. Period.

The Gooferment: Immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. In example after example.

Let’s use technology to solve problems?

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RANT: “Default”? No way, not needed

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

As a political junkie, I’m enraged when some bozo (i.e., politician and /or bureaucrat) is allowed by some talking head to say “default” without opposition.

IMHO any reasonable person would pay the interest on the debt first, then the social security and other mandatory welfare payments, and come up with a “total must pay”. Subtract that total from the budget to come up with “what’s left to pay”. Subtract “total must pay” from current receipts for “what’s left”.

Divide “what’s left” by “what’s left to pay” and that’s the haircut that the budget must be slashed by.

No one is going to be happy, but no default. It’ll set off a lot of wailing and gnashing but that’s what fiscal discipline is all about.

That’s why I say don’t raise the debt ceiling. And, don’t let politicians and bureaucrats scare old people by saying no soc sec or the markets by saying default.

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RANT: The Irish bishops are making a severe blunder

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9343

Irish bishops condemn ‘selfish’ economic policies, support higher taxes
February 21, 2011

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Less than a week before elections in the Irish republic, the Irish bishops’ conference has released a statement charging that current public policies violate principles of justice and offend against the common good.

The statement released by the bishops’ committee on justice and peace, entitled From Crisis to Hope: Working to achieve the Common Good, said that the country’s current economic problems can be traced to immoral policies and perspectives. “Greed became dominant, trust was betrayed, and the result was the recession in which we now are,” said Bishop John Kirby of Clonfert, at a press conference in Dublin introducing the statement.

Bishop Raymond Field, a Dublin auxiliary who chairs the justice-and-peace committee, said: “Poverty and social exclusion, experienced by increasing numbers of people in Ireland today, North and South, represent gross violations of human dignity.”

The bishops’ statement called for greater efforts to relieve poverty, both in Ireland and, through foreign aid, in developing countries. The statement suggested that Ireland’s tax rates must be raised to support the necessary social services.

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With all due respect to the Irish bishops, they are made a severe blunder. They are not fighting the evil King, defending human freedom, and protecting religious freedom.

They are buying into the meme of a government that does everything. The Nanny State.

A better meme is “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”.

They would be better served by learning from the Good Samaritan. He helped the victim out of his own pocket. He didn’t make others pay for his charity. He took pity on the victim but didn’t call for the Gooferment to fix the problem.

There are many reasons why the bishops are blundering. Two that come to mind right off the top of the head — charity to be effective has to be personal — AND — involving politicians and bureaucrats makes the overhead costs skyrocket.

Poverty can’t be fixed by stealing from some and giving to others.

The USA’s “War on Poverty” is an abject failure. The richest country in the world and in recorded history couldn’t “solve” poverty. Because Gooferment was the meme.

Is it charitable to keep the poor poor?

Gooferment “welfare” isn’t designed for people to prosper. It’s designed to keep the maximum number of voters voting and bureaucrats employed.

Peal away the disincentives to success and train people to stand on their own two feet and help themselves. Tough love. With Churches, Fraternal Organizations, Clubs, Societies, Families, Clans and groups to provide “help”. “Help” that really helps; not ensnares people in despair and multi-generational poverty as “welfare farmers”.

We can do better. And, the bishops should lead; not whine for more Gooferment handouts.

Argh!

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RANT: Keeping people in poverty

Friday, January 7, 2011

http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/31/the-obamacare-fraud

The ObamaCare Fraud
The law will penalize doctors to pay patients and penalize patients to pay doctors.
Shikha Dalmia | December 31, 2010

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When the government hands out subsidies, it will use a household’s income in the previous year as the basis for guessing what the household is qualified to get in the current year. But if the household’s income grows midyear, the subsidy recapture provision will require it to repay anywhere from $600 to $3,500, compared to the $450 that the law originally called for.

This will make it very hazardous for poor working families to get ahead. In the original law, the loss of subsidy with rising income already meant absurdly high effective marginal tax rates—the implicit tax on every additional dollar of income earned. How high? The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon puts them at 229 percent for families of four who increase their earnings by an amount equal to 5 percent of the federal poverty level or $1,100. In other words, a family that added this amount to an income of $44,700 would actually see its total income fall by $1,419 due to the loss of subsidies.

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Yeah, I’m sure glad how these politicians and bureaucrats “care” for the poor!

Who needs a plantation, overseers, and the problems. Just trap the serfs in poverty and make it impossible for the poor to improve their situation. Where’s Robin Hood, Zorro, or V (for Vendetta; not the aliens on ABC) when you need them.

