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I never thought of this. These guys are brilliant.  Connecticut and New York have figured how to keep food stamp (SNAP) benefits at their current level.

First how they were cut.  In the Farm Bill just passed, the Republicans insisted and got a large reduction in the amount being paid for SNAP (food stamps)… This huge reductions can devastate economies in states with large numbers of recipients.  If you take a 20% cut,  close to 20% will be cut from being spent in Grocery stores, thereby hurting the economy.

In a piece of legislation primarily aimed against Blue States, the Republicans targeted a program called “Heat and Eat” in which states states could qualify residents for higher food stamp benefits by giving them a small amount of heating assistance.. That level used to be $1 dollar.  The new law raised that to $20 dollars thinking that no state would pay the premium and that would force cuts to the Federal Program.

The genius is in the benefits and rate of return…

Connecticut will spend about $1.4 million in federal energy aid, increasing benefits for 50,000 low-income Connecticut residents from $1 to $20 so they do not lose $112 in monthly food stamp benefits…… It will preserve about $67 million in food stamp benefits….So the rate of return for Connecticut is 4785% (correct, thousands) meaning that for every dollar spent on heat,  Connecticut gets $4785 dollars back in food benefits to be spread thoughout their state….

New York will spend about $6 million more towards the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s funding to maintain food stamp benefits totaling $457 million… New Yorks rate of return is 7611% meaning for every dollar spent, they get $7,611 dollars back.

Now if they would just raise taxes on their one percent’s income to pay for those small increases, .. it comes as free money….

If only Delaware could quickly jump on the wagon and get those dollars into our state and make the Republican supporters in this state, pay for the damage their Republican campaign funds do to both our state and the United States of America….

But alas. we are stuck fighting the battle of Common Core… instead of truly fighting for education by fighting against poverty…..

In New York they are debating the cost of Pre K.  Everyone thinks it is a good deal, but to pay for it by raising taxes on only the rich?  The tax which is in discussion will cost roughly $1000 on incomes over $500,000.  New York has a lot of those.

The anti-taxers are beginning their push-back. …. A little history might be right for the rebuttal….

Taxes are too low and that is the reason for most of our economic slump.  Today’s low rates make it too profitable to skim money’s off the top… and nothing is getting reinvested back into the economy….  Taxes, we discovered across the expanse of the 20th Century,  are a tool of public policy and today, they are not being effectively used…

Higher taxes and a stronger government presence in the economy, is essential to economic stability.  The evidence to that is unquestionable.  Deregulated markets do some good, but are not the  complete answer to running a great society….  When one runs a business, one is always under constant pressure to reinvest some of ones profits back into ones business, or…  choose to  take the other option and keep the extra as profit.  We all hate those who chose the latter.

If something is broken, one should fix it, right?  That means spending money now.

Children of low income and minority households enter our school system with half of the vocabulary-words needed.  There is no way that can be fixed at home.  If one’s household does not use a wide vocabulary, one cannot get a wide vocabulary at home.  Having Pre-K and exposing all children to 10000+ words upon entering school, would almost close the achievement gap at it’s beginning.

We know what has to be done.  10,000+ words per child.  Just reading story-books with children would be enough to develop that… And the  benefit would dwarf the tiny cost….  It is that simple; reading children’s stories to them… something affluent parents do daily.

On to taxes.  From the 1940’s to the 1960’s the top tax rate gradually lowered from 100% to 72%… The JFK dropped it down to 60% to where it stayed until the great tax cutter, Ronald Reagan, dropped it to 50%…  Obviously every Republican who loves Ronald Reagan should have no qualms with accepting a 50% top marginal rate… They should be volunteering to pay that high, don’t you think?

Rates were cut again to 28% and when the cut  hit, the huge recession of ’91 began.  Upon entering office, Clinton raised them to 39% and the economy took off.   Took off until Bush cut taxes down to 35%…. They stayed at that level until last year, when the top half of one percent, got hit with a top rate or 39.5%….

This was the 1% most prosperous year ever….  needless to say, higher taxes improves one’s fortunes, not diminish them….

How much is $1000?  To the super rich?   If your average rate of return on $500,000 is 7%, over the year you should gain $35,000…. Divided by 365 days of the year, that would amount to  96 dollars a day…  So $1000 would be 11 days of interest off your $500,000.  That means you could keep the other 355 days worth…

Plus, at bringing all children in at 10,000 words, think of all the future costs that can be saved by then doing away with Pearson, MacLatchey, AIR and all the other consultants…. Pay a little now; save a lot later.

