“Let me show you what this congressperson [Rep. Steve King] is doing. Basically they’re pinning the problems that we have in this country on people who are poor. If you think about people who are poor really— you have 80 percent of people who are food insecure are actually working. That means their wages are so low that they’re eligible for food stamps. So you want to talk about dependency in this country? Let’s talk about corporations and businesses that pay such low wages that they depend on the United States government to add money to those wages through the Income Assistance Programs, like SNAP. So because if you take a company like Walmart, pays their workers so low that their workers are actually eligible for food stamps. Who’s dependent on the U.S. government? I’d have to say it’s Walmart is the welfare queen here.”—Mariana Chilton (via azspot)
The first American member of the “Forever 27” club, the author of classics like Sweet Home Chicago, Crossroads Blues, and the man who, reportedly, sold his soul to the Devil for his guitar skills. It’s ok if you’ve never heard of him…ok, no, it’s not.
“The Federal Communications Commission oversees the so-called Lifeline program, created in 1984 to make sure impoverished Americans had telephone service available to call their moms, bosses, and 911. In 2008, the FCC expanded the program to offer subsidized cell-phone service, and since then, the expenses of running the program have soared. In 2012, the program’s costs had risen to $2.189 billion, up from $822 million before wireless carriers were included. As of June, there were 13.8 million active Lifeline subscriptions.”—
So, the private sector actors brought in to expand a program, that had been in place through multiple Republican and Democratic administrations, cheat the system, and we blame the current administration, because that’s rational.
Obviously, the system is too easy to cheat, and that’s on the FCC, but if these private vendors are suborning perjury (in the form of multiple applications for a program governed under federal laws), and fraudulently billing the Federal Government in violation of the rules surrounding the program, they are just as much, if not more, to blame than the Obama administration.
Not that I would ever expect the National Review to actually criticize the, blatantly illegal, business practices of a private entity.
Can’t wait to see him live this Sunday. It’s been too long since NYE 2012. If you’re in the CR/Marion area, come out to Marion Square park around noon 7/14 and see what Will Whitmore is all about, you won’t be disappointed.