And, of course, we’ll need more bureaucrats to administer these programs.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Welfare is a gooferment growth industry

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

http://www.careerhubblog.com/main/2009/11/food-stamps-a-new-imac-and-happiness.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CareerHub+%28Career+Hub%29

Food Stamps, a New iMac and Happiness

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/29foodstamps.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=food%20stamps&st=cse

The Safety Net
Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
By JASON DePARLE and ROBERT GEBELOFF
Published: November 28, 2009

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Nationwide, food stamps reach about two-thirds of those eligible, with rates ranging from an estimated 50 percent in California to 98 percent in Missouri. Mr. Concannon urged lagging states to do more to enroll the needy, citing a recent government report that found a sharp rise in Americans with inconsistent access to adequate food.”

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Trust me; I am not uncharitable. BUT! This article really rankles me as a taxpayer. Despite being unemployed, I continue to make my charitable contributions because I feel that there are people who are worse off than me.

When you feed stray cats, (indiscriminately), you get more stray cats. Fat gooferment bureaucrats are self-interested in making sure they have continued employment. True charity has an element of involvement where we demand accountability. In my charitable contributions, I KNOW there is no one get rich off the poor and the poor are getting real help. (Anecdotally, the lady who runs one of the charities is convinced that the welfare bureaucrats’ sole objective is to keep their clients poor.)

Welfare isn’t charity. It is money extracted forcefully from taxpayers. And, after extracting a huge handling fee, dispensed to the politically favored group. Creating a permanent underclass of “welfare farmers” who vote for more benefits. We now have four generations of families that are stuck in the “family business” of collecting welfare. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” has been a total failure.

We need to take poverty seriously. And forced gooferment solutions have a long track record of failure. So lets, downsize government and let the people take care of the problem. The Salvation Army has a far better record on helping than any welfare office. And, at a much lower cost.

Argh! It’s frustrating. TO see people “trained” to accept this type of treatment.

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SOCIALISM: “Cash for Clunkers”; bad strategy, bad tactically

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090801/D99Q3N5G1.html

Popularity, Web snafus nearly broke ‘clunkers’
Aug 1, 8:56 AM (ET)
By DAN STRUMPF

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Far more drivers signed up for the “cash for clunkers” program than anyone thought, overwhelming showrooms, blowing through the initial $1 billion set aside by Congress and leaving dealers panicked over when or if the government would make good on the hefty rebates.

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Sure steal from the taxpayer to give money to car dealers?

No wonder the program is a success.

Like a bank robber giving out free samples.

And, there folks want to run health care?

It’s like everyone had gone nuts. Financial restraint, fiscal discipline, out the window. It’s like a Frat Party on the taxpayer’s dime.

One website pointed out that (1) these are future sales brought forward. (2) the “clunkers” are the cars that poor people would have bought used.

So like Basat said, (paraphrasing) we can’t see the hidden costs.

Politicians and bureaucrats are stupid. And, I ain’t buying them a beer. And, for sure, I’m not drinking with them!

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RANT: The problem is NOT poor people crossing the border for a better life.

Monday, May 4, 2009

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/01/severin_suspended_for_comments_about_mexican_immigrants/

Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants
By David Abel
Globe Staff / May 1, 2009

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Jay Severin, the fiery right wing talk show host on Boston’s WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday after calling Mexican immigrants “criminaliens,” “primitives,” “leeches,” and exporters of “women with mustaches and VD,” among other incendiary comments.
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Interesting.
Jay filled in on a NYC show once upon a time. I thought he was a reasoned voice.
As usual, this one, and many others on the radio, have missed the problem.
The problem is NOT poor people crossing the border for a better life.
(Is that what the Statue of Liberty proclaims? The phrase “huddled masses yearning to be free” comes to mind. Maybe we SHOULD put that proverbial garbage bag over the Lady with the Lamp? We obviously don’t believe in the ethic that she represents. Any more! At one time Americans did. But not now!)
The problem is welfare!
Americans have gotten fat and lazy! On welfare.
Cut out the welfare and you cut out one of the problems. Only folks who want to work hard, assimilate, and make a good life for themselves will come.
We also need to address the psuedo “war on (some) drugs”. If we decriminalize ALL drugs, then the Columbian Drug Gangs and the various gangs — including large segments of the gang euphemistically called “the police” will have to find other productive work. The Pharmacy Department at WalMart will be hiring. Instead of shoot outs over territory and children taking rat poison when they get high, we will focus our attention on curing sick people. If they want to be cured.
Yes, America and Americans have to change. Adapt to the new realities.
Immigrants in the pre-welfare state days had hard lives. But everyone was better off for it.
As Heinlein wrote: “TANSTAFL”!
“There ain’t no such thing as free lunch!”
So let’s stop bitching and get to work solving real problems!
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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Government is arming the drug cartels?