Any argument over being taxed more for kindergarten, or for any other viable reason, needs to be taken worth a grain of salt.    of course people are going to yell.  Even babies yell and they don’t even know why.  But we don’t let babies rule every aspect of our lives now, do we?

Or, do we?

 

State Of Delaware Gets Front Paged On Kos

If Christie laughed at every time he was lampooned, he’d lose weight.


Courtesy of the NRA

This ad would appeal only to the sliver of those who would rejoice to see Obama, Michelle, or his girls shot dead in cold blood; that extreme group to whom if this would happen,…it would “make… their… day.”

Is the NRA’s extremism eroding the 2nd Amendments rights for all? It did in New York. The tone-deaf policies of Wayne LaPierre really pissed both Democrats AND REPUBLICANS off up there. As a result, probably due to anger against the NRA more than anything else, New York just exercised their rights under the Constitution and and set the cause of gun rights back 225 years..

It is the NRA’s fault.

How?

If someone has a viewpoint on a topic of no concern to you, let us randomly pick….. tariffs on Paraguay, whatever transpires pro or con affects you …. say, not at all… You couldn’t care less.

Now say, a proponent of extending those tariffs follows you around, stalks you, and whenever he can get close enough, he punches you in the head. You start to develop an opinion. That opinion is not favorable to extending those tariffs….. In fact, you start to take an interest in purposefully defeating that tariff extension, and maybe get personal satisfaction that it is having such a hard time going forward…

You really have no concern that by not extending them 4 million Paraguay citizens would lose employment and fall into destitute poverty. By your natural inclination (until you started getting beaten up), you probably would have supported helping Paraguayans escape poverty… You are not really mad at the cause; but for some reason you just hate the lobbyist….

After today, card carrying NRA members owning guns in New York 1) should burn their NRA membership card. 2) join the Democratic Party which WILL protect the 2nd amendment, as long as lobbyists for the NRA aren’t punching them in the head….

No one can blame New York state for doing what they did after the Newtown tragedy. You should blame the NRA for bullying legislators so aggressively that they enacted even more Draconian measures than would have been effective….

Dragging the president’s daughters into the fight, questioning their need for security, suggests that the NRA is slipping further away from the mainstream. Gun-rights supporters deserve a better advocate.

So yes, the NRA is losing it…. Let’s review.

After Newtown, LaPierre called for all schools to have armed police officers in place. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said. We NEED an OK Coral shootout in each of our schools.

A shooting-range app for the iPhone and iPad branded as an “Official NRA Licensed Product” where the targets are children’s coffins, was released on the one-month anniversary of the Newtown massacre.

After meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on gun control, the NRA accused Obama of an “agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” a gross distortion of the president’s position. Please see the mild recommendations Biden proposed.

Now let us review just what the NRA’s actions caused in New York, shall we:

TOUGHTEST gun ban in The nation just signed into law

1) Any gun holding over SEVEN rounds- out.

2) Any gun with ONE military feature- out. If you have one you must register it.

3) Closes every loophole on gun shows and private sales.

4) Background checks- mandated for EVERY purchase.

5) For ammo too- Mandated for EVERY purchase.

After spending $17 million this past election cycle in support of Republicans, the New York Republican Senate and the Democratic House, just passed the first NRA Backlash Bill in the nation. More states to follow soon…

The issue is an emotional one; the NRA is firing up the wrong emotions against gun lovers everywhere….
Burn your card. Pay them zero. Donate to the Democratic Party…

These actions are what will finally put thoughtful practices into place, like those done the day before in a completely Democratic state… Delaware under Governor Jack Markell, Lt. Governor Matt Denn, and Attorney General Beau Biden proposed much more moderate policies…

If you live in Democratic Delaware, you get to keep your guns.


Right click to open full image… Pictograph Courtesy of Viral..

So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

In following this movement I have notice one thing. A lot of effort is being made to keep these viral videos showing Police brutality, under wraps.

As the news broke about the University of Davis public relation’s disaster, YouTube tried to suppress the video. It was on a search list, then pulled. ABC news published a white washed version without video, extolling the rowdiness of the students, nothing backing it up. Fox News was last to carry any mention. CBS flashed up the press release from the Chancellor condoning the use of force to remove tents, and saying it was absolutely necessary.

Only “the truth” of video, was their undoing. When what is now being called “The Empire Strikes Back”, when Homeland Security coordinated the police sweepings of the camps of Denver, New York, Portland, Oakland, University Berkley, they seemed to not to account for the fact, that everyone today has a video camera, either on their phone or in HD.