Friday, April 3, 2009

http://www.lewrockwell.com/gaddy/gaddy54.html

Who Is Arming the Mexican Drug Cartels?
by Michael Gaddy

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Wednesday, on MSNBC, in an interview by Andrea Mitchell, New York Congressional Representative, Nita Lowey stated 97% of the guns in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels originated in the US. Representative Lowey, in her support for a new Assault Weapons Ban, alleges these firearms are coming from the American gun owner. She is correct in her assertion many of the firearms being used by the cartels are coming from Americans. They are, but, from the American taxpayer, not the American gun owner!

The fact is: the Mexican authorities have refused to release the serial numbers of weapons confiscated from drug cartel members. Releasing the serial numbers would implicate the corrupt governments of the US and Mexico and their involvement in arming the drug cartels.

Considering the above, it is my belief the Mexican drug cartels are procuring a large percentage of weapons from the world’s largest supplier of these weapons: the United States government!

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Certainly sounds like it.

We could eliminate this non-sense by ending the “drug war” in the US.

Imagine a country where what you put in your body was your personal business.

End welfare and then there’s no illegal immigrants.

End the drug war and let WalMart become the nation’s “drug dealer”.

Bet they do a far better job of cleaning up the problem.

Bud and Miller route salesmen don’t shoot it out.

No more drug overdose deaths from drugs cut with rat poison or not cut at all.

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POLITICAL: Abortion is genocide

Saturday, February 14, 2009

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87549

The George Bailey Effect
Posted: January 31, 2009
1:00 am Eastern
By Larry Burkett

Editor’s note: The late Larry Burkett, popular Christian financial counselor and author, penned this article in 1998. It is a compelling “response” to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent statement that the economy benefits from “family planning.” Joseph Slife contributed to this column.

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As the preceding evidence demonstrates, abortion is not simply a matter of private conscience, but of public concern. Abortion-on-demand has effects that are rippling throughout our society and could even threaten our future liberties.

This is why abortion, even if all moral arguments are totally discounted, cannot be ignored in framing public policy. Simply writing off abortion as a “moral” or a “religious” issue is a short-sighted approach that fails to reckon its economic and demographic consequences.

We can’t undo the past, of course. We can’t undo the fact that we have had 35 million George Baileys, people never born, people whose lives were never allowed to touch other lives. Indeed they have left an “awful hole.” But for the sake of our nation’s economic future and national security, as well as its moral character, we must resolve to promote from this time forward an ethic that is pro-family and pro-children. Only then can America continue to have a wonderful life.

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When Pelosi and the Obama Democrat “liberals” advnace the pro-abortion agenda, everyone has to think of the “George Bailey” effect.

Have we aborted the future of America?

Like a self-imposed genocide.

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RANT: “Birth Control” is stimulus.

Monday, January 26, 2009

FROM THE DRUDGE REPORT

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashpbc.htm

PELOSI SAYS BIRTH CONTROL WILL HELP ECONOMY
Sun Jan 25 2009 22:13:43 ET

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic “stimulus” package, claiming “contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”

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PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

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SOOOOOooooooo….

The “stimulus package” covers any social engineering that they want to do!

Get ready for more nonsense under that “cover”.

Here’s an insight into their “liberal” philosophy: “Humans are an expense”. Wonder when abortion, eugenics, and killing off the elderly come in? After all one way to control Medicare “costs” is to get rid of those expensive old “senior citizens”. But, oh year, they can vote. We need to pick on those that can’t!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: My economic recovery plan

Monday, November 24, 2008

http://www.lewrockwell.com/giles/giles30.html

Fallen Angel
by George Giles

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Our one party has two wings blue state socialists and red state fascists, they only disagree on minor conjectures like should we fleece the public fisc through the Federal Reserve, or the Internal Revenue service, or both?

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If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty then Americans, as a culture, have been found wanting. The immense debt, the vanishing equity, and the struggling economic infrastructure are the waves upon which our ship of state sails.

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Wonder if the sheeple will realize they have been had? If we have faith in the “American experiment”, then we can return to our roots of rugged individualism, cast out the socialists, and let the truly free market return us to prosperity. Enlightened individual self-interest is a powerful engine of prosperity. But, we have to be the “home of the free and land of the brave”.

(1) Let the bad actors in the marketplae fail. Citi, GM, NBC, or whomever has a problem; it’s just that. Their problem. Hard bitter medicine? Yes, but essential into correcting the “moral hazard” that our politicians have allowed to happen.

(2) Restore the “uptick rule” that prevents bear raids. FIre the genius at the Treasury, Fed, SEC that changed that one historical gem of an idea.

(3) Restore the marketplace in mortgages. Home ownership may not be for everyone. 20% down! Review every mortgage for criminal fraud. (Rumor hath it that Organized Crime went into the mortgage business.)

(4) End the “Drug Prohibition” policy. Sorry, but it’s nobody’s business what anyone puts in their own body. Pardon all non-violent drug offenders. Allow WalMart to battle the “illegal violent drug dealers”. (The cost of impure illicit drugs will dissolve overnight when Sam Walton’s children become “drug dealers”.) Clean safe drugs at everyday low prices will take all the profit and sexiness out of the drug culture. Hard to imagine a drug war over aspirin level prices. Pot, heroin, crack, and speed for $4 for a month’s supply? Maybe then as a society, we can focus on the medical problems that addicition represents. And, stop killing children both directly and indirectly. Eleimate all the drug agencies: DEA, FDA, and on and on. Consumers Reports, Underwriters Labratory, and “Drug Stores” like WalMart will do a far better job of keeping us safe.

(5) Downsize governemnt at all levels. Let’s conduct a raid on all these bloated kingdoms of waste. Let’s cut 5% per year. Every year.

(6) Let’s cut taxes. Business tax should be 0, but let’s start but cutting it to 10%. (Ireland is 11%!) We know that businesses don’t pay taxes; people do! Personal income tax ditto 10%. And, ONLY ONE ENTITY can collect our 10%. Either Federal, State, or Local gooferment. How they divide it up I care not, but no more than 10%. Property taxes should also be 0. Let the police, fire, and trash be supplied on a competitive basis.

(7) Let’s all MYOB. Marriage should be left to churches; not the gooferment.

How’s that for an economic recovery plan?

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POTUS08: FLASH! Obama calls me “selfish”!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

http://tinyurl.com/6dm767

Political Punch
Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper
October 31, 2008 10:58 AM

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“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

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Well, that tears it! It’s all out in the open now. His stealth campaign is unmasked.

Think it’s just big gooferment; you’re selfish.

<shaking my head at the hubris of the socialists>

Argh!

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POTUS08: O IS really a Marxist!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered

Wow! Here’s a bombshell. It exposes that the man is a Marxist Socialist. Hearing his words, he, in Clintonesque stype, parses around it. Never letting anyone know what his codewords mean. Hold on to your wallet if he gets elected!

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RANT: “Poverty” versus “Poor”

Thursday, October 16, 2008

http://www.thinkinghomebusiness.com/2008/10/16/dealing-with-poverty-closer-to-home-wendys-list/

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To Easton Ellsworth who has labored mightily to bring us Blog Action Day 2008 and poke and prod us to participate, and to all my blogging colleagues who have posted about poverty and about what can be and is being done about it, my admiration and my thanks.

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I heard the clarion call all bloggers to much ado about nothing. And, I ignored it as “drivel” at best; socialism at worst.

Not that anyone cares, but here’s why!

Sigh, seems so obvious to me.

“Poverty” is a industry here in the USA. There are folks who are deriving a lot of earnings, moral superiority, and kudos that they don’t deserve. Like the United Way CEO that earns megabucks. Like all the paid gooferment employees, that earn a healthy chunk of change now and in their future retirement, for their “public service”.

Don’t make me barf!

First, poverty, the industry is despicable. To be truly poor is a terrible human condition. But, not having stuff, isn’t being poor. Go to Africa, where folks die of starvation. Or, disease from not having clean water. Where their gooferment really does kill them. Or, they have massive inflation of money.

That’s true poverty.

Any time any one talks about “poverty” here in the USA, I am instantly reminded of the TV interview of this shell of a fellow waiting on line in some African community to get an application for a green card. The interviewer asked the fellow why he wanted to come to the USA. He responded immediately “You have fat poor people.”

I think that sums it up. We need folks like him. I’d have given him a green card just for that service to our country.

See the “poverty industry” wants us to think that the bottom ten, twenty five, or fifty percent is “poor”.

Sorry!

They aren’t. Not by that fellow’s metric.

And, their situation is USUALLY either due to their own mistakes or the gooferment.

So, that’s why I think all the blogging would do a bit of good. The problem is defined wrong!

I happily contribute to Homefront New Jersey, where a very underpaid lady, make a nickel in to six pennies, as she helps single moms (mostly) move off welfare and onto their own two feet. That’s progress.

We should be striking at the heart of the problem but that is the misconceptions and gooferment welfare. Good luck doing that.

Argh!

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