Actually proving that people think in preconceived patterns, they BANNED the press from filming the police moving in… obviously not wanting any provocative pictures to sway peoples opinion. They seemed to have forgotten, that in America, everyone has video. Perhaps had the press also been allowed to film the cleanup, more restraint would have been shown by rogue police, and these events now galvanizing the OWS Movement, would not have taken place…..

Boston, the heart of Brain USA ( Braintree is their suburb) actually forbid the police from doing anything to interfere with people expressing their constitutional right to protest. Brilliant. One has to hand to to those Mass’es…

Here is how to handle dissent effectively.

Don’t hide, run into the problem. Send the mayor into the Occupy Camp, unarmed.

As mayor, specifically say you agree that the 1% needs to be taxed and that their money needs to be gotten out of politics. As mayor, ask them for help, to make that happen. As mayor embrace the idea that low taxes on the wealthy create unemployment, unfunded mandates, too little money, and unfunded services.

As mayor, use the press to endorse the OWS Cause, saying these people who are camping here, ARE America’s true heroes…

To make them fade back into society we need to tax the rich, and remove corporate money from every political campaign.

If, by magic that were to happen today, within one week, there would be no tents. There would be no protest… There would be no grievances.

Tax the rich; remove corporate money from all campaigns.

Homecide Number 27; Wilmington, Delaware.

A stupid robbery sounding like something out of Brazzaville, Congo, left a young mother dead in her backyard. Although national statistics report that violent crime — including murder — has been on the decline, the number of homicides and shootings in Wilmington remains steady.

These things happen, I know. but the headline that got me, was the one exclaiming:

Delaware crime: Homicide record brings fear, search for solutions

Why after 18 years, are we still searching for a solution? Here is the solution: it’s the same one that fixed New York City under Mayor Rudolf Guiliani.

Arrest everyone loitering or jaywalking, and bring them in for processing. Everyone, even whites if you can find them in Wilmington.

You process them, fine them, and arrest them again if they didn’t learn their first time.

Here’s what happens when you do that.

1) Fewer crimes occur because all those committing them are being held for loitering. They are no longer available to commit a crime.

2) People get tired of being arrested, so their behavior stops.

3) Without people loitering for passing cars, no drugs can get sold. That forces the big movers to set up shop elsewhere. Interestingly Wilmington’s crime problem began … just as Guiliani began cleaning up New York.

4) With no gangs hanging out on street corners, the streets instantly appear safer because…. they are.

5) After the third arrest, and threat of serious consequences, most people decide selling out the criminals is safer than protecting them.

It’s not rocket science. Right now warlords control Wilmington. If you live on 35th Street, you have more to fear from your local drug lords, than you do the cops. So you don’t snitch, even when your preacher tells you to. That’s stupid.. your dead in the morning.

But.. if they are already incarcerated, telling on them is easy; the cops have the upper hand.

Who’s the drug dealer and who is just killing time? You can’t tell. That is why you need to arrest everyone… Drive around in school buses, pull up to a corner, jump out, shoot two of them (just kidding, lol) and order the rest to get in the van…

Negatives:

Your jails will be packed. Solution: keep stuffing them in. Most will not want to come back for a second visit.

Your courts will have to run 24/7. Keep their dockets full. If they can’t process, hold the suspects until their hearing comes up.

A lot of innocents get picked up that never committed a crime. Well, they were loitering, weren’t they? Process and fine them.

Liberals will wail and moan that mostly black people are being thrown in jail. Respond it is mostly black people who are loitering. Liberals will decry that innocent people are caught in the net. Respond that innocent people get hurt all the time. The dead mother leading this story, was innocent. Better to have innocents in jail, than a neighborhood that’s a FAIL…

But even with these negatives… fewer drugs will trade hands. Fewer killings will stain the sidewalks. It will be safe to bring home a loaf of bread again.

I guess what I was mad at the most, is how chicken the public safety department of this city is… Oh, I don’t mean they’re scared of criminals. I mean they are scared of politics. They are scared they’ll get fired if the wrong person complains they arrested their cousin. They are scared they’ll lose their job, if they try to do something to fix the situation. They are worried they will alienate some powerful people if they arrest scores of people hourly and throw them into our judicial system.

They need a leader who says… “Do it. I got your back” and then… has their back.. That is what is missing in Wilmington Delaware.

Brave people in positions of power. That is why we hear more and more about how horrible life in Wilmington is…

To fix it is simple. There is an answer which trims crime down. And that answer is to: ….

“Book, em, Danno…